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. Jamie

    Republicans have unbelievable nerve considering George W. took more vacation – including a trip to Crawford shortly after 911 – than any other president in our history. Hypocrisy, thy party is Republican!

    August 21, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  2. Nagudcm Sugna

    At least Bill Clinton payed attention to the polls and made adjustments.

    August 21, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  3. jspeters99

    Remember when Bush took his vacation and the liberal media jumped down his throat about it?? Seems like Obama gets a free pass now, even with the nation at 10% unemployment

    August 21, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  4. Mike

    An again obama vacations with the nation is in turmoil. He does not go the Camp David, he vacations with the worlds richest people. He sure is of and for the common people. Oh well, when he vacations, the country tends to improve and when he returns the stock market, etc drop. Maybe he should go away on vacation for good until 2012.

    August 21, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  5. Enitan

    This kinds of garbage is what got the Republican party in the complete mess they are in, and it looks as if that they have not learn anything.

    We are all awake now, this lying garbage will not work.

    This country will have a heath care for every Americans that wants one
    with or without the Republican support.

    August 21, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  6. kate

    let's review all the mocking done by democrats against George W. Bush.

    If you want to be President, this kinda of stuff comes with the job.

    August 21, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  7. Lourdes

    Where was the conservative outrage when President Bush took more vacation time than any president in history, even while we were at 2 wars and our economy and healthcare obviously needed attention? Where was the conservative outrage when he played golf after promising he wouldn't out of respect for the dead and dying soldiers?

    Using a president's vacations against him is bs, but at least show some consistency, otherwise you look like sniveling, politicizing fools.

    August 21, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  8. eolufemi

    These guys are a joke. This is one of the most visibly active presidents I've seen in my lifetime.

    August 21, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  9. John from LA

    Watch all the Obamabots scream at this ad-Why is it that NO ONE can poke fun at the president????-Lighten up Francis!!!!

    August 21, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  10. Richard-Arkansas

    The people in the South remember that Mr. Bush not only was on vacation but DIDN'T interrupt it for hurricane Katrina. This president is (1) more intelligent, (2) more in tune with the needs of the American people even as the Republican/Insurance complex tries to confuse them, and (3) has already done more real work in 7 months than Bush did before 9/11 and probably even in the next two years after. He doesn't tell us how "hard the work is" but just does it, even staying up past 9:00 pm if needed.

    Why didn't they tell their Republican Congress to report back to Washington early?

    August 21, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  11. Independent for health care

    $150,000 is nothing to someone who thinks excessive costs to the insuree is just good business.

    August 21, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  12. demwit

    "Conservatives for Patient's Rights, a group founded earlier this year by former health insurance executive "

    Sad how CNN only describes the foundings of "some" groups. Bias proofs in the pudding..

    August 21, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  13. Gerald

    Obama's health care plan will be written by a committee whose head says he doesn't understand it,
    passed by a Congress that hasn't read it,
    signed by a president who smokes,
    funded by a treasury chief who did not pay his taxes,
    overseen by a surgeon general who is obese, and
    financed by a country that is nearly broke.
    What could possibly go wrong?

    August 21, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  14. carolflowery

    Im soooooooo glad he's goin on a vacation, cause lord knows i could use one from his monopolizing the tv set in this house

    August 21, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  15. Morning Star Holmes

    My daughter's family is one of the "uninsured". My son-in-law's company went bankrupt and the new owners have not been able to provide health care. They are a middle class family. My son-in-law has a management position. They go into debt every month just to cover the major medical policy they pay for out of pocket. Every time their toddlers go to the doctor, they pay out of pocket. These are Americans who pay their mortgage payments on time and their fair share of taxes. It is time to revamp our system to provide the same level of care most developed countries provide. Why is it we can go to India for a surgical procedure that costs 1/10th the cost of the same procedure here America and get our medications from Canada for 50% less that the same medications cost us in our own country. Follow the money trail. Get big business out of the healthcare delivery system and give people and physicians a choice for quality health care for all of our citizens.

    August 21, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  16. N.G.

    Well maybe, just maybe, the President should listen to what the people, his employer, want. And that is no public option in his debacle of a healthcare bill. While he’s on vacation he should step back and look at the job he’s done so far: 10% unemployment, 8 banks failed this month alone, and the trillion dollars of taxpayer money we’ll never see again. Also he should realize that strong arming the country to his whim is not going to make the people agree with him, insults don’t work either. This is all, just something to think about while the rest of us have to work at our REAL jobs (those that managed to keep them anyway).

    August 21, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  17. The black Spider

    I have news from Obama and the Democrats.
    This is all betwen PUBLIC OPTION which the public support 77%.
    It's an imperative and MUST BE INCLUDED in the bill or you will loose my support and believe it or not I will call all my friends for a party in the mid term election in 2010.
    I am sick of BIG CORPORATION setting the agenda in this country to the expense of the Middle class.

    August 21, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  18. Nancy - Houston

    I hope this group spends all of their "spare" dollars on these ads; however, being associated with greedy insurance companies, I doubt they ever will. I think they are trying to insult the intelligence of American citizens, but, hey, we're on to them.

    August 21, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  19. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    These conservative/republican groups are a disgrace to America and makes me ever wonder why I served in the military. I'm not fighting for people who won't fight for me. We want a public option and we want one now! These conservative groups are tasteless and don't care about the middle class of this country. To hell with them.

    August 21, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  20. cspurgeon

    What a bunch of idiots. Speaks well for the Republican party..NOT!

    August 21, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  21. It's nice on the beach if you have healthcare...

    Take a look at your policy...lifetime maximum payouts...and, if you have not properly identified what the insurance company amy think was a pre-existing condition, they won't pay a dime...and, I guarantee they will look for anything that they can possibly identify as a pre-condition so they don't have to pay your claim...but, in the meantime they are more then happy to take your monthly premiums...

    PUBLIC OPTION IS A MUST!

    August 21, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  22. Jim TN

    The conservatives poster president was on vacation 6 out of 8 years in office and their going to give Obama guff about taking a vacation with his family. On top of it Obama mixed work in with his vacation. Not only attending town halls but looking into the status of our National wildlife refuges and parks. Obama is constantly killing 3 birds with one stone and all you hear about is some cockamamie critique not based in reality. The president has only been in office for 8 months and all you cons can do is nit pick imaginary issues. Give the man a chance and I think we'll all come out happy. I had to live with your pres (worst pres in history) for 8 years and I didn't complain as much as you have in 8 months.

    August 21, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  23. Jonathan

    Ok I may just be an average person but is it just me or is it stupid for these companies to be spending hundreds of thousands of dollars or even millions of dollars to run tv spots when they could be using the money for something more productive. Maybe you agree with the president or maybe you don't, thats your right as an American instead of trying to force your opinion and make people think what you want them to think why not put your money together and work for a solution. People say that taxes are going to be raised, the government is going to force things on you or whatever; ask yourself this how many times have taxes been raised in the last 8 years, why have gas prices mysteriously gone down "we have not found anymore oil that I am aware of" and more importantly how much have we been spending on two wars that are no where close to being over "Billions monthly"? Like I said earlier maybe you agree with the president or maybe you don't but isn't better to alteast be spending America's money on Americans.

    August 21, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  24. fielding mellish

    I wonder how many ads of this kind Conservatives For Patient's Rights ran when Dubya took his vacations. What jerks.

    August 21, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  25. Max Jean-Pierre

    Surely this type of expense can only be afforded by the big insurance companies. CPR is just a mouth piece on hire!

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