We have to talk: Republicans imagine ugly ‘breakup’ with Obama
September 6th, 2012
08:03 AM ET
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We have to talk: Republicans imagine ugly ‘breakup’ with Obama

(CNN) – The latest ad from the Republican National Committee imagines a bitter breakup between a young woman and a cardboard cutout of President Barack Obama, the latest attempt to woo voters who went for Obama in 2008 but Republicans hope will switch parties in November.

The ad, which an RNC spokeswoman said would be “worked into rotation,” debuted Thursday morning online. The spokeswoman could not provide states where the ad would run.

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“Listen, this just isn’t working,” a young woman says in the spot while sitting in a restaurant. “It’s been four years. You’ve changed. Your spending is out of control. You’re constantly on the golf course. And you’re always out with Hollywood celebrities. You think I didn’t see you with George Clooney or Sarah Jessica Parker?”

Earlier this year Obama brought in an estimated $15 million at a fund-raiser held at George Clooney's home in Los Angeles, and he attended a high-dollar event at Sarah Jessica Parker's townhouse in New York City's West Village in June, bringing in an estimated $2 million.

The young woman in the RNC ad continues with a critique of Obama’s commitment to creating jobs, saying, “Your jobs council says you haven’t even shown up in 6 months. You’re just not the person I thought you were.”

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney responded to similar criticism in July, saying Obama “solicits and receives input and advice from members of his Jobs Council and others about economic initiatives all the time.”

Carney also said there was no “specific reason” Obama hasn’t met with his jobs council, adding, “the president has obviously got a lot on his plate.”

The RNC ad concludes with a duo of classic breakup lines, delivered to a cardboard cutout of Obama sitting across the table from the young woman: “It’s not me, it’s you,” she says. “I think we should just be friends.”

At last week’s Republican National Convention, speakers made a concerted effort to target voters who were excited to vote for Obama in 2008 but now feel disillusioned by a still-weak economy.

“Hope and change had a powerful appeal,” Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential nominee, said during his acceptance speech. “But tonight I'd ask a simple question: If you felt that excitement when you voted for Barack Obama, shouldn't you feel that way now that he's President Obama?”

“You know there's something wrong with the kind of job he's done as president when the best feeling you had was the day you voted for him,” Romney concluded.

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  1. myviewis

    And I would add to that, Obama you cannot commit to your words, you spin everything you say.
    Obama backpedals, Democrats backpedal and changed the platform back to include God and declare Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
    Yes, we need to break up with Obama, not a good relationship.

    September 6, 2012 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  2. Joey

    Is it me or do they say the samething over and over again in a negative way and expect to get a better outcome on whatever little percentage they do have with Independents???

    Anyway The First Lady knocked out the ballpark and Former President Bill put a boot to the Republicans efforts!

    September 6, 2012 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  3. RealityBites

    At leaset Clinton worked with Republicans, Newt's contract with America if you recall, together they balanced the budget, and after four years Bill could say America was better off.
    Obama has merely checked present, hardly working with anyone – his own party won't even pass his budget – four straight years. Obama has the worst economic record of any president in modern history. That is his legacy. And Clinton's speech only served to highlight that disappointment and failure for me.

    September 6, 2012 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  4. DP

    Really? First an empty chair, now a card-board cut-out?

    Will the RNC ever start talking to – or preferably with – the REAL President Obama?
    Or would that be too constructive?

    September 6, 2012 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  5. Anonymous

    I do still feel the same as the day I voted for Obama.....he was the right choice then and he is the right choice now.....Clinton said it best.....Not him or any of the past presidents could have gotten this country out of this mess in 4 years.....so how does Romney and Ryan think they are going to magicilly restore this country if they are elected, especially when they dump more taxes on the middle class and give the rich an even big free ride than they are already getting......and take away Medicare and Social Security from us, get rid of the Healthcare, strap more burdens on our children trying to get a good education......remember their children won't be hurting or suffering in this bad economy, they have billions and millions to provide for their kids and grandkids....it's our kids and grandkids that will suffer........OBAMA 2012

