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. sine

    Real Classy GOP! You guys just keep on winning!

    August 4, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  2. qlarry

    Very childish! How are we supposed to take the RNC seriously?? I am becoming asharmed of my party.

    August 4, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  3. KATE

    we all have political differences, but this is an outrage, to make fun of this man on his birthday or any other day. He is still our president, ahead of this country. have a little respect. just don't vote for him next election.

    August 4, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  4. JOhn

    Endlessly creative when it comes to hating Americans but not a single idea when it comes to leading the country.
    The only thing new they have to offer is the mandatory draft we will need to support their next war. Make sure your kids are registered with selective service before you vote!

    August 4, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  5. David

    This is why people have lost all respect for politicians. What a bunch of juvenile crap! Democrats and Republicans are supposed to be trying to work together and fix our broken government, not act like they're still in elementary school. Disgusted is not a strong enough word.

    August 4, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  6. Dan, TX

    Republicans are a turn off. Give it a rest.

    August 4, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  7. Sean the thinker got to have a sense of humor on some matters

    August 4, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  8. Mike A,

    The Republican Party has demonstrated once again its total lack of class. One of these days the "American People" are going to wake up and give these guys a kick in the pants. I can't wait.

    August 4, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  9. Maryann - Orlando FL

    I am really beginning to hate Democrats AND Republicans with the burning passion of 1,000 suns.

    They are a bunch of middle-schoolers running the country.

    The US is falling apart, and this is what politicians are spending their time on?

    Glad I'm getting old and won't be around to see what was once the greatest country in the world fall like Rome.

    August 4, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  10. sammieb51

    The GOP - forever trying to win the hearts and minds of the US people. One of the big messages of the '08 campaign was how SICK AND TIRED the average US citizen is of all the bickering, negativity and ignorance being slung around the politics of our land. All these folks saying the GOP is going to sweep the electorate this fall? I think the GOP is in for a big surprise, most of us average guys are just sitting here shaking our heads with every new misinformed and negative assault by the GOP and we WILL VOTE ... for a Democrat who is busy getting the job done.

    August 4, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  11. Margaret Anderson/Boise, Idaho

    The Republican Party can't seem to find it's new low spot. If I were a Moderate Republican with good values , I would be starting my own new party and let this one drown in it's own bile.

    August 4, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  12. Andre

    wow thats very low class and crass. Even with W. there was a level of respect, but this just seems to take it to another level of crudeness

    August 4, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  13. Brian

    Further exemplifying the difference between liberal comedy and conservative comedy... liberal comedy is funny.

    August 4, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  14. Kay

    The GOP shows its usual level of respect and taste.

    August 4, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  15. Tyrel

    Stay classy, RNC.

    August 4, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  16. RW

    So Childish

    August 4, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  17. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    And this shows the moral high ground the Republicans try to claim how?

    August 4, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  18. Janet in CA

    How disrespectful! Like him or not, Barack Obama is the President of the United States and deserves respect!

    August 4, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  19. Mr. Moderate

    Yet again more juvenile posturing.

    I'm still waiting for some ALTERNATIVES. What can you do better?

    Come on guys, this is ridiculous.

    August 4, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  20. John

    Not much class left in the Republican party. No wonder this country is in the state it is. This sounds like a fifth grade recess thing.

    August 4, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  21. Mitch

    Perhaps the RNC can slam his haircut...hate his tie selection...or maybe they can hate what he had for breakfast.

    It's amazing that the only thing the Republicans offer America is to hate. Hate what the other guy likes should be their new motto. Hate, fear, hate some more. The Republicans, the tea party and their supporters are an incredible embarassment to this country and are the real 'anchor babies' that...get ready for it....they hate so much.

    August 4, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  22. vburke

    Man, the GOP doesn't have the decency to leave anything alone.

    August 4, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  23. Another viewpoint

    I certainly hope that the RNC, in their fervor to slam President Obama, clreared the use of the names, faces and comments of the Democrats they used for their "mock(ing)" birthday cards. They might be facing several legal/ethical charges themselves if they didn't!!!

    August 4, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  24. rob

    Real classs RNC that's the american spirit degrade the president of the united states your true colors are shinning through good luck in November

    August 4, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  25. Not All Docs Play Golf

    The RNC reached a new level of classlessness with this one. Why don't they just stay with their same perverted message about our president being a socialist, Muslim, non-American born welfare queen, and show him in Al Jolson black face...that's all the Republican constituency wants to hear and see. I could see one of the right wing organizations doing an ad like this, but the RNC itself? They should be above that ad with its implied curse word. What low-life crowd are they appealing to with this?

    August 4, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
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