Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama's much talked about appearance on Jimmy Fallon's late night TV talk show is being used against the president by a major Republican group that says it's going up with an online ad that criticizes Obama as a "celebrity president."
American Crossroads, the independent super PAC co-founded by Karl Rove that backs GOP causes and candidates, says their spot will run online starting as early as Thursday in the three university towns the president visited during his two day, three battleground state tour Tuesday and Wednesday. Obama held events at the University of North Carolina, the University of Colorado and the University of Iowa as part of his push for the extension of a measure that would hold down federal student loan rates, an important issue for many younger voters.
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As part of his push, the president Tuesday night appeared on Fallon's NBC late night talk show. A skit in which the two men "slow-jammed" was the buzz of the cable news networks, talk radio and blogs the next day.
Crossroads' online ad uses clips from Obama's appearance with Fallon, and also includes footage of Obama dancing with Ellen DeGeneres on her popular daytime program during the 2008 presidential election, and of the president at a fundraiser earlier this year singing Al Green's famous song "Let's Stay Together."
The spot says that "four years ago Americans elected the biggest celebrity in the world. And America got one cool president. But after four years of a celebrity president, one-in-two recent college grads are jobless or underemployed, 85% moving back in with their parents, student loan debt exceeds one trillion dollars."
The ad ends by asking "after four years of a celebrity president, is your life any better?"
The spot brings back memories of a TV commercial put up in late July 2008 by Sen. John McCain's Republican presidential campaign that mocked Obama as "the biggest celebrity in the world," and juxtaposed clips of Obama's speech in front of 200,000 people in Berlin, Germany the previous week with quick images of Paris Hilton and Britney Spears. That ad asked if then-Sen. Obama was "ready to lead?"
The Democratic National Committee on Thursday pushed back against the video, saying it "overlooks some key facts."
"President Obama has worked to make college more affordable and create more and better-paying employment opportunities for younger Americans," said DNC spokeswoman Melanie Roussell. "Mitt Romney, on the other hand, has offered nothing but lip service and dishonest attacks on the President's record to young voters. Even his position on student loans is nothing more than an empty promise given his support for the Ryan budget, which would make it significantly harder for young people to afford college by allowing the student loan interest rate to double and cutting Pell Grants."