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. Linda

    Why am I not surprised the GOP would come up with such a tacky tasteless website?

    August 4, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  2. RC

    How childish is this..

    August 4, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  3. Jason B.

    Good grief. How completely childish. Besides, no GOP member was complaining about our economic policies when Bush was in office...and weren't the policies the same then?

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

    It is so sad to me that there is absolutely no respect for the office of our president that he can't even have a birthday without the party of NO slamming that. I am so tired of all of this stuff. Happy Birthday President Obama. Hope you have MANY more.

    August 4, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  5. HHH

    This just continues to make me realize how immature the GOP and RNC really are. We should never, ever do something like this whether we are a Repubican, Democrat or Independent. We should always respect our President, especially the Senate, the House and all the rest of the Losers in DC. This makes me know FOR ABSOLUTELY SURE I WILL VOTE STRAIGHT DEMOCRAT TICKET because of this.

    August 4, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  6. Midwest

    Nothing new here. Just more of the same from the party of no. No direction,no ideas, no change, no solutions, no leadership, no brains. Just more name calling. Smear and fear.

    August 4, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  7. JoeC

    So the GOP has reached a new level of tastelessness. What else is new? Seriously, this is a tawdry effort, the kind of thing you expect from Sarah Palin's minions. Hopefully, real Americans won't fall into step with this kind of gutter politics.
    Has our society forgotten what made our country great?

    August 4, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  8. Please

    Glad to know the GOP is a least doing something, they aren't helping our country. I guess they are just being the best babies they can be. Way to show what a great party you are GOP – rot in hell.

    August 4, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  9. Former Republican - Now Independent

    Guess I am getting old.

    I remember a time when the Republican Party was actually classy, stood for good morals, and had decent American and Christian values.

    Not any longer. Now they are just fear-mongering, foul-mouthed, zombies who use Christianity and military service as a tool for their political purposes.

    August 4, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  10. John

    I vote independently. Republicans, this most definitely scores points with your base, the far right. It scores a zero with me. Time to grow up people.

    August 4, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  11. ReallyNow

    wow, that's pretty distasteful. then again, we're talking about the Republican/Tea Party here, so...

    August 4, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  12. L

    Enough already!

    Can't a birthday just be a birthday?!

    August 4, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  13. fignewton

    Wow, classy. Attack the guy on his birthday basically for being born. And yet, there are no original ideas being proposed by the Republicans here either.

    August 4, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  14. TTBALA

    You people are such a sorry excuse for a party and human beings it blows the mind that you call yourselves educated and classy people, is this what you learned in schools and colleges, is this why are you elected to look after this country and the American people, SHAME ON YOU REPBS, not that any of you care, but your actions are truly repulsive and disgusting, when you loose big again, just remember these stuped actions and blame nobody but yourselve, and this under the leadership of brain dead Micheal Steel.

    August 4, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  15. Anonymous

    this is really despicable. making/taking political swipes at a person aimed to attack him on an occasion of his personal life. over the line!

    August 4, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  16. XWngLady

    Republicans don't know how to do anything but be rude, asinine, juvenile and just plain TACKY. Grow Up!

    August 4, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  17. rdepontb

    The GOP is really showing its true colors today, or at least the colors its "elite" now wish to be known by. Slamming someone on their birthday, the duly elected President of the United States of America no less; referring to his private parts in a very public way; a Party senior statesman, Dr. Gingrich, referring to the President-in the middle of two wars of his party's own misguided doing-as the "most radical president ever."

    Is this race-baiting? Showing contempt for all Democrats and Independents and Moderates and Republicans who do not agree with "shoot to kill," with the 14th Amendment-who do not agree with anything at all, it seems, that the Democrats propose to get our country back on its feet?

    Is this overall behavior showing contempt for the working class, hoping somehow they can get by on nothing while they bring the country down by holding off on spending and other aids to replacing lost jobs?

    Whatever it is, the Republican game has gone way too far. Only a wholesale replacement of values and principles, and yes, some of its current "leaders" (we all know who they are) as well.

    August 4, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  18. meme

    that's mature.

    August 4, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  19. Ferret out the BS

    The Republican leadership has really evolved to the pinnacle of their imaginations. They have now resorted to middle school antics in an attempt to be ... sarcastic? Show they can be humorus? It's really very childish and resorting to a new low for an attack strategy and really does not instill a feeling of confidence that any of them are mature enough to understand the issues, be a part of a solution. or even just lead the country into a future. The RNC and its members are just disgusting with their antics and tactics.

    August 4, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  20. Sly

    Typical GOP bitterness, and a desperate pot shot from a group that doesn't have any constructive ideas to get things done. Instead of mocking birthday cards, how about a few original ideas on how to address all the things you whine about/caused.

    August 4, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  21. CherokeePhoenix- (non-partisan voter)

    This is so disgusting to me. No matter what one thinks of our President, to send insincere birthday cards to ANYONE is just down right rude and, well, mean. Most of my family are Republicans and I love them dearly. This sort of action does not represent the values that they hold dear (i.e., treating others with respect no matter what). What does this say about the values of the folks running the RNC? It's a new low.

    August 4, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  22. republicans = Neanderthals

    Seriously? So if he goes on The View he's degrading the office of the President. But on one day, his birthday, you can't even pay respect to the President of the United States???! He won, the majority of the people elected him. He's a hero and a role model to many many black youth out there. He won the Nobel Peace prize(rather you agree with it or not). He got Russia to remove 33% of their nuclear arsenal. He inspired a nation and a world with his Presidency. And you can't even give him one day? Not one friggin day? The republicans are a bunch of low life, insensitive, knuckle dragging, no class Neanderthals. Puke!

    August 4, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  23. SkiDoc

    Better enjoy it birthday boy. There isn't much left for you to celebrate.

    Come November, we will have something to really celebrate – the
    re-birth of freedom and the end of socialism!!!

    August 4, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  24. Jess C

    How very mature and dignified of the classy GOP. Guess they've learned decorum from Palin. This is a classic example of kindergarten behavior; spoiled little children who are losing their way. I have to wonder, did they do this for Bush too? Didn't think so.

    August 4, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  25. john smith

    Well the GOP has nothing else,might as well attack him on his birthday

    August 4, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
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