Obama's high profile help gets Republican backlash
June 4th, 2012
08:53 AM ET
2 years ago

Obama's high profile help gets Republican backlash

(CNN) - The Barack Obama campaign was armed with actress Sarah Jessica Parker in its first national ad of the 2012 general election campaign.

The 30-second commercial ran Sunday night during the MTV Movie Awards and featured a fundraising pitch from the "Sex and the City" star.

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"The guy who ended the war in Iraq, the guy who says you should be able to marry anyone you want, the guy who created four million new jobs. That guy – President Obama – and his wife Michelle are coming to my house for dinner on June 14th," Parker said in the spot.

Parker went on to encourage supporters to enter a contest, for a price, to win a spot at the dinner table "because we need him and he needs us."

Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, a bundler for Obama, is co-hosting the event at Parker's home and starred in a campaign video last week.

"Sarah Jessica and I have our own reasons for supporting President Obama, and we want to hear yours, so please join us," Wintour, sporting an Obama 2012 scarf around her neck, said in the spot.

Actor George Clooney hosted a similar fundraising effort at his Los Angeles home last month, which raised millions, according to the campaign.

But on Monday, the Republican National Committee capitalized on the Wintour video as evidence the president's priorities are off.

"There couldn't be a better demonstration of this president's misplaced priorities than a glitzy fundraising video release on the same day that marked more unemployed Americans," RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement.

The national group released a web video on Monday that played the Wintour video alongside economic figures, including the unemployment rate among women, Hispanics, African Americans and young people.

"Obama's focused on keeping his job," text in the ad concluded. "But what about yours?"

The Obama campaign characterized the Republican criticism as "humorous," given that Romney hosted a fundraising dinner last week with real estate mogul and reality television star Donald Trump. Senior Campaign Strategist David Axelrod also pointed to Romney's support from musicians Kid Rock and Ted Nugent, who both support the former Massachusetts governor.

"I don't think they have a whole lot of standing on this issue," Axelrod said Monday on a conference call with reporters.


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  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Everyone knows that the Rethugs and their paranoid stalker nominee, Romney, would prefer it if President Obama would just lay down and allowed them to malign, and stomp all over him, his accomplishments, and his reputation. And if no celebrities chose to endorse our soon to be re-elected President, well then all the better for them.
    Who cares what the Rethugs think or want.

    June 4, 2012 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  2. November

    Obama 2012 is the very best thing I can do to move America forward.

    The objections are so petty and hateful. I want to be with the party that has answers, not the GOP.

    June 4, 2012 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  3. scmom

    Hypocrites, hypocrites and did I say hypocrites. The republican party just can't resist jumping on every little thing that the president does. What about your "golden boy" going to glitzy Las Vegas with "glow in the dark" Donald Trump raising his billions. If their party didn't have millionairs and billionaires in their pocket he wouldn't have to try to compete against all that money. Stop talking and whining and complaining and help him. Ooops, sorry you don't do that do you, I forgot your actual agenda, make him a one term president at all costs.

    June 4, 2012 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  4. quinLee

    C’mon are you kidding me? There has been nothing but a constant barrage of nutcases representing the GOP. It’s like the circus came to town and just want leave.

    June 4, 2012 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  5. sayer

    Mitt's just jealous he can only get Donald Trump in his celebrity corner.

    June 4, 2012 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  6. Fire Obama

    I am amazed that anyone can find any reason to support the worse president we have ever had. More people are on government support than ever in the history of our country. More and more people have given up hope in finding a job in the Obama economy. We are far worse off as a nation and as a people today than we were 3.5 years ago. People in the 1% like Sarah Jessica Parker and Clooney are doing fine. But what about you? And your friends? The ones that are out looking for a job or working harder for less money. I have friends that have been out of work for almost 2 years. The cost of living has grown. It is getting harder and harder to keep up. Wake up people. He did not CHANGE anything (for the better) and I can only HOPE that you see this and cast a vote for someone that actually understands the economy and how to fix it!

    June 4, 2012 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  7. Milton K. Wiah

    The Republicans can not say the same when Trump was talking nuts the other day. What is wrong with ordinary
    actors or actresses supporting a president whose policies are in place in their eyes.
    The world economy is bad everywhere from Europe to Asia, at least the US is creating jobs unlike
    other economies which are losing jobs everyday.

    June 4, 2012 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  8. Blindersoff

    The republican party are cowards, they need to cling to false and unattainable promises. Their whole campaign is built around fear, gloom and doom. They prey on the weak and uninformed. By using the dog eat dog mantra, they turn, who would and should be allies against each other. The republican leadership, will find the slightest difference between would be allies, like race, religion and gender and use it to separate and conquer. Look at the world canvas, every one is rising up overthrowing the "greedy bottom line is profit, corporate demon dogs", everyone and everywhere, except for america. Most of the leadership in Congress were put in place by the 1% and are the gate keeper, no longer will there be a bridge, that will guarantee the american dream. Obama is not the problem, congress is, mainly the republican house and senate. Obama is the baby drowning in the dirty bathwater of congress. Keep the baby but throw out the bath water. Period.

