August 21st, 2009
02:25 PM ET
9 years ago

Conservative group targets Obama's vacation

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="A new ad is directed at Obama while he vacations on Martha's Vineyard."](CNN) - If President Obama wants to catch the White Sox-Red Sox games next week while he vacations in Martha's Vineyard, he'll probably see the latest ad to attack his health care reform proposals.

Conservatives for Patient's Rights, a group founded earlier this year by former health insurance executive Rick Scott, says it will spend close to $150,000 next week to air a 30-second television spot in the Boston media market coinciding with Obama's vacation in the area.

Video: Rick Scott wades into health care debate

Among the stations the group plans to air the ad on is NESN, the network that will broadcast the four-game series next week between Obama's Chicago White Sox and the Boston Red Sox.

Called "Surf's Up," the ad's narrator appears to mock Obama's beach vacation "while concerns mount about his health care plan."

"The beach is nice this time of year," says the female narrator. "But while president Obama vacations, concerns mount about his health care plan. Mr. President, when you go back to D.C., drop your government-run public option plan."

The group has spent upwards of $4 million on combating the Democrats health care proposals this year.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs brushed aside the ad at Friday's daily briefing.

"I don't think the American people begrudge the president taking some time with his family that's well earned and well deserved for a few days to see and spend time with them," said Gibbs.

(Updated at 11:55 a.m. ET with Gibbs response)

Filed under: President Obama
soundoff (305 Responses)
  1. RebirtherTeaParty

    Mr. President, please stand up to these insurance lobbyist thugs.

    We want a public option, not insurance company lies.

    August 21, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  2. Sean

    Good thing the Dems never mocked Bush's constant vacation while in office. But I guess all is fair in Politics, right?

    August 21, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  3. sherry

    Give me a break.
    Obama has done more in his time as President than Bush did in all his 8 year's.

    I would say that Obama more then deserves a vacation.....
    The party of no need's to dig them selves a hole somewhere in the sand and bury their head in it.
    I'm tired of them trying to find fault in everything Obama does.
    They have no faith and only expect the worst in things.....
    they need to call the glass half full instead of half empty.

    August 21, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  4. RN

    So, a "health insurance executive" doesn't like Obama's plan?
    Obama must be doing something right.
    We just read headlines that Blue Cross will raise our rates 22-30% next year. Why is it so hard to see the need to do something?
    I am willing to listen to any republican ideas- I just have not heard anything beyond more tax cuts – especially for those making the most.

    August 21, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  5. Sniffit

    "Conservatives for Patient's Rights, a group founded earlier this year by former health insurance executive Rick Scott"

    That pretty much says everything we need to know about their credibility on the issue. It's like that other group who is arguing that only 8M people don't have insurance and is relying on a study performed by none other than Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Almost transparent enough to be invisible...

    August 21, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  6. Pete

    Hey there nut cases – what are you going to do when the bill passes – not re-elect the President? Oh, wait – you didn't vote for him in the first place. I bet if McCain's name was all over this bill it wouldn't be a problem. GET OVER IT ALREADY!!

    August 21, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  7. tisgoogle

    Hope these groups keep on spending millions on ads. THE HEALTH BILL WILL PASS WITH THE PUBLIC OPTION! GO PRESIDENT OBAMA!

    August 21, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  8. howie

    I am for health reform but NO PUBLIC option. If reform with public option passes it will be death for democrats in 2010. Then the republicans, which will be in power will turn the public option around. Lets get a bill that we all can support, not just the liberal left.

    August 21, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  9. NS

    Hmmm. An insurance executive against a public option... Why am I not surprised?! Oh, wait, now I remember. Private companies have one thing on their minds. PROFIT. Plain and simple. Why should they care about giving proper healthcare to their clients when they can simply hire someone to deny their claim because "it was a pre-condition." People, we need to wake up and see that all these insurance companies want is M-O-N-E-Y. They could care less about our health. It's time for a change... It's time for EVERYONE to have proper healthcare. Profit should not be a matter of concern when it comes to healthcare. WAKE UP AMERICA!!!

    August 21, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  10. Steve C.

    Too bad Obama hasn't taken a month to vacation in Crawford Texas like one guy I know. He's also been Soooooo lazy and disengaged during his first 7 months as President.

    Oh well, I guess criticism comes with the territory.

    August 21, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  11. Gram

    I wonder if any of the people sponsoring this ad have had a vacation this year? Did we pay their salaries with our tax money?

    August 21, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  12. Happy Smiley

    Transparent media. Leave our president alone!! Stop the harrassment of our president. Stop pandering to those who have issues with him but aren't really sure why.

