August 21st, 2009
02:25 PM ET
12 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. Southerner

    Funny thing is I am not concerned. I will be concerned when the public option is off the table. BTW watch out Blue Dogs and Conservative Democratic Senators, the primaires are approaching. Vote agaisnt Health Care Reform and you are all done. I would rather it have a Republicn Majority than filled with fake Democrats.

    August 21, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  2. Michigan

    If the public option is dropped, many Democrats won't vote for it.

    If it stays in, no Republicans will vote for it.

    Either way, the legislation is dead.

    August 21, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  3. Post always rejected by CNN

    This from the party whose so called leader bush took more vacation days than half the other presidents put together...this party is a joke and the sooner the REAL LIVE TRUE AMERICANS in this country let the stupid bunch of rejects that still believe in the republicans know it, we will be better off.

    Look at the line up...rush, drudge, malken, coulter, hannity, orielly, mcconnel, grassley, ensign, vitter, craig, rove, delay, perry ..worst of all bush and cheney and darn I could put a list out there and take the whole site here...they all are the slime of the swamp.

    August 21, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  4. KK

    I would like you to take moderation out of my comments or tell me the reason for this.

    August 21, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  5. concerns mount about his health care plan. Mr. President, when you go back to D.C., drop your government-run public option plan

    those GOPers, so crafty

    the best so far has been Romney's as an alternative

    so much better than simply no

    put the game on TIVO and fast forward through the rubbish

    a vacation is that, a vacation

    August 21, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  6. coach

    Do you think the money could be better spent finding ways to improve health care rather than trying to protect the profit of the health care insurers?

    August 21, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  7. El Cajon

    So Bush takes more vacation than any President in recent history and leaves a big mess to clean- then this group takes Obama to task for taking some time? Typical hypocrisy!

    August 21, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  8. brad olson

    that $4 million could help alot of folks who don't have insurance

    August 21, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  9. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob

    After all of the crap the libs gave Bush, I think it is only fair. Of course that is in my mind. Those "mobs" that are now protesting health care, were "heros" when they were protesting the war in Iraq, at least in liberal think, which of course is hyperhypocritical. I don't see why the libs here that write in these spaces are blaming the republicans for the problems with health insurance reform (or whatever they are calling it now (one of the problems is they can't say what it is). The real truth is they can pass it without the Republican (and with out tort reform, or some of the other items that would actually make it menaningful to the problem), so why don't they?

    August 21, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  10. KK

    People are going to far with all the back biting that is going on.

    August 21, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  11. Jon

    They should be called Conservatives for Insurance Company Rights, because that's who they really represent. Funny that they have a problem with a president on vacation after Bush just set the record for most vacation time ever taken by a president. But I guess that's OK because Bush was always on the side of big insurance.

    August 21, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  12. GRITS (Girl Raised in the South)

    It is a good thing nothing was going on during all the vacation time GW Bush took. I guess cutting shrubs ( working vacation?) does not count as "time off". Obama has a family that enjoys spending time together...can you imagine him explaining to his daughters they can't have any fun because it would look bad in this economy?

    August 21, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  13. Doug, New Jersey

    Democrats, who have claimed for years that they are pacifists, now 100% fully support Obama's ACORN goons beating up and harrassing law abiding Americans just for excerising their right of free speech.

    MSNBC, the Democrat network, claimed it was racism that so called whites are carrying guns to Obama's townhall meetings, with their camera focused only on the gun, since if they panned out and showed the person who brought the gun, they would see that he is an African American.

    Republicans are not saints, far from it, but you have no choice but to side with them if you are even a some what decent person. Democrats today only lie, steal, cheat, hate, and inflict violence on all Americans who disagree with them. Take an objective look at the left in America today, can you really look your children in the eyes while supporting these socialist thugs?

    August 21, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  14. Grog in Ohio

    Odd... I wonder if the same group had any ads placed while the previous president was vacationing as New Orleans drowned, soldiers and marines died in Iraq and Afghanistan or detainees were being tortured at Guantanamo Bay?

    August 21, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  15. Escritora69

    And of the many many many many many vacations Bush took during his 8 years in office, how many times was he harassed with commercials and being accused of neglecting his duties? Like most people, Obama wants to spend some time with his family. I'd like to share these pieces of sage advice for people who are this stupid (1) get a grip (2) get a life and more importantly, (3) get over it....

    August 21, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  16. Susan Valenti-DeVito

    How can Republicans sleep at night. George Bush spent a MONTH on vacation each year of his Presidency during a War, Hurricane, and Failing Ecomony, but how dare a Democratic President spend a week alone with his family.

    August 21, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  17. The black Spider

    I am a stunning Obama Supporter but he is disappointing me with his weakness vis a vis toward the GOP in this health care reform debate.
    I voted for him because of the public option he advocated and fought for during the campaign.
    You can't work with people that said from day one of your presidency that they want you to fail and are doing everything they can to achieve that goal.
    You've got to draw the line and stick to your believes and your goals.

    August 21, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  18. Respect

    This says it all, "former health insurance executive Rick Scott."

    Have a nice day.

    August 21, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  19. Astro

    After Bush took more vacation days of any other president, usually taking most of August off, and the Republicans are going to attack Obama? Ridiculous

    August 21, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  20. ANGIE IN PA

    Didnt worry about all the Vacations Bush took and this Conservative for patients rights another Lobbying PR Firm google it! they are Lobbyisit not grass roots organizers LOBBYIST

    August 21, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  21. Island girl

    No solutions – just attacks? Satan finds work for idle hands to do. Obviously this conservative group is on vacation too.

    August 21, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  22. shucks

    Maybe he should have resigned like the Alaskan Ice Queen, or run back to Washington to fix everything like McCain did during the election. There are no immediate needs where president Obama is urgently needed that his family and him can't go away for a week and have some r&r. It's not like he lied to all of his staff and then left the country either. The republicans just need to shut up!!!

    August 21, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  23. jeannie

    Sounds like the conservatives are looking for any reason to attack Obama and attempt to regain their footing. Good use of their money and time..once again.

    August 21, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  24. Vince M

    Hold up, a former health insurance executive founded a group to stop the President's new health care package? I wonder where on earth he is getting the money? People are smart enough to see right through this kind of sillyness. I wonder if the add will say "Paid for by the Evil Insurance Companies of America" at the bottom?

    August 21, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  25. do it but do it right

    Man do people vote conservatives into office just so they can whine. This President is working, and he has been very proactive (unlike our previous president), let him be. I don't think the American people will ever be happy with anybody thats in office. To the Smart presidents they treat them like crap and expect the world, and with stupid presidents they let them run a muck and don't hold them accountable. Americans are a bunch of babies and have no spine

    August 21, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
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