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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soundoff (301 Responses)
  1. Michael

    The joke's on the Republicans! After a year in which they spent time distorting the facts about Pres. Obama's health bill and engaging in the RNC's patented brand of fear mongering, the Democrats got the last laugh! Republicans aren't interesting in universal health care. What efforts did they make when they held both houses of Congress and the Presidency? No, they're simply interested in tax cuts for the wealthy, and placing corporate profits above the health of our citizens.

    April 1, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  2. Bobby

    Telling it like it is. I voted for BHO, but I cannot begin to tell anyone how stupid that was. This guy has strayed away so far from what he said he was going to do on the campaign trail. Public option? Where is it. No drilling? Now we are going to drill? End of the Iraq war? Like the energizer bunny, still going. Close Gitmo? What a joke. Still in business. Create jobs? How about running off jobs? No Wall Street bonuses? The largest they have received in 2010. These were the things he "said" he was going to do to get votes. He has misled us, and now, on top of that, we have our first ever breathing air mandate in the hisyory of our once great nation. Never again.

    April 1, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  3. alpha_nu_916

    i'm sure the gop will fix everything. when they held the house, senate, & whitehouse they entered into 2 wars (one of which with terrible intel), repealed restrictions that led to the current financial crisis, refused to deal with healthcare, ssi, or immigration reform. and now they're slamming the pres when he's cleaning up their fecal matter . . .
    what a bunch of sumbdhits.

    April 1, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  4. Jason

    That's right the unicorns and low unemployment were around for the 8 Bush years. Oh wait, we were losing 700,000 jobs a month and having record deficits. Yes, but very funny though. Republicans always say they want to reform health care, only not the way Democrats do. Then when they are in power, years go by and it is never brought up. If you had so many great ideas to fix health care in this country, you should have brought it up sometime between 2000-2006 (when Democrats took control of house and senate).

    April 1, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  5. saintpaul

    Typical small minded adolescent prattle. A totally craven Party with no sense of gravity. This is no April Fool's joke. The Party of Lincoln is the party of silly, mindless, venal know-nothings. We need a thinking, legitimate, constructive Conservative advocate in the national politic and the current Republicans provide no value, direction or inspiration.

    April 1, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  6. Liz the First

    The joke's on them, not Obama. he will go down as one of the greatest presidents ever and they can't stand it. he's accomplished more in one year than the bush regime did in 8, all the while having to fight off these clowns who want to keep bush's mess in place. No unicorns or negative unemployment but many steps in the right direction. how's that hopey, changey stuff workin' out for us? great, actually!

    April 1, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  7. T. Jefferson

    What a shock. The morons who have taken over the conservative wing of politics are acting like junior high school students. Is this even vaguely surprising to anyone? What's next, another "how's that 'hopey-changey' derpa doop dop derp" quote from Palin? Has the RNC just given up and let a bunch of children run the party just so The Daily Show has a never-ending well of stupid to talk about? How utterly pathetic.

    April 1, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  8. John E Lexington KY

    You know that rancid bile may be just the cocktail for birthers, vigilantes, and militia fascists but for the rest of us it's just vile.

    The GOP may get a big whopping surprise in Nov.. I hope it destroys their useless party once and for all.

    April 1, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  9. sanitycheck

    The GOP is SO, SO weak. They have been reduced to poop-slinging monkeys. It's the best thing that's ever happened to this country. No fooling!

    April 1, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  10. Jeff Johnston

    Ha! Republicans are as clueless as ever. The party of NO continues to do what they always do: lie. The majority of Americans who support Obama and his good work do not believe republican lies, no matter how cutely framed.

    April 1, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  11. mike

    They also celebrated April Fools day by voting yes on something. The party of no has to go

    April 1, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  12. jm for sc

    I am glad the April fool's day joke is for one day only. If people believe Republicans will do half as good as President Obama, each day will be a fool's day joke. They will do no more than they have done in the past which is nothing but enhance the rich while keeping the poor in the same state they are in.

    This is far from funny and shows the party wide ignorance of the Republican party as well as the lack of respect for the President of the United States.

    April 1, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  13. Nancy W.

    I'm all for April Fool's jokes and pranks, but this is just so juvenile and condescending. Why does the whole GOP have to stoop to Sarah Palin type behavior.

    April 1, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  14. jane

    Republicans play "jokes" on the public with misinformation practically full time. What else is new?

    April 1, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  15. jbakaregit

    And I ask the GOP, "What have you done for America that is positive? What do you stand for? What bacon have you brought home to America these past decades?"

    Like David Plouffe said, they've already hoisted up their "Mission Accomplished" banner on the deck of U.S.S.November 2010, thinking that just because the media and conventional wisdom says so, they'll retake Congress.

    Instead of putting out another negative ad dissing "Obamacare and liberals," maybe they should be pinching their RNC chairman for spending their money on assorted junk as well as taking responsibility for the mess they left Obama when he walked into the WH on Jan 20, 2009.

    April 1, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  16. Gloria Boca Raton, Florida

    Let's get real here......... the Republicans are so jealous of a President who does something for the people. They are still caring on about loosing the election....get over it and start working for the people instead of your greedy selfish self!! Remember Republicans WE voted our President to office because we didn't want you and still don't.

    Proud to be a Democrat
    Pant Suit Democrat

    April 1, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  17. Tony

    Don't they realize unicorn farts are a leading cause in global warming gases!

    April 1, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  18. bob

    Because the GOP has been so honest and forthright this whole time...

    April 1, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  19. Martha

    Really....the GOP needs to stoop this low.......Oh yes I forgot about the strip club incident......

    April 1, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  20. CJ/PA

    Aren't they cute, those doggone Republicans. Why, if you didn't know better, you'd think they were children!!!

    April 1, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  21. Tori in Texas

    Um, I suggest the Repubs stop trying their hand at humor.

    But I read yesterday that Limbaugh and Beck were going to personally sponser free health care clinics in the top 5 poorest cities in the US!

    April Fools!

    Now THAT'S funny!

    April 1, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  22. Xerxes2010

    Well the grass was almost greener on the other side, oh wait thats nuclear waste. they need to praise him, he's doing things other prez have simpley 'talk the talk but couldnt walk the walk'!!! Go Obama, from a real support, no Fools in April.

    April 1, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  23. outsidethebox

    All this yammering about "transparency" is a joke, right? I watched the President's sitdown with the Republicans on Health Care – a mistake they won't make again as they were taken to the cleaners. I saw the Republican intransigency, the refusal to cooperate, the assertions of innacurate talking points. John McCain's watchwords are "sleazy", "shut out", "ram things through", and "pork barrel". He measures his success on the frequency with which he can insert them into his ramblings. Senator McCain was however right on one thing: "There's a real disconnect between Main Street, America and Washington, D.C. I don't think they appreciate it." He will come to understand it when he disconnects from his Washington, DC address come November...

    April 1, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  24. ian in Boulder CO

    Who's the white dude riding the unicorn? Is that Mitch McConnel?

    In a related news, Rebublicans kept all their promises too. Get real. It wasn't all that difficult since they only promised the country two things: 1) they will say 'No' to anything Obama proposes no matter what that is; and 2) when the President and Democrats in Congress actually fullful some of their campaign promises despite Rebublicans' obstruction, the Rebublicans will throw a tantrum and cry 'Armageddon!'.

    April 1, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  25. terry,va.

    Very appropriate. I wish he could get on a unicorn and ride back to fantasy land. Oh wait...he already live there!!!

    April 1, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
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