    September 6, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  6. Pete

    Boy these maniacal republicans just don't stop,now a cutout of the president"BREAKING UP" with a woman,check your marbles hypocrites and see if they're there,which they're not!!Politically inept,that's republicans and throw in ignorence,arrogence as well,they know they're losing ,they know they're up against a wall politically,but as idiotic as they seem they do have a plan ,what it is or how its run nobody knows,not even them!!Romney on a mountain top retreat getting debate secrets from Joseph Goebbels,Hitlers propaganda czar or maybe he's talking to his god ,yah know the one mormons speak too,only men of course for advise .But that god is telling him what are ya doing Romney my son,take the money and run,you're ahead financially why screw it up,put your ego,arrogence aside,run Romney run,your political,business career is almost destroyed,don't stop now,IRS, NY AG is getting near,bail or its your butt!!Rats smell water,run and Romney smells defeat as well,so nows the time to say give republicans,save face you've voted already for the last two losers why make it three!!!

    September 6, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  7. Ed1

    The Quote of the Decade:
    "The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the US Government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government's reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America 's debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that, "the buck stops here.' Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better."
    ~ Senator Barack H. Obama, March 2006

    September 6, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  8. RealityBites

    Democrats shouted "no" as the convention chairman called for a late vote to include God in the democratic plarform Wednesday afternoon. The democratic chairman had to call for the vote three times before finally ruling that the "ayes" had it. Many in the crowd booed, knowing that the decision to include the language had already been pre-determined..

    September 6, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  9. joan

    Bill Clinton brought it home last night for the Democrats. He said that the Republican had hold the House more terms than the Deomocrats. Yet out of 66 millions that were created over a period of years only 24 millions of that was created by
    the Republicans. So people get educated, get inform, get the truths and don't let the bad economy, the lies and obstructions of the GOP fool you. Go out and vote for the party that really have your backs. This time around it will be better. Mr. Obama will not wait on them to mess him up. He will try to work with them but if they continue to work against him for political gains he will go it alone. The Democrats has proven over and over that when they are in POwer they make the economy better. This time the GOP because of their dislike for Obama and because they want to kick the him out of the Whitehouse did not even try to work with him at all. Please do not stay home because you are upset because you don't hve a job. If you do you will be rewarding the very people who did not help Obama to put you back to work. Go out and vote for Obama./Biden things will be better just watch and see.

    September 6, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  10. Dave

    What a joke. You Republicans can't come up with any actual plans and solutions, so you clowns resort to these lame attacks. So typical.

    September 6, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  11. enuff

    That's the best they have? First an empty chair, now a wooden cutout? of course, it's all stuff that can't respond back to make it look like the president has nothing to say to their tried but failed rhetoric. Try another one... maybe they can put a dieter looking into the refrigerator at a can of whipped cream with the president's picture on it.

    September 6, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  12. seaqual

    classic pot calling kettle black.... eh, Clint?

    September 6, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  13. Republican supporter of President Obama

    They should use a standee of GWB first.

    September 6, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  14. obama is Out Of Touch with reality

    its a shame that people have let obama destroy our country, it is time for the obamanites to get their heads out of their you know whats and look at the destruction this wanna be has caused, best thing is look at your children and tell them you are sorry for destroying their shot at the American Dream.

    September 6, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  15. LIP

    Of course Clinton wants Obama to serve four more years. If Romney wins now, then he would be looking at a second term in 2016 and that is when Bill wants Hillary to run. So, there he goes again, wagging his finger at us like he did back when he said " I never had..........................

    September 6, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  16. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I hope the right wingnuts know that in dealing with foreign leaders, you won't have cut outs to reason with.

    September 6, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  17. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Constantly on the golf course? Really? Could someone there do a comparison of the recent past presidents and their vacation time. I think that George W. Bush took more time off.

    September 6, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  18. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Constantly on the golf course? Really? Could someone there do a comparison of the recent past presidents and their vacation time. I think that George W. Bush took more time off. I don't know if the comparison is really accurate.

    September 6, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  19. Anonymous

    Seriously, RNC?
    Guess you have to be a Republcan to understand this ad .... !

    September 6, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
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