Game on … message off?

posted at 11:01 am on April 9, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

I like BuzzFeed, but their latest on the Obama campaign hype is just a wee bit too credulous to take seriously.  It’s been one year since Team Obama opened its headquarters in Chicago, and David Axelrod wants everyone to know that it’s now “game on” … as if the campaign hasn’t been producing ads and attacks on Republican opponents over the last several months.  Nonetheless, BuzzFeed seems unusually eager to report the anniversary of the launch as a big important deal:

And now that Mitt Romney is the presumptive nominee, the Obama team has flipped the ON switch for its reelection machine.

The Obama machine’s singular goal: to keep the president in his job by raising and spending hundreds of millions of dollars to recreate the momentum of 2008. There are now close to 700 hundred full time employees, an entire floor of office space, thousands of volunteers in well over 100 field offices across all 50 states, and the most impressive digital team a presidential campaign has ever assembled. There’s been experimentation—the tech team figured out a way to make the Obama website display perfectly on any device, a feat that wouldn’t have been possible even a year ago—and the entire office was designed to resemble a Silicon Valley start-up. More than half of the headquarters staff works for the campaign’s digital department. Messina even consulted with Palo Alto execs to find the “best practices,” says an Obama official, including carpets (quieter), mixing the staffs on the floor into teams rather than departments, bouncy balls, and communicating with instant messages and Twitter. “We ensure maximum collaboration so people don’t sit with their departments, they sit in teams,” Messina told BuzzFeed.

There’s a small warehouse of cool Obama gear for sale to the staff, all made in America, with an iPhone cover running for $40 (discounted to $35 for staff). A Ping-Pong table, state flags, ironic mementos on desks. The office does have sights that are more familiar to an old school campaign, too, like the speechwriters’ office, where a bar well stocked with Jack Daniels sits in front of the window. The 1.8 million donors, 50 percent of them new, according to Obama officials, have given $157 million through the end of February, with hundreds millions more to come. …

And now the Obama campaign is going to be part of the spectacle. “I walked into this headquarters a year ago and it was this big cavernous space, and it was symbolic in many ways of what we had to build,” Axelrod told BuzzFeed. “There is a sense of anticipation that this thing is entering a new phase. Game on.”

I looked through this article for any hint of real news, and didn’t find much.  They’ve had a year of fundraising and hired a bunch of people, created a lot of merchandising, and are prepared to fight the general election.  And … so? They didn’t face a primary fight, which means that they’ve had a year to focus on the general election — and we’re supposed to think that it’s news that they’ve prepared to do that?

Interestingly, there isn’t a mention in this article about the less-than-impressive fundraising efforts of Team Obama, which has fallen behind the pace set by George W. Bush in his 2004 bid, despite having Obama attend three times as many fundraisers in the same period of time.  A little over a year ago, sources in the campaign suggested that Obama could raise a billion dollars, a pace which they have utterly failed to match.  Wall Street donors have turned their backs on Obama.  None of this gets mentioned in the “game on” spin of the anniversary of opening the campaign HQ, although BuzzFeed does mention that they now expect to get outspent in 2012 by Romney and super-PACs.

Contrast this to the coverage at Politico, which wonders why the campaign hasn’t even managed to come up with a slogan, despite having 700 or so people employed and a year to figure out what their message should be:

Everyone knows what Barack Obama’s campaign slogan was in 2008. No one seems to know what it will be for 2012.

The White House has been cycling through catchphrases since announcing his reelection bid a year ago: Winning the Future, We Can’t Wait, An America Built to Last, An Economy Built to Last, A Fair Shot.

They seem to be looking for one to resonate — and the constant unveiling of new ones suggests that so far, none of them have. To communications experts, the kaleidoscope of slogans is the latest reflection of the difficulties finding and marketing a message that Obama has faced almost since his inauguration — another challenge that came with the shift from insurgent outsider to sitting president.

