July 29th, 2008
10:56 AM ET
14 years ago

RNC launches Facebook parody Web site targeting Obama

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(CNN) – The Republican National Committee stepped up its efforts Tuesday to use social networking technologies that Barack Obama’s presidential campaign has effectively embraced in order to criticize the presumptive Democratic nominee as the campaign heads into the final 100 days.

BarackBook.com, the RNC’s new Web site parodies Facebook.com, the popular social networking site where Obama currently has 1.2 million supporters. The RNC says that Obama has seven “friends” on the parody site including convicted Chicago businessman Antoin “Tony” Rezko and William Ayers, a member of the Weather Underground during the 1970’s.

In addition to a feed page displaying activity between Obama and his “friends,” the RNC site also includes a page featuring YouTube videos about Obama, a page that facilitates donations to the RNC, an RSS feed of information from GOP.com, among other pages.

BarackBook.com is free-standing outside of Facebook but the site includes a link to the page of the RNC’s official Facebook group and a link to an application that duplicates the RNC’s parody site within the confines of Facebook.

“This is an interactive way to learn more about Obama’s poor judgment,” RNC spokesman Alex Conant said in a statement Tuesday. “Obama’s judgment is an issue in this election, and this site will help us highlight some of Obama’s noteworthy ‘friends.’”

The Obama campaign sees the new RNC site differently. “For comment on the new RNC site, I’d refer you to their own discussion board, specifically the topic ‘The site is lame,’” said an e-mail from Tommy Vietor of the Obama campaign, making a reference to comments posted on Facebook about the BarackBook application.

In recent days, both Obama and John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, have increased efforts to connect with supporters in on-line social networking environments. The McCain campaign recently launched “McCain Nation,” a space on the campaign’s Web site that facilitates grassroots organizing by supporters by allowing them to create and find events involving other McCain supporters. Since mid-June, the McCain campaign has also launched at least four separate applications on Facebook - a video tour of McCain’s bus, a video game, a virtual yard sign, and an application that allows users to view a McCain campaign advertisement.

The Obama campaign’s original Facebook application is credited with helping to build a large base of support on the social networking site. The campaign recently launched a Facebook second application that allows supporters on the popular social networking site to set up grassroots organizing events such as meetings, fundraisers, voter registration activities, phone banks, or community service.

Obama currently has a wide lead over McCain in terms of support on Facebook. Obama has 1.2 million supporters while McCain has 183,000 on the site.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain • RNC
soundoff (138 Responses)
  1. SID P

    Wow I would have never thought in a million years that my party would stoop so low. Dont they know they run the risk of running away more republicans for this mess, we already have problems with McCain not being conservatrive. I think Barack is more conservative than McCain.

    McCain should remember that he once did not love America and only jumped to her when he was captured. Funny how he say he knows how to win Wars and what he'd do for the Economy. Well lets say im kind of funny about people who are behind in credit card payments and want to run the country. I kind of funny about people who say they love America but publicly hated her when it took time to come get him during war. I also am really funny when it comes to someone who wants to talk about jobs for America but doesnt want to make them competitive. What the F is John McCain about? He is an old fool and I think we should re-group and give this to the DEMS because he wont even remember what he promised if he is elected better yet the oath he hasn't lived up too. Remember John I lost money in one of those banks you help fail.

    July 29, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  2. Venus

    Too funny!

    They don't have any thing great to say about McSame so they spend time and money bashing Obama!

    Doesn't McSame have issues they can compare with Obama's?

    The GOP are a sad and pathic group!

    I see why we go to war every time we have a republican president...all they know is attack, attack, and attack!

    Go Bam! They won't be able to swiftboat this year!

    July 29, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  3. Drew

    What a joke. As an independent voter deciding who I'll cast my vote for, the GOP isn't doing John McCain any favors while they continue to ruin their own credibility pulling a stunt like this. This border-line libel is laughable only because if you look through this site, there are numerous spelling and grammar errors like improperly referencing news articles. Is "dropped" really so hard to spell? Get it together GOP, you're about to get schooled in the general election if your head remains where it is.

