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. Paul

    Those crazy Republicans and their crazy stories. They are so funny. So cuddly.

    July 29, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  2. Ian

    Is this really what the Republican party has become?

    July 29, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  3. Peter (CA)

    Really? This is the best they can do?

    Now someone just needs to show John McCain how to access it.

    July 29, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  4. Steve/Houston,TX for Obama

    I just looked at the site and it is actually pretty funny, especially the posts in the discussion boards. Most of them are talking negatively about McCain. What winners you are RNC!!!!!


    July 29, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  5. HF in CA

    Finally! This is great. It's about time the RNC got moving and being on the offensive...great start!

    July 29, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  6. Russ, Albuquerque

    Would be nice if we talked to real issues vice slinging mud. I guess lacking ideas throw what you got! It's not even mud but maybe something of a similar color.

    July 29, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  7. Danny

    This website site by the RNC is so juvenile and idiotic.... I'm sure the RNC and John McCain think this is hysterically funny, but it is LAME... I have voted republican in the past, but this pathetic behavior and McCain's own recent commercials have pushed my buttons.... I'm voting for Obama!

    July 29, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    This must be part of the respectable campaign McCain promised.

    July 29, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  9. Informed Voter

    Desperate!!!!!!!!!!!!!! & typical from the Repugs ... instead of praising/ propping up your candidate Mc Cain .. you attack Obama ......

    Repugs = Desperation 08!!!!!!!

    July 29, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  10. Des,Toronto, Canada

    Not this time!! no smear,lies and fear will allow the most disturbing 8 years in your history to prevail for another four. And as for McCain loving the vets check the video at huffington post...real news and see how many things he voted against. Cnn will not print this because they never highlight McCain's gaffes.

    Obama 08

    July 29, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  11. Heather in SoCal

    This is the best they can do? All the GOP can do is react. They aren't proactive at all. How pathetic.

    July 29, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  12. Charlie


    Heh heh


    Ridiculous, just pathetic 🙂

    July 29, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  13. Juan Alberto Cirez - Edmonton, Alberta

    One Word: LAME!
    Enough Said.

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

    Looks like this may backfire...all of the comments on the page are saying how stupid the concept is...LOL

    Obama 08

    July 29, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  15. Linda31

    Don't they have anythig better to do? Sounds very childish.

    July 29, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  16. alex hogan

    I guess the RNC really is desperate. Maybe next they'll create a cartoon for the Sunday paper. They are lame.

    July 29, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  17. Bendo

    once again, see Obama do, see Mclame copy......

    July 29, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  18. insanity

    sleezy republicans..
    this kind of attack politics gave us Bush... I don't think people will fall for this kind of sleezy tactics again.

    July 29, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  19. kayla

    RNC is running scared. their goose is cooked. obama 08

    July 29, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  20. Louis

    Typical Obama camp response. Anything against them is called 'Gimmick, Lame, Poor Taste, Racist, etc.'

    July 29, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  21. NC Attorney

    All of Obama supporters should go to this site and let them know how completely juvenile, disgusting and how creating it is unbecoming of a presidential candidate. McCain is entirely too old for this silliness...

    July 29, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  22. Former republican white man from california for Obama

    This just sickens me to my stomach! First these right wing nut jobs take over the part. Now the Republican name world wide is known as fear monger, Hate monger, and leir. It is very sad to see this party go down hill because of these misguided hate filled people. The only reason they are doing this is to spread more lies fear and hate! They should be ashamed of themselves. I would support it if there was any truth to it but just more propaganda.

    Sen Obama 08

    July 29, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  23. Susan

    Moronic! Typical Republican tactics.

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

    Clearly both the Republican party and McCain need a better internet strategy. The site is aweful and just accents how behind the times they are.

    July 29, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  25. stu

    I call this peeing againt the wind!

    July 29, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
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