Obama's high profile help gets Republican backlash
June 4th, 2012
08:53 AM ET
11 years ago

Obama's high profile help gets Republican backlash

(CNN) - The Barack Obama campaign was armed with actress Sarah Jessica Parker in its first national ad of the 2012 general election campaign.

The 30-second commercial ran Sunday night during the MTV Movie Awards and featured a fundraising pitch from the "Sex and the City" star.

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"The guy who ended the war in Iraq, the guy who says you should be able to marry anyone you want, the guy who created four million new jobs. That guy – President Obama – and his wife Michelle are coming to my house for dinner on June 14th," Parker said in the spot.

Parker went on to encourage supporters to enter a contest, for a price, to win a spot at the dinner table "because we need him and he needs us."

Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, a bundler for Obama, is co-hosting the event at Parker's home and starred in a campaign video last week.

"Sarah Jessica and I have our own reasons for supporting President Obama, and we want to hear yours, so please join us," Wintour, sporting an Obama 2012 scarf around her neck, said in the spot.

Actor George Clooney hosted a similar fundraising effort at his Los Angeles home last month, which raised millions, according to the campaign.

But on Monday, the Republican National Committee capitalized on the Wintour video as evidence the president's priorities are off.

"There couldn't be a better demonstration of this president's misplaced priorities than a glitzy fundraising video release on the same day that marked more unemployed Americans," RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement.

The national group released a web video on Monday that played the Wintour video alongside economic figures, including the unemployment rate among women, Hispanics, African Americans and young people.

"Obama's focused on keeping his job," text in the ad concluded. "But what about yours?"

The Obama campaign characterized the Republican criticism as "humorous," given that Romney hosted a fundraising dinner last week with real estate mogul and reality television star Donald Trump. Senior Campaign Strategist David Axelrod also pointed to Romney's support from musicians Kid Rock and Ted Nugent, who both support the former Massachusetts governor.

"I don't think they have a whole lot of standing on this issue," Axelrod said Monday on a conference call with reporters.

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soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. ddt

    The Obama team should put up a Video of Rush L and senator minority Mcanal where both were wishing the president to fail.That video will show how much Republicans have worked hard to obstruct the president not to pass bills that would have created thousands of jobs just because the don't want him to get credit for it.

    June 4, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  2. Cynthia L.

    Well, I guess when your only celebrities are Donald Trump (who only 'hosts' celebrities on his show) and Ted Nugent ( who wishes he really was a rock star), you look pretty desperate, petty, petulant, pouty and par-boiled to the rest of us looking for real brains and real success as a template.

    June 4, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  3. Whoflungdung

    All the delusional Libs are up early, and in unison they spout their laughable idiocy! We recognize them right away, same names, same pitiful themes, here since the dawn of time, really cracks me up in the morning. LOL As for me, I'm going to work to earn a living and take care of me and my (middle class conservative) family.

    June 4, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Republicans think they can ride the Ted Nugent train to bringing our country together.

    June 4, 2012 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  5. scmom

    @Fire Obama, Romney does not understand the economy, he knows how to get money, Running America is totally different. Why didn't "Mr. I know the economy and Mr. Fixit" do all that for his state, Massachusetts. We need all our representatives in Washington to work on our problems not one man. If the congress had help do something for the people we would be so much better off. But you won't hear any good news no matter where it comes from.
    It's all GLOOM And DOOM because the republicans don't have the ball. Surprise, Surprise the black man actually won and you just can't deal with it. I know it is the same as any situation where the black man has to prove himself doubletime and that will always be the way it is.

    June 4, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  6. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    DDT, you're right. When Republican Mitch McDonnell, Rush Limbaugh and others said "their first priority is to make sure Obama fails" gave no thought about the American people. Just like war Republicans look at Americans as "Collateral Damage" and no more.

    June 4, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  7. edward II

    I just pray to GOD for the US to be punished by electing this man Romney.The ignorance of some voters are so low that they really deserve a president that is going to make them misserable

    June 4, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  8. Padraig

    Why do I seriously care what Sara Jessica Parker thinks? Or to the point of ddt and putting Limbaugh out there as well. The question is – how has President Obama performed his duties and does it warrant another term in office?

    Our unmployment is over 14%, we still have troops in Iraq, Afghanastan, and several months ago we add more troops in Africa. Our defecit has increased over 5 trillion dollars since he came into office, his cash for clunkers and similar bail out that President Bush did failed (it helped a select few). He has not even proposed a budget which has been every President's job to do. He could not even fully unify the Democratic congressional members (house and senate for two years were under Democrat control) and could only accomplilsh one item. The one good thing is that he was in charge and killed Bin Laden.

    He has warrant a second term. The sad thing is that the Republicans cannot find a good candidate.

    June 4, 2012 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  9. scmom

    @Sonnie3– no bye bye freedoms and liberties. Please you cannot be that blind if you can't see what the Republicans want. You are the republicans "dream supporter" because they are going to do everything that you oppose and make you think that the other guy is doing it.

    June 4, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  10. Andre

    So much hate everywhere! If the Republicans want to hate, let them hate. As for me, my mind is made up and I am willing to bet that President Obama WILL be a two term President. I don't hate you back, I love you as my brother or sister. We all have the same goal: to make America better. Just because we differ in our opinions on how to do it doesn't mean we can't work together. Throw your misconceptions and biases out of the window and let's get things going.

    June 4, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  11. Bessy

    @ sonnie3
    Don't worry about your grandchildren. Their generation will have enough brains not to be such bigots and they will not care about Gays marrying, etc. It is only when your/mine generation die off that this country will finally start getting around to being what God intended it to be. FREE FOR ALL.

    June 4, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  12. John

    The November election will be a near landslide...Romney 2012 is now the new reality.

    Obama is running his campaign like he wants out of office.

    June 4, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
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