August 5th, 2009
03:19 PM ET
5 years ago

First on the Ticker: RNC Web video targets 'White House in denial'

WASHINGTON (CNN) - On the eve of President Obama's 200th day in office, The Republican National Committee is releasing a Web video that calls his presidency "a failed experiment" that features "desperate photo-ops [and] a White House in denial."

"200 days," says the narrator in the minute-long spot. "It started. Star Studded. High hopes. All smiles. Photo ops and reassurances. Even an official White House photo for the first pup. With an economy at a crossroads, his experiment started."

The ad points to government bailouts, the stimulus package and deficit spending. "He promised to create or save millions of jobs. But unemployment is up, month after month. Press conference, after press conference. The TV ratings decline. His approval ratings decline. Desperate photo-ops. A White House in denial. Now we face his most dangerous experiment of all: Government takeover of health care An experiment that will cost over one trillion dollars, threaten your private insurance and cost taxpayers hundreds of billions in new taxes."

"The presidency of Barack Obama. A failed experiment in just 200 days."

The spot comes hours after the release of a DNC video that accused Republicans of "inciting mobs" to swarm Democratic town hall


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soundoff (301 Responses)
  1. Tim

    The economy wasn't at a crossroads. It was in shambles. Get real republicans. How can you sit there, knowing what happened over the last 8 years, and say that Barack Obama is anywhere near the scale of the Bush administration. The failed experiment is unfettered free capitalism.

    August 5, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    Pessimistic anti-American Party of NO - who cares what they think?

    I don't. let them sulk and pout and kick their feet – be glad when they hold their breath - for a long time.

    August 5, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  3. KirksNoseHair

    You smell that? It's called Conservative desperation. They still don't have any real ideas to bring to the table so they are doing what they always do best: Flinging poo.

    August 5, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    So that's the claim now? Not "we hope he fails" but "he already failed"? See ya GOP...I really really wouldn't want to be you in 2010. Keep up the good work tho: your demise benefits America.

    August 5, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  5. Jimmy the Greek

    America needs a LEADER who understands the greatness of America comes from the entrepenuerial spirit of it's citizens and the FREEDOM from a heavy-handed government!!

    Instead we have a community organizer who gets muddled into the affairs of his racist friends...and thinks GOVERNMENT is the answer to every problem.

    August 5, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  6. Florida Joe

    The only ones in denial are the Rebubs that think they still have a viable party...............

    August 5, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  7. single mom

    This administration would have succeeded if they had tackled the mess that is Medicare and Medicaid first.
    The American people know what a mess those two health care systems are. No amount of spin can brainwash us about that.
    So, Obama people, fix Medicare and Medicaid, make sure the Veterans Administration can take care of our military, and no illegals.
    And the American people might just support what you're doing.

    August 5, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  8. Karen

    The REPUBLICANS ARE IN DENIAL! They are useless obstructionists who haven't a creative brain in their heads. Only lies, scare tactics, whining, voting no regardless of any help it gives to American people. Republicans have been playing the 2010 game since day 1 and need to do some actual work very soon or just get out of Washington. and their stupid constant "takeover of health" lies will be their death.

    August 5, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  9. aware

    Excellent! And this Independent agrees whole heartedly! :)

    August 5, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  10. FORMER republican, NEVER again!

    What did the republicans do regarding health care reform the last 8 years? And what are they proposing now except opposition?

    August 5, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  11. Gamechanger

    Talk about denial – it isn't just a river in Egypt my little Pubs...

    From Pew Research:

    In fact, approval of Republican congressional leaders has fallen from 34% in February to 28% currently, the lowest rating for GOP leaders in nearly 14 years of Pew Research surveys.

    Republicans, in particular, have become less supportive of their party’s leaders in Congress: just 43% of Republicans approve of their job performance, down from 55% just a month ago. By contrast, nearly half of Americans (47%) approve of the job Democratic congressional leaders are doing.

    August 5, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  12. Old White Lady

    No presidency can or should be judged by its first 200 days, and Obama's term is no experiment. He won a clear victory in November, which means that a majority of Americans have given him FOUR YEARS to lead our country through all its difficulties and joys.

