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. carlo

    The RNC is so desperate to get this healthcare reform knocked down because they know full well that the stimulus and reform would work for the middle class and the poor, but wouldn't do a thing for their friends, which is really what this is all about.

    Poor white folks are so scared that some black or brown person is going to get something they think they are entitled to by birth, they vote against their own interests. It's sad, really.

    August 5, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  2. ED

    Americans are finally fighting back. Yes - true-blue AMERICANS - NOT befuddled and hypnotized lemmings blindly following the empty suit Obama!

    August 5, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  3. CF

    Hey, GOP: The campaign is over. YOU LOST. Get over it!

    August 5, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  4. bob

    no Ga Resident, the experiment was having someone that was not qualified be elected president. The sleight of hand and magic tricks worked to put his followers in a catatonic state through election day but now when it comes to governing the magic wand ran out of pixie dust

    August 5, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  5. Brown

    It has been a difficult trek for The President, he was handed a Nation in ruins from the last administration. In light of my continued unemployment, I still believe he is doing as much as possible. The bailout of the banks and AIG were under the Bush administration, he had to balance the continued program.

    The place of significance that I believe is failed ob his watch is not holding people accountable for the fraud and corruption up to and including the Bush Administration. Letting that one slip thru allowed all the others to be fearless and continue with new magic tricks.
    Most of the CEO's and Officers should be sharing a cell with Madoff, including the artist that created to CDS and Derivatives that no one fully understands.

    August 5, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  6. Neal Page

    People, you may stop bringing up Geo. Bush. This country is over 200 years old. It's been a capitalist system for that long. Not the last 8 years. You exist in your nice little world because of our freedom and our system of government. If you study history beyond the last 8 years, you may learn something.
    Pres. Obama is a socialist. We live in and benefit from a capitalist society.

    August 5, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  7. Al

    Sweet! Time to show that this emperor has "no clothes". Keep it up repubs! We've always had democrats in charge – even any majority the republicans ever had has been so thin the democrats could still influence and sabotage policy and keep the people poor, ignorant, angry and voting democrat. And now, buyers' remorse. I hope people are finally starting to wake up after 80 years of democrat corruption, incompetence, and mismanagement – definitely at its worse with this bunch – and maybe the real change is let conservative republicans get a majority and govern for a change. It's never been tried and it couldn't get any worse than what we've got now. Now that's "change' I can believe in.

    August 5, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  8. Rob

    I like how the libs are still trying to blame Bush. Here's the fact for ya, things didn't start going bad until Pelosi and Reid took over Congress and decided it was more important to go on a Bush snipe hunt than it was to run the country. Who do you think is responsible for the lowest approval numbers in the history of Congress?

    The libs are proving proving that they should never be allowed to lead anything bigger than a neighborhood bake sale.

    200 days into this sham and Obama's mantra of "Yes we can" is quickly being replaced by "Booo Hooo, Waaaaahhhh! Mommy, the big mean Repubwicans are being mean to me. Waaaaaahhhhh!" The presidential seal's gonna be replaced by a picture of a crying baby.

    August 5, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  9. Mike

    Obama is a complete disaster! I long for the days of 5% unemployment under Bush.

    Republicans are not happy wiht their party because they acted like liberals.(i.e. Democrats)

    See you in 2011 libs! See which party is struggling then after two years of Obama's disasterous policies..

    August 5, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  10. john black

    All this talk about Obama being a failure. Give me a break. The republicans have no ideas at all when it comes solving any of the problems this country is facing. Their answer to everything is to just say no. Just imagine if you will if Mccain and Palin were elected. Where would this country be right about now?

    August 5, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  11. Bedtime for Obonzo

    Tit for tat, Dems, with your "angry mob" video. Can't conceive that anyone would disagree with the Beloved Leader? Or, more likely, can't tolerate dissent.

    August 5, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  12. Truthiswhatweneed

    "The presidency of Barack Obama. A failed experiment ."