    August 21, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  13. Kenton

    I'm a scary Canadian with my even scarier socialized medicine plan – which Canada introduced back in the 1960s.

    The guy who ushered it in was none other than Kiefer Sutherland's grandfather, Tommy Douglas, who was also recently voted "the Greatest Canadian" by Canadians, primarily on the fact that he brought socialized medicine to Canada.

    He liked to go to the beach too.

    August 21, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  14. George

    Why don't they use this money for people losing their homes due to medical costs??? Party first, people and country second.

    August 21, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  15. southphillyballz

    My God, that's a desperate ad, isn't it? It doesn't even really make sense. Go ahead and spend away, awkwardly-named alleged patients' rights group. What a waste!

    August 21, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  16. WY, CO

    I have no doubts that this president is more engaged whether he is on vacation or not than the previous occupant.

    If the healthcare industry fears competition and innovation, they deserve to have the plug pulled on them.

    August 21, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  17. LacrosseMom

    It is so sad to see that each day the far-right continues to attack, demonize and criticize President Obama. They are relentless in their vitriolic politics!

    During the time of George W. Bush, the Liberals, and indeed anyone who would dare to criticize the Bush Regime would be branded "Anti-American or Un-Patriotic"! I remember, just a few months ago, the far-right defending the Bush policies though after EIGHT YEARS we all knew that Bush had damaged our nation considerably.

    Now we elected a new president, Americans voted for Obama by 52.9% a much higher percentage than Bush won by in '00 or '04! But still the far-right continues to mount a vile campaign against President Obama who has been in Office a MERE ..... EIGHT MONTHS!

    I read this morning that the LATEST Pew Poll shows that Obama's approval rating IS .......51%........ and he won by 52.9% SO...... seems to me that his supporters are still supporting him and that he will eventually win back the Americans who are on the "fence".

    The criticism from the far-right will only backfire on them, as did the vile politics of their '08 campaigns! America is sick and tired of the politics of ....... hate...... lies........ fear ......and division.

    August 21, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  18. Kevin

    they're wasting their money.

    August 21, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  19. For Profit

    ".....former health insurance executive Rick Scott"

    4 million dollar ad campaign against.......Hmmmm, I wounder what's in it for him?

    August 21, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  20. Jen

    Gee, $150.00 dollars to put this ad out. It would be nice if the people who are spending this type on money, could put this amount to our healthcare system instead of wasting of it. Another thing, what do all you people think who are on Medicare and Medicaid? They are both goverenment run programs! I work in the healthcare field and and right now the people with insurance live and the ones without DIE !!! Think about that!! I worked in a hospital for eight years and doctors office's for the last two. This is real people !!!!!

    August 21, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  21. Violet

    George W. Bush spent 1/3 of his presidency on vacation. He also nearly bankrupted our country by plunging us into a war fueled on lies. For those of you who voted him in for a second term, shame on you. Shame on your for hurtling insults and lies at President Obama, who is trying to dig us out of this mess. You want to talk about someone being unpatriotic? Take a look in the mirror.

    August 21, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  22. Keith in Austin

    When is this guy ever going to LEAD this Nation???

    Considering his neverending campaign trying to drum up support for his tax and spend Big Government socialism, travels to Europe,Middle East and Mexico apologizing for America and the litany of photo ops and Press Conferences, Nobama has delegated everything to Pelosi and Reid. This President is an utter embarassment!

    August 21, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  23. Clinton Fringer

    Oh I can't wait..........but Bush was always in Texas blah blah blah. I have noticed the Obama family hasn't fallen short on vacations themselves during the past few months and I can't ever remember a president's wife that had to have the streets shut down just for her to go shopping. I do know that in Crawford, it is set up to pretty much be a Whitehouse South. Is Martha's Vineyard set up that way. Oh and they are having a welcoming first ever dog parade in honor of the new pup. How sweet.

    August 21, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  24. James M. Holmes

    They spend over 4 MILLION fighting this? Wanna guess how much they are profitting from sick people to spend this much... This alone should prove to even the most wacko right wing nut that these groups don't have the American people's interests in mind with this "debate"....

    August 21, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  25. BrianR

    ha ha ... nice try ... what a waste of money. I'm sure the birther-deather Obama-is-a-Nazi crowd will get all giddy and scream and point at the TV and froth at the mouth, and cry "I want my America back!" ... but other than that ...

    So, Bush can take 2 weeks to "clear brush" on his see-I'm-a-real-cowboy movie set while his aides warn him of impending attack on our soil, but Obama can't take 3 days, over the weekend and while Congress is in recess?

    August 21, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
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