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. DENNA

    Stay classy Repubs. Don't offer any real solutions, just be buttheads. Great.

    August 4, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  2. TMaz

    Really?? Rather than spend time and effort on actually fixing what ails our country, our political parties would rather play games so they can stay employed. Get something done and the public will gladly vote you back for another term.

    August 4, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  3. old soldier

    Like most military officers, and after voting Republican since President Nixon, I can no longer vote a straight Republican ticket. Although I don't care for the stereotypical image of "Democrat" officials, I must surrender. The current Republican party is no longer the voice of reason, positive thinking, and adult leadership I found fitting for my mindset. I voted for George Bush three times (twice for Dad and once for sonny despite Dick Cheney's presence on the last ticket). But the rank stupidity of this and other churlish tactics leaves me cold. Losing one vote is nothing; losing one's preferred Party is devastating. And since voting for a Tea Partier or Independent is tossing away a vote, guess the Dems get another vote by default. Pelosi, Reid and others are ridiculous, but the time, money, and witlessness of these actions is totally unacceptable; as is allowing dufei like Hannity, Palin, Coulter, O'Reilly, Rush, Beck and crew to pander to lowbrows. Grow up, GOP! Bring back the Grand Old Party.

    August 4, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  4. The Smart One

    RNC: grow up! Your entire party is a GAFFE.

    August 4, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  5. AndyBlue

    These Republicans are nothing more than children with one dumb action after another. America is better than THIS!

    Disgusting people that will never get my vote again.

    August 4, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  6. Video Guy

    The Republican National Committee needs to learn to respect the Office of the President. My Grandkids, ages 1 to 5 are more mature than these folks.

    August 4, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  7. Johnny

    Crude and tasteless. Just what you'd expect from the RNC.

    August 4, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  8. JD

    All the problems we face and this is the best they have... once again no ideas, yet another pathetic GOP attempt to destroy the country to gain office.

    August 4, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  9. Shmeckell

    If this was an independent group unaffiliated with partisan politics it would be the funniest thing I have seen in a long time. However, when it comes from a group of public representatives I find it childish and embarrassing.

    August 4, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  10. opalka

    Proving that the Republicans will do about anything to get a dollar from you.

    Do they really think this makes them look good? ROFLMAO.

    August 4, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  11. Howard

    No class, those Republicans. No class at all. No sense of decency, for all their claims to be the sole arbiters of it.

    August 4, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  12. max

    Of course the republicans are the party of hate, fear and intimidation.

    August 4, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  13. ps

    Just when you think the right can't get more mean spirited, they come out with this. They will do anything to destroy Obama, they'll even find fault if he captures Bin Laden and cures cancer. They are appalling.

    August 4, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  14. Austin M

    This kinda goes past politics to just plain mean...

    August 4, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  15. sonny chapman

    What base humanity. All that education & wealth, and all that RNC can produce is human excrement. A new born baby can do the same thing.

    August 4, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  16. johnrj08

    Gotta hand it to those Republicans. They never miss an opportunity to insult the President. Classy folks. Just wondering to whom this juvenile sarcasm is supposed appeal.

    August 4, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  17. Ruty

    The republicans get more disgusting every day. Obama won the election by getting the most votes. What the hell is your problem? Sore losers-sick sick sons-of-bitch, back stabbing, hatred spewing Bushie who would not know the truth if it hit yu in the face. You sorry baffoons need to be helping Obama instead of trying to divide this nation. Shame on all of you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Ruty

    August 4, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  18. Anonymous

    This garbage is why I left the Republican party and became an independent earlier this year.

    August 4, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  19. vernis robertson

    Something is seriously wrong with the RNC. Why would CNN out some crazy crap up here like this. RNC always was slamming him , who cares. They real peson they should be slamming is Bush. The party of criticism and NO solution. Name one good idea that the Republicans brought to the table . They have none.

    August 4, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  20. macguysea

    The Republican party is completely out of touch. COMPLETELY!... Unless there's dollar signs, they won't do anything good for the country because they ONLY CARE ABOUT BIG BUSINESS AND MONEY!!!!

    August 4, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  21. Da Professor

    AS you might expect, the usual negative crappola barfing out of the Republican mouths. Just once, wouldn't it be nice to hear ONE new idea for America?

    August 4, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  22. Mathew

    When the GOP resorts to things like this, I find it difficult to take them seriously. Democrats are far from perfect but compared to the republicans of today, I would consider them the better option.

    Republicans seriously need to grow up.

    August 4, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  23. John

    What an incredibly constructive use of time and resources. This is important stuff that the republican party is spending their time on. They are once again proving that they can only criticize and condemn rather than offer useful ideas and solutions to our nations problems. What a useless bunch of lives.

    August 4, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  24. Jeff

    How much time, effort and money was spent on this? That´s what I want to know.

    August 4, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  25. dctwmt

    Wish they were that clever with ideas that would actually HELP. What a bunch of idiots.

    August 4, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
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