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. Margaret

    I fully agree, but I'm not surprised. He's just a slick tongued politician.

    June 22, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  2. carlos

    once again, the supposedly chairman of the rnc shows his ignorance, stupidity and the bad taste that the repugnant party is for US the citizens of this beautiful nation

    June 22, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  3. Ben in Texas

    Such an ad only emphasizes how bad things got under Bush/Cheney. By implication, if there is little transparency now, there was even less under the the former Repugnant Fascist regime.

    It has been said many times, you cannot clean up eight years of pachyderm poo in a year and a half.

    June 22, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  4. JohnRJ08

    Sounds like a bunch of adolescents have taken over the RNC.

    June 22, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  5. Chris

    Can you guys please check your spelling? This is the third time since last week where there has been glaring errors. On the home page it says "TV paradoy"

    June 22, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  6. Marie MD

    How infantile from the GOPBers. Really?
    They are little kiids in the playground. No solutions, no ideas, just a bunch of retarded liars.
    At least the DNC campaign against barton and the oil sheiks in conogress tells the truth about what these bozos think of the Gulf people and their master (behind limberger) bp and other oil companies.

    June 22, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  7. Nick , California

    Don't the Republicans have work to do??!! You know.. that thing called creating solutions to our nations troubles?? Too much effort trying to demonize!! The sarcasm just confirms the IQ and immaturity of the Republican party today! How much time was spent to do nothing but mock.. no solutions.. no class.. just plain old party of NO!! My 1 year old has better manners that these clowns! How is thing going to teach anything to anybody.. or tell me how this is going to make this country better?? All this does in embarrass the Republican Party.. the party of fear.. hate.. and lies... oh and don't forget greed and selfishness!!!

    June 22, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  8. blancheispoison

    The RNC has as much credibility as Baghdad Bob.

    June 22, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  9. Terry

    I see Steele's point: you'd never see a Republican promising to bring real change to Washington.

    June 22, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  10. Jim

    Why is it that when Bush was mocked on TV, it was "disrespectful, left-wing media nuts" but when it's Obama it's fair game? Sounds like the 2-faced-ness from the party who lives by it.

    June 22, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  11. Hannah

    If the Republicans put as much energy into solving our problems and working with the Democrats to clean up these messes that we are in, they would be further ahead and the we would all benefit. It seems that they are only into causing the president to fail in which case the country fails. Looking back at past years, the Republicans get power, make all kinds of messes and the Democrats come in behind and clean up their messes. Don't vote for them anymore. They want our country to fail.

    June 22, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  12. Marry

    Dear GOP, dear Mr. Steele,

    You are not serious, are you? Had I not seen “Obama’s Chicago Network” on your site, I would have not have believed that you created such a shameful presentation. You have sunk to an unbelievable low! It is absolutely the most destructive, respect less, slanderous, and dumb presentation that I have ever seen. Absolutely Disgusting!

    June 22, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  13. Bob, Virginia

    Republican humor? I'm sure it will be hilarious. NOT

    June 22, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  14. deuce

    Nice to see that the Republicans are still terrified of Obama and liberal America.

    It's gonna be quite the wake up call when they realize that Joe Mainstreet is a lot more progressive then they think, and that the impossibly high standards they hold Obama to, and lack of any respect for him even from the beginning, will be looming over their heads when they get their turn again. Momma always said "Payback is a mother...."

    Be careful in your recriminations, gentlemen. I think you'll find that the problem with holding others to impossibly high standards is that you may be held to them yourself down the road. If I were them, I'd have every Republican aide brainstorming on how to fix the economy and create jobs for the millions of unemployed, because they get the same amount of time that they gave Obama before they called him a complete failure. What was that, 6 months?

    June 22, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  15. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but...

    That's cute. They should make one about the republican party. It would be a rerun of the Munsters with Rush as Grandpa, Boner as Herman, Sarah as Lilly and Bobby Jindal as Eddie. Have a nice day!

    June 22, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  16. marty

    How very sad that a large powerful political party, the Republicans, have as their national priority, a thematic, theatrical web video imitation of popular entertaining shows castigating the President. Not surprising though since Republicans really can't think of anything original and tout persons like Limbaugh, Beck, Steele, Bauchman and the chicken lady (among many others) as their political stars. I can see Michael in all his splendor crying out....'Hollywood, here we come'.

    June 22, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  17. al in memphis

    I'm an independent for a reason. This party politics is so digusting that they have actually forgotten the American public has a brain. If this is how you educate people on who is the most qualified for leadership in our government, we are doomed to stupidity.

    I really feel bad for a lot of hard working people who chosen to be involve in government that they have to wake up in the morning and look at people who come up with stuff like this. This is both a reality and insult to the American education system that a civic duty to elected the brightest and most committed is often marred by $$$$ that can buy negative advertising.

    Just turn politics over to the tabloids.

    June 22, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  18. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    What a bunch of clowns! The GOBP really need to get their sh*t together. Mocking people (even the President) just shows your mean-spiritedness ... why would you think that this attitude would be attractive to an undecided voter?

    June 22, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  19. Michael Bindner

    And with this, the Illinois GOP will shortly be disbanding, having forever given up on winning any statewide office.

    June 22, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  20. Patsy, Texas

    That's it RNC? That's all you've got? Ficticious network programming,
    fakery, mockery, and just blatant stupidity? Wow, in the words of
    a famous past President, I say, "Bring it on". The only time you and
    your "buddies" mouths are empty, is when you are changing feet.
    At least the DNC uses ACTUAL quotes, ie, Joe Barton. How pathetic
    can you get? Actually, I don't want to know, we are still digging our
    way out of the mess y'all got us in. You betcha!
    Harsh words you say? It's a two way street and I just hit the highway.

    June 22, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  21. Big George in Big D

    This is one face I'm sick of seeing! 4 and the door!! Can't some soon enough.

    June 22, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  22. Char

    This video would be funny if it wasn't true.
    This is the first time i have agreed with anything the GOP have said.

    June 22, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  23. Grace

    I agree with Michael Steele-Obama set high standards for himself making promise, not knowing what he was getting into, and when he fell short of those expectations, he looked like a fool and a liar. Obama's downfall will be his own words. He promised transparency, yet when asked about the Sestak bribe, his administration said they would look into it themselves, but assured us that no law was broken. And we are just supposed to take his word for it? It's like Israel saying they will investigate the flotilla raid themselves. He needs to do what he says and be transparent-show us all the e-mails and documents regarding this offer. And quit making promises he can't keep. I am ready for the corrupt Chicago cronies to get out of the White House.

    June 22, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  24. ksheets

    Mike Steele should go back into the hole he crawled out of. Pres. Obama has done a great job to get this country where it is at today, all because of the Bush administration.

    June 22, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  25. verna heiberg

    Gee, what a shock to hear the RNC put out a video of crap. That's all the GOBP [grand old british petroleum party] can do is criticize. They are angry that Pres. Obama got BP to pay up. They have nut cases like Rand Paul and Michelle Bachman, not to mention Barton, saying that it is unAmerican to force BP to pay up. Bachman wants the payments to go through the courts. Yea-that'll work-25 years from now. Then there's Rand Paul again who tells people to settle for less paying jobs and would vote not to extend unemployment benefits. The list can go on and on so the strategy for the GOBP is to mock. It's the only thing they're really good at.

    June 22, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
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