It's a night of Barry TV as Barack Obama hits the airwaves -- all of them

There was nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. Barack Obama was controlling transmission.

Obama was on seemingly every channel around the dial. NBC, CBS, Fox, Univision, MSNBC, BET and TV One all aired the candidate's 30-minute infomercial in which the junior senator from Illinois shared his vision for America.

Obama plunked down $4 million for a campaign-closing television ad Wednesday night, summoning voters to "choose hope over fear and unity over division" in next Tuesday's election. Republican John McCain derided the event as a "gauzy, feel-good commercial," paid for with broken promises.

For those who somehow didn't get enough of Obama, he appearedon "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart  and scheduled his first campaign event with former president Bill Clinton to coincide with the 11 o'clock news.

Throughout the infomercial Obama introduced viewers to regular folks he'd met while on the campaign trail, from Americana's central casting -- the 72-year-old retired railroad worker struggling on a fixed income, the widowed mother of two, the third-generation Ford worker whose hours have been cut in half ...

"America the time for change has come," Obama said in the final moments of the unusual ad, a blend of videotaped moments and a live appearance before thousands in Kissimmee, Fla.

"In six days we can choose an economy that rewards work and creates jobs and fuels prosperity starting with the middle class."

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