August 4th, 2010
10:50 AM ET
4 years ago

RNC slams Obama on his 49th birthday

The RNC unveiled a new site Wednesday that allows users to send mock birthday messages to the president.
The RNC unveiled a new site Wednesday that allows users to send mock birthday messages to the president.

Washington (CNN) – On President Obama's 49th birthday, the Republican National Committee is out with a new website full of electronic greetings intended to slam the president and national Democrats. The Democratic National Committee is hitting back, referring to the RNC's move as "tired, childish, political games that do nothing to help anyone."

The new site, baracksbirthdaycards.com, hosts 11 digital birthday cards from which users can choose. All of the cards are mock greetings from various political or governmental figures to the president. The mock messages come mostly from Democrats with the exception of the card featuring Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, who passed on the GOP primary earlier this year and is now mounting a non-party-affiliated bid for Florida's open Senate seat.

One card features Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, former New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine, and former Virginia gubernatorial hopeful Creigh Deeds. Since Obama took office, Coakley, Corzine, and Deeds have all lost high-profile statewide races to Republican opponents.

"We got you that dinner jacket you had your eye on," the card featuring Coakley, Corzine, and Deeds says. "We noticed you were missing some coattails."

In a reference to two very recent Democratic ethics cases in the House of Representatives, a card featuring an image of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says "What do you give the guy who has everything? How about Charlie Rangel and Maxine Waters? Hugs and Kisses!"

The card featuring Vice President Joe Biden is tied to Biden's history of making verbal gaffes. "For your birthday, you won't hear a f@#&ing peep out of me."

The mock card from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid takes issue with Democrats' approach to the economy. "Sorry no gift this year. I'm going to need every dime to defend our failed economic policies."

Other mock cards available on the site feature White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, Obama senior adviser David Axelrod, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, Rep. Charlie Rangel of New York, Gov. Crist, Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, and former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Once users select a card, they can provide the e-mail addresses of up 20 of their friends to send the card to at the same time it gets sent to the president.

The new website also has a page where users can donate to the RNC.

In an e-mail to CNN, a spokesman for the DNC suggested that the new site was a waste of time.

The RNC's "time would probably be better spent coming up with new ideas to help American families, instead of on these tired, childish, political games that do nothing to help anyone," DNC national press secretary Hari Sevugan said.

Updated: 12:37 p.m. with DNC comment


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soundoff (283 Responses)
  1. Gary

    The taxpayers money inaction.

    August 4, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  2. nick

    The Party of THE LIE – i.e, the GOP – doesn't miss a step to further their agnda of lies and misrepresentation. At this very hour the GOP'ers are fighting for the life of a very large gift to the richest of the rich ( the Bush Tax Cut) and here they have the gall (and the pervereted thought) to call a helping hand to small business a gift?!? Figure – Oh by the way, many GOP'ers availed themselves to the stimulus money: so much for principal!

    August 4, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  3. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    How rude! I may not agree with our President's politics, but this is uncalled for, disrespectful, and they wonder why the GOP and the Democrats comes across as prejudging? All these two political parties want is to get elected at any cost. I say the cost is two high with most Americans struggling while these two parties play the fiddle. This is a waste of time and energy that could be focused on helping the American Economy create jobs.

    August 4, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  4. Obama=trickle up poverty

    Now those are funny...............truth hurts, but it's worth a good laugh during these painful next couple of years we are stuck with the most divisive and destructive president in history. Obama is now officially the WORST president in history............and his term isn't even half over.

    August 4, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  5. MKF

    Childish and immature. Just what you'd expect from the RNC/GOP.

    August 4, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  6. Rob

    You right-wing scum bags are a joke. You destroyed the world between 2000-2008. You've got a lot of nerve.

    August 4, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  7. Robert

    Another truly tasteless and childish act by the Republitards. When will they grow up and start addressing issues instead of simply being opposed to everything?

    August 4, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  8. Craig

    Wow good to see the gop is working so hard to help not the country but themselves with this unfunny gimmick

    August 4, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  9. Can't we all just get along?

