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. sensible Cape Coral Fl

    Happy Birthday, Mr. President. I am very proud of you and grateful for all you have done for the country. (Please don't pay attention to all those who are so jealous of you that they refuse to see what you have accomlished.)

    August 4, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  2. YohY

    This is repugnant and juvenile. Whatever happened to respect? It seems to have been put by the wayside now that all things can be anonymous on the net.

    August 4, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  3. Steve

    IIs this how they spend their time belittling our President on his birthday? There are a lot of issues in our country that need attention. Opposing everything, name calling and childish jokes is not what is needed from you. Grow up kids and do your jobs.s this how they spend their time belittling our President on his birthday? There are a lot of issues that need attention. Do some work, get off the say no to everything. Grow up kids.

    August 4, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  4. guest

    Really tasteless. GOP keeping it classy, as always.

    August 4, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  5. Haren

    This shows nothing but characters of Republican party.

    August 4, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  6. hypocricnnation

    I Just Figured Out Another Name For RNC! "Republicans with No Class!" It Doesn't Surprise Me That HypocriCNN Wastes Valuable Time And Resources Printing Such Childish Name Calling Antics.

    August 4, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  7. Faja Klaus

    I remember doing stuff like this too....

    ....when I was 14.

    August 4, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  8. Steve

    Is this how they spend their time belittling our President on his birthday? There are a lot of issues in our country that need attention. Opposing everything, name calling and childish jokes is not what is needed from you. Grow up kids and do your jobs.

    August 4, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  9. Darko

    I don't care who you are... that's just funny!

    August 4, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  10. Hall for President

    That is might nice of the RNC to do this just for the President, will some of us never grow up.

    August 4, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  11. Rushs unseen, unheard, staff are the people he has callin to his show

    Anyone is much better than that nut Cheney.

    August 4, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  12. sharon

    yep...................same ole' good ole boy's ...gop..................

    could not change if they had to.

    August 4, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  13. RNC are a bunch of Disgusting Parasites

    The name area says it all. The rule of three better come back on all those who create it or use it.

    August 4, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  14. FM

    Instead of wasting their time making mockery cards, they should have sat down and come up with new ideas what they intend to do to move the country forward. No surprise, when one has nothing to think of, he does nothing! Here is the evidence.

    August 4, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  15. morris hammer

    My comment would be to the RNC, is thank you for two wars, unemployment of over 10%, lack of control over he banking and investment industry..and yes John Blowhard and Mitch Mumbles McConnel who feel that the best solution to a problem is to simply say no, but offer no proposal to make thins better..and as far as Sarah Palin, yep, I want a President who quits her job to take advantage of her trailer trash popularity by spouting off about things she has no clue about...yep thank you RNC..

    August 4, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  16. Tom-Vermillion, Ohio

    GOP-Tea Party propaganda with roots firmly based National Socialism. I wonder when the book 'My Struggle in the 21st Century' is going to hit the stands. Or has it already?

    August 4, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  17. mj

    A little vacation in Spain for Michelle and Sasha ... you would think that they would spend their money in the United States where hotels and businesses our suffering. Oh, that's right – It is Taxpayer's money!

    August 4, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  18. USA401

    I see the maturity level of the RNC is increasing. Its pathetic how members of our own government have so little respect for the President of the United States. Keep up the third world politics.

    August 4, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  19. Tim - Wilmington, DE

    Her-dee-herrrrr, dem Republicans sher is funny. Hey guys, I bet you have some great airline food jokes! And how about those lines at grocery stores, right? Take my wife, please!... so, are you spending any time trying to figure out the numerous problems we're currently facing in this country, or are you too busy penning these gems? Just curious. Hopefully later today, we'll see John Boehner rocking a spinning bowtie and spraying seltzer water down his pants on the House floor. That would just be the cat's pajamas.

    August 4, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  20. Antony Marceles

    These guys are just plain pathetic.

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

    Once again, Republicans demonstrate a complete lack of seriousness, common-sense and decency.

    THIS is what they have to offer us??? Juvenile pranks???

    August 4, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  22. Rachael

    And these are the men and women you want to run our Country......They really spent a lot of your time on this Childish, Foolish creation, time they could have been spending on getting our country working again......but NO the Party of NO can only come up with this kind of CRAP.......which is a waste of time and money.......they are only after every vote they can get even it if they have to get the votes by being MEAN SPIRITED........sorry these are not the kind of people I want to run America......

    August 4, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  23. trytryagain

    not surprising from the republican party. cannot behave decent and mature...have nothing good to say. so now they are not even denying this but instead are promoting negative hate speech. i am still glad that george bush has f-d up the party so bad it will be a dog's age before any repub ever gets to the white house.

    August 4, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  24. view from the north

    Even from a country that espouses free speech, this is disgusting!! And to think it comes from a national party! Be afraid, America–you might be reaping what these "patriots" are sowing!

    August 4, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  25. wendy

    Is this what politics has come to in this country?When we can't even genuinely wish someone well on their birthday, regardless of our differences? This shows very bad taste.

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