    Well hell, I would say the same in respect to the Republican Party

    August 5, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  13. walt

    An economy after a Republican president has always been a disaster...it will take years and years to correct what the most useless president in U. S. history....perhaps all of world history has done...when Bush was president I felt ashamed and embarrassed knowing that he was our leader....When you get rid of all the Republicans and their their party affiliation then we can once again be a proud country...Republicans are just a nuisance that unfortunately are in the way.....More important the many young lives that were lost in the Iraqi war and still counting over absolutely nothing is the worst of all...time to let a 3 year old democrat show you how not to say "nuke a ler " Mr. Bush

    August 5, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  14. bob

    Shucks you must be reading those unemployment graphs upside down, The majority of Americans do not want the Pelosi-Waxman health care bill, even dems in congress know it is a prescription for leading us into one of the greatest financial meltdowns in history

    August 5, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  15. Tom in Delaware

    When it comes to the disasterous Obama policies we Republicans are the Party of HELL NO, so get it right you dimwit Libtards.

    If your Healthcare Bill is so wonderful why don't you cowards take FULL responsibility for it and pass it since you hold the majoritys in both houses of Congress.

    What's the answer to that one Libtards, huh????

    August 5, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  16. abraxis

    I wonder if the GOP will admit that it under their administrations that the economy went into the toilet and everything that is being done now is to reverse the trouble that they caused?

    August 5, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  17. Amanda

    Why is everyone not severely outraged that the GOP has done NO WORK in reforming our country and putting all of their efforts into "taking down" an administration that is here for at least 3 1/2 more years (more like 7 1/2).
    All I ever see are Republicans bashing Obama's ideas, but offering none of their own and trying to campaign for 2012. Last time I checked it was still 2009. DO THE JOB YOU WERE ELECTED TO DO REPUBLICANS.
    I'm ashamed to be a registered Republican.

    August 5, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    What rubbish. Why can't we all work together to accomplish something for the good of all. Stop all the spinning .

    August 5, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  19. SusieQ

    What a joke the Republican Party is. I think Obama is doing a good job of trying to correct the mess they left us in. They are experts at throwing mud but not much of anything else. Can't we all vote them out of office completely?

    August 5, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  20. P. D.

    Dear Lord. The Republicans are finished. They have proven time and again, they have no ideas, no morals (Vitter, Ensign and Sanford come to mind) and now, after 200 days (200 DAYS) they are calling Obama a failure. Now the Right-wing radio is calling on the Party faithful (the 30 odd percent of them) to ambush Democartic Town-Hall meetings with incoherent screaming matches and threats of violence. Add the Republcans animosity toward Sotomoyer and you have a melt-down. Good luck GOP, you will need it in the next few decades.

    August 5, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  21. David

    I don't affiliate with either party, and vote based on what I want to get done through the federal government (which is very little). The main thing I wanted was to reduce the federal deficit, which was getting way out of control under Bush. After voting for Obama, I now regret my vote, as it turns out he is MUCH worse at balancing the budget, and will now probably turn out to be a liar regarding taxing the middle class.

    August 5, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  22. Former Republican

    The Republicans are starting to remind me of brown-shirted thugs during the Weimar Republic. This will only damage their reputation further. As for 200 days, I will respond using George Bush's slogan: "I accept no timelines."

    August 5, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  23. David

    So for 100 years the economy has gone up and down at times but has steadily gone UP overall and has brought the entire world to higher levels of living standards and yet....... one recession has a whole bunch of you idiots thinking this means the free market (capitalism) is a failure and the government needs to send the entire country into a debt so massive it will destroy ALL of our ways of life???????

    You people are ignorant to economics and have not a clue. There has never been a better system in the entire history of the world. AND, there will never be one that is the utopian society you THINK is possible. It is impossible.

    August 5, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  24. kbruegg in MO

    Invading Iraq- Failed Experiment
    Response to Katrina – Failed Experiment
    Cutting taxes while involved in 2 wars – Failed Experiment
    No oversight on Wall Street – Failed Experiment

    Yep, the GOP pretty much knows the definition of "failed experiment".

    August 5, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  25. Tatianna

    BRAVO – RNC SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER! Every statement in ad points to the sins of Obama. The political class has a serious ego problem. In their minds all things are so simplistic they think they control the entire national economy – no problem. This is why dictatorships always fail next to free markets. Obama is running a disaster and its absolutely shocking when his supporters high hopes are shattered by the reality of what is going on. A LIBERAL IS SOMEONE WHO FEELS A GREAT DEBT TO HIS FELLOW MAN – WHICH DEBT HE PROPOSES TO PAY OFF WITH YOUR MONEY

    August 5, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
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