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. johnrj08

    If the White House is in "denial" then the RNC is in a total panic. The GOP has been all but eclipsed by the Obama administration, thanks to its own internal mischief. Prominent Republican leaders apologizing to a strident, pig-headed radio talkshow host, and a governor who provided no comprehensible explanation for resigning from office nearly two years short of the end of her term. The party has earned an obstructionist reputation and image of anti-intellectualism. It is the first political party in United States history which openly talked about its desire that a president's policies should fail during a time of extreme national crisis. This is a group of people who would rather debate the president's place of birth than offer positive ideas that might help solve the serious problems that we all face. Denial? Come to think of it, the GOP has that one locked up, too.

    August 5, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  2. Embarrassed Member of The ReBirtherTea Party

    The RNC phone lines will not let anyone through, unless they press
    "1" and are redirected to the DNC.

    What a bunch of thugs, bullie and pussies.

    August 5, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  3. MommaM

    It's the same old thing over and over and over again from the RNC – no matter what Pres. Obama does they will find something wrong with it – what failed "experiment" are they talking about – I'm feeling good about the economy, my investments about everything – thanks President Obama for all that you do – will everything be perfect – no not really but I have every faith that you will always have the best interests of the United States at heart – that is something the RNC DOES NOT HAVE!!!

    August 5, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  4. Ted

    Wow, the hypocrisy and deliberate distortion of the facts is truly galling. Par for the course, RNC. Pathetic.

    August 5, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  5. LacrosseMom

    My God, what has happened to the Republican Party? Are YOU people nuts? I am deeply disturbed by the GOP's campaign of hate... lies..... fear and....... division!

    The GOP continues to offer NO NEW ideas, NO NEW SOLUTIONS, just more of the same vitriolic politics that cost them the elections of 2008!

    IN 200...... DAYS........ DAYS??? Please GOP you people, need serious mental help! Who judges & condemns someone on a mere ... 200 DAYS!

    THANK GOD, that we, the American People, are SMART enough to see past the GOP campaign of LIES.... HATE.... FEAR & DIVISION!

    August 5, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  6. Tom

    Another load of mess from the G(arbage)O(n)P(arade) folks, who have nothing to offer except yelling "no" at any attempt to clean up the mess they left us with after eight years of the worst administration in United States history. Of course Obama has flaws like anyone and isn't always right, but overall I think he is a fine man with tremendous qualifications for the job, and he's doing a good job of wading through the muck to help us move in a better direction after eight years in the wilderness.

    August 5, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  7. Remy O'Neill

    Amazing the spin these political hacks can make. Here is a catastrophe created by 8 years of the Bush administration plus the GOP controlled Congress, and Obama is a failed president in 200 days? Surely you jest! We'll be lucky to extract ourselves and the greed infested corporate economy collapse in 2,000 days, no less 200.

    I am an Independent voter, and I'm actually amazed at what has gotten accomplished considering the bedfellow relationship between the GOP and the Big Bonus Boys, who obviously just don't get it.

    August 5, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  8. Ken

    Want to talk about denial? Why do you think there was not a single [R] in sight, anyhwere in the works, to get the two journalists freed?

    People who blog on here, trying to support the pathetic [R] policy of 'no', who are so deluded that they think their way (you know, the one that already FAILED the country) is so much better than the successes already shown by the Obama administration, who spew the rightwing rhetoric of hate for Obama and all [D]s....these people need some genetic testing to ferret out what contaminated their gene pool recently....because, certainly, human ancestors with such genetic deficits could not have led such a deluded and stupid life and survived.

    August 5, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  9. Will-South Dakota

    The GOP, Mitch McConnell & John Boehner are in DENIAL and their leadership is a they resort to the same old tired tactics scare people, scare people, scare people........

    August 5, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  10. Dennis

    The GOP has lost it's soul. Have you figured out what the "stirring speech" that Sarah Palin gave to the NRA was about yet? Stirring up self-serving hatred and discontent, perhaps? Watch how many people will be killed with AK-47's in the next few days. The sancity of life, indeed!!!!

    August 5, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  11. Kiss

    Where are the Republican solutions? I have yet to hear or see anything all this dang complaining get real.