    The Republican opposition is acting like a mob of unruly, rude children, instead of serving the country with constructive ideas and alternative solutions to its many real problems.

    We,. the American people, deserve better and most of us know better.

    August 5, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  13. Lisa P

    Wait! What's this 200 days stuff? I thought the Obama Presidency was "a failed experiment" before he was even inaugurated? Now it took 200 days? Help! Next thing you know he'll be finishing out his second term and the experiment still won't have failed! :-D

    The GOP: always good for a laugh on a slow news day

    August 5, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  14. Kris, NE

    SPOT ON Grand Oil Party ! Keep saying No to anything that might help the taxpayer.

    Guess who I will be voting for in 2012 ...his name starts with an "O"

    How long can a human remain a republican ? ~ till they get an education!
    Guess you already knew that.

    August 5, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  15. Priscilla

    President Barack Obama is a success in the whitehouse. He has only been there 200 days and in those 200 days he has been very active in making Americans more secure and he is focused on helping all Americans. The GOP are pathetic. There is no comparison with President Obama and President Bush. President Bush was the failure and his approval ratings showed that. He is the reason American is in the mess we are in! President Obama inherited his mess and he is fixing it. Results don't happen overnight. Republicans live in a fairytale land and they are out of touch with middle America. They fight healthcare because they don't need it and they can't relate to middle America. They fight President Obama because they know he will be a success, just give him some time. It's apparent that Republicans don't have time because they know they are trying to come up from the bottom of the barrel they are in and they only way they know to do that is to attack President Obama! Shame on you Republicans, America sees through you! We love you President Obama, keep up the good work!

    August 5, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  16. midwest liberal

    And the republicans are doing what again to jump start the economy and fix healthcare? Somebody, please...remind me!

    August 5, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  17. Vince

    "The presidency of Barack Obama. A failed experiment in just 200 days."

    What "experiment" are they inferring? Having an African American as President? Careful RNC, this could easily be interpreted as being about race. It's not, right?

    August 5, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  18. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    That is just down right wrong. Opposition or not, there needs to be a line drawn. The GOP has provided NOTHING, ZERO, ZILCH, NADA to any of the debates that are amongst concerns of Americans and yet they have money to place ads up to smear the White House. Shame on them! Even when we had that terrible president GWB, he wasn't attacked by the left as much as this president is being attacked by the right.

    August 5, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  19. Shingo

    What a joke and outright lie! While Obama's numbers have dropped a bit it is far from a failed experiment or presidency. Seems pretty desperate on the GOP's part to be behind the mob town halls, sending peoples complaint calls to the RNC onto the DNC, and now this ad. It is not only desperate and propaganda but it makes the GOP a non-credible party. It is one thing to truely debate it is another thing to practice Nixon-like politics!

    August 5, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  20. annie s

    Hey, RNC – in my view, the SUCCESSES of the first 200 days are more than the sum total of the 8 years that preceded it. Barack Obama is doing a fantastic job!

    August 5, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  21. Gary

    Face it, RNC: You lost, we won. Take your fear mongering, tubby Limbaugh and Mike Steele & go away.

    August 5, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  22. Dave

    Keep saying "No" RNC... that's all you have.
    The Party of No...

    no answers
    no ideas
    no progress.

    Just say no.

    August 5, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  23. TJ

    I am sick of these REP., you know they got us into this mess (how soon they forget) and a less President is trying to make thing happen unlike the party of no want the country to stay the same. Not willing to put forth an effort to change. They are wrong wrong wrong and who ever believe them are wrong too. PLEASE AMERICA WAKES UP.
    THEY DON'T CARE ABOUT US !

    August 5, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  24. ROGER

    Republicans still can't admit that their policies (which severerly wounded the economy) have failed, and Obama has begun the reversal (in 200 days) of what it took the republicans 8 years to cause.

    August 5, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  25. Dave

    The white house and Democrats are in full panic mode.
    I also concur that everything in that video is true.

    August 5, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
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