They can’t use the real subtext of the Obama campaign, which is More Of The Same.  Even their ads look like relics from 2008.  This is not a campaign that relishes running on the so-called accomplishments of the incumbent; almost 70% of voters wanted the Supreme Court to partially or completely overturn his signature legislation, and the economic stagnation of the last three years means he can’t run on pocketbook issues.  The only way he can win is if the election becomes another referendum on George W. Bush, which is exactly the message that Obama’s ads try to send.

It’s hardly “game on” at Team Obama.  So far, they can’t even figure out what the game is going to be.  The RNC hits this in their newest video spot:


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State Attorney Angela Corey, appointed as a special prosecutor in the February shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, has decided against sending the case to a grand jury, her office said Monday.

“The decision should not be considered a factor in the final determination of the case,” Corey’s office said in a statement.

“At this time, the investigation continues and there will be no further comment from this office,” the statement said.

Del Dolemonte on April 9, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Obama 2012: “With 4 more years, we will be Europe.”

Bitter Clinger on April 9, 2012 at 11:43 AM

I can’t wait for Oktoberfest.

NoDonkey on April 9, 2012 at 12:15 PM

This is not a campaign that relishes running on the so-called accomplishments

Accomplishments?

Like bullying through Obamacare which has steadily sunk in support among Americans?

Like the fact that three years Obama has been in office, the federal debt has increased by $4.212 trillion–more than the total national debt of about $4.1672 trillion accumulated by all 41 U.S. presidents from George Washington through George H.W. Bush combined.

Like unemployment rates so dismal the White House does a victory lap when it “dips” to 8.2% and that is largely a fabricated number since those who drop out of looking don’t get counted.

Like the operation Fast & Furious?

Like the massive give aways to political cronies?

Like the war on [fill in group of the day]

All I can say folks is stand by for a lot of reminders that Obama got Bin Ladin because his people do not want to run on any other part of his record.

Happy Nomad on April 9, 2012 at 12:15 PM

…..(when was the last time you’ve seen that one?)

has tesla been banned?

gerrym51 on April 9, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Special Prosecutor: Trayvon Martin case NOT going to grand jury.

Oh, shyt! Helter Skelter’s gonna break loose!

Resist We Much on April 9, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Campaign coffers being less than imagined Obama is having to do more of his own dirty work.

He can’t be allowed to define the debate. Its the best way he can think of to get away with lies.

Speakup on April 9, 2012 at 12:17 PM

All I can say folks is stand by for a lot of reminders that Obama got Bin Ladin because his people do not want to run on any other part of his record.

Happy Nomad on April 9, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Let him try and use that. It’s all he has.

The fact that he never received a huge poll bump after he killed bin Laden with his bare hands is all you need to know. On the other hand Chimpy Bush got a 30 point bump in his job approval simply for acting like a President after 9/11.

My guess is that if Chimpy Bush had gotten bin laden on his watch, it would not have given him much of a poll bump either.

Del Dolemonte on April 9, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Obama 2012: The buck doesn’t necessarily stop here, per se….

wytshus on April 9, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Liberal4Life won’t be back.

Ed Morrissey on April 9, 2012 at 11:03 AM

I’m a bit ashamed of HotAir for doing this. Unless I missed some of the supposedly bad stuff that liberal4life posted, her comments seemed to me to be FAR milder and less offensive than what regularly comes from a handful of commenters who fancy themselves “true conservatives” and who like to personally attack (and sometimes in obscene ways) people who support Romney.

bluegill on April 9, 2012 at 12:23 PM

bluegill on April 9, 2012 at 12:23 PM

so noted. Next.

screwauger on April 9, 2012 at 12:24 PM

2008 “Change you can believe in”

2012 “Its Shame on you this time”

KW64 on April 9, 2012 at 12:27 PM

I’m a bit ashamed of HotAir for doing this. Unless I missed some of the supposedly bad stuff that liberal4life posted, her comments seemed to me to be FAR milder and less offensive than what regularly comes from a handful of commenters who fancy themselves “true conservatives” and who like to personally attack (and sometimes in obscene ways) people who support Romney.

bluegill on April 9, 2012 at 12:23 PM

All well and good. Except, in this case, she went so far off-topic that banning was necessary. She was posting about Romney and his Mormonism in a thread devoted to Fast & Furious.

