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.


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soundoff (207 Responses)
  1. gt

    democrats and republican act like little children... sickning...

    June 22, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  2. RNC GnOPe-A-Saur

    Repub-lemmings squawk some more. Too bad that they have trouble remembering anything from more than 24 hours ago.

    June 22, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  3. Marty, FL

    The RNC fails to understand their absurd gimmicks simply pander to the far right base. It does not appeal to moderates & independents who are not impressed with the same old talking points, not to mention the RNC's glaring hypocrisy (read: Kirk).

    June 22, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  4. Sandra, ATL

    How does any decent person expect anyone to bring change to this group of corrupt people such as the Republican party? I have never tried to group people together but to look at them individually, but this group makes that difficult to do. I don't think I can ever again vote for anyone with an 'R' behind their name. They truly do not care for the American people at all. It's all about power regardless of the situation. When the country needs people to pull together, they do everything in their power to divide and destroy. Disgusting and immoral!

    June 22, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  5. Lynn

    The GOP spends an enormous amount of money trying to smear President Obama. Are they running scared?

    June 22, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  6. andy

    Thats funny. Good ole chicago politics gangsta style. The truth is in the ad.

    June 22, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  7. Jeff in PA

    Boy the GOP can really be proud of this, the party of idiots. No Class, No Clue, NO IDEAS! Looks like something a 5th grader would dream up. I have an idea for a show, is the GOP smarter than a 5th grader, NO.

    June 22, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  8. Willy Brown

    Everyday is a gaff with him on TV.

    June 22, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  9. ART

    Micheal steel is a moron and a lap dog of the Republican party. I honestly think he may be brain dead

    June 22, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  10. Lynda/Minnesota

    Who, exactly, is the RNC trying to reach with idiotic commercials such as this one is?

    June 22, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  11. Roger

    As bad as Obama is or has been with certain issues he still beats the hell of what he replaced & anyother right wing nut that is now in the republican/tea party...the GOP/Republicans/Bush brought this nation to its knees almost to the ground due to their inability to lead & lies about the WARS, funny how soon people forget. Obama may not have done things as you or I might have wished but he is still better than the alternative....

    June 22, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  12. obama victim

    this is very, very good.......sad that it is so true

    June 22, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  13. anthony

    This is just great. Republicans are now using fake TV shows to attack the president. What is wrong, there are no real issues for the Republicans to talk about? Do Republicans have anything useful to contribute besides gimmicks?

    Republicans apparently are determined to make "Chicago-style politics" into a campaign slogan. Is this really smart? What does "Chicago-style political shakedown" remind people of?

    June 22, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  14. MR AMERICA

    So.............the RNC is complaining that Obama is acting like the GOP?

    False attack...Obama is far more transparent than any president we have had. The GOP is a joke.

    June 22, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  15. Nurse Lisa

    Business as usual is the GOP lies; the GOP stalling and filibustering to erroneously try to make it appear President Obama is failing; and attack ads that fail to offer one new idea from the GOP won't fool many, though it may continue to entertain the likes who enjoyed Chip's racist Christmas CD.

    June 22, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  16. John

    This is the best the Repubs can do? No real ideas, just hate.... Funny how none of them are from Chicago, lived in Chicago, have had anything to do with Chicago, yet they are such experts on it.... Great tactic, piss of one of the largest cities in the US. Way to go stupids!

    June 22, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  17. Adam in Colorado

    True, Obama's admin has not been as "transparent" as marketed. However, the funny thing is that Steele and the Republicans are the WORST at transparency. That's why they don't even promise it. It would never be part of a Repubs campaign.

    June 22, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  18. Marge

    What would you expect from a bunch of common characterless group such as the GOP. I'll say one things for Democrats after the way this bunch of republicans have acted after they lost a LEGAL election which they couldn't fix like they did the two previous ones, they sure show their character. Anybody who is a republican has shown they are the lowest crude of the crude.

    June 22, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  19. beth

    It's hard to bring change when you have the G.nO.P. trying to stop any progress.

    June 22, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  20. Nurse Lisa

    It is laughable for Steele to talk of failed leadership in the midst of the many RNC scandals under his own leadership. Just another pot calling the kettle black. LAME.

    June 22, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  21. Riley

    Obama is so clueless, He will be mocked many times over and over again.

    June 22, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  22. Steve

    I just find pathetic and sad that the RNC is taking such juvenile actions to bash the president. They show no respect for the office nor any intent in working together in productuve ways. I hope the American people have a more mature state of mind than the RNC

    June 22, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  23. Slick William

    I wonder if they have one in mind called the PGA Tournament of Disaster....

    June 22, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  24. Michael

    “President Obama has not only fallen remarkably short of the high standards he has set for himself and his administration” That will never happen with Republicans as they have no ideas or standards. They are simply the party of obstruction "THE PARTY OF NO" They want to cut spending and government – They were the problem for 8 years with a do nothing rubber stamp president who signed off on all of the pork barrel spending.

    June 22, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  25. Cosno

    I never have found anybody with purple lip and gums to be trustworthy...

    June 22, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
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