March 12th, 2010
11:12 AM ET
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Obama is used in ad targeting blacks on health care

A new ad targeting African American voters features President Obama.
A new ad targeting African American voters features President Obama.

Washington (CNN) - President Obama is featured in a new television commercial targeting African American voters, where he is seen asking for help in pressuring Congress to approve health care reform legislation.

Americans United for Change did not inform the White House that it was using an old clip of the president speaking out on the need for health care reform. Rather, the clip was taken from his YouTube channel under legal guidelines, Americans United spokesman Jeremy Funk told CNN.

The liberal advocacy group is paying $125,000 to run the ad on Black Entertainment Television as part of a $500,000 advocacy campaign designed to convince black voters to support health care reform, Funk said.

"The special interests are marshaling their forces for one last fight to save the status quo and we can't let that happen," Obama says. "That is why I am asking you to summon the energy and commitment and the drive that has fuel this movement since day one."

A female narrator touts Obama's effort to provide affordable health care to every American in the 30 second ad to "Call Congress to make your voice heard now."

Americans United also uses Obama's voice in a one minute ad that will run on "nationally syndicated African American radio" as well as radio stations across the country with "predominantly African American listenership," Funk said.

This ad campaign is expected run through March 18th.


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soundoff (120 Responses)
  1. Dar

    Most of the people that voted for Odumbo has to hear it on TV or the radio, They dont read anything but trash, no real news, just trash junkies. And these are the people who put him into office. Smart, very smart.

    And it really doesnt matter if these people back Odumbo or not. They already voted the fool into office.

    This HC bill is now up to congress, right or wrong they are the ones who will prosper or fail when it all comes down to it.
    If it passes, the working class will as it always has, pay for the poor to sit around on their lazy butts while most of them could be out earning a living the old fashion way. A Job, as humble as that may sound, millons of us do it every day and we dont need Odumbos money.
    But then there are the people whom voted for Odumbo........................

    2010/2012 REAL Change is coming

    March 12, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  2. bob

    This bill is far from being something in anyone's best interest. The majority does not want it, and that majority grows every time Obama gets in his pulpit and preaches how good it is.

    March 12, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  3. P.Y. L A

    Dear "LACROSSE MOM" can you tell me, how will It help people dieing without insurance if the rest of people,the one's still working ,will be taxed for 3 years,to pay for it?And don't forget sick people will still die.
    If you try to read this bill,that you love so mach you will find,that it start working 3 years from... let's say today,but it will tax you,If you are one paying taxes, tomorrow.

    March 12, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  4. Rita Bubb

    I agree with LacrosseMom. Here's the thing. We can go ahead and put in there that no federal money goes towards abortions. If that is the sticking point, then just do it. Put the language in there and be done with it already.
    The so-called pro-lifers will never get it about all the lives that need to be saved. With good pre-natal care, so many more newborns can live withouts being deliverd prematurely and withoust other birthing problems. Don't those real babies' lives count?
    There are many other examples, but you get the gist.

    March 12, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  5. ton

    Texas Jack learn how to spell, and then comment. What we have now does not work, I don't know about anyone but my health insurance rate have gone up and my benefits down. So let's give this a chance. And then we can judge.

    March 12, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  6. Franky, Land of Lincoln

    I don't understand this, he is still popular with African-Americans in general, while still having the same loyalty with his party.

    The GOP's approval of him dropped by more than 25 points, it was around 40, now is less than 20. Not to mention Independent voters in general. In nearly cut in half. So making this into a racial issue will only create drama and speculation towards Conservative principles.

    March 12, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  7. eolufemi

    About time they are started talking to us. The fact is we need health care reform more than any other racial group. As for the racists below me, there's nothing persuasive about your bigotry. You'll never convince people of color to join you when patronize every non-white person that disagrees with you.

    March 12, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Pkm what ever it takes to pass health care people are dieing what part does the gop not under stand

    March 12, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  9. Illinois 2

    Blacks came out in record numbers to vote for this guy, some had never voted before and only this time because there was a dark skinned man running for the highest office in the land. I for one truly believe that the mass majority that have a voting record to back them, would show that we should only focus on what these people are all about and what they claim to represent, NOT THE COLOR OF THEIR SKIN...
    What would have happened if there was only newspaper articles and radio spots????

    March 12, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  10. Socialism is spending someone else's money until it runs out

    Obama is a pathetic egotistical self centered dictator wanna be leading his followers to the slaughter house and he will smile all the way.This impostor of a president is the weakest I have seen in 60 years.A slick talk and NO substance.Wish we could impeach him as the impostor he is.

    March 12, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  11. Keven

    I am so sick and tired of people saying that the polls show the American people don’t want this?

    Really? I never got a call?

    Did you get a call?

    Have you ever been called?

    And even if you have, there calling what 1,000 people out of MILIIONS? Well thank you 1,000 people for speaking for the world regardless who you listen to or how much you pay for in heath insurance..

    By the way.. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE never cared when those tax credits came out
    Anyone what’s a min. $300 tax credit times lets say 10 million people
    3 BILLION OF YOUR “ tax-dollars” your whining about. Now take that amount times how ever many years Bush did it. Lets be clear I’m being modest on this amount here cause way more than 10 million people got a tax credit

    All that time we spent in IRAQ when we shouldn’t have. Wrong LOCATION!