Bitter Clinger on April 9, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Obama 2012 – Emaciating America, so we can punch above our weight.

Obama 2012 – The World Apology Tour, Part Deux.

Obama 2012 – The little engine that can’t. Like the Volt.

Obama 2012 – Ensuring that Israel is still a strong friend of Israel.

Obama 2012 – A Greater America! Greater debt, greater unemployment, greater gas prices, greater regulation, greater deficits, greater class warfare . . . `

MrKleenexMuscles on April 9, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Liberal4Life won’t be back.

Ed Morrissey on April 9, 2012 at 11:03 AM

I’m a bit ashamed of HotAir for doing this. Unless I missed some of the supposedly bad stuff that liberal4life posted, her comments seemed to me to be FAR milder and less offensive than what regularly comes from a handful of commenters who fancy themselves “true conservatives” and who like to personally attack (and sometimes in obscene ways) people who support Romney.

bluegill on April 9, 2012 at 12:23 PM

You missed Ed’s other post about this, namely that l4l was hijacking the thread by trolling. In this case, it was an attempt to hijack the thread about Fast and Furious with a totally unrelated subject, namely Mitt Romney’s religion.

Del Dolemonte on April 9, 2012 at 12:33 PM

My guess is that if Chimpy Bush had gotten bin laden on his watch, it would not have given him much of a poll bump either.

Del Dolemonte on April 9, 2012 at 12:19 PM

I think that would depend on when it occurred. By the time Obama played a round of golf and strolled into the White House situation center, Bin Ladin as a figure to “get” was largely irrelevant. Yet this fact is constantly part of Obama’s speeches as if the entire nation is forever grateful to him for the death.

The fact of the matter is that Obama has little positive to show in the way of international affairs or national security. He has alienated our closest allies, apologized to our most rabid enemies, and shown that he is out of his depth.

Happy Nomad on April 9, 2012 at 12:33 PM

the campaign hasn’t even managed to come up with a slogan

Hope and change Dope and chains

petefrt on April 9, 2012 at 12:34 PM

WHO!S IN YOUR WALLET?

stormridercx4 on April 9, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Dope and chains

petefrt on April 9, 2012 at 12:34 PM

New Thread winner

KW64 on April 9, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Collective Salvation 2012

ITguy on April 9, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Bitter Clinger on April 9, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Aw, okay. I hadn’t seen every comment that person made. I just hope that people aren’t being banned because they are liberals or because they are vocal in their support for Obama. If you want to talk off-topic posting and personal attacks, it seems that person was FAR from the worst offender. I like having the disagreement here. It’s almost as if some of you people can’t handle hearing views other than your own. Is predictable taunting from an Obama supporter worth being banned over? And you talk about the left being politically or ideologically intolerant? My experience reading and posting comments on this site has shown me that there are plenty of intolerant, self-described “true conservatives” who are as childish and intolerant as any typical Daily Kos poster and who throw tantrums when someone dares say their particular favorite radio talk show host is wrong, for example.

bluegill on April 9, 2012 at 12:40 PM

I’m a bit ashamed of HotAir for doing this. Unless I missed some of the supposedly bad stuff that liberal4life posted, her comments seemed to me to be FAR milder and less offensive than what regularly comes from a handful of commenters who fancy themselves “true conservatives” and who like to personally attack (and sometimes in obscene ways) people who support Romney.

bluegill on April 9, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Cry me a river gilled one.