    July 29, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  4. lesson

    I love it, when parodies are done from Obama's side, its just crazy fans not his actual champaign or the DNC, but when they are done to him, its the actual REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE!!!! How childish are they! lol

    July 29, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  5. David

    hahaha that site IS lame.

    July 29, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  6. YaYa

    RNC . . . How low can you go...........

    July 29, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  7. R


    July 29, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  8. Tony Z- MD

    This is not news. Stop reporting on the BS and lets get real information. No more tricks- what does McCain and the RNC ready to do for our country,

    July 29, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  9. Honestlady

    How childish!!

    July 29, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  10. Mark

    Can't they do any serious politics on real issues?

    Parody here, attack there, fear mongering somewhere else.


    July 29, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  11. Chuck



    Is this REALLY what they are doing?

    July 29, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  12. Proud American

    Seems the Republican Party is becoming the Green Party... green with Envy. How childish can you be.
    Obama '08

    July 29, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  13. Eyes

    One more reason "not" to vote Republican. Good old dirty tricks started by Richard Nixon and continued on through the years.

    I thank God that Obama wants to win the White House w/o these dirty tricks.

    July 29, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  14. Jason

    Its about time they start to highlight this fantastic jugement that he and his supporters are always talking about. If you were not in the discussion on prewar which he asn't it is easy to say I made the right judgement but that is one. What about the at least ten bad judgements he has made specifically long standing bad judgements he calls friends?

    July 29, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  15. kent

    Typically negative. Have the McCain republicans a postiive bone in their bodies or a positive stance on any of the real issues?

    July 29, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  16. bij

    these people are idiots!
    the site is very very very lame
    they need to come up with better ideas

    July 29, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  17. The GOP is turning Youn Voters Away

    This article further proves the point why many young people are turning away from the GOP. The negative campaigning does not make us engaged. It furthers makes us uninterested in the political process and draws us to the candidate of change. Why can't the GOP simply highlight the policy differences McCain has with Obama, without trying to pander and use negative ammunition to make their point. These tactics will have generational curses, mark my words on it. Until you start to embrace young voters, you can kiss the future of your party goodbye. Quite honestly, a lot of the principles of the GOP are aligned with young people, but we can never seem to fully get a grip on them without having to decipher through the mounds of negativity and bs that hide them! WAKE UP GOP!

    July 29, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  18. voter

    this is ridiculous. the McCain camp should not be making fun of facebook or any of the ways young adults communicate. Guess what, he needs all voters to become elected. dumb move the way he insults people. first, we are a nation of winers, now he is making fun of young adults. keep up the insults he won't have any group voting for him at this rate.

    July 29, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  19. ANGIE

    PATHETIC that man doesnt even know how to use a computer JOHN MCCAIN IS A SLIMEY POLITICAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 29, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  20. Len

    RNC= the biggest liars in campaign history.

    July 29, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  21. Pam

    Why is it that Republicans have nothing good to say about McCain? All they do is bash Obama. Pretty pathetic.

    July 29, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  22. Greg Pottstown PA

    Obama currently has a wide lead over McCain in terms of support on Facebook. Obama has 1.2 million supporters while McCain has 183,000 on the site.

    Age and life experiance are the deciding factors in this demographic. I don't know many people over 25 that use facebook. This is showing that Obama gets alot of support form 18-25 which is old news.

    July 29, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  23. Chris

    This has to be the most childish campaign rhetoric I've seen thus far. This is just ridiculous.

    July 29, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  24. gary

    It's about time,Obama will lose in november,he does not have the experience needed for the office of the President.He is and will always be a tax and spend democrap

    July 29, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  25. Toni - Atlanta

    I find this very tacky. I would respect the RNC and McCain more if the focus were more on the issues and the proposals to fix our problems instead of the personal attacks. This approach just doesn't fly - most American people are too smart for this old style of politicking!

    July 29, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
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