August 5th, 2009
03:19 PM ET
12 years ago

First on the Ticker: RNC Web video targets 'White House in denial'

WASHINGTON (CNN) - On the eve of President Obama's 200th day in office, The Republican National Committee is releasing a Web video that calls his presidency "a failed experiment" that features "desperate photo-ops [and] a White House in denial."

"200 days," says the narrator in the minute-long spot. "It started. Star Studded. High hopes. All smiles. Photo ops and reassurances. Even an official White House photo for the first pup. With an economy at a crossroads, his experiment started."

The ad points to government bailouts, the stimulus package and deficit spending. "He promised to create or save millions of jobs. But unemployment is up, month after month. Press conference, after press conference. The TV ratings decline. His approval ratings decline. Desperate photo-ops. A White House in denial. Now we face his most dangerous experiment of all: Government takeover of health care An experiment that will cost over one trillion dollars, threaten your private insurance and cost taxpayers hundreds of billions in new taxes."

"The presidency of Barack Obama. A failed experiment in just 200 days."

The spot comes hours after the release of a DNC video that accused Republicans of "inciting mobs" to swarm Democratic town hall

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soundoff (301 Responses)
  1. earl

    Republicans are at it again. I wouldn't be surprised if more of them didn't turn Democrat. I applaud President Obama for what he has already accomplished and will continue to accomplish. He is doing a great job.

    August 5, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  2. Candy Wilson

    Perfect way to Unite a country and solve problems

    August 5, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  3. FAYE, NV

    What world do you Repugs live in, this is a mess you all left us with. When Bush spent eight years messing up everything you guys did nothing. Now that someone, President Obama and Biden; the Obama Team is trying to put things right all you Repugs are doing in dividing this country. It appears that your hatred is rooted so deep that you would like to see this country fail while President is in office.

    This country was in unneeded war, recession, poor health care, greed, foreclosure, bankrupt and joblessness. Now, we have a President rebuilding our country and relationship internationally and you guys want to rob us of our hope for the future. It will take drastic measures for things to get better.

    August 5, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  4. Kelli

    What a digusting set of losers!!

    August 5, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  5. Rob Johnson

    How anybody can call ANY presidency "failed" when it is only 14% of the way through the term boggles my mind. Check back with me in November 2012 and we'll see if Obama's presidency has "failed."

    I'm not thrilled with Obama's performance either, but the level of hysteria the GOP is engaging in right now is unsustainable. They can't keep this up until 2010, much less 2012.

    Pace yourself, Republicans!

    August 5, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  6. sensible Cape Coral Fl

    The Republican Party is the epitome of desperation. God help us.

    August 5, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  7. Seth

    No doubt about it. I can't think of a worse start for Obama. It was a great facade but when the rubber hits the road his lack of qualifications and experience underpin any chance at greatness.

    August 5, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  8. Shawn

    As the lunatic right-wing fringe screams and cries and tries desperately to seem relevant, President Barack Obama has stabilized the auto, banking and housing industries and the financial markets. He has revived science, dramatically improved the US's reputation in the world and is on track to deliever on much needed healthcare reform. Best vote I ever cast.

    Considering the EPIC FAIL of the last Republican president, any criticism of Obama's clear success is just hilarious. Yes we can!

    August 5, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  9. BobAbrams

    Couldn't be said any better!!!

    August 5, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  10. Marty

    If Republicans have objections to policies proposed by Democrats or if they have alternative policies to propose, it's appropriate for them, as the loyal opposition, to advance those objections or alternative policies. This not that. This is just tearing down for the sake of tearing down. It's placing party over country. Where are the responsible Republican leaders? Do they exist?

    August 5, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  11. Steph

    It is really hard to believe that there is a segment of the US population that just can't live in reality. Economy – improving. War in Iraq – ending. Veterans – getting the support they deserve. US reputation in the World – restored. Supreme Court Replacement – confirmed (well, tomorrow). Honestly, I think I'm smiling more today than I did on election night!!!

    I applaud President Obama on a job well done so far. I hope he continues to ingore the haters and keeps on moving!

    August 5, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  12. Peoples Voice

    If you can't really beat him, lie about it.

    Before it's all said and done, he'll be one of the most effective presidents this country has ever had.

    The GOP will continue to expose themselves for what they are. Anti-Americans who will destroy this country in order to regain power.

    August 5, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  13. susie

    I am against abortion and do not feel that my tax dollars should fund abortions through the Health bill.

    August 5, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  14. Dorothy, Kentucky

    I would just ask all who read this that are interested in fair journalism to go over to Huffington Post and read the article about CNN refusing to run adds against insurance companies, and you will better understand the political slant of CNN. Just start adding it up, Lou Dobbs birther foolishness, insurance company protection, rate everything the president does, blame the president for the economy, but don't give him credit for things that are going well. I hope after you look at these things you will join me in helping to increase the ratings for MSNBC.

