August 21st, 2009
02:25 PM ET
8 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. Dennis

    Oh but he's been working SOOOO hard! Trying to ram this pig of a plan down our throats.

    August 21, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  2. PLUTO

    Well, it's not like he was "walking the Appalachian Trail" or "cutting brush in Crawford." The first means infidelity and the second a drunken binge, if you aren't up on Republican buzz words. No, we haven't forgotten baby Bush and President Cheney yet. Not going to, either.

    August 21, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  3. Just the facts please

    Rick Scott:Drop your Corporate Fascist Healthcare System. I dont want Rush Limbaugh to come between my doctor and I.

    August 21, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  4. Collinskats-Ireland

    I have always wanted to live and work in America, but i have just realised how Americans hate America.To be honest with you..Insurances in America as i understand it, THEY ARE AROPE IN A GOAT'S NECK WHILE MILKING IT, AND AFTER THEY SLAUGHTER IT. Thats the way they are using Americans who are better off to destruct and disrupt those who are not. it should have been clear by now that acountry as rich as America is also as poor as any other third world country. The bottom line is, if i come to America am less able to get my dreams come true most especially when i get sick, God forbid or my wife or any of my family, AMERICANS SHOULD REFLECT INWARDS WHAT THEY PRESENT IN OTHER COUNTRIES.

    August 21, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  5. 'RUB' THE CLOWN

    The blood of the uninsured is on their hands.

    August 21, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  6. WIll 18E

    And ?Bush spent over a month in Crawford, and a week in Camp David, right before the 9/11 attacks; While being warned of impending attacks.

    August 21, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  7. Anonymous

    Like really? Who other than a group founded by former Health Insurance executive.

    August 21, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  8. Jerad

    Turnabout is fair play. President Bush was criticized any time he went on vacation. Half the time he wasn't even on vacation, just working out of his Texas ranch. Of course, it's a bunch of nonsense because all presidents take vacations. Hopefully, the left-wing myrmidons can see their own silliness reflected in these ads.

    August 21, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  9. disgusted

    Rick Scott who defrauded the government. I notice he does not mention that ALL of our lawmakers are on a month-long "break". And that he is spending millions to spread lies and misinformation. Yes, a fine upstanding caring man who cares about patients rights. Why is he not in jail?

    August 21, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  10. Ron Feuer

    Maybe the "CHANGE" Obama is talking about is synonymous with Bush's "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED"...Yah?

    August 21, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  11. Marcus, Great Lakes IL

    Who cares? What goes around, comes around.

    Remember GW on vacation when New Orleans flooded?

    If they have nothing better to do with $150,000 than throw it away on a tv ad, that is their business.

    I, on the other hand would use the funds to better the lives of those in need of help for medical care.

    August 21, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  12. Dom

    Unfortunately, I hate to say that I can't see that Health Care Reform will get approved in this country because the people, the media and the politicians all seem to be led by self interests and not compromise for the greater good. The Republicans spend too much time on misinterpretation, the liberal Democrats are too hell bent on not giving up their public option and when Obama tried to 'reach across the aisle' ( as he promised he would in his campaign) to consider the health co-op option, the liberal Dems get mad at him and the Repubs call him a flip-flopper, when all he is doing is what he promised to do, compromise to get a deal for the greater good of all the people. Let us not forget that the first three words of our Constitution are 'We the People' not 'Me the Individual.' We need compromise from both sides to get this done, even if that means boths sides won't be completely satisfied. We don't and never have lived in and a perfect world.

    August 21, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  13. Karon

    I just wanted to add – that the GOP think Obama can't have vacation when in fact, EVERY President in history has taken time off every now and then. The old GOP President GW took MORE time off that ANY OTHER PRESIDENT in history – where was the outcry from the GOP then? In fact, if he hadn't take the long month off before 9/11, he might not have dismissed that memo on "Al-QUADA" want to use Airplanes to bomb the US! Also, who can remember that long vacation GW went on while the people of New Orleans hit by Katrina had to suffer in those first few days because George didn't want to get back to work because whine "I'm still on vacation"!

    August 21, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  14. Bill B. Nancy,KY

    Sure seems funny, that all these folks can do is ridicule, while offering nothing constructive to the debate. Can you say permanent miNOrity? It sure isn't hard to figure out that the insurance industry is deep in the pockets of the greedy GOP!

    August 21, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  15. Vicky

    As long as this ad is being paid for by a group led by a private health insurance guru, it will have no value to well meaning people. This, again, should tell everyone that it really isn't about the cost, it is about some people loosing a slice of their loaf of bread.

    August 21, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  16. Jeff

    Yeah.... cause Grearge Bush Jr. was always on the job at the White House right? Oh yeah, he spent the least time at the White House of any president in history, and vacationed his way through natural disasters and war..... give me a break....

    August 21, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  17. Ray, Florida

    We all know that whatever President Obama does some of the people will find something wrong with it. How pitiful. It goes without saying the president deserves his vacation. They, the"no sayers" don't want him to rest, because they know when he is rested they can not match his brilliance.

    August 21, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  18. Tom

    Guess some people fail to understand that while a president goes on vacation, he doesn't stop functioning as president. Typical red-herring, misleading tactics.

    August 21, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  19. Mark

    Oh poor Obama

    August 21, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  20. Tex

    What a bunch of irrelevant miscreants.

    August 21, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  21. john

    Hey if his plan passes, the 40 million who dont have health care get it and; random 40 million people will lose health care. Plus anyone over 65 gets no health care.

    Yeah america you elected a change and you got it!!! Now deal with it

    AMERICA SUCKS!!!!!!!!!

    August 21, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  22. Mo

    "Conservatives for Patient's Rights, a group founded earlier this year by former health insurance executive Rick Scott" and "The group has spent upwards of $4 million on combating the Democrats health care proposals this year." That's all you need to know.

    August 21, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  23. REAL reform

    more Unsmart folks with more to say about healthcare, eh? enough already??? not much to do at home?

    August 21, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  24. felicia

    That ad is going to be sweat off the Preisdent's back you seen them once you seen them all. Obama won't let a little ad stand in his way of democracy. Obama 2012!

    August 21, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  25. brian

    Obama and his one week vacation is a nice change of pace from Bush and his entire month of August vacations.

    August 21, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
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