June 22nd, 2010
10:05 AM ET
4 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. Joe

    Desperate politics and stonewalling by the RNC is not going to get them seats in November.

    June 22, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  2. maf

    The RNC, the GOP, the Party of NO, the PARTY OF NO MORE!!!
    What a bunch of useless garbage. DO YOUR JOBS!!
    Become part of the solution or you will simply have nothing to fall back on. You haven't been engaged in making the economy, health care, unemployment benefits, fiscal reform, energy reform.... better, so when you are unemployed after your next re-election bid, you will find out what you have created for yourselves.
    Have a nice time trying to re-invent your party. You are lost and will soon be forgotten!

    June 22, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  3. cspurgeon

    Then Repigs are disgusting and have no respect for the country, president or anything other than scoring politicical points. Greed, money and power...That is the top ones and all the rest are being manipulated into nothingness.

    June 22, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  4. Frank

    It is clear that the GOP is getting desperate. The fact is that the current administration is moving us out of Iraq, has a (challenging) plan for doing the same in Afganistan, adopted a health care plan presidents has wanted since Teddy Roosevelt, changed US foreign policy so that the rest of the world respects us again, saved the economy etc etc. Just where are the Chicago-style politics except in the GOP's imagination?

    June 22, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  5. Jon

    Because the GOP will bring "real change to Washington"? Give me a break!

    June 22, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  6. Fred Evil

    Much ado about nothing. Ok, RNC, we're STILL waiting for YOU to fix _anything_! Ever consider not throwing stones, until you replace all the windows in your OWN HOUSE FIRST?

    June 22, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  7. RJ

    I wonder if Michael Steele ran this by his boss over sized Rush before airing this silly stuff.

    June 22, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  8. cspurgeon

    CNN and all of the cable news is part of this problem and I for one cut baxck on my cable service today to save money, get rid of the negatives always on the TV and improve my overall outlook. Figure I can get my ugly fix on the internet. Goodbye CNN

    June 22, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  9. Steph

    Very mature RNC, but you still haven't said a word about what you would do to improve ANYTHING.

    June 22, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  10. rightsaid

    So typical republicanism. Smear a city/region as if that is some excuse for not having any ideas.

    June 22, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  11. NJB

    CNN, you know what should be parodied? Your spelling of parody on your homepage. On your homepage verbatim your headline reads, "Ticker: Obama mocked in TV paradoy."

    Now, that's funny!

    June 22, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  12. get real

    If only President Obama and some friends visited lesbian bondage nightclubs like the RNC does, then all would be well with the world.

    June 22, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  13. Sniffit

    When you've got no substantive arguments...voila...nonsense.

    " he has broken his word to the American people about bringing real change to Washington," Steele said."

    Please. If you believe that crap it's time for you to put down the warm Bud Lite, sut the mullet, get a job and stop listening to Glush Limbeck. The second Obama said "bipartisanship" and "change" it became MIssion No. 1 for the GOP to create as much partisan rancor and division as possible and foce the Dems to do business more like the Republicans did from 2000-2006 in order to get anything done. And don't doubt that they had to, because 4 years of absolutely nothing being done or even attempted, all because the GOP doesn't want anyone to do anything unless it's what they say shoudl be done, would've have destroyed us completely.

    June 22, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  14. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    The GOBP and Michael Steele are so LAME, LAME, LAME.

    "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,"

    The real CHANGE will be when republicans are no longer in Washington. That CHANGE is only 5 months out. Start packing your bags you republiCANT's.

    VOTE NO FOR THE PARTY OF NO 2010

    June 22, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  15. Jeff from Chicago

    Reality TV at it's best!

    Now that's something I can believe in.

    June 22, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  16. ER

    The RNC doing a parody of Obama only serves to highlight their own massive moral and ethical shortcomings. Maybe they should save their money to use finding better candidates. (SC actually requires marital infidelity from their politicians so that state doesn't count.) Putting up people that serve as bad examples to children isn't working for them. It keeps political discussions out of the bible belt schools, but it leaves people open to a rude awakening when they get old enough to hear about them.

    June 22, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  17. Randy in PA

    So basically, Steele is saying that Obama is exactly like him and his GOP gang. Can't change things if everyone is looking out for themselves instead of what is good for the country as a whole.

    Steele is a joke. He wouldn't have his job if it wasn't for Obama becoming president. The GOP needed a black as their point man. If Hillary had made it to the Presidency then some cretin woman would be in his position.

    Face it, our government sucks, both parties are sickening and so it this childish ad.

    June 22, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  18. Bubba

    Meanwhile, John McCain told some kids to get off his lawn and then took a nap, while Sarah Palin pleaded with Margaret Thatcher for a photo op.

    June 22, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  19. jim

    the republicans are, once again exaggerating, making false claims, and using escalating language.

    so, what else is new?

    and as for the promised changes for washington, i contend that it is the republicans and their highly partisan stances and obstructionist actions that have hindered progress ... and NOT the white house.

    June 22, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  20. katiec

    What will the republicans stoop to next?? They realize their support of BP and Wall St over the weflare of us and our country have become obvious to the American people so resort to any dirty trick they can.
    At least our president has high standards which is much more than you can say for any republican politician.

    June 22, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  21. Barack.Hussein.Obama-America's-Benevolent-DICTATOR

    The DemocRATS will no doubt go wild. The truth hurts....

    June 22, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  22. Byrd

    Oh, and after suffering through twelve disastrous years of republican control of both Congress and the White House, are we supposed to believe that they're now a horse of a different color? I guess Barton's remarks kinda shoot that notion down, now don't they.

    The Republican slogan should instead be: Hypocrites then and hypocrites now. At least we're consistent.

    June 22, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  23. Jay Kay, Minneapolis

    I didn't know Repulicants had a sense of humor

    June 22, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  24. Amanda

    This registered Republican would like to thank the RNC for turning me into a Democrat. Your pathetic marketing schemes and blocking of bills because your mad at not winning the WH shows me that your degrees and public service mean nothing and you're no better than bickering 8th graders.

    June 22, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  25. tom

    Lets not forget that the BP executive can't take a day off on his boat without excessive outcrys, but Obama can go golfing four or five times, go to a baseball game, go to political fund raisers for liberal democrats and lets not forget the numerous basketball games.
    One standard for Bush and Katrina and one standard for Obama and oil spills (60 days before he asked for help and oil skimmers from other countries who offered them 3 days in.)
    Typical Obama and Liberal DemocRATS, one standard for us and a different standard for everyone else.

    June 22, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
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