August 4th, 2010
10:50 AM ET
12 years ago

RNC slams Obama on his 49th birthday

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="The RNC unveiled a new site Wednesday that allows users to send mock birthday messages to the president."]
Washington (CNN) – On President Obama's 49th birthday, the Republican National Committee is out with a new website full of electronic greetings intended to slam the president and national Democrats. The Democratic National Committee is hitting back, referring to the RNC's move as "tired, childish, political games that do nothing to help anyone."

The new site,, hosts 11 digital birthday cards from which users can choose. All of the cards are mock greetings from various political or governmental figures to the president. The mock messages come mostly from Democrats with the exception of the card featuring Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, who passed on the GOP primary earlier this year and is now mounting a non-party-affiliated bid for Florida's open Senate seat.

One card features Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, former New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine, and former Virginia gubernatorial hopeful Creigh Deeds. Since Obama took office, Coakley, Corzine, and Deeds have all lost high-profile statewide races to Republican opponents.

"We got you that dinner jacket you had your eye on," the card featuring Coakley, Corzine, and Deeds says. "We noticed you were missing some coattails."

In a reference to two very recent Democratic ethics cases in the House of Representatives, a card featuring an image of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says "What do you give the guy who has everything? How about Charlie Rangel and Maxine Waters? Hugs and Kisses!"

The card featuring Vice President Joe Biden is tied to Biden's history of making verbal gaffes. "For your birthday, you won't hear a f@#&ing peep out of me."

The mock card from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid takes issue with Democrats' approach to the economy. "Sorry no gift this year. I'm going to need every dime to defend our failed economic policies."

Other mock cards available on the site feature White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, Obama senior adviser David Axelrod, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, Rep. Charlie Rangel of New York, Gov. Crist, Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, and former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Once users select a card, they can provide the e-mail addresses of up 20 of their friends to send the card to at the same time it gets sent to the president.

The new website also has a page where users can donate to the RNC.

In an e-mail to CNN, a spokesman for the DNC suggested that the new site was a waste of time.

The RNC's "time would probably be better spent coming up with new ideas to help American families, instead of on these tired, childish, political games that do nothing to help anyone," DNC national press secretary Hari Sevugan said.

Updated: 12:37 p.m. with DNC comment

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soundoff (283 Responses)
  1. keeth in california

    Very adolescent. Real classy, RNC. Real grown up.

    August 4, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  2. justacommoner

    Childish, stupid, intentionally disrespectful, and embarrassment to America. How much more shame can the RNC bring on itself and the rest of us?

    August 4, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  3. steveb

    With the GOP even your birthday is an occasion for a political slam. What kind of environment does this create for effectively addressing the pressing policy issues our nation faces. They would much rather score points. Grow up!

    August 4, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  4. Dano

    Once again the GOP shows a level of maturity that you'd expect from an average 10 year old. If only they'd spend as much time trying to solve America's problems as they do riduculing the President, we might actually be able to make some progress.

    August 4, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  5. Gotta Be Kiddin

    Wonder how hard they're working on ideas to create jobs. Maybe if they put as much effort into ideas to help this country as they do in creating this stupid stuff they might actually receive a thumbs up from fellow Americans. Aren't Republicans the "religious right"? What happened to "Do unto others.......?

    August 4, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  6. Kaye

    Happy Birthday to the best president we have EVER had in this world. I hope you have a Great Day! God Bless you and your family!!!

    August 4, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  7. Joel

    Republicans have never been known for their great sense of humor, other than the times they make fun of themselves for damage control, to get the public to like them again (i.e. George W. Bush's "Where are those WMD's?" video)...Why are Republicans angry all the time, no matter what's happening? Why are they so two-faced? Look at the oil crisis. Months before, all of them were like "Obama, keep your hands off everything!", then the oil spill happens, and they are like "Obama, do something!". They claim that it's Obama's Katrina, a horrible disaster, so Obama gets billions from BP to help people out of work. Then all of a sudden, Republicans are on BP's side, acting "outraged" because of Obama's "shakedown". Then, it turns out, there isn't much of a crisis at all, the oil can't be found, so the Republicans start backing BP completely! So let's sum this up: "Obama, there is a crisis, do something...wait, you are gonna take that much money from them, poor BP! Wait, false alarm, Mr. President, there isn't a crisis...BP, we are sorry we ever doubted thee, Mr. President, why are you torturing this company?!"

    August 4, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  8. Jules

    Clearly, the RNC have nothing better to do than to waste their time on imature, nasty thinking ideas. As a mother, veteran, and civilian, I find their behavior full of hate. If the RNC had anything positive to say, they would rather choke on their tongues and spew distain rather than admit it.

    Sadly, the RNC gives negative attention, when they need to be focusing on the fact that that lost the election, need to move on and support our country.

    August 4, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  9. Patrick

    Wow! Stay classy, RNC!

    August 4, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  10. Veronica

    Classy! who came up with this one? The elloquent Sara Palin?

    August 4, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  11. IKHAN

    I am sure the rest of the world which during the time of Bush-Cheney era of infamy learned to either hate or ridicule our leaders, are having a good laugh at what our politicians are capable of doing.
    We sure are now exposing our evil side.

    August 4, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  12. Dan

    Very classy, but then what do you expect from conservatives? It's a miracle they can tie their shoes and cut their own meat.

    August 4, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  13. Lisa B

    What a bunch of pathetic, undignified, petty, do-nothing losers. I hate them more every day.

    August 4, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  14. Kim

    Are you kidding me? Is this the best way to spend your time RNC? What an absolutely childish and hateful thing to do. You should be disgusted with yourselves and do things your kids and grandkids won't be embarrassed about in the years to come.

    August 4, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  15. ThinkAgain

    Typical Republican trash.

    Why in the world would America want to be lead by this nasty bunch of whiny third-graders?

    Vote for America = Vote Democratic!

    August 4, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  16. Elizabeth Gerou

    Leave it to the GOP to be mean and nasty on the President's birthday AND every other day of the year. When are these people going to remember to actually talk about something that TRULY MATTERS instead of just nasty, mean, vicious character assassinations?

    August 4, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  17. ThinkAgain

    What, no Web site dedicated to the GOP's specific ideas on how they'd do things better? You know, a bulleted list of action items, something other than "cut taxes for the wealthy"?

    I'm waiting ....

    August 4, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  18. Michael

    Here a funny image: A plane nose diving toward the ground with the words "US Economy" on the side. Piloting the plane are Bush and Chaney. Now that's a funny image, unless you are unemployed.

    August 4, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  19. inofritzn

    The Biden one is funny

    August 4, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  20. jayjay1

    RNC = classless morons.

    August 4, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  21. roro

    This just proves how low the Republicans will go. I'm sure they're all limbo champs. As Chubby Checker said, "How low can you go?"

    August 4, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  22. Lisa P

    Yup, the Republicans once again display their lack of class. Maybe they should just re-brand themselves as the Party of No Clue.

    August 4, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  23. Alex

    I thought the Republicans were supposed to be the party of family values? This is juvenile and crude, and further evidence why I'm an independent.

    August 4, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  24. John J, IN

    When you have no ideas or clue how to move the country forward, I guess you do end up with plenty of time and money to make up misleading, partisan, electronic greeting cards.

    Any they still wonder why their approval rating is less than 20%...

    August 4, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  25. Carol - Midwest Independent

    You know those "priceless" commercials for Visa. Well this one is "classless" from the RNC.

    Keep up the good work at keeping the bar low.

    August 4, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
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