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. notabushwhacker

    the bafoon deserves to be disgraced. it is my hope that he has to listen to this for the next two years.

    June 22, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  2. Big Jilm

    Hmmm, no plans, suggestions, or solutions to the myriad of problems facing our great nation.

    Republicans need to form a more coherent message than, "Hate Obama."

    June 22, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  3. Ken

    The truth hurts!!!

    June 22, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  4. Torque

    I've lost all respect for the Republican Party over the last few years. This isn't the GOP of my Dad's era. It's become the party of bloodsuckers that suck the blood from the middle class and panders to big Corporations. The average working Joe has no place in this party that caters to the wealthy.

    June 22, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  5. MatthewDetroit

    Barack is ABSOLUTELY the worst president of all time...

    He is FAILING at every juncture.
    His policies are a mess.
    He can not control the borders and has STOPPED the fence that was being built.
    He can not handle the emergency in the gulf.
    He can not handle the middle east.
    He is driving us further and further into debt.
    He can not solve the housing problem.
    He will continue to blame bush for the next 2 years and if he gets in again, he will blame bush then.
    He is a loser and a frail little man.
    No one respects him because he does not respect himself....
    Although he is amazingly arrogant.

    June 22, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  6. Rimes

    All of its true so I don't see anything wrong with it.

    June 22, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  7. lolo

    The republicans have nothing better to do but act like children. They can do no better than this. They are only whiners, racist and unpatriotic group of people. It is time for them to go. Keep hiding behind the politics. Please try to think of ideas to assist this President and country. I am sick and tired of you silly people.

    June 22, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  8. Debbie from Arizona

    Every time Steele opens his mouth, something more obnoxious comes out. Yes, President Obama set high standards, which the Republican Party have made all but impossible to reach. They have done nothing, except to obstruct or whine about absolutely every single thing our President tries to do. I am so sick of them and their do nothing, but collect a paycheck , policies. They have been intent, from day one, to destroy our President and are destroying our country in the process. We need to vote them out in November. I want my country back, too. But unlike the Tea Party I want a country that functions in the 21st century, not the 1950's.

    June 22, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  9. MatthewDetroit

    We can only hope that Hillary runs against Barack in 2012.....

    Even then if the Dems win we will be much better off.

    This loser liar of a man from Chicago is just another crook..... I hope he makes as much money as he can, while he can...

    June 22, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  10. moderate voter

    The GOP continues to not get it. Just like in the election they lost, they continue to attack associations they fabricate and try to scare voters rather than attracting them with substance. The "Dancing with the Law" show is rather ironic as the GOP's last administration danced on and tramped the Constitution. And as far as comedy goes, it's a rather lame commercial.

    June 22, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  11. james bush

    Simple...It's because the party of NO trying to block everything this man does ! Everytime the GOP opens it mouth they can insert foot !! I for one will never support any in the gop..They are all un-american and they should all move to Texas.

    June 22, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  12. Erik...

    Wow......RNC is just....wow....shut......up

    June 22, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  13. chenna_benna

    Is this really the best they can do? The RNC is running scared now because Barton showed the nation the Repub parties true colors when he apologized to BP. For them it is all about big business that can line the politicians pockets while they say we need less government interference so they can let the little guy fend for himself.

    June 22, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  14. mother and sister of a soldier

    No doubt about it....Chicago style politics! Obama seems to being going into meltdown. His less than classless comments do not relect well on a president. How embarrassing to lower the WH to this level of government.

    June 22, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  15. Larry

    The Republicans see November coming. They're very desperate people trying to beg for every scrap of votes they can get.

    June 22, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  16. Alex in Wisconsin

    Anyone want to point out that Obama's standards, which admittedly aren't as high as he said they were during the campaign, are still higher than the Republican alternative. afterall, in the last year, The republicans have had no problem flat out lying to the American people. Accusations without a basis in fact have become the norm in the GOP. Obama is just guilty of trying to spin bad situations into better sounding ones, the facts are still there.

    June 22, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  17. John

    Well, that's silly. I wonder whom it was supposed to impress?

    June 22, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  18. dale

    TAXES ARE COMING.

    Make no mistake like BO likes to say. Britain just raised their VAT tax to 20% to pay down debt.

    BO's taxes "ARE COMING" if not during his admin then the next will have NO CHOICE. This man is a lying machine and people are stipd enough to believe him.

    You have to ask yourself...Do we want to be like Europe? If yes then we are on the right track. If no this is the wrong man and the wrong Amdin. to run this country.

    June 22, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  19. Tom in Atlanta

    Good humor requires empathy. Thus, we see the results of an attempt at humor from those who lack it.

    June 22, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  20. carrie

    Just trying to get the news off of the Barton/GOP gaff last week and letting all the public know how they really feel about BP and de-regulations of big oil.....for me and my house at least I don't buy into everything someone makes up on TV or the web, but if it comes out of their mouth and I see it , I do believe and no amount of back pedaling will change my mind about the GOP after last week.

    June 22, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  21. gavin

    cute...I wish we had a political party that was serious about being efficient and progressive. The republicans disgust me for dropping the ball on opportunity to be just that.

    June 22, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  22. Stupid is as stupid does

    One think you can count on from the republicans is a juvenile mentality. They run away like squealing school girls when asked to confront and resolve the pertinent issues of the day.

    I imagine this hooey will play well with the beck, limbaugh, bachmann and palin fans – they can comprehend with their low grade intellect.

    June 22, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  23. Duck Fallas

    The RNC has nothing positive to contribute to any issue or debate- only childish, petty nonsense. Steele is a tool.

    June 22, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  24. tffl

    Steele's comment that "[Obama] has broken his word to the American people about bringing real change to Washington" is pretty funny, since the change he is looking for is a difference from 8 years of Republican rule...

    June 22, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  25. REP. NO IDEAS

    No ideas to govern. A complete waste of funds.

    June 22, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
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