    August 5, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  12. The Voice

    It is funny they don't mention that Obama is trying to clean up the mess they left. Bush and Republicans destroyed this country so bad, what makes him think it would take 200 days to fix. Try two plus years. This country was left in shambles and nobody forget it.

    August 5, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  13. bob

    We will not take this lying down. We will fight you with our last breath. Tell Napolitano that her Right Wing Extremist are on the march

    August 5, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  14. Gary

    They are correct the Obama administration is in denial. They are rushing bills through that no one wants and they aren't listening to the wonder there are so many angry Americans out there.

    August 5, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  15. Karen

    I don't get it- Do the republicans want a "do-over" You can't call a presidency a "failed experiment" and say I told you so. They need to stop denying that Barack Obama is their president and start working on America's business. Is this not their country too? I think the RNC/GOP should be cited for sedition.

    August 5, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  16. Justin

    Absolutely monumental the level of immaturity that's now a part of the GOP platform.

    Do you really think you can judge a presidency in 200 days ?(and not look like a total idiot doing so?)

    I used to remember times, oh say about eight years ago, when people weren't such monumental babies and the president was afforded a "honeymoon" by the opposition party. Did the DNC call president bush a failure 200 days into office?

    Then again, Bush was already on his second vacation 200 days into office, so maybe there wasn't alot to work with

    August 5, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  17. Dana from NY

    They are just drowning in their own sewage at this point! The DNC and Democrats are debunking all these lies as fast as they try to put them out and they have no where else to go but to now just make up more lies. President Obama is not an experiment...I do not even know what they mean by this- like we thought we would throw a black guy into the white house and see how he does- kind of experiment?
    Barack Obama won on his stance on healthcare- he is now implementing that plan- and those who voted for him support him. You want to know the truth about the plans- go to and read it yourself- dont listen to these smears and chain emails full of lies and have already been debunked- EDUCATE yourselves!

    August 5, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  18. Ruty

    Let the ignorant vindictive Republicans keep digging the hole deeper and deeper.. They are finished, washed up and know it. They are trying everything evil to get back in power and finishing destroying this nation. You can thank Bush, Cheney, Limbaugh, Hannity, Gingrich and Beck for helping them.

    August 5, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  19. DallasNE

    Think back exactly 8 years ago. Were we seeing this kid of poison coming from the mouths of Democrats against the newly elected President Bush. Not even close. In fact, it was former President Clinton that was coming under attack for the Rich pardon and trashing Air Force One. Bush was still in his honeymoon period, taking off for another vacation in Crawford. Tomorrow is the 8th anniversary of a famous PDB stating "bin Laden determined to strike inside the US". There was no hate in the air like there is today. But back then we had a(n untalented) white President. That seems to make a big difference.

    August 5, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  20. kirk

    I say let's investigate 9/11 and start locking up whoever is involved, republican or democrat.

    August 5, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  21. CT

    The liberal ignorance displayed here is astonishing, but NOT surprising. Some of you are absolutely clueless. No wonder you
    need government to take care of you.

    August 5, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  22. TCM

    face it liberals, you're rapidly becoming the minority you should be...know your place in society, shut your pie holes, and let the conservatives save the country from the communist community organizer...

    August 5, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  23. johnrj08

    The US government runs Social Security and the VA Administration, which are both exemplary organizations. The argument that health would be better run by private, profit-driven corporations than the a dedicated department of the federal government is in total denial of the facts. If you want to see how the private sector can screw things up, look at Wall Street, Enron, Adelphia, the auto manufacturers and the banking industry. It's one thing to be concerned about having a government run health care system, but it's quite another to have millions of people with no insurance going bankrupt because of exploding medical costs. Let go of your greed, GOP. Think about the greater good for once in your miserable lives.

    August 5, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  24. cedgar

    I m not a Dem or a Rep.
    I do think is is funny that the Rep. are fighting back with the Dem
    old tricks.
    When are we going to get a party for the people, because it sure
    is not these two!!!!
    Please keep fighting I love the post here. This is better than
    Monday night raw LOL
    Bush was not the devil and Obama is not a saint.

    August 5, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  25. Wake Up

    Obamabots- What do you think quandrupling the debt in 6 months does for the future economy? It may briefly help, but it means long term demise of the high standard of living we have. Thank yourselves!!! All of you want free hand-outs, because you choose to be lazy and unwilling.

    August 5, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
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