August 21st, 2009
02:25 PM ET
11 months ago

Conservative group targets Obama's vacation

A new ad is directed at Obama while he vacations on Martha's Vineyard.
A new ad is directed at Obama while he vacations on Martha's Vineyard.

(CNN) – If President Obama wants to catch the White Sox-Red Sox games next week while he vacations in Martha's Vineyard, he'll probably see the latest ad to attack his health care reform proposals.

Conservatives for Patient's Rights, a group founded earlier this year by former health insurance executive Rick Scott, says it will spend close to $150,000 next week to air a 30-second television spot in the Boston media market coinciding with Obama's vacation in the area.

Video: Rick Scott wades into health care debate

Among the stations the group plans to air the ad on is NESN, the network that will broadcast the four-game series next week between Obama's Chicago White Sox and the Boston Red Sox.

Called "Surf's Up," the ad's narrator appears to mock Obama's beach vacation "while concerns mount about his health care plan."

"The beach is nice this time of year," says the female narrator. "But while president Obama vacations, concerns mount about his health care plan. Mr. President, when you go back to D.C., drop your government-run public option plan."

The group has spent upwards of $4 million on combating the Democrats health care proposals this year.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs brushed aside the ad at Friday's daily briefing.

"I don't think the American people begrudge the president taking some time with his family that's well earned and well deserved for a few days to see and spend time with them," said Gibbs.

(Updated at 11:55 a.m. ET with Gibbs response)


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soundoff (305 Responses)
  1. Melissa

    Isn't that sort of an oxymoron, "Conservative for Patient's Rights"?

    What I would love to see in health care reform ads–from both sides–are facts. Remember those? Little statements that tell us the truth, verifiable information, not just more of the general conservative BS that is so often spouted.

    August 21, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  2. R in Maine

    The people who attack the president for having a vacation are not patriots. They are scum. They lie and have no sense of ethics. Screw them.

    August 21, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  3. carol

    Just more GOP cheap shots.

    August 21, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  4. Michael

    More childish gimmicks.

    August 21, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  5. Fenarkleman

    Yeah? Really? And "Conservatives" (doubt that one, seriously – Barry Goldwater would slap many of these people if he were still among us for stealing the name "conservatives" for nothing more than a far right wing extremist stance) have exactly what plan for overhauling the U.S. healthcare system that is better? Lots of whining. No action. Better call a 'WAAAAAH-mbulance" on these people. Lot of hot air. Lot of them in the pockets of over-rich so-called healthcare companies. Lot and lot of Americans in need of quality healthcare getting absolutely nothing but the shaft. They are wasting our time and money and they do not really care about us. Enough with the flim-flamming and bamboozling. Stop it already!

    August 21, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  6. T22

    I think the President deserves and needs a vacation. There always seemed to be an uproar when Bush simply went to his own home for a weekend which was silly. Anyone who thinks the President is really disengaged on vacation is ill informed.

    August 21, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  7. joel palmer

    These people of course thought nothing of Bush taking off the entire month of August as the troops he sent to Iraq fought and died.
    Liars and hypocrites abound in the republipig party it is the one thing they are the best at.

    Despicable people

    August 21, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  8. Ridgeway

    Let him stay on vacation. Most of his voting base stay on vacation. In fact what ever he's being paid I say we pay him half to stay home and out of Washington.
    He's one of the worst Presidents America has ever had. He just wants to be cool.

    August 21, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  9. Stuart

    It's not like President Obama has been heading to his ranch in Crawford, Texas for lenghtly stays during a "Major Combat Operation"

    August 21, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  10. Simply Agrestic

    Hey "Insurance Companies for Patient's Rights," how about you make a commercial aimed towards Congress? There are 535 people who ALSO went on vacation when they should be working towards reforming health care.

    August 21, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  11. Collin

    yeah because Bush never took multiple vacations while our nation was in combat in two theaters and facing a recession.

    Give me a break.

    August 21, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  12. Allison F

    LAME. At this point last year, W would have been on vacation for at least 2 months. There is NOTHING lacking in the President's work ethic (thank God).

    August 21, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  13. Florida Joe

    Of course these clowns ran similar ads when Bush spent 2 of his 8 years on vacation..........yeah right...........
    these insurance executives are only looking out for the public good.....right, next fairy tale............

    August 21, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  14. usualone

    As if George Bush and other Presidents didn't take vacations....need I say more. Why don't these groups attack President Obama's smile, walk, accent, et al. They are just prejudiced souls...plain and simple.

    August 21, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  15. JC

    Sheer class. Does anyone remember how much time Bush 2 spent on vacation? Conservatives never cease to amaze me...

    August 21, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  16. NVa Native

    Where were these conservative posers when the Bush/Chaney team went on their record setting "days off"?? Hanging around the Texas compound or out shooting a friend in the face?
    Actually the US is was better off because the Bush/Cheney admin was so AWOL, as bad as their term in power was just think how bad it could have been if they had considered the Presidency as a full time job!?
    More right-wing nut job denial of facts and truth. Who cares what Fox news and the Limbaughs of their world tell these "conservative groups" to be angry about!

    August 21, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  17. David In West Virginia

    There isn't anything the GOP (Party of NO) would do to try to discredit, even criticize his taking of a vacation all the while they take their vacation and fail to send him a healthcare bill acceptable to the American People! BULL!

    August 21, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  18. Charly

    Do you need more proof the insurance companies are pulling the strings of the Republican manchine and derailing and progress the american people have hoped to make.

    August 21, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  19. Crawford, TX

    There is nothing wrong with criticizing the president for being on vacation...as long as Mr. Scott criticized President Bush for spending nearly 1/4 of his presidency on vacation. If not, then SHUT UP! Let's all listen to a man who's company was fined the largest amount by the U.S. gov't for fraud.

    August 21, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  20. Blaine

    More obstructionism from the right-wing nut jobs promoting their social Darwinist agenda.

    Let the poor die and suffer, let the middle-class whither financially under the burden of an unsustainable health-care system, and let the rich profit off the backs of the middle-class.

    When the middle-class ceases to exist these same Republican retards are going to wonder why violent crime is on the rise. I'm sure they'll find a way to blame the liberals; they always do.

    August 21, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  21. J.P.

    Surf's Up, dude! So is unemployment! But not your poll numbers.

    One and done.

    August 21, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  22. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    This is just another extension of our very own Domestic Terrorists (GOP). The President of the USA is entitled to a vacation, in peace, with his family. This just further illustrates how low the opposition will go. Unfortunately for the GOP, voters have developed a dislike for politics with personal attacks, and they've also developed a very long memory in regards to how low others are willing to stoop.

    Lies, distortions, and commercial interruptions = GOP.

    August 21, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  23. Pepou

    When you think that Bush spent MONTHS in his ranch during his presidency and is known as having been away more out of the White House than in it is pitiful. How many days has President Obama taken as a vacation since January? This is ONE WEEK. Proves that these people are not interested in Health care but that they hate Obama.

    August 21, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  24. Len Smith

    A public option is needed in this reform bill, but it might be better to expand medicare and medicaid. Ads run against healthcare reform are paid for by the very selfish. Let the run but we still need to reform the healthcare in this country. A country with higher infant mortality rates and lower lifespans then many of the other countries in the world that have universal healthcare.

    August 21, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  25. MN HOO

    I wonder how many ads this group placed between 2001 and 2009 when President Bush spend nearly 1000 days (about 1/3 of his presidency) either at Camp David or at his Crawford Ranch? I'm guessing 0.

    August 21, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
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