June 22nd, 2010
10:05 AM ET
5 years ago

RNC mocks Obama in TV parody

The RNC is out Tuesday with a  web video touting a fictitious television network called ‘Obama’s Chicago Network.’
The RNC is out Tuesday with a web video touting a fictitious television network called ‘Obama’s Chicago Network.’

Washington (CNN) - The Republican National Committee launched "Obama's Chicago Network" on Tuesday, a new web video designed to look like a NBC network summer lineup promotion.

The video is complete with the familiar-sounding television voiceover that touts four new "shows": "Dancing with the Law" (Dancing with the Stars), "The Colorado Hills" (The Hills), "I'm a Politician, Get Me Out of Here!" (I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!) and "Job or No Job" (Deal or No Deal).

"Obama's Chicago Network: it's not TV, it's reality," the ad concludes.

The video is hosted on a website with short summaries of each fake production and focuses on the Obama administration's ties to Illinois ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich, Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Sestak and Colorado Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff.

"When Barack Obama became the 44th President of the United States, he promised to usher in a new era of unparalleled transparency and open government in Washington," RNC Chairman Michael Steele said in a statement. "Rather than putting a stop to 'business-as- usual', this White House has proved more than willing to employ disreputable, backroom, Chicago-style politics in order to further their own political goals."

"President Obama has not only fallen remarkably short of the high standards he has set for himself and his administration, but most egregiously, he has broken his word to the American people about bringing real change to Washington," Steele said.

A spokesperson for the Democratic National Committee was not immediately available for comment.


Filed under: Obama administration • President Obama • RNC
soundoff (207 Responses)
  1. fake production

    fake, with out substance, no real shows, all marketing, no programs

    this sounds just like something the GOPers might launch

    June 22, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  2. Todd

    a Fake TV show for a FAKE President. Very appropriate!

    June 22, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  3. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    It appears that all elected republicans are trying out for a spot on "The Apprentice.' I also remember the republican show, "Drill Street Blues." Why not 'Sex and don't get caught in the City?'

    June 22, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  4. Anonymous

    These republicans are the most disgusting people on this earth. They will lie anyway they can to try and make our president look bad, but they don't realize that the majority of americans know that. The only people they can fool are the teabagger and a bunch of uneducate racist bigots. I hope that come november all this bull crap will come back to haunt them. Dispicable.

    June 22, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  5. Anonymous

    The concept is clever- no doubt about that.
    Me Steele however as a spokesman for anyone on anything is a joke.
    The man never gets facts correct, cannot control his own party and criticizes the White House for things done on a much smaller scale than the Presidents precessor yet claims outrage.
    Instead of trying to tear down the Democrats, why not spend some time rebuilding the Republican Party? If he were to read current polls, poeple STILL want the Democrats to handle our economy, so the more he mentions it, the more he reminds themof who created the problem in the first place.

    June 22, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  6. GL

    Michael Steels continue to be useless.

    June 22, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  7. Church of Realism

    Once again Republicans fail spectacularly at anything remotely connected to humor or satire. Cons just can't do funny unless it involves watermelon or immigration jokes, which aren't funny to anyone but racist clowns.

    June 22, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  8. Brian L

    Part of the GOP advertising campaign displaying how childish they are..... Vote for us we act like kids and have no new ideas whatsoever!

    June 22, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  9. GI Joe

    If it's like most GObP stuff, it's all lies, hate, fear, propaganda, and rumor.

    No thanks.

    June 22, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  10. DJ in TX

    And the GOP think they can do better? I think Steele has already shown what he can do – spend money lavishly for the GOP. Notice the ad is only criticizing (unles something is not being reported), but no ideas from the GOP. They do NOT have a good track record of being good stewards of tax dollars. Remember, they grew government more than any during teh Bush years. The deficits and debt grew more than any previously during the Bush years. Two wars (which we're still involved in). And I'm still waiting on an answer on exactly what was the benefit to the U.S. for the Iraq war.......................Oh yeah, the worst recession this country has seen since the great depression. And finally, President Bush had to pass the "bailout" or the country would have crumbled. So tell me, what does the GOP stand on to prove they are ay better than Dems?