Bmore on April 9, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Aw, okay. I hadn’t seen every comment that person made. I just hope that people aren’t being banned because they are liberals or because they are vocal in their support for Obama. If you want to talk off-topic posting and personal attacks, it seems that person was FAR from the worst offender. I like having the disagreement here. It’s almost as if some of you people can’t handle hearing views other than your own. Is predictable taunting from an Obama supporter worth being banned over? And you talk about the left being politically or ideologically intolerant? My experience reading and posting comments on this site has shown me that there are plenty of intolerant, self-described “true conservatives” who are as childish and intolerant as any typical Daily Kos poster and who throw tantrums when someone dares say their particular favorite radio talk show host is wrong, for example.

bluegill on April 9, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Kind of reminds me of a Romney supporter who can’t stand Santorum. What was their name again? Hmmmmm. It’s right on the tip of my tongue……. Blue something or other……

Bitter Clinger on April 9, 2012 at 12:47 PM

The fact of the matter is that Obama has little positive to show in the way of international affairs or national security. He has alienated our closest allies, apologized to our most rabid enemies, and shown that he is out of his depth.

Happy Nomad on April 9, 2012 at 12:33 PM

What is so hallucinogenic is that O’bama and the Democrats are touting his getting bin Laden as proof that his foreign policy is “working”, while totally ignoring the Fact that getting bin Laden has nothing to do with foreign policy at all-it’s a national security issue.

Del Dolemonte on April 9, 2012 at 12:50 PM

November 6, 2012, Barack Obama, Are You Ready to Go? (video)

No Niks on April 9, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Great videoou made there…!

lovingmyUSA on April 9, 2012 at 12:51 PM

VP suggestion: she’s a woman. she’s latina. she’s got foreign affairs expertise. she’s from florida.she’s great on israel. she’s ileana ros-lehtinen!

wholefoodsrepublican on April 9, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Bitter Clinger on April 9, 2012 at 12:47 PM

That poster who understandably isn’t a fan of the unelectable bigot Rick Santorum does not call for people to be banned.

If there is a rule against annoying and taunting comments, then that rule should at least be applied consistently and not just as a way to win some popularity or “attaboys” from a handful of regulars, many of whom are more embarrassing to this site than anything liberal4life posted (that I’m aware of).

bluegill on April 9, 2012 at 12:54 PM

What is so hallucinogenic is that O’bama and the Democrats are touting his getting bin Laden as proof that his foreign policy is “working”,

In the meantime, a professional Democrat advisor with zero defense experience is running the DOD while a retired general is running CIA.

Happy Nomad on April 9, 2012 at 12:55 PM

“From Hope to Shame” — Obama 2012

Schadenfreude on April 9, 2012 at 12:55 PM

bluegill on April 9, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Who made you king of embarrassments?

Schadenfreude on April 9, 2012 at 12:56 PM

VP suggestion: she’s a woman. she’s latina. she’s got foreign affairs expertise. she’s from florida.she’s great on israel. she’s ileana ros-lehtinen!

wholefoodsrepublican on April 9, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Can’t happen. She may be from Florida but she was born in Havana. Since she can’t be President, she is ineligible for the VP slot as well.

Happy Nomad on April 9, 2012 at 1:00 PM

bluegill is to Mitt what l4l was to Obama.

Schadenfreude on April 9, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Bitter Clinger on April 9, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Mirror, morror, on the wall…bluegill is better than they all.

Well played, BC.

Schadenfreude on April 9, 2012 at 1:03 PM

My experience reading and posting comments on this site has shown me that there are plenty of intolerant, self-described “true conservatives” who are as childish and intolerant as any typical Daily Kos poster and who throw tantrums when someone dares say their particular favorite radio talk show host is wrong, for example.

bluegill on April 9, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Interesting. I’ve never seen “true conservatives” describe themselves as such on this site. The only time I’ve ever seen the terms “true conservatives” or True-Cons™ or Tru-Cons™ used here are when the terms are being directed at someone else as an epithet by someone who presumably is NOT a “Tru-Con,” and clearly does not wish to be regarded as one. (The implied opposite of “Tru-Con,” of course, is “Faux-Con,” if you’re looking for antonymic symmetry). “True conservative,” “True-Con™” or “Tru-Con™” are used as terms of derision and disparagement. I’ve wondered why a conservative of any stripe would do that to a fellow-conservative.

de rigueur on April 9, 2012 at 1:06 PM

The White House has been cycling through catchphrases since announcing his reelection bid a year ago:

It was Bush’s Fault
Obama, For a New Flexibility
Fairness is what I say it is!
Because Six Trillion More Wasn’t Enough
My Record Speaks for Itself… But Vote For Me Anyway!
I’ve Gotten Away With It for This Long, Why Not Another Term!
I’m Starting to Figure This Presidentin’ Thing Out!

