April 1st, 2010
06:36 PM ET
10 years ago

Republicans celebrate April Fools by praising Obama

Republicans are praising President Obama on April Fools Day.

Republicans are praising President Obama on April Fools Day.

(CNN) - National Republicans praised President Obama Thursday and declared that he has "kept all his promises" and is "truly the greatest president ever."

No, this is not an episode of “The Twilight Zone.” It's an April Fools Day joke from the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

In a new Web video, the GOP organization tasked with regaining control of the Senate this November, cheers Obama for solving global warming "by replacing cars with low-emission unicorns” and achieving an unemployment rate of "negative 39 percent," among other “accomplishments.”

If it wasn’t already clear, the committee quickly said it's only joking:

"Get real,” an announcer abruptly said. “ObamaCare is just the latest in a long list of broken promises by the liberals in Washington. No transparency. A government takeover of health care. And even more jobs threatened by billions in mandatory new health care costs. Promise after promise…broken. Don't be fooled by Obama and the Democrats in Congress."

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  1. Anonymous

    Have Republicans done anything in good taste in the past 8 years?

    April 1, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  2. Most Republicans - Wrong about everything, Wrong for America (and GW Bush was the worst President ever)

    How sad

    April 1, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  3. Nimises

    I suppose we are to be fooled into believing the Republicans will solve all of our problems? Well, since most of our problems were created by Republicans, I seriously doubt problem sloving is one of their fortes.

    April 1, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  4. Chandler

    The GOP is so childish.

    April 1, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  5. FOOLS

    IF ONLY the JOKE was over on April 2nd

    April 1, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  6. SY

    Really, really, really sick people.

    April 1, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  7. Tasteless

    These GOP scum have no class.

    April 1, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  8. Deem and Pass

    I think the real April fools joke is that the Republicans have done NOTHING to provide alternatives or solutions to any of the nation's ailments.
    Republicans take solace in the fact that 'If you don't Make any Promises....you never Break any promises!'
    Perhaps the Reublicans would be better served not sitting around throwing stones....when the GOP is in a BIG glass house right now!

    April 1, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  9. JT the MO college freshman

    Really, is this is the best joke that they can come up with? It is really not that funny to make fun of the president about these issues, especially when you did not want to work with President Obama on the issue of healthcare in the first place. This healthcare reform bill included a lot of conservative ideas; for example, the competitive free market exchange that takes affect and 2014. I and a lot of other people are not happy that there are politicians who vote against their own ideas because it is "good politics." I for one look for a politician who is not afraid to make the right decision and have the guts to take a leap of faith. After what you guys have done in the last few days and weeks to protest healthcare reform is detestable and childish to say the least; I know that I am young, but age really has nothing to do with emotional, psychological, and moral/ personal maturity. I think that we need to start acting more civilized as a nation, and we need to start looking at the issues that affect us greatly such as healthcare, climate change/ energy independence, equality under the law, and most importantly, education. We need to start focusing on those issues more directly and in a more mature manner.

    I am aware that everyone has their take on how our current issues should be dealt with; that is why I studied the other points of view out there, even though they might not agree with how I personally see the world and my country around me. My ideas are progressive, I am not denying that fact, but I think that to achieve those ideas above, I think that we need to work together as one people to achieve those. A healthy country is when the government and the citizens debate with eachother in an intelligent, civil tone of discussion to get issues done or slowly taken care of. Let me compare some psychological terms that we deal with everyday with ourselves, and I am going to relate them to how we should act as a society to get things accomplished. Some motivational concepts and theories are what we can use to relate eachother to work together; Instinct, Drive, Incentive, Arousal, and Humanistic; let me give a one or two sentence brief explanation of what those theories comprehend for us:

    Instinct: According to the Instinct Theory, people are motivated to engage in certain behaviors because of evolutionary programing. Just as animals display automatic and innate instinctual behavior called called fixed action patterns such as migration or mating rituals, human behavior was also thought to be motivated by inborn instinctual behavior patterns.

    Drive: In general, Drive Theories asserted that behavior is motivated by the desire to reduce internal tension caused by unmet biological needs, such as hunger or thirst. The basic idea was that these unmet biological needs "drive" or "push" us to behave in certain ways that will lead to a reduction in the drive.

    Incentive: Incentive Theories proposed that behavior is motivated by the "pull" of external goals, such as rewards, money, and recognition. It's easy to think of many situations in which a particular goal, such as promotion at work, can serve as an incentive that helps activate particular behaviors.

    Arousal: Arousal Theory is based on the observation that people find both very high levels of arousal and very low levels of arousal quite unpleasant. When arousal is too low, we become bored, and seek out activities to stimulate our minds; when arousal is too high, we seek to reduce or find something that will calm us down in some way.

