President Obama vs. Mitt Romney: Highs and lows of the 2012 campaign

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 23 2012 6:33 a.m. MDT

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In May 2012, the Obama campaign released an online slideshow titled, "The Life of Julia," which follows a fictional girl named Julia from childhood to adulthood, showing how Obama policies help her throughout her life.

The first slide says that at three years old, "Julie is enrolled in a Head Start program to help get her ready for school. Because of steps President Obama has taken to improve programs like this one, Julia joins thousands of students across the country who will start kindergarten ready to learn and succeed."

Under Mitt Romney, the slide says, "The Romney/Ryan budget could cut programs like Head Start by 20%, meaning the program would offer 200,000 fewer slots per year."

The slideshow drew mockery from some, and gave birth to Life of Julia parodies online. The Atlantic said Julia's easy-to-manipulate Web graphic, oversimplified narrative and focus on political hot spots meant the slideshow was "made to be mocked."
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