Dexter_Alarius on April 9, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Bitter Clinger on April 9, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Mirror, morror, on the wall…bluegill is better than they all.

Well played, BC.

Schadenfreude on April 9, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Thank you.

I, too, think banning should be a rarity, but in L4L’s case, it was warranted. Bluegill would rather keep the troll over anybody that dare speaketh ill of His Royal Mittness.

Bitter Clinger on April 9, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law seems to have worked perfectly as designed!! No problem with the law!! Black Panthers and other racist hate-mongers better take heed!!

Marco on April 9, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Weiner/Holder 2012

DevilsPrinciple on April 9, 2012 at 1:10 PM

That poster who understandably isn’t a fan of the unelectable bigot Rick Santorum does not call for people to be banned.

If there is a rule against annoying and taunting comments, then that rule should at least be applied consistently and not just as a way to win some popularity or “attaboys” from a handful of regulars, many of whom are more embarrassing to this site than anything liberal4life posted (that I’m aware of).

bluegill on April 9, 2012 at 12:54 PM

I am not in favor of banning except in extreme cases. I could handle L4L’s inanities, but going so far off topic as to try and change the subject entirely is out of bounds.

Bitter Clinger on April 9, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Obama 2012 – Because I told Russia I need more time
Obama 2012 – You’ll have to vote for it to see what’s in it
Obama 2012 – A vote against me means you’re a racist

kmid219 on April 9, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Obama/Biden 2012
It takes time to put the BAR in FU

Immolate on April 9, 2012 at 12:14 PM

No, I think we’re there.

talkingpoints on April 9, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Aw, okay. I hadn’t seen every comment that person made. I just hope that people aren’t being banned because they are liberals or because they are vocal in their support for Obama. If you want to talk off-topic posting and personal attacks, it seems that person was FAR from the worst offender. I like having the disagreement here. It’s almost as if some of you people can’t handle hearing views other than your own. Is predictable taunting from an Obama supporter worth being banned over? And you talk about the left being politically or ideologically intolerant? My experience reading and posting comments on this site has shown me that there are plenty of intolerant, self-described “true conservatives” who are as childish and intolerant as any typical Daily Kos poster and who throw tantrums when someone dares say their particular favorite radio talk show host is wrong, for example.

bluegill on April 9, 2012 at 12:40 PM

I couldn’t point to anything that Obama’s done that any rational person would consider significant, realistic or meaningful,so no I don’t get why anyone would be so vocal about supporting Obama.

Having said that, I doubt that you’re disliked by conservatives here not because you are a liberal, but more because you add nothing meaningful to the dialogues in which I’ve seen you engaged.

DevilsPrinciple on April 9, 2012 at 1:19 PM

The White House has been cycling through catchphrases since announcing his reelection bid a year ago: Winning the Future, We Can’t Wait, An America Built to Last, An Economy Built to Last, A Fair Shot.

The internal favorite is polling well with DNC focus groups: Vote Obama, or else you’re a racist!

KS Rex on April 9, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Del Dolemonte on April 9, 2012 at 12:15 PM

She’s spinning the web. She knows what she is expected to do. Poor Zimmerman is toast.

a capella on April 9, 2012 at 1:20 PM

VP suggestion: she’s a woman. she’s latina. she’s got foreign affairs expertise. she’s from florida.she’s great on israel. she’s ileana ros-lehtinen!

wholefoodsrepublican on April 9, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Can’t happen. She may be from Florida but she was born in Havana. Since she can’t be President, she is ineligible for the VP slot as well.

Happy Nomad on April 9, 2012 at 1:00 PM

I just hope Romney (assuming he’s going to be the guy) picks someone “outside the box” instead of going with some safe, predictable establishment RINO.

Steve Forbes would be a good choice.

