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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Barack Obama's 'hard-working American' is actually a London Overground commuter -- By Raf Sanchez, The Telegraph.co.uk

President Barack Obama's political action group, Organizing for Action, is out with a new advert urging Congress to raise the national minimum wage for millions of low-paid Americans.
Set to rising music, the 30-second commercial features a medley of images of hard-working Americans going about their day.
There's only one problem: one of those "hard-working Americans" is in fact a London Overground commuter.
A woman featured in the advert's opening seconds is riding aboard the London train system as she looks wistfully out the window and clutches a coffee cup. 

Over her shoulder, a map shows the London Overground's eastern-most stations of New Cross and Surrey Quays.

The commuter train is suspiciously empty, leaving the distinctive brown and yellow patterned seats clearly visible. 

An Organizing for Action (OFA) official told The Telegraph: "It was brought to our attention that there was an error in the stock footage and it is being corrected immediately, this does not change the fact that Americans deserve a raise." The video was later taken down on the web, although versions with the British scene continued to run online.

The group is the successor organisation to Mr Obama's successful re-election campaign, Obama for America, and advocates for the president's agenda without being formally linked to the White House.
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