    I expect nothing else from a bunch of classless individuals who have no respect for the office of the President.

    These are the same people who once said that criticizing the president meant that you were helping terrorists. So which terrorist group is the GOP currently aligned with since all they do is criticize the best president we've had since Bill Clinton?

    August 4, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  10. j williamson

    Wow (!) I haven't laughed so hard since junior high school (read sarcasm folks!) Really, the people writing these jokes are very much over paid – at least be funny and original if you're going this route.

    August 4, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  11. Freedom

    I agreee with the RNC!!! Happy Birthday to the President but he needs to do a better job with running this country. Go REPUBLICANS. No more tax increases, no more execution of poor, innocent babies, no more destruction of families, no more stimulus, no more killing people, no more robbing people!!! GO GOP 2010 and 2012!

    August 4, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  12. hangemhi

    I see the GOP has finally formulated a plan.

    August 4, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  13. CTDEM

    Mean spirited and demeaning to the Office of the President – expect Fox News to spend a lot of time "reporting" on this for the next 2 days. The RNC and Republicans once again show their lack of class. The takeover of the GOP by angry, bitter partisans is sad considering it was once a great Party that stood for something positive.

    August 4, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  14. Lisa in FL

    What are these people, 12 years old? My 13 year old son has more class and maturity than these fools. Kills me everytime. It is their ideology/policies that brought down the economy, and everyone knows it, whether they admit it or not. Sick, sick people who have somehow managed, with the help of hate radio and F-news, to delegitmize this President on everything and at every turn. If they succeed in regaining power we really are doomed.

    What's that definition of insanity again?

    August 4, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  15. Laverne

    We will see who gets the last laugh, good surprises really do happen and the RNC will be left with a stupid look on their faces!

    August 4, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  16. ELIZABETH

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY President Obama! Don't worry about the GOP. They are tasteless as usual.

    August 4, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  17. jeff jackson, alabama

    I'm not a liberal and I did not vote for Obama for what I
    felt were patriotic reasons.
    However, it's the guys birthday for Pete's sake. I think
    we can all put a lid on our politics and let the guy enjoy
    his birthday without a bunch of childish sarcastic crap.
    I won't vote for you next election Mr. President, but
    I hope you have a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!!
    And I wish your family well.

    August 4, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  18. watching

    Are these adults? The man can't even enjoy a birthday without his family.
    And this is what donors money is wasted on as they block tax breaks for small business. Whose side are they on?

    August 4, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  19. Marcus

    Humor is a relative thing. There are movies that I find funny and comical while other people's don't and vice-versa. The same going for comic books, comic strips and stand-up shows.
    I didn't found none of these cards funny, many people might but I didn't. At least I didn't found them offensive either.

    August 4, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  20. Scott

    While I appreciate the humor, there has to be a better way the RNC could be spending their time...

    August 4, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  21. gate

    So according to the GOP, going on The View is beneath the office of the Presidency, but mocking the President is just fine. Where are your solutions GOP? What did they accomplish in their 8 years in the white house? They drive the county into the ground!

    August 4, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  22. Tate

    50years and still never worked a real job. Typical democant and Obama voter. Sucking the life out of this mean country with his little girly hands sticking out waiting for a hand out from hard workers.

    August 4, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  23. Indy

    In the real world all these Republicans would be fired for not doing their job. The party of No work and plenty of pay, needs to get the boot in November and people who will actually do something other then pick on the President like an elementary school bully need to be elected. This is the work of lazy ignorant people and nothibg to be proud off. Fire them all in November !!!!

    August 4, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  24. Noocrat in MN

    Tasteless.

    August 4, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  25. water bearer

    I've never cared much for Republicans, but the current batch of jerks in that party are the nastiest, meanest of spirit and most disrespectful of the office of the Presidency in my memory. It seems the whole party has been taken over by idiots, hypocrites, liars and, judging by this latest bit, 12 year olds!!

    August 4, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
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