    Just those 2 things alone, the AMERICAN PEOPLE thought were there right things to do at the time. Honestly, you stuck up little tea-baggers or FOX-humpers find a new country to live in for 10 years if you have such a problem with how the government works.

    Oh.. And according to the polls
    35% Strongly Aggree with this post
    45% Somewhat Agree with this post
    20% Dislike this post and would love to have something to whine about – Get a clue!

    March 12, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  12. Lee, California

    Plain and simple, if you like what is happening now; then leave it alone; if you think what is happening now is a rip off (by insurance companies), CHANGE IT! Plain and simple! Don't keep doing the same and expect changes.

    March 12, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  13. carmilla

    its not going to do obama any good to keep pushing.he is a sick puppy,he is going to be sick and lost this midterm election year,and come 2Ol2 he is for sure going to be out on his ass.anybody that wants this obama health care i feel sorry for you.obama is a liberal and a socialist,he dosent give a dam about you.he dosent care about the american people,he only wants to do what he wants to do.he is headed for a major disaster,then when all goes wrong and you all didnt listen,your going to be crying and blaming obama the liar and deciver.obama is a liar and he has all of you fooled.so funny.obama is the worst president in american history.he should go bk to chicago and be a speaker,that is the only thing he is good at.TALKING!WAKE UP FROM YOUR SLEEP PEOPLE.THANK GOD FOR THE TEA PARTY MOVEMENT!

    March 12, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  14. paulie_nj

    He's just trying to get the black vote to push health care just like the black vote won him the presidency. Why wouldn't black's vote yes for healthcare reform when it will benefit them the most. Now back to how Obama got elected, if you take the black vote away he loses by a landslide, I hope everyone realizes that. And do you think black people voted for him because he was the best candidate? WRONG! Skin color had everything to do with it and if you don't believe that then you have your head up your @$$. I give Obama credit though, he was smart to target the black vote. He knows the presidency is usually decided on a 3% swing so he went after a constituency that he knew he would favor him.

    March 12, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  15. Birdia

    The rightwing teabaggers are just mad that this bill is going to pass. they want the president to fail. i can't understand that the repub's are suppose to be the religious right, and have so much love for God when they deliver so much hate, and they think their going to heaven in spite of they way they treat there fellow man. The American people need this bill passed, if not our coat will go higher, and higher, and the couverage will be less, and less.

    March 12, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  16. Costly

    The question is: Are you willing to trade the 4% profit margin that insurance companies get (very low for corporations) for a fee of 20% for the Medicare fraud that the government currently overseas.

    Secondly, in 12 years, when the government is having severe Medicare funding problems, do you want your healthcare to be tied to the governments financial situation?

    Third, whether this bill passes or not, you do realize they did nothing to substantially change the 7% of GDP more (Almost $850 Billion/year) that the US pays in healthcare costs (private and public) that even the second most expensive country doesn't pay, and they cover everyone in their society. So, effectively, this didn't make us more globally competitive, but less, in the end. Yes, it will cover more Americans, but unfortunately, they should have been able to cover everyone and still restructure the US system to be 7% of GDP less to make us globally competitive. This is Congress' greatest failure in 40 years, whether it passes or not.

    March 12, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  17. Ellen

    I am so tired of hearing how the American People do not want this Health Care Reform.. I am the American People and I have not once been asked by any poll what my thoughts are on this. There is no way you can poll all of the American People so these figures are not accurate. This is done to make it look like people don't want this reform and that is just not true. I for one and many other family members and friends are in support of this, but our voices are not being heard. If you are going to use poll numbers then you at least better be polling all the American People and we know that is impossible, so stop putting these numbers out there to try and influence the men and women in Washington to vote in accordence with this information. I would like to take this opportunity to tell the Senate and House to vote what is best for the people and stop worrying about re-election in Nov. You are there to do what is best for the American People not what is popular and what will help your career. We the American People deserve better. If you truly vote your conscience then you will be a better person and re-election will be a no brainer. Give back to the people who put you where you are. Everyone should have health insurance. We are all paying now for those who don't and insurance companies are raising premiums. It is time to help all the American People, not just the rich, priviledged or lucky ones with good jobs ( those are getting fewer and fewer). Washington Democrates your people are depending on you to support this important legislation. Vote yes and help us and this great country of ours. God Bless America, yes I said God in the same sentence with America!!!!!!!!!

    March 12, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  18. I WANT MINES

    Where does it say in this health care bill about quality health care?

    your employer can change insurance companies because of better prices but it doesnt mean you will get the same quality of health care .....just a cheaper plan and the cheaper the plan THE MORE OUT OF POCKET MONEY YOU WILL HAVE TO PAY

    WAKE UP PEOPLE WAKE UP

    March 12, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  19. carmikal

    What a waste of money. The black community would be 1st in line to welcome health care reform. The $40/check increase that started hitting my check at beginning a year is killing me. I only make 30k.

    March 12, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  20. carl

    Why is everyone so angry? healthcare is for everyone democrat, republican and independents....I like to know. if you guys dont like health care reform and we dont get it because of you guys. then think about this. suppose if one of your love one or friends get cancer and they dont have health insurance because you shut it down, then they died. how would you feel then?

    March 12, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
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