Web ad mocks Obama as 'celebrity president'
April 26th, 2012
09:19 AM ET
10 years ago

Web ad mocks Obama as 'celebrity president'

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama's much talked about appearance on Jimmy Fallon's late night TV talk show is being used against the president by a major Republican group that says it's going up with an online ad that criticizes Obama as a "celebrity president."

American Crossroads, the independent super PAC co-founded by Karl Rove that backs GOP causes and candidates, says their spot will run online starting as early as Thursday in the three university towns the president visited during his two day, three battleground state tour Tuesday and Wednesday. Obama held events at the University of North Carolina, the University of Colorado and the University of Iowa as part of his push for the extension of a measure that would hold down federal student loan rates, an important issue for many younger voters.

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As part of his push, the president Tuesday night appeared on Fallon's NBC late night talk show. A skit in which the two men "slow-jammed" was the buzz of the cable news networks, talk radio and blogs the next day.

Crossroads' online ad uses clips from Obama's appearance with Fallon, and also includes footage of Obama dancing with Ellen DeGeneres on her popular daytime program during the 2008 presidential election, and of the president at a fundraiser earlier this year singing Al Green's famous song "Let's Stay Together."

The spot says that "four years ago Americans elected the biggest celebrity in the world. And America got one cool president. But after four years of a celebrity president, one-in-two recent college grads are jobless or underemployed, 85% moving back in with their parents, student loan debt exceeds one trillion dollars."

The ad ends by asking "after four years of a celebrity president, is your life any better?"

The spot brings back memories of a TV commercial put up in late July 2008 by Sen. John McCain's Republican presidential campaign that mocked Obama as "the biggest celebrity in the world," and juxtaposed clips of Obama's speech in front of 200,000 people in Berlin, Germany the previous week with quick images of Paris Hilton and Britney Spears. That ad asked if then-Sen. Obama was "ready to lead?"

The Democratic National Committee on Thursday pushed back against the video, saying it "overlooks some key facts."

"President Obama has worked to make college more affordable and create more and better-paying employment opportunities for younger Americans," said DNC spokeswoman Melanie Roussell. "Mitt Romney, on the other hand, has offered nothing but lip service and dishonest attacks on the President's record to young voters. Even his position on student loans is nothing more than an empty promise given his support for the Ryan budget, which would make it significantly harder for young people to afford college by allowing the student loan interest rate to double and cutting Pell Grants."

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soundoff (65 Responses)
  1. Curt

    These complaints coming from a party that had Ronald Regan as President. A former movie star ( and not a good one ) Give me a break !!!

    April 26, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  2. DanoRoo

    Obama looks like some 3rd world, laltin american dictator. Acts like one too!

    April 26, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  3. ganan

    Obama's irrelevant--he's had 4 years, and didn't do a damn thing. Time to pack up and go. You are OUTTA here.

    April 26, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  4. Darlis

    dark, dirty, secretive.. no light in the lives of these pitiful people.. Go President Obama.. show them how to care, how to laugh, how to have compassion. how to treat animals and people.. is there NOTHING these sad people won't complain about? If President Obama single-handedly found a cure for all forms of cancer, they would whine that he had cost jobs for doctors.. if he sought out and destroyed Bin Laden, would they give him credit? oh wait, he already did that, and no, they didn't.. sad.

    April 26, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  5. anagram_kid

    This is just another GOP strategy – take the opponent’s positive qualities and attempt to make them seem negative. Good luck with that...

    April 26, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  6. David

    Smokescreen politics. What can Obama say? Unemployment is still very high. The deficit has gone through the roof, he has no energy policy and he makes up his foreign policy as he goes along. By the way Mr. President, the Falkland Islands are known as the Malvinas Islands not the Maldives. Something else they didn't teach at Harvard apparently.

    April 26, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  7. pritch

    Chris, I have no idea what planet you live on, but you should get back to it soon. This President hasn't been asked a tough question by an honest reporter during his entire tenure. If you consider a clown like Jimmy Fallon a legitimate news person, then your just plain nuts. This guys walks around joking and laughing, meanwhile he has done irreperable damage to this nations economy. Doesn't it say something that the only budget he has submitted has not even garnered 1 Democrat to vote for it. Can you explain that? meanwhile his SS is acting like a bunch of clowns, His gun running operation backfired, his bogus loans as kickbacks to companies like solyndra are swept under the rug and news sources refuse to put recent war efforts on his shoulders. I would say this president has gotten a free pass on everything. So i suggest he live it up on Leno and Letterman a little more while the complacent media just talk about how cool he is.

    April 26, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  8. SMH DP

    See that's is wrong with GOP, they never have anything original and always come back with the same boring attack line. Obama is very intelligent and heart-warming guy and easy to talk and relate with. Mitt Romeny on the other hand have to everything to relate to his crowd. Do you all remember his cheesy grits comments. Lol.

    April 26, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  9. Former Republican, now an Independent

    American Crossroads, just like it's founder Karl Rove has no credibility whatsoever. As a matter of fact Karl rove would be in jail if the Bush administration hadn't covered up all of the illegal activity he was involved in.

    April 26, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  10. Texas Dude

    Ah! Dave. How is Romney any better. If anything, Romney is nothing more than a vulture capitalist. Check this out and draw your .

    April 26, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  11. ZedATL

    "mocking" him as the celebrity president? I think its AWESOME.

    After 4 years is my life any better? YES. Because of the Payroll tax cut I have saved $1600!! By cutting the middle man out of student loans and keeping the interest rate low, I have saved an addition $2000, and will continue to save ~$1000 year over year. Thank you Mr. President!

    Voting for Mr. Romney would be akin to raising my taxes by >$4000. Why the heck would I do that?

    April 26, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  12. Arun

    Hey Karl, don't you have anything else to criticize?? What would the Mitts ad be like. Would he be wearing fip flops on a beach in France? The problem is your party's presidential candidate can't relate to anyone except the top 1% and corporations that outsource our jobs!!

    April 26, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  13. anagram_kid

    @John, PA – President GW Bush spent over half of his two terms on vacation. I assume this never bothered you, and it would not have bothered me if he had been an effective president, but he wasn’t. He caused this mess – two unfunded wars, unfunded tax breaks and unfunded prescription drug program. The economy is improving even if you refuse to accept that fact.

    April 26, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  14. Anthony... proud tax payer

    But wasn't their beloved Ray Gun the ultimate "celebrity" President? These guys have no shame do they.. or they're really as dumb as we think...


    April 26, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  15. Ben

    @ Morgan: I agree with you! Stop Obama at all cost was the agenda of the republicans for the past 3.5 years. Why should it be any diffrent today. People do forget how bad the country was when he took office, in comparison to where we are today. Major Progress was made on the economy, domestic income, and the return of outsourcing to America, now know as insourcing! Hatred runs amuck in Washington, and it is pointed at Obama! Just think, if Obama acted like the previous president, and directed political and financial policy as his own personal agenda, several policies would be in place, and he would be the most famous president this country would ever know.

    April 26, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
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