    Humanistic: Humanistic theories of motivation were promoted by psychologists Carl Rogers and Abraham Maslow. Although not discouting the role of biological and external motivaters, humanistic theories emphasized psychological and cognitive components in human motivation; people are motivated to realize their potential as a person and as a society.

    How all these psychological terms mean and relate to what I am trying to say here in this discussion is that as a society, we are motivated to better ourselves, others, and our nation and world around us.

    The only functional society is a society where both government and the citizens are involved in civil, intelligent discussion. If we cannot do that, none of those ideas above will become reality for us and other future generations to see. The future is counting on us to do what is right, true, and hard; great achievements in human history did not come from taking the easy path, they came from taking the hard, bumpy, but necessary track to a successful future. These are only some great historical figures that took the hard but necessary track: George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., and Susan B. Anthony for women's rights of free choice.

    What we can do is work together as one human race to achieve what most say cannot be done; to do so though is going to require for us to make a necessary sacrifice to ensure that our children will see a prosperous future. I still have confidence that we all have the potential to do so.

    What we have written down in our actions today will determine what history's destiny will write down for us in the future.

    April 1, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  10. Mathew

    And the Republicans would know a thing or two about April Fools considering they've been the biggest joke in recent times.

    April 1, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  11. Obama Victim

    making Obama look like a fool really isn't all that hard

    April 1, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  12. Bob

    Obama wants to make cannibalism legal.

    April 1, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  13. jerseylou

    What a bunch of sick S.O.B and America you want these maniacs,lunatics,imbeciles to run this Country?All i can say be careful for what you wish for you just might get it.

    April 1, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  14. Proud DEM

    Oh my that is hilarious.....what a bunch of fools......is this all you got Repuklicants?? Your party is in so much disarray, I don't even know where to start....now you think an ad with so much crap and rhetoric is going to make things all better? I can't wait til November.

    April 1, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  15. Rick from Portland

    LOL, if that's the best they've got Democrats are going to pick up seats in November!

    April 1, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  16. notfooledbydistractions

    Man, obama's job is a lot tougher when he has to deal with kids instead of adults.

    April 1, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  17. TangledThorns

    LOL, the Dems got served. That was a pretty funny video by the GOP.

    April 1, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  18. Bostonian-TheWoodlands,TX

    And in related news.........

    I want to praise the Republican party...yes...that party of kindness, for keeping us safe and out of harms way on September 11th. I want to thank them for keeping the interests of our troops, who have families, are fathers, brothers, sons, mothers, daughters and the like. I thank them for making sure before they send these men and women off to war, it is the ABSOLUTE LAST resort, due to an IMMEDIATE danger. Iraq ??????

    I want to thank the republican party, for the absolute bang up job they did in the financial market, because I'm sure ,before President Obama took office, everyones 401K was kicking major a^&....right ????????

    Last, but not least, I want to thank the Republican party for being SENSIBLE and NOT borrowing billions upon billions of dollars from China, because we can be sure Obama, would be the one to do that and put us in a hole no backhoe, hoe, or shovel on earth could seemingly dig us out of.

    Yes, Republicans, before the election of President Obama, you did all these things AND made the American Flag a thing people...yes even Europeans would never grow to loathe around the globe during the Bush years.

    Thank you Republicans.

    What world do conservatives live in ?????????? They are truly 'out there' man.

    April 1, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  19. jrw id

    when are the "partys" gonna grow up. seriously havnt we had enough bs? work for us! stop the bickering and do your jobs!

    April 1, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  20. let's be real

    Maybe those rainbows should be associated with the Republicans instead.

    April 1, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  21. Bill

    RepubliKKKans, lame as ever.

    April 1, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  22. Jonathan

    Where was the funny part? This was just sorta dumb.

    April 1, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  23. Sam

    That's disgusting. How immature and pathetic. I wonder when the day will come when politicians will grow a back bone and stop being so pathetic. This seems like a gag that a seventh grader might do to his/her rival – not grown adults. Seriously lame quip.

    April 1, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  24. Mitch

    What a joke the GOP are. They mock Obama for trying to solve all the problems that they left behind – while offering NO as their solution to fix them.

    GOP supporters woke up today thinking their party must be an awful April Fool's joke, but then promptly realised it was just the reality of their awful lives.

    April 1, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  25. JayDee

    The Republicans, be default, are the April Fool's joke, but for every day of the year. Every thing they say, without one exception, is a lie! The only thing they know is to scare people into voting for them. That's it ! Their only problem is with the color of the3 President's skin – but this they would only admit in devious and and cowardly ways. Their leadership (Limbaugh, McConnell, Bhoener, Palin, Cantor, Pawlenty, Romney, McCain, etc., and the ghost of Joseph McCarthy, et al) are frauds, who have absolutely nothing to offer to benefit the American people; people of very mean-spirited ethics; the people who give new meaning to the "Fool" in April Fool's.

    April 1, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
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