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. Robert

    I cannot believe this. Republicans are acting like teenagers. They should offer solutions rather than making fun of the President of the United States of America.
    I just wonder if they have realized that all these issues the country is facing is thanks to his party.....not only that they say no to everything.
    I read about which party has spent more and Republican party has taken the country to almonst the deficit we have today.
    It is up to the american people to stop all these and demand those politician to work rather than waisting their time with this.
    Now, the brightest idea of the Republicans? To change the constitution when there are bigger issies to address.
    Republicans= bunch of morons

    August 4, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  2. Sherry

    I just want to know why the RNC thinks it should have the support of any voters when they clearly spend time and money on this kind of garbage instead of being collaborative on fixing the problems in this country.
    Taken on its face, it has nothing to do with who is targeted. It has to do with people who apparently are spending time and money doing pointless, demeaning things, and expecting the country to support them in vying for "leadership." This is not leadership. It is the pointless cawing of "crows" fighting over a carcass that is not dead and needs only true leadership to breath life into it. Come on RNC, show some leadership, not this meaningless, demeaning cawing and carping.

    August 4, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  3. ron

    Yeah, that's about as classy as the republicans get. They continue to act like spoiled little children. Everything they do now is what you would expect from children. Not in power? Vote no on everything, screw the American citizens. Not in power? Make fun of the president on his birthday. Not in power? Ignore facts and yell socialism and illegal president. No wonder their party is dying. They seem to have been taken over by idiots.

    August 4, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  4. Enrique

    The Republican party has done nothing to address the worst economic crisis in generations, they have done nothing to address critical issues like the environment or health care and they have resorted to their typical attacks on certain demographic groups (ie Latinos, gays). it's no surprise that they are slamming President Obama on his birthday. What else would they be doing?

    August 4, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  5. cath star

    Guess the RNC has nothing better to do than work on a website creating Obama-bashing birthday cards. I wonder if Michael Steele is the Creative Director behind this useless project.. Absolutely pathetic!!!

    August 4, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  6. Linda from Minnesota

    The GOP has absolutely no ideas, solutions or class.

    August 4, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  7. anthony

    No matter how bad things get for Democrats, they will always have Sarah Palin, Michael Steele, Joe Barton, and Sharron Angle. If Rand Paul starts speaking up again, he will help the Democrats too.

    August 4, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  8. josh

    Stay classy RNC.

    August 4, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  9. Marie MD

    the rns pretends to have a sense of humor. That is so funny, NOT!

    I am glad that they found time from their busy schedule of attending lesbian bondate clubs and pricey trips to Hawaii and Obama's war of choice and finance shady deals to do this

    I kind of like the card with VP Biden and his comment. That was funny because unlike someone else trying to macho up (reiterating her lack of class as a trailer trash now and always) in front of the faux news camera like someone who thinks she has what it takes to be a man, woman and/or human being.

    August 4, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  10. John Regan

    From the ever-classy GOP, a gag worthy of sixth-graders.

    August 4, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  11. Tony in Maine

    The Republican leadership is truly sick – mentally sick.

    They are also attempting to restrict citizenship. maybe they'll return to a time when only white, male, property holders had the right to vote. there was a time in our history post -Revolution, when that was the case. I'm sure Chinless Mitch , Palm Beach John and Newtie would love that.

    August 4, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  12. Can't we all just get along?

    Oh, and just to recap - Hawaii became a US state in 1959. President Obama was born in 1960.

    He's an American citizen.

    August 4, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  13. GR

    Very mature! Intelligent Republicans should be embarrassed!

    August 4, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  14. commonsense529

    Wow. I don't know that any of us are surprised by the RNC's ability to be so immature about the president of our country. We should expect something like this from Jay Leno or Letterman...which would be appropriate but certainly not from the RNC.

    Go right ahead RNC, show us why we voted Democratic.

    August 4, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  15. kd

    Pathetic and childish....and typically Republican.

    August 4, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  16. KLS

    Disrespectful to the President of the United States!!

    August 4, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  17. Brendan

    Pure class RNC, pure class.

    August 4, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  18. all the news that's fit to omit

    Absolutely PRICELESS and to you gutless frauds who worship Owebama, all 100 PERCENT TRUE.

    NONE of you like to hear the truth, just like the campaign, but even the media bootlickers can't protect this brutally inept "leader" anymore.

    See you in November Barry, can't wait to hear the excuses.

    August 4, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  19. Shari from Madison WI

    Oh boy, I have absolutely zero respect for the Republicans. They are the party of no and they love to sling mud! Well, I for one am SICK OF THE REPUBLICANS AND THEIR HATRED OF PRESIDENT OBAMA. But what else could I expect from a party who wants to both worship and change the Constitution to fit their own desires.

    (To be fair, I am sick of both parties unwillingness to move to the center.)

    August 4, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  20. Debbie

    Are you kidding? If this is the height of GOP sophistication, can we please stop allowing them media time. It is really really time to move on to some mature debate.

    August 4, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  21. somebody change the GOP's diaper

    how could any one want these children to lead our country?

    August 4, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  22. Lynda Marty

    Just another example of the fact that the GOP needs to grow up. They act like they are in junior high school and that's even an insult to junior high schoolers.

    August 4, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  23. TFParker

    Once again, the GOP PR people show a compplete lack of respect – and class!

    August 4, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  24. Clint, Wa.

    The GOP is so classy, come November hopefully they will all be replaced by Black People.

    August 4, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  25. R Low

    Wasn't it cheney who used the 'F' word on the floor on Congress? The republicans have no room to critize, condemn or chastise this President. He has done amazing things for this Country during his brief time so far and I look forward to many, many years of him being our leader. He is a man of dignity, intelligence, compassion, inclusion and grace. He is not the foul talking ignorant example that some of his detractors are and he is not the frightened coward that some in his own party are. He truly is a voice for the voiceless and a defender of what's good and right about people. Happy Birthday, President Obama and may you have so very many more.

    August 4, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
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