    June 4, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  9. Ben Wise

    In a war, you use all of the weapons available to you. If Mitt Romney and the RNC had the weapons (political and social capital) that President Obama has, they would be exploiting them to the fullest, just as the President is and SHOULD be doing. By the way weren't they just in Las Vegas with a celebrity raising funds? Hypocrites.

    June 4, 2012 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  10. Linda

    Whats the difference of the Hollywood Celebraties raising money for the Presidents campaign than the Republicans millionaires and Super Pac's giving untold amounts of money to Romneys campaign?......Come on get real.....Both parties are going to get money from their supporters no matter who they are.......Republicans will raise issues no matter what just to try to turn the voters against him....the more they do it the more we will support him in money and votes.....

    June 4, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  11. asdf

    Of course they're mad about Seabiscuit up there shilling for Obama – that's animal abuse!

    June 4, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  12. 1zb1

    Which is worse, the stupidity of the Republican Attack or the fact that CNN bothered to report it.

    June 4, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Blindersoff:
    Look at the world canvas, every one is rising up overthrowing the "greedy bottom line is profit, corporate demon dogs", everyone and everywhere, except for america. Most of the leadership in Congress were put in place by the 1% and are the gate keeper, no longer will there be a bridge, that will guarantee the american dream. Obama is not the problem, congress is, mainly the republican house and senate. Obama is the baby drowning in the dirty bathwater of congress. Keep the baby but throw out the bath water. Period.
    -------------------------------------------------
    "Everywhere except for America". How true. Willful American stupidity is trying to surpass American innovation and creativity when some insist on allowing the perpetrators of our downfall back into power.
    Great analogy in regards to the baby and the dirty bath water.

    June 4, 2012 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Reince Priebus almost sounds like he's turning cartwheels over the higher job numbers. He sounded so eager on the Sunday talks shows as criticized the numbers with a smile on his face. All Repubilcans talk and smile at the same time.

    June 4, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  15. Pete

    @Fire Obama,you're as delushional as your hypocritical republican friends,if you have any.Get your facts straight,I forgot your republicans,a sorry party always falling back to their fear tactics,lies so far out you'd have to be illiterate,ignorent much like the party you represent in believing your crap.Everything you say is totally baseless,unfactual crap,but if your people believe it ,then you're fine.It'll be all over in November,you'll go back under your rocks for 4 more years and dig up someone new to surprise us,no hurry ,we'll be waiting!!

    June 4, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  16. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I am amazed that republicans call the president the worst ever. You have to have an IQ below freezing to come up with that kind of republican stupidity.

    June 4, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  17. dnick47

    What's the diff? the Repubs are probably jealous. That it is a nut shell.

    June 4, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  18. Keeping it Real

    @November "The objections are so petty and hateful. I want to be with the party that has answers, not the GOP."

    Have you even read the liberal comments here on these boards? Look to them for your hateful rhetoric if you must. As for answers, where have the answers been during the Obama administration? Even with complete control in Washington he was unable to get his own party together due to his extremist policies. He was barely able to get his job cutting, and business killing healthcare plan enacted, and even then only by offering under the table deals to Democrats who opposed it! And we haven't even talked about the record deficit spending of Obama, which was more than any President in our history! You call those answers? I call that failure!

    June 4, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  19. ChristopherM

    I'd take Sarah Jessica Parker over birther president of the Hair Club For Men Donald Trump any day.

    June 4, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  20. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Republicans have always been envious of people who are happy, have good jobs, are thought highly of, have a pension, earn more than the minimum wage, and are members of the middle class.

    June 4, 2012 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  21. Sandy

    BWAAAAAAAAAAA. I smell jealousy! GOP is just mad because they have lunatics like Trump and Nugent supporting them.

    June 4, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  22. Rudy NYC

    Fire Obama

    I am amazed that anyone can find any reason to support the worse president we have ever had. More people are on government support than ever in the history of our country
    -----------------
    And all of those people are on government support because of Republican economic policies. Under George W Bush, we say US manufacturing jobs drop from 19 million in 2000 to 11 million in 2007.

    Previous recessions have not been as severe as the Global Financial Crisis of 2008. What set that recession apart from all others is how wide it reached across all sectors of the economy and job markets. Previous recessions have affected primariily one industry; auto manufacturing, airline industry, housing, banking, etc. The other sectors of the economy remained fairly healthy and led us through recovery. The crisis in 2008 hit all sectors at the same time and in different ways. The decimated economy is looking for something to lead it out, and Repubilcans do not see that.

    June 4, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  23. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Keeping – I liked your hateful comments and partial truths. For a GOPer, you should know first hand what failure is.

    June 4, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  24. sonnie3

    I fear losing my freedoms and liberties with Obama, I can no longer support or vote for his big government take over and not a plan how to pay for it. My grandchildren need something better to live and hope for than to keep spending our way to look like Europe with all there problems. Obama needs to be a one term president.

    June 4, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  25. ThatsIt121

    What do millionaire actors and actresses know about the middle class??? Why on earth would anyone but the rich listen to their political beliefs?? All they do is to promote themselves so that can make more money. If they were not getting publicity for this, they wouldn’t even do it.

    June 4, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
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