AARP Introduces Charlie the Squirrel
The AARP introduced the world to Charlie the Squirrel in a video that was viewed more than three million times. The message of the video explained the organization’s opposition to the “age tax” that would allow insurance companies to charge older people more money for health insurance coverage – up to $8,400! The organization created two life-size Charlies to further drive their message home. The squirrels are also featured in an AARP campaign ad and the video has since been viewed more than 3 million times.
Charlie the Squirrel is the star of an ad by AARP that has garnered over three million views. The video explains that AARP opposes the AHCA’s “age tax,” which would let insurance companies charge older people more for their insurance policies, costing them up to $8,400. The ad was so effective that two life-size Charlies were produced to emphasize its message.
The AARP is known for its puns and squirrels, which are often paired with their message of better aging. This ad has garnered over three million views on Facebook, and AARP staff will be at the Capitol South Metro station tomorrow handing out flyers and taking selfies. The AARP has a long history of promoting better aging and opposing age-rating.
Charlie the Squirrel
The AARP recently released a video featuring a cartoon squirrel, Charlie the Squirrel, protesting the AHCA’s “cone of silence” and demanding the Senate reveal the legislation. The video was released just before the House of Representatives voted on the legislation. The ad raised concerns about the “age tax” in the bill. The video quickly gained widespread attention online and drew a large audience.
Senior animal trainer Mike Alexander and his team spent 19 weeks training the squirrels. They recruited the squirrels from local shelters and private homes in England. The squirrels were both intelligent and photogenic. During the first three weeks of training, they were made comfortable with leaving their crates. The trainers then introduced them to various props, such as a nut. Charlie soon started to bark at the AHCA, which is the reason he’s now campaigning against it.
AARP has honored four Cherokee Nation citizens with its 10th Annual Indian Elder Honors. The event honored the individuals for their contributions to tribal communities, families, and cultures. The event was held at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. Bud Squirrel, Gary Farris, and James Hail were among those recognized. Each received a medallion in recognition of their contributions.
Before being named AARP President, Squirrel spent more than 30 years working for the Cherokee Nation. He started as a reporter for the Cherokee Advocate newspaper and quickly rose through the ranks. He eventually became a supervisor in the Cherokee Nation’s Health Services department, where he worked to improve community health services. Afterward, he became a deputy director of Health Services and worked on the tribe’s 25-year plan. He also negotiated contracts with the Indian Health Service and administered mental health services. In this role, he was responsible for implementing and improving the tribal health care system, resulting in the opening of four new health care centers.
As a father of three, James Hail is dedicated to encouraging accountability in his young students and to the pursuit of a lifetime of service. He spent his childhood in Texas, Arizona, and Oklahoma, and graduated from Central High School in Sequoyah County, Arkansas. After earning a degree in education at NSU, he began teaching in an Arkansas elementary school. In 1969, Hail was drafted into the United States Army and served in the 199th Infantry Brigade of the 1st Caval Division.
In addition to being a businessman, Squirrel has served in various capacities over the years. He has served as a director of the Cherokee Nation’s Tribal Work Experience Program and has served as the director of the agency’s food distribution program. He has also served on a variety of local and national committees. Currently, he is the AARP squirrel of the Year and is a member of the AARP Oklahoma State Council.
Since 2009, the AARP has recognized 450 Native American elders, including Williams, as a member of the organization’s Indigenous Elders Council. Since then, Williams has served the Delaware tribe as its Title VI director. She helps to ensure that elders have access to meals and socialization opportunities. She visits 90 elders daily and helps their families secure a respite worker. Additionally, Williams helps to educate tribal students about ConocoPhillips and the culture of Native Americans.
At the AARP Oklahoma Indian Elder Honors banquet, four members of the Cherokee Nation were recognized as distinguished elders. These individuals have made significant contributions to the nation, tribe, and community. These elders exemplify the spirit of Native American culture and show respect and dedication for all people. The AARP Oklahoma Chapter recently celebrated these elders in Oklahoma City. They were recognized during the annual Indian Elder Honors at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
What is the AARP Squirrel’s name?
The AARP Squirrel’s name is Snickers.
What is the AARP Squirrel’s favorite food?
The AARP Squirrel’s favorite food is acorns.
Where does the AARP Squirrel live?
The AARP Squirrel lives in a tree.
What is the AARP Squirrel’s favorite activity?
The AARP Squirrel’s favorite activity is gathering acorns.
How many acorns does the AARP Squirrel collect each day?
The AARP Squirrel collects 100 acorns each day.
How many acorns does the AARP Squirrel have in its cache?
The AARP Squirrel has 10000 acorns in its cache.
What does the AARP Squirrel do with its acorns?
The AARP Squirrel eats some of its acorns and buries the rest for future use.
How long does the AARP Squirrel live?
The AARP Squirrel lives for about 10 years.
What predators does the AARP Squirrel have?
The AARP Squirrel has several predators including snakes owls and foxes.
How does the AARP Squirrel defend itself?
The AARP Squirrel defends itself by biting and scratching with its sharp claws.
What is the AARP Squirrel’s mating season?
The AARP Squirrel’s mating season is from February to March.
How many offspring does the AARP Squirrel have?
The AARP Squirrel has anywhere from 1 to 8 offspring.
What is the AARP Squirrel’s gestation period?
The AARP Squirrel has a gestation period of about 30 days.
What does the AARP Squirrel do during the winter?
The AARP Squirrel hibernates during the winter.
Does the AARP Squirrel have any other special adaptations?
The AARP Squirrel has special adaptations for climbing trees and foraging for food.
Jessica Watson is a PHD holder from the University of Washington. She studied behavior and interaction between squirrels and has presented her research in several wildlife conferences including TWS Annual Conference in Winnipeg.