UltimateBob on April 9, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Hopefully people are starting to learn how Obama thinks. His entire life right up to this day is perfectly in line with that Black Panthers discussion.

DanaLynn on April 9, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Sure, Barry, blame George Bush for everything. Again. Remind people that he wasn’t half as bad as you’ve turned out to be.

RebeccaH on April 9, 2012 at 1:24 PM

The White House has been cycling through catchphrases since announcing his reelection bid a year ago: Winning the Future, We Can’t Wait, An America Built to Last, An Economy Built to Last, A Fair Shot.

I think they may be on to something. How about…

‘We can’t wait to build a shot economy!’

trigon on April 9, 2012 at 1:44 PM

I just hope Romney (assuming he’s going to be the guy) picks someone “outside the box” instead of going with some safe, predictable establishment RINO.

Steve Forbes would be a good choice.

UltimateBob on April 9, 2012 at 1:21 PM

I agree with you but it has to be an unquestionably competent choice so it doesn’t come off looking like a gimmick or appeal to identity politics. Bobby Jindal might be a good choice but only if they can point out his experience at HHS, in Congress, and as governor. Otherwise, it appears they only picked him because of his ethnic heritage.

Happy Nomad on April 9, 2012 at 1:46 PM

What is so hallucinogenic is that O’bama and the Democrats are touting his getting bin Laden as proof that his foreign policy is “working”, while totally ignoring the Fact that getting bin Laden has nothing to do with foreign policy at all-it’s a national security issue.

Del Dolemonte on April 9, 2012 at 12:50 PM

I still believe Obama was PhotoShopped into that war room image from a picture of him playing World of Warcraft in the oval office.

Obama does not have the cajones to order the killing of another mozlem.

Roy Rogers on April 9, 2012 at 2:00 PM

There are some funny comments in the headline thread…

Obama campaign can’t decide on a slogan for 2012

ITguy on April 9, 2012 at 2:10 PM

I looked through this article for any hint of real news, and didn’t find much.

IMHO, you’re looking in all the wrong places:

New Black Panthers call for race war — again
Share

By Michelle Malkin • April 9, 2012 09:34 AM

Now tie that in with what the 0bamaGanda propaganda forces are doing:

April 9, 2012
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For second time in three weeks, a CNN reporter says ‘n*gger’ on live TV [VIDEO]

And:

CNN’s Don Lemon: ‘N–ger’ Should Replace ‘N-word’ in News Reports

Take the hint. 0bama’s Race War is ON!

DannoJyd on April 9, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Obama campaign can’t decide on a slogan for 2012

ITguy on April 9, 2012 at 2:10 PM

How’s this for a slogan- Obama 2012. You’ll have to vote for him to see what he stands for.

Happy Nomad on April 9, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Obama Slogan:

It’s Still Bush’s Fault

right2bright on April 9, 2012 at 2:37 PM

How’s this for a slogan- Obama 2012. You’ll have to vote for him to see what he stands for.

Happy Nomad on April 9, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Nope! What we will see is a THREEpeat of 0bama’s usual message:

Everyone against 0bama is a R-a-a-c-i-s-t!

Democrats declaring anti-0bama forces are murdering blacks in 5, …

DannoJyd on April 9, 2012 at 2:43 PM

bluegill on April 9, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Next bigot?

Bmore on April 9, 2012 at 2:45 PM

RNC should produce an add starting with Joe Wilson’s “you lie” comment repetitively sandwiching each lie that has come out of POTUS’s mouth. Of course it would have to be broken down into 15-30 second segments, but you would have enough material for the entire campaign.

rammerjammer on April 9, 2012 at 3:04 PM

I have a gift.
Let me give to you. ’12

Typicalwhitewoman on April 9, 2012 at 3:10 PM

As you read the Buzzfeed piece, look at the pictures and ask yourself how it is – in Chicago – they apparently can’t find people of color that need a job (especially college students looking for resume filler). I guess diversity isn’t monitored much among people who sanctimoniously and reflexively assume they’re not racists, so why bother to prove it by actually hiring blacks and hispanics.

