August 8th, 2007
01:46 PM ET
3 years ago

'Romney Girls' slam 'Obama Girl'

Obama Girl is questioned in a new 'ad' from the Romney Girls.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – In the dirty world of politics, even the Obama girl is subject to nasty attack ads.

Just when it seemed the folks at barelypolitical.com were content with their summer mega-hit online videos "Obama Girl" and "Obama Girl v. Giuliani Girl," the satirical Web site is out with an "attack ad" on Obama's No. 1 fan– this one said to be sponsored by three scantily clad blondes called the "Romney Girls."

The ad asks, "How much can we really trust Obama girl?" as it scrolls through several TV interviews and media reports of the Obama Girl actress, Amber Lee Ettinger, giving varying answers as to how much she supports the Illinois Democrat in real life.

"Why can't Obama Girl just pick a position?" the ad's narrator asks.

The ad ends with a quick a cameo from the three individuals identifying themselves as "The Romney Girls," as the words, "Paid for by the election committee of RomneyGirls For America" scrolls across the screen.

On the barelypolitical.com Web site, The Romney Girls are identified as "identical triplets, but they are as different as Romney's various viewpoints."

"Frightening Romney Girl likes Romney based on what he stood for in the 1980s. But Athletic-y Romney Girl likes him for completely different reasons – what he stood for in the 1990s. And Infant Romney Girl likes him for what people tell him he should stand for today."

The Web site's previous two online videos, "Obama Girl" and "Obama Girl vs. Giuliani Girl," became instant online hits, and are often cited as examples of how Internet videos are shaping the 2008 election.

Kevin Madden, a Romney spokesman, told CNN the campaign was unaware of the new video but, referencing the candidate's five sons, added, "I’d say that it looks like the five brothers have some serious competition. They better start working on their dance moves."

"Obama Girl" generated over three million views on YouTube, while "Giuliani Girl" clocked in at over one million.

soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Audient, Cleveland, OH

    Bring on the Romney Girls - if they are adept at every position, just like Mitt.

    August 8, 2007 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  2. Brian Petro, Dayton, OH

    REALLY? This is where political discourse is going?

    When does all this become a reality show?

    August 8, 2007 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  3. Karl Rove, Crawford Texas

    CNN is almost as bad as Fox News

    August 8, 2007 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  4. Sam Hensel, Northbrook, Illinois

    Yeah, it's a reflection on Romney's obsessive compulsion to attack Obama for everything and nothing. An Obama/Feingold v.s. Romney/Sanford race would be terrific, and I'm confident the same thing will happen to Romney as did the last Massachusetts governor to run for president. Good times ahea

    August 8, 2007 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  5. Bernard, Scotch Plains NJ

    I am completely stunned right now that CNN would actually put this article on the website as if this was a real news story, I'm honestly baffled at the last couple of days the level of journalism that has decline on this site.

    I'm beginning to think you guys are punking your readers, or is this turning into a tabloid website, honestly, what is really going on?
    Please let me know if the format has changed, so that I can begin to get "real" news elsewhere.

    Thank you!

    August 8, 2007 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  6. Taylor Honrath, Long Beach CA

    These videos aren't shaping anything, much less the '08 election. The only people that view such videos are people who have already made up their minds about who they're going to vote for. This is political junkie fare, not something average Americans are eating up. It just shows that the campaigns started way too early this season, already people are bored and coming up with stuff like these ridiculous videos.

    August 8, 2007 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  7. RightyTighty

    These ads are being peddled here because they attack Republicans. Where are the ads attacking Hillary? Like theres none out there??

    CNN continually proves itself to be just another corrupt player in today's progressive culture. Another reason not to vote for Hillary.

    August 8, 2007 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  8. Erica, Seattle, Washington

    For the campaigns to be shaped by people that are not remotely related to the candidates is startlingly effective. The elections have begun their epic deviations from the actual views of the candidates. What are their thoughts on foreign policy and global poverty? Will the candidates reverse the amendments laid down by the previous administration to impede the completion of the Millenium Development Goals [Borgen Project]? All of these questions need to be the main concern.

    August 8, 2007 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  9. Joe, Yorktown, VA

    J.C. from Mississippi, are you that stupid? Obama has been a member of the Christian church since before the United States sold weapons to Osama bin Laden in the 1980s. Educate yourself, you make Americans look bad.

    August 8, 2007 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  10. Kathryn Irby - Metairie, LA

    Of course, it will never happen, but it is humerous to think about. If anyone were stupid enough to vote Mitt Romney in as President, there would be about 10 First Ladies! Ah! What a first! However, Romney will never become President of the United States.

    August 8, 2007 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  11. Rob, Sand Diego CA

    J.C. in Mississippi writes:

    "This website has always been a politicle website, only news that is harsh, bad, and/or tagets conservitives in a negative way."

    Actually J.C. when you spew out statements like the following:

    "A cell inside the U.S. Government, that’s all Obama is radical Muslim in a position to be the chief of command of this country."

    CNN doesn't need to make conservatives look bad. Ignorant, ridiculous, racist statements like this do a fine job on their own.