    August 5, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  15. Alicia

    So what do they call the EIGHT YEARS they had and messed everything up?

    Grow up Republicans!

    August 5, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  16. ron

    The sound of the GOP scratching and clawing from inside their casket.

    It's astonishing to me that anyone could still believe the theories and principles put forth by the GOP after these last 8 years.

    It's wonderful that a Democrat is in office for 7 months and the economy is already improving.

    Stock market up, unemployment claims slowing, housing market stabilizing, manufacturing up.

    And all due to the actions of a black, socialist, foreign born, racist, tax and spend liberal Chicago thug.


    August 5, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  17. TCM

    Denial is an understatement. Today, Obama appeared at NavStar in Indiana. From the start, he was lying about the gov't reducing cobra payments by 65%, unemployment in that area was going down, and that the economy was turning around for them....all lies. When you have tons of economic experts, experienced financial folks, saying one thing, and an inexperienced thug community organizer saying it's all going to be , "ok..." well, you just can't believe him. He went on to "campaign, " again, citing that healthcare would be approved, educational issues, stimulus for me, vote for me....And all for what? Yeah, this administration is definitely portraying a denial attitude, but all the while they quest is for power and control. The healthcare bill has so many non-health related issues in it, geared solely toward power and control...and yet, Obama's supporters are right there fighting for it...unaware they're cutting their own financial throat.

    August 5, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  18. Dave in Albuquerque

    Ninety-nine percent of the reason for the Obama administration's failures so far is Republican obstructionism. All of the successes have required overcoming Republican obstructionism.

    August 5, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  19. Tee

    The Repubs don't need to "incite mobs", don't they realize the American public is fed up. More and more are wishing they could have their vote back. We were promised change and hope, and we are getting change (the little that might be left in your pocket) and there is Hope, Hope that 2012 will bring better times....... If the country isn't run into the ground by then. 🙁

    August 5, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  20. Jeff

    Sorry RNC..."President" Bush = Failed Experiment...economy in shambles, Iraq disaster ($100s of billions wasted...oh sorry to Haliburton), Hurricane Katrina relief, disappearing middle class, more millions uninsured, more lower paying underemployment...TOTAL FAILURE !!! PRESIDENT OBAMA STILL = HOPE. I am an Independent centrist white male working insured hockey "lib", but I WILL NEVER EVER VOTE GOP AGAIN NO MATTER WHAT !!! Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

    August 5, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  21. Randolph Carter

    What they fail to mention is that all of these policies will pay off in the long run. But then, republicans have never been about the long run. Anything that hurts short term profit is, to them, a big nono. They also fail to mention that unemployment is always the last thing to recover after an economic downturn and that it's already showing signs of slowing. They also fail to mention that deregulation and trickle down economics are the biggest failed experiment ever foisted upon the citizens of this once great nation. Also, in what way is government going to "take over" healthcare? Will we have to go see government doctors in government hospitals? Where does the healthcare legislation stipulate this? Please explain. Have a nice day!

    August 5, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  22. David

    The GOP is like a rejected girlfriend/boyfriend.

    Spreading lies and deceptions with no focus on facts, and the only people willing to believe them, are others who were also rejected.

    What an embarrassment.

    It's rapidly becoming a smaller and smaller club....

    August 5, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  23. Cass

    This should be titled "The Party of NO in denial". The GOP is going down and it will take decades for them to recoup. With 37 states either strongly democratic or leaning democratic, and only 5 (count them 5) states as Republican, and 8 as toss-ups, you do the math.

    Like I said the idiot Republican Party in Denial

    August 5, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  24. KAREN

    If somone would just take the time in the DNC like B.Boxer and go on Twitter or any blogs and see what the American People are thinking and talking about they would not for one second beleive that this is in anyway a staged or incitful act by the RNC. They just can't grasp the fact that millions of Ameicans are taking to the town halls in disgust.
    Unbelievable. We are becoming more involved and they don't know how to handle it. Why should a town hall only be a sounding board for elected officials? They are meant for people to voice there opposition and have their voices heard. If they don't like don't run for office.

    August 5, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  25. mkn

    One question:
    Where would we all be, right now, today if the Republican party had
    been in charge?
    Has anyone asked that question? They have had no ideas of their own to fix anything. They continue to rely on "no no no" as their standard reply.
    We would all be in the throes of a depression if those morons had been making decisions. They know it, that is why they continue to rely on the ONLY THING THEY HAVE, the famous Republican scare tactic.
    They will say and do almost anything if it serves to scare normal,, intelligent people into believing their garbage.

    August 5, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
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