We have to talk: Republicans imagine ugly ‘breakup’ with Obama
September 6th, 2012
08:03 AM ET
2 years ago

We have to talk: Republicans imagine ugly ‘breakup’ with Obama

(CNN) - The latest ad from the Republican National Committee imagines a bitter breakup between a young woman and a cardboard cutout of President Barack Obama, the latest attempt to woo voters who went for Obama in 2008 but Republicans hope will switch parties in November.

The ad, which an RNC spokeswoman said would be “worked into rotation,” debuted Thursday morning online. The spokeswoman could not provide states where the ad would run.

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“Listen, this just isn’t working,” a young woman says in the spot while sitting in a restaurant. “It’s been four years. You’ve changed. Your spending is out of control. You’re constantly on the golf course. And you’re always out with Hollywood celebrities. You think I didn’t see you with George Clooney or Sarah Jessica Parker?”

Earlier this year Obama brought in an estimated $15 million at a fund-raiser held at George Clooney's home in Los Angeles, and he attended a high-dollar event at Sarah Jessica Parker's townhouse in New York City's West Village in June, bringing in an estimated $2 million.

The young woman in the RNC ad continues with a critique of Obama’s commitment to creating jobs, saying, “Your jobs council says you haven’t even shown up in 6 months. You’re just not the person I thought you were.”

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney responded to similar criticism in July, saying Obama “solicits and receives input and advice from members of his Jobs Council and others about economic initiatives all the time.”

Carney also said there was no “specific reason” Obama hasn’t met with his jobs council, adding, “the president has obviously got a lot on his plate.”

The RNC ad concludes with a duo of classic breakup lines, delivered to a cardboard cutout of Obama sitting across the table from the young woman: “It’s not me, it’s you,” she says. “I think we should just be friends.”

At last week’s Republican National Convention, speakers made a concerted effort to target voters who were excited to vote for Obama in 2008 but now feel disillusioned by a still-weak economy.

“Hope and change had a powerful appeal,” Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential nominee, said during his acceptance speech. “But tonight I'd ask a simple question: If you felt that excitement when you voted for Barack Obama, shouldn't you feel that way now that he's President Obama?”

“You know there's something wrong with the kind of job he's done as president when the best feeling you had was the day you voted for him,” Romney concluded.


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soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Marty, FL

    Really? The RNC has turned into a lame soap opera.

    September 6, 2012 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  2. albert

    This is an inteligent article that comes right to the point. It's been 4 years and the economy is at a standstill. I think voters will realize that simply replacing him with the alternative might just "stimulate" things. We are at a painful standstill.

    September 6, 2012 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  3. Tony

    Republicans keep losing to the real Obama, and they can't take it anymore, so now they are talking to chairs and cardboard cutouts.

    September 6, 2012 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  4. Gaz

    Two words. George bush

    September 6, 2012 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  5. 2008-2016

    Republicans seems to have a disturbing fetish for conversing with inanimate objects, don't they?

    September 6, 2012 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  6. WILLARD MILTON ROMNEY IS A COWARD & TAX EVADER

    Hope and Change. Republicans Hope we forget about the Bush years, and think we'll Change our mind to vote them back in.

    September 6, 2012 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  7. jesse james. take them to street and shoot them like the dogs they are

    It like speaking to an empty chair. Lonney tunes. Release the tax returns.

    September 6, 2012 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  8. mike

    How absolutely pathetic!

    September 6, 2012 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  9. Lyin Ryan should be an Olympian

    I see straws continuing to elude the GOP's grasp. After the Big Dog's speech last night, where he destroyed GOP lie after after lie, this ballgame is a wrap. He pointed out that the GOP didnt have jobs at the top of their to do list, hell it wasn't even on the list. All they had on their twisted little list was to make Obama a one term President. They have failed in their quest, they have failed the American people, and for that the whole party will pay dearly during this upcoming election.

    September 6, 2012 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  10. T'sah From Virginia

    ►"...imagines a bitter breakup between a young woman and a cardboard cutout of President Barack Obama..."◄
    Working with EMPTY CHAIRS and CARDBOARD CUTOUTS is not going to work – such ridiculous drama!!!
    The more the Republicans open their mouths or try to relay a message about what THEY ARE about!!
    It ends up being POOR rhetoric – More LIES – NO solutions – just BASHING with NO kind of clout!!!

    Pah-Leeeeezzzzzeeeee!!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!!