    June 22, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  11. GL

    Michale Steel and the whole Republicans party is nothing but CLOWNS! Republicans/RNC is the biggest joke and needs to start acting like auldts.

    June 22, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  12. Dave

    "President Obama has not only fallen remarkably short of the high standards he has set for himself and his administration, but most egregiously, he has broken his word to the American people about bringing real change to Washington," Steele said.

    I swear Michael Steele (and the GOP) gets dumber by the minute. If Steele wants to talk about corruption, perhaps we should compare Obama to the idiotic buffoon who preceeded him.

    June 22, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  13. American Patriot - a "real" tea partier

    What planet does Steele live on? The president has done or tried to do everything he promised. He's brought real change - he's making people take responsibility for their actions.

    I know Bush was a lying empty suit, and the GOP don't know what to do with themselves since an intelligent person who is doing his job is in the Oval Office. I just think the GOP need to get a hobby. There's always fishing in the Gulf... nope, they can't do that right now because the GOP pretty much messed up any chance of that by allowing the oil industry to do whatever it wanted. The GOP didn't make people take responsibility for their actions, and look at the mess we're in.

    June 22, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  14. Cut Spending

    Ha, ha. Well, Obama already has his own network–NBC. Instead of reporting real news, they love to express their love towards Obama–a man that is selling US citizens down the river to accomplish his own delusional, government-run 'utopia'.

    June 22, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  15. Jason B.

    "Because our own GOP backroom, disreputable politics are TOTALLY different than Obama's backroom, disreputable politics".

    June 22, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  16. Bertina

    And the RNC is above board? Ha, this just proves that we live in a two party oligarchy.

    June 22, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  17. Dano

    So the RNC is trying to compete with SNL now? I guess when you have no new, viable ideas you have to resort to a comedy skit.

    June 22, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  18. John PA

    Yes, the same old pack of lies which is a typical GOP signature only intended to be packaged as "creative." Sadly, there are a lot of stupid and gullible folks who will bite the bait. However, I noticed that the DNC has launched a pretty damning video based on reality. I think most of us have seen who's most transparent. GOP philosophy is based on one thing only: profit over the livelihood of people & environment. Make all the "funny" videos you want, GOP, most of us are smarter than that.

    June 22, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  19. GL

    I wonder how much Steel spend in this useless AD! Steel wasting the RNC money.

    June 22, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  20. The Stem

    Just another example of how much of a Joke the GOP really is. In a time when the country needs serious leadership to deal with the problems we have, they want to spend time and money creating ridiculous, sophmoric comedy?? This is not what political leaders should be doing. This is making them look like idiots and its one more step towards driving their party into obscurity – GOP becomes irrelevant! On top of this, they have an idiot (Palin) speaking for them and endorsing candidates? Really? OK, in case they haven't realized it yet, Palin is no longer a politician/leader. . . she quit the only real job she has because the heat was on her for the illegal things she did in Alaska! She's nothing more than an uneducated, book peddling, talking head who's making millions off people who are even dumber - that includes Bachman from Minnesota and that idiot Barton from Texas. Come on people, we need better political leaders than this.

    June 22, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  21. ThinkAgain

    The GOP just sinks lower and lower and lower ... And the pathetic part is how many Americans are willing to believe their lies and deception.

    The GOP is actively trying to destroy our country. They are shameless!

    June 22, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  22. Randy

    This is funny, I don't care who you are.

    June 22, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  23. larry

    this juvinile act is from the people that want to lead the government? I would hope they can do better than this crap.

    June 22, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  24. GL

    I juse watch it and it is so first grader. Micheal Steel needs to be ashamed of himself putting together this childess ad even the pictures are so first grader.

    June 22, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  25. Lucullus

    Yawn. Just another example of the nya, nya nya, nya nya politics of the jackboot right. I swear I wouldn't mind them being so childish and acting like a bunch of school yard bullies if there were not so many stupid people in this country who believe them

    June 22, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
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