March 26th, 2009
06:03 PM ET
14 years ago

DNC web ad takes aim at Karl Rove

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="The DNC released a scathing Web ad Thursday blasting Karl Rove, pictured above, for a his recent comments calling President Obama an 'arrogant guy.' "](CNN) – The Democratic National Committee is taking aim at former Bush adviser Karl Rove.

The DNC released a scathing Web ad Thursday blasting Rove for a his recent comments calling President Obama an "arrogant guy."

In a 40 second spot titled "Pot. Kettle. Black.," the DNC slammed the former presidential adviser and the policies of the Bush administration, highlighting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the current national economic crisis as products of his time in office.

Watch: DNC web ad "Pot. Kettle. Black."

"Karl Rove calls Obama arrogant – really," the text on screen shows.

"Karl, Did You Forget ..."

Statements such as: "mission accomplished, we'll be greeted as liberators, Bin Laden: dead or alive," and "two unfinished wars," and "worst economic crisis in decades" were sandwiched between sound bites of Rove saying "I've always said I think he's kind of an arrogant guy."

"Pot. Kettle. Black.," the text reads as the ad closes.

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soundoff (109 Responses)
  1. Mississippi Mike

    It's a brilliant idea to attack someone who is a non-player. The Democrats are scrambling to find a villain to distract voters from how lousy the presidency and congress are doing. It's not going to work for long, these attempts are very transparent.

    March 26, 2009 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  2. dave bryant

    Sad to say but tactics like this ad have become necessary. Take a look at the last 8 years. Anybody that did not walk in lock step with the GOP was run out of town on a rail. How many people were subjected to a full scale smear campaign when they tried to bring to light the truth about the lies to war we were fed? Remember the term swift boat? These days if you don't get down and dirty and roll around in the same sewers as your opponent, you will not achieve victory. It is a battle that has to be fought in the alleys and mud because that is where your enemy lives! Oh wait wasn't that kind of what Cheney told us about fighting the terrorists? I guess the pansy democrats learned a few lessons after all.

    March 26, 2009 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  3. lizzz

    I agree with Colin– doesn't democratic party leadership have anything better to do than flog a dead horse? I am a democrat saying this too. We've got some great leadership decisions being made in the white house these days– how bout we focus on that?? Rove is a nobody.

    March 26, 2009 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  4. J. Carlson

    We are always in danger of making a self-diagnosis when we criticize others. In other words, it takes one to know one.

    March 26, 2009 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  5. E.C.Coleman

    There is NO PERSON who is More Arrogant than Press Secretary Gibbs, who is the most sarcastic and stupid man in D.C.
    This is the man who O chooses as 'his press secretary?'
    How can the Democrats have the cheek to utter a word against Karl Rove?
    Gibbs is the nastiest, most cunning idiot on the obama team of ignorant advisors.
    At least Karl Rove knows the English Language.
    Why hasn't the 'Media' call obama on his incorrect English and verb tense?
    Why? Afraid of the almighty O?

    March 26, 2009 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  6. steve b

    Let me see, how is the score card when Carl Rove is at bat.

    Carl 2
    Dems 0

    and the DNC wants a piece of this guy

    March 26, 2009 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  7. E.C.Coleman

    Speaking of 'arrogant'.............why don't the Dems take a long, hard look at the man who is the worst president in history?
    the egotistical jerk who they call, 'the chosen one?'
    Did anyone notice the audacity of Obama's arrogance in that absurd press conference after his speech? the adacity of hope????
    Obama was angered and a pitiful example of a level-headed leader.
    Obama thinks he's an emperor or king; he does not conduct himself like the elected leader of the greatest democratic nation of the world.
    Obama does not set a good example, nor does he or his press secretary 'Gibbs,' who tries to play 'defense' and the 'big bad bully.'
    This entire administration of 'advisors' is like watching a damned soap opera at 2 p.m. every afternoon.
    It's time for the advisors to STOP THE CAMPAIGN!

    March 26, 2009 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  8. E.C.Coleman


    March 26, 2009 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  9. Expat American

    Many if not most Americans do not even have a passport – this being the case, surprisingly for a very large population, very few actually ever travel/work/live abroad.

    Karl Rove was a mastermind of propaganda in the Bush Administration. When times were bad during the past 8 years, all they had to do was turn up the terror meter on the 7pm news and many people believed anything that the Bush regime proclaimed.

    He was a Goebbels figure or at least one of many in the former administration. For him to call President Obama arrogant is surprising. Karl Rove nor Dick Cheney could ever be elected President.

    March 26, 2009 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
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