Web ad mocks Obama as 'celebrity president'
April 26th, 2012
09:19 AM ET
11 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. Etch-a-Sketch Mitt Is Soo Plastic he Makes Mannequins Looks Real

    It didn't work the last time why did Karl Rove & the Koch Brothers think it's gonna work this time?

    They are just MAD that NOBODY like their ROBOT Etch-a-Sketch Mitt!!!!

    April 26, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  2. Lolo

    Jealous are we Republicans? Get over it. Maybe you need to set a fire under Mittens so that he can enjoy the crowds and success also. President Obama can walk and chew gum at the same time. Can you say that about Mittens? All Mittens cares about is himself and the wealthy. He has shown us that and it is too late to back track. He sold his soul to the devil to become the nominee for the republican party.

    April 26, 2012 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  3. gpop

    You have to have something the GOP cannot muster with their candidates...magnetic personality! They GOP "good ole boy club" are so void of reaching out and meeting people where they are, it's pathetic. The fact that Romney wear blue jeans at some of his event does not distract people from the garbage he spews from his mouth. The President has held a mirror up in the face of the GOP and they can't stand their own reflection. Detroit will never forget that Romney publicly said that the auto industry should go bankrupt!

    April 26, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  4. Glenn

    Karl Rove, when will he finally just go away? Funny how you can make a living by setting up a Super PAC, taking other "people's" (corporations) money, and spewing out misinformation.

    April 26, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  5. bullock w

    I'm belived that presdient obama like show people that obama are showoff

    April 26, 2012 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  6. Pat F

    Obama – all sizzle and no steak.

    April 26, 2012 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  7. NVa Native

    Karl Rove hates that the large majority of Americans genuinely like and respects our President. Especially since the GOP with their deceptions and distractions has earned such a low approval rating.

    April 26, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  8. king

    Lesson you old traditional guys can mock this president as much as you want, the fact is we are living in the 21st century now, not the 20th. The whole world is open up, and advertisement is the game, if this president can entice people and businesses to come to our shores, then all the best for our country. I am tired of the old man ways of being presidential. The younger people wants someone they can connect with, afterall they will be the ones who will be leading in a couple of years, not the older folks. This is the new generations and if you cannot adopt to their ways of life, well it wont be so good. Remember our world is about supply and demand, so our president is trying to look demandable and traditionable, Hate that repubs!!!

    April 26, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  9. s

    Deperate or what, Repubs need to focus on more important issues, but of course they can't back up anything they have.

    April 26, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  10. Sandy

    Jealousy is a terrible thing! LOL at Republicans.

    April 26, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  11. jen geddie

    The REAL problem is ENVY by GOP , whose ideas are not selling with middle class America . They are envious that Obama is capable, competent , a good communicator , and their SUPERIOR intellectually . Sure , he is charismatic, but it is substance that has stabilized the economy and enacted policies to turn things around . The criticism is sour grapes . The GOP needs to shut up and ask why America does not like their ideas. Wars and trickle down economics are not selling these days !

    April 26, 2012 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  12. Lolo

    One more thing where are the jobs that the republicans promised in 2010.? Nothing yet. Just talking out the sides of their necks to get elected and their base is too dense to see it. I hope that they make a million or more dollars, because if not they will be screwed by the republicans. I don't even understand how they could even think about letting the republicans drive the bus in the ditch again. Just dumbing down American as usual.It won't work this time. Can't wait for November to get here.

    April 26, 2012 09:36 am at 9:36 am |

    They tried the celebrity atack 4 years ago and it didn't work then and it won't work now. It's such a lame line of attack. I think they're jealous because the President can actually relate to real people. Willard on the other hand would rather speak down on some freshly baked cookies made just for him.

    April 26, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Thanks, Karl. This will make the students wish that President Obama would visit their school. They're already talking about that possibility in the summer and the fall, especailly if it means bringing stuff like a filming of "Jimmy Fallon" to campus. You really do not understand the 99% do you, Karl? Thanks, again.

    April 26, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  15. annie s

    Oh whooppee, Karl Rove's group is attacking the President. That's news?

    April 26, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  16. Al-NY,NY

    ....oh for the love of....... these guys are SOOOOOOO desperate. I guess they'd rather have a picture of a president sitting in the front pew of some tax-evading megachurch watching some huckster preacher "cast-out the demons" of the lemmings. Or maybe he'll show up at an womens' health clinic and throw pctures of aborted fetuses into the face of some woman coming in for cancer screening...now THERE'S a president the GOP could love!

    April 26, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  17. Gurgyl

    Obama is the best president ever USA had. True.

    April 26, 2012 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  18. Internet Child

    Hoo boy, can't wait to see lefties try to defend their savior on this one.

    April 26, 2012 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  19. Dave

    Obama is a popular president only because of the media, hollywood and the music industry. Anyone with a brain can tell he is not successful as a leader. We only have more debt, deficits and unemployment under his watch.

    April 26, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  20. BunnyBunny

    Ronald Reagan was the celebrity president. Remember "Bedtime for Bonzo?"

    April 26, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  21. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    Looking good Mr. President Barack Obama. Sound like people of the Hater Nation. whine, whine and Jealous (Resentful and Envious)

    April 26, 2012 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  22. GOP is for the rich

    They can't stand that President Obama is popular.....

    April 26, 2012 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  23. John

    Celebrity President .... Just like Reagan right?

    April 26, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  24. T'sah from Virginia

    ►The ad ends by asking "after four years of a celebrity president, is your life any better?"◄
    But after 8 years of President Bush in office, did your life get worse? Were you less of a fretter?
    THINK ABOUT IT!! NO job creation under Bush – Think about it!! Two wars not paid for – Think about it!!! Tax Breaks for the Rich that wasn't paid for – Think about it!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Further!!!

    April 26, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  25. Another Day in the RW Idiot Mines

    Typical GOB cult propaganda. They are essentially saying "President Obama bad because people like him." In other words, in their infinite wisdom, the sleazeballs running the GOBP cult, like Karl Rove, have decided the best way to get elected is to insult the voter whose votes they need. Smart move (NOT!).

    April 26, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
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