    P.S. Obama is a practicing Christian, and it's spelled "MARXIST" not "markest" smarty.

    August 8, 2007 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  12. james, london, england

    Think you people miss the point... BArelyPolitics puts out a video and millions of people are discussing it. Political satire is changing cause of Youtube! Nothing wrong with that! individuals can have a say – like it or not!

    August 8, 2007 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  13. Simon, Richmond, VA

    You are all joking, right? It's satire. Did you even read this paragraph?: “Frightening Romney Girl likes Romney based on what he stood for in the 1980s. But Athletic-y Romney Girl likes him for completely different reasons – what he stood for in the 1990s. And Infant Romney Girl likes him for what people tell him he should stand for today.”

    August 8, 2007 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  14. Eddy Bow Tie

    When a republican posts something- it's always an attack, when a democrat posts soemthing it is merely mature political discourse. Ya right!! The Romeny girls are not "Attacking", they are engaged in political disourse... but since it is the "evil empire of corporate America" (being a republican) it's an attack. CNN is nothing more than a propagandist machine for the progressive liberal minority

    August 8, 2007 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  15. Cara, Harrisonburg VA

    I am honestly disgusted that this is the new forum for politics. I get that sex sells, but isn't there a line to be drawn somewhere? I'm all for free speech, but really! Is it any wonder that we are viewed as a nation of gluttons? Please stop propagating this nonsense.

    August 8, 2007 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  16. Kenny, Danbury, CT

    Kathryn Irby wrote:

    "...it is humerous to think about. If anyone were stupid enough to vote Mitt Romney in as President, there would be about 10 First Ladies!"

    The amusing irony in this comment is that Kathryn suggests Mitt Romney supporters are "stupid" when she's the one who (1) misspells "humorous" and (2) mistakes Mitt's religion (which does NOT practice polygamy) for one that does.

    Now that's humorous! ;)

    August 8, 2007 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  17. george, kansas city, kansas

    PEOPLE! It's a joke! It's hilarious! You can't possibly think this is a conspiracy, can you?

    August 8, 2007 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  18. nv

    RE: ROB – (Obama is a practicing Christian, and it’s spelled "MARXIST")

    As an Obama supporter, I'm sure you know all about socialism.

    August 8, 2007 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  19. John the true American

    RE: nv

    Socialism is about people working together to support government programs that help other human beings, as opposed to the Bush administration and other neo-conservatives stuffing the poor under bridges. Out of sight, out of mind, ay America?

    August 8, 2007 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  20. Bob, San Francisco, CA

    Hahaha! I love seeing how the conservative sheep are falling perfectly in line with the whole "Democrats are Socialists" propaganda! All of a sudden, it's "socialized medicine", or "just like Europe", or "Communist News Network", etc.
    J.C. from Mississippi–you represent your type very well. Not only have you fallen for the absurd "socialism/communism" speaking points, but you fell for the Obama/Osama crap.
    I guess that's why people use such simplistic sloganeering, because it evidently works! How sad.

    August 8, 2007 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  21. nv, Chicago IL

    all of a sudden? dems have been wanting socialized medicine for decades now. the only way we're going to fix health care in this country is by returning to true free markets, not by adding more government bureaucracy.

    August 8, 2007 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  22. Rob, San Diego CA

    RE: nv

    Who said I was an Obama supporter? I'm not. I just don't like seeing idiots spewing ignorance and hate on this web site.

    But, that being said, does wanting free universal healthcare mean that one is a socialist? The Europeans have it and I don't think they would fall into the classification of marxists...do you?

    Better yet, what is the Republican answer to fixing the flawed system we have in place? I haven't heard anything other than Rudy Gulianni's idea that we should solve it in the free market...ummm, isn't that the root of the problem??? Corporate profits outweighing the needs of the people?

    August 8, 2007 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  23. Lance, Monrovia, CA.

    To the poster just above...

    You think that free market is the only way to get good healthcare?

    Why is it that if you can get a public defender to defend yourself in court, you shouldn't be allowed to have the same right for a doctor?

    If you're bleeding all over the street, and somebody tells you to go to a hospital ten miles away instead of the one across the street, because that's what your HMO affords you, why is that a better choice?

    Anyone who thinks the issue of health care is better served by a market economy has never been sick or is so rich they didn't notice the bill.

    Rudolph G. says that socialized medicine would be a bad thing.

    Is the fire dept a bad thing?

    Is the post office a bad thing?

    Are cops bad things?

    Lets see what kind of fires would be put out in Compton and how many fire trucks Beverly Hills would get if we suddenly privatized that socialist convention, the Fire Dept.

    Burn baby burn.

    August 8, 2007 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  24. Kristin Hayward, Portland Maine

    If this is what CNN is going to put out on a publication devoted to political news, I may as well turn to Fox News for information.

    Get back to real news, CNN.

    August 8, 2007 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  25. tortuca

    Barely Political should put out all the videos they can. Not only has it made the election race more interesting, but it has increased the online entertainment of the whole process.

    Found a humorous take on this topic here:

    http://garlinggauge.com/2007/08/08/romney-girls-attack-obama-girl/

    August 8, 2007 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
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