By Daniel Strauss - 02/06/12 06:28 PM EST
Observers across the political spectrum saw the ad, which first premiered a day before the Super Bowl, as political, and many argued it was praise-worthy toward President Obama and his decision to bail out Detroit automakers.
"It certainly put out a great message for Detroit's comeback," Peters said.
Peters went on to defend Obama's decision to help Detroit automakers stave off bankruptcy.
"He got a lot of criticism at the time," Peters said. "The fact is they are wrong, President Obama was right. He was right to stand up for American workers."
Over Twitter, former Obama administration senior adviser David Axelrod said the ad was "powerful," and White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer said both Eastwood and rapper Eminem agree on the bailout. Eminem was featured in a 2011 Chrysler Super Bowl ad similarly trumpeting the company and Detroit’s resurgence.
"Saving the America Auto Industry: Something Eminem and Clint Eastwood can agree on," Pfeiffer tweeted.
On the other side of the political spectrum, Republican strategist Karl Rove panned the ad, labeling it “Chicago-style politics.”
"I was, frankly, offended by it," Rove said on Fox News Monday. "I'm a huge fan of Clint Eastwood, I thought it was an extremely well-done ad, but it is a sign of what happens when you have Chicago-style politics, and the President of the United States and his political minions are, in essence, using our tax dollars to buy corporate advertising and the best-wishes of the management which is benefited by getting a bunch of our money that they'll never pay back."
White House press secretary Jay Carney on Monday said the ad was “news to me when I saw it".