    September 6, 2012 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  11. GI Joe

    How utterly .................................. stupid.

    That's the only one-word way to describe the hatred. STUPID

    September 6, 2012 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  12. Sherry

    Can we say desperation......The repubs are truely grasping at straws......kinda sad

    September 6, 2012 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  13. Yonni

    Very Childish

    Republicans are a drag to a society to carry them into the twenty first century. However, we will still take you to the promise land you will not be left alone. We are into this together.

    September 6, 2012 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  14. Trickle down doesn't work

    I wonder how much CNN is being paid by Rove and the Koch brothers to post this nonsense?

    September 6, 2012 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  15. Core republican Values

    Cardboard cutouts and empty chairs? Its super to see the republicans waste donors money making themselves look stupid!

    September 6, 2012 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  16. n

    Yeah, the good old boys club. Paint a bleak picture of doom and gloom, sprinkled with chaos and plot a behind the scene of obstruction and then point the finger at our president . . . "See, there's no hope in change, lets go back to serving our masters, the 1% who shipped your jobs to china and other third world countries, who betted against and abandoned america, raped pillaged and plundered this great nation and are now hiding their spoils in offshore accounts. The very ones who backed doored the legal immigrants to work for less then minimum wages . . . "I can't have illegals working for me, I'm running for Governor, for pet's sake" Only Romney the Twit uses words like "for pet's sake" . And now they are trying to gather the lost sheep to slaughter by telling them, "to pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. Unbelievable!

    September 6, 2012 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  17. Embarassed to be a Democrat

    Nazi rhetoric, Biden gaffs, Obama's lies, Struggling the word God? What has Obama done to our party? It's so embarrassing!

    September 6, 2012 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  18. Donkey Party

    Just when you thought the GOP couldn't get any more childish, they become totally infantile. Who in their right mind would waste their vote on ANY GOP member, when all the GOP does is imperil the nation?

    September 6, 2012 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  19. Dean

    I trust the cardboard cutout. Obama...not so much.

    September 6, 2012 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  20. Malory Archer

    LOL! They're projecting again – just like the empty chair telling Clint Eastwood to go "f" himself (you know – like deadeye dick shouted to a dem on the senate floor), they're giving us a preview of how they're going to react when they get their backsides handed to them on November 6!!! LOL!!!

    September 6, 2012 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  21. simp

    How stupid is this? the re-stupids are talking to a cut out of the President, really? Talk about lack of backbone they have to change how they place ads, all the ones prior to this one was out right LIES!!!

    I hope that attorney in SC does not apologize to that racist nickki daily, how many times has the right compared President Obama to hitler, hell no dont apologize!!!

    September 6, 2012 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  22. Mark L.

    Ughhh...Don't know what I hate more !! The Republican Party or the Iranian Islamo-Fascist "Revolution" !!!!

    September 6, 2012 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  23. WiredweirdinSF

    Last night you had the true face of the democrat liberal party presented tor all to see. The 2/3rds vote sham to put the word God back in the platform and the boos of the delegates. Wasserman-Shultz lying to everyione that there actually was a 2/3rds majority, party icon Clinton who lied to the American people and a grand jury (losing his license to practice to practice law). The democrat liberal candidate for the Senate who claimed she was an Indian to get taxpayer money and the corrupt head of the corrupt UAW who stole billions of taxpayer dollars to save his postion and then applied for stimulus money to rennovate a golf course for the union executives. That is the true face of the democrat liberal party.

    September 6, 2012 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  24. Regressive

    Shouldn't voters feel excited about a Romney Presidency? I didn't hear Romney excited chants at the RNC. A good line perhaps but contrast that with the excitement were seeing at the DNC. Romney, dude, you are looking as exciting as an empty chair. I know you are a wealthy "successful" guy but I just can't shake this feeling that you are not to be trusted. Hey, I tried... I don't want to pay more taxes, I work hard for my money, but somehow I don't think you are going to lower my taxes to < 13%. It's a trust issue.

    September 6, 2012 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  25. CanadaONE

    The GOP is the WORST party in the world – they would rather see the USA DIE than to agree with the other party
    As Democratic countries go the GOP IS THE WORST

    They are DIGRACE to North America – GET THEM OFF OF THE CONTINENT

    New add should show female kicking Romeny where it hurts with caption reading – "OUTSOURCE THAT"

    September 6, 2012 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
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