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. paulbark

    Noone ever accused the GOP of having class.

    August 4, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  2. John

    Ok, I understand politics but there are blows and low blows, and this one is really beneath anybody's commonsense decency. I hope the RNC feels really good putting somebody down on their birthday, and I don't care who it is.

    August 4, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  3. Olga

    How classy...

    August 4, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  4. VB Lincoln Park NJ

    Just more trash from the GOBP!

    At least this administration is trying to help the middle class, which is far more than the GOBP has done in the last 10 years.

    Let's not forget how the GOBP stood up for BP, against improving the health care mess in this country, Etc., ad infinitum.

    I know their NOT ON MY SIDE!!!

    August 4, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  5. Ed

    Wow – what a bunch of unpatriotic, unamerican, arrogant elitists. I ponder how being republican became attached to being patriotic...must have been some leftover Reagan "spin" from the 80's. Republicans are typically self-centered with little care of the common citizen. Either that or they are common citizens who are totally blinded by religious motives (which real republicans can care less about) and/or some weird idea that being republican equates to being patriotic/american.

    I would have voted for Eisenhower had I been alive back in the good days, but I can say this. I'll NEVER vote republican, that is until they can return to a state of decency and understand what goodwill actually means, and more importantly ACTUALLY TRY to make our country a better place for all of its legal citizens (including immigrants).

    Happy birthday, President Obama!

    August 4, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  6. tom

    GOP is disgracefull

    August 4, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  7. J in Denver

    The GOP has sunk to a new low. What a bunch of no-class, crybaby, spoiled rich white men with one showcase black man at the helm. Truly pathetic.

    August 4, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  8. Jon

    Republicans are funny. Too bad they're so terrible at governing or I might actually vote for one.

    August 4, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  9. Dave

    I hate when Republicans try to be funny. Humor takes intelligence, wit, skill, and originality, all of which are things Republicans don't have. Every time they try to do something "humorous" it ends up about as funny as crib death.

    August 4, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  10. David

    Republicans have no class, the emotional maturity of 3rd graders and are severely impaired in the humor department. I have laughed out loud at some jokes from liberals about Obama and Democrats, but conservative attempts at the genre are just flat-out lame and mean spirited.

    August 4, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  11. Regertz

    They gotta have their fun. It's not like they can accuse the President of lying his way into war in the wrong country with no plan of how to deal with the reconstruction or accuse the Vice President of conspiring to expose a CIA agent to punish her husband for telling the truth. Or allowing the banks a free hand, abolishing oversight regulations left and right.

    Thanks for saving the auto industry Mr. President...And the credit structure...And keeping food and shelter for millions...And for having the courage to stick to your guns on health care reform and fiscal reform. Many happy returns.

    August 4, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  12. LMC

    The Republican party finds new ways to be crass and cruel on a daily basis.

    August 4, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  13. Bob B.

    Nothing surprising here. We already knew the GOP was a bunch of comedians... Just listen to them talk.

    August 4, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  14. vernis robertson

    The Republicans don't to see this country in unity . They the poor to get poorer and the rich to richer . And if it's up to them they would bring back SLAVERY .

    August 4, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  15. chenna_benna

    Instead of wasting donor money on moronic websites, why don't they help the president in fixing the problem that he inherited because of their negligence the last time the y controlled things.

    August 4, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  16. Proud member of Global Zero

    What happened to the good will of this country after the President was elected? There were polls out there saying the majority of Americans would not mind a tax increase to cover health care costs. There was a poll out there saying the majority of Americans would take a pay cut to help a co worker keep their job. There was a poll out there saying that the majority of Americans wanted us to talk to our enemies as well as our friends. There was a time when Americans believed we were all created equal. What happened to that America. Why is there so much hate?

    Happy Birthday Mr. President. We have our boots on the ground for you.

    August 4, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  17. Stu Gottlieb

    I am a registered republican, this is where out our contribution $ go? Stupid, disrespectful and embarrasing,

    August 4, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  18. Bill from GA

    Happy Birthday, Barry. Missed you when you were in ATL; maybe next time.

    Best Wishes; you're doing a great job.


    ps Say Hi to the Michelle and the girls for me.

    August 4, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  19. Debra

    You gotta give the Republicans the fact that they have such a great sense of humor. Because after that, they provide no leadership nor any plans for the problems that face this country. All they seek is power so that they can profit by the greed which they have done for 8 years. What a laugh riot those Republifrauds.

    August 4, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  20. laura m

    Really?? Do we really have to sink that low??
    Where are the grown-ups here?
    It's no wonder this country is in the toilet!!

    August 4, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  21. Fire Pelosi NOW!

    That is some funny stuff! I don't care who you are or what political party you are from, you have to laugh at those cards, especially since they are all TRUE!

    Yes We CAN, take our country back!

    August 4, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  22. Angie

    "We noticed you were missing some coattails"???

    My father in-law, who served in WWII, and a black man, informed me years ago that during WWII the white American US Army Soldiers were telling the people in Germany and other parts of Europe that Black people have tails.

    My White Czechoslovakian mother in-Law, who married my black father in-law in mid 1940's in a Catholic Church in Germany, informed me that it was True: White American US Army Soldiers were telling the people in Europe that Black men had tails.

    So not only are the Republican cards insulting, slamming the president and Democrats, but the Republican cards do have racism in them. Republicans KNOW exactly what they are doing.

    Shame on CNN and all News Reporters for not Demanding answers!

    August 4, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  23. BG

    Oh, please, hasn't the RNC got anything better to do? The President could solve every problem the country has and they would still slam him. He's the smartest president we've had in decades and is working really hard to fix things....okay, don't have to agree with him, but for the sake of our shared country, can't the GOP PLEASE try to help the people? Oh, wait, that's too pragmatic...they're all about being in power for the sake of being in power. People, DO NOT forget what happened with Bush for 8 years!!!! Pay attention to what and who actually caused the economic melt-down, and who is trying to fix it! Wake up and see reality.

    August 4, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  24. Sticky G

    Republicans are as classy as ever. This kind of childish behavior is all they have since they are unwilling to debate issues or offer substantive ideas for governing. Republicans are the spoiled 4 year olds of politics.

    August 4, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  25. Jerry

    Is anybody surprised by how mean spirited this is?

    August 4, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
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