To be fair, in the second picture there looks to be one black guy standing (not sitting) all the way in the back of the room. Are the editors of Buzzfeed so irony-challenged that they didn’t notice the screaming hypocrisy of this scene?

Don Michael Bitsconi on April 9, 2012 at 3:31 PM

I find the “gee-whiz, aren’t we the coolest, most hi-tech campaign EVAH” chest-thumping amusing, to say the least.

It reminds me of a used-car salesman using all the latest sales techniques to get me to buy a car that’s a lemon. Bottom line, America doesn’t want the leftist/progressive/socialist vision of America that Team Odumbo is selling. All the whiz-bang sales techniques in the world–including fancy websites, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.–ain’t going to get America to buy another lemon from the Dhimmicrat auto dealership, so to speak.

It’s a shame all those people are wasting their time, money and talents trying to sell a lemon.

Americans may be dumb, but we’re not stupid.

FlatlanderByTheLake on April 9, 2012 at 3:35 PM

In Spanish: Obama ’12: Punish our enemies!

David Blue on April 9, 2012 at 3:38 PM

first to address the subject of this thread:

Dope and chains

Perfect, pithy as OReilly would say.

Next to those going after BlueGill because he/she expresses an opinion: You are only proving that what BlueGill said is true. There is a lot of name calling and attempt to depress the expression of ideas that contradict some others. I read it all the time and wince.

Even the name calling of Obama and Michelle that address their physical attributes versus their policies and the things they do and say. It’s not because O had big ears or Michelle as large hips that conservatives disagree with them. Yet, when those things are attacked it’s easy for someone to write us all off as offensive racists. If we stick to issues versus physical traits, it’s far more difficult (those some will do it anyway)to equate that with racism. Lastly, attacking the person is exactly what liberals do. Please can we stick to issues and actions?

katablog.com on April 9, 2012 at 4:23 PM

All the whiz-bang sales techniques in the world–including fancy websites, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.–ain’t going to get America to buy another lemon from the Dhimmicrat auto dealership, so to speak.

I wish this was true; but they’ve already gotten away with it once and it appears they are doing darn well on the second go-around – otherwise, we’d be seeing a landslide.

katablog.com on April 9, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Obama 2012—Flexibility You WILL Believe In!

chickasaw42 on April 9, 2012 at 4:59 PM

There’s a small warehouse of cool Obama gear for sale to the staff

Do thye still stock those “Sarah Palin is a C**t” T-shirts (sans asterisks) that someone was selling from mybarackobama.com back in 2008?

malclave on April 9, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Obama 2012: Think we’re stuck in a ditch now? Just wait to see what things look after four more years of drving down The Road to Socialism USA!

ITguy on April 9, 2012 at 6:50 PM

faraway hit the campaign slogan on the head in TWO WORDS!

Got Marx?

faraway on April 8, 2012 at 9:59 PM

ITguy on April 9, 2012 at 6:53 PM

Okay, wait. Bouncy balls? The entire future of the United States is hanging by a thread, and Team Obama is worried about getting their staff bouncy balls? And these people were responsible for electing the president of the United States. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

idalily on April 9, 2012 at 6:58 PM

“Obama 2012: Hey we tried.”

kurtd on April 9, 2012 at 7:49 PM

————–Messina even consulted with Palo Alto execs to find the “best practices,” including carpets (quieter), mixing the staffs on the floor into teams rather than departments, bouncy balls, and communicating with instant messages and Twitter. ——-

There’s a small warehouse of cool Obama gear for sale to the staff, all made in America, with an iPhone cover running for $40 (discounted to $35 for staff). A Ping-Pong table, state flags, ironic mementos on desks. The office does have sights that are more familiar to an old school campaign, too, like the speechwriters’ office, where a bar well stocked with Jack Daniels sits in front of the window.———-

In Obama’s own words “There’s no adults in the room.”

MR. ARIZONA on April 9, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Everyone knows what Barack Obama’s campaign slogan was in 2008. No one seems to know what it will be for 2012.

Might I suggest “More of the same!”

GarandFan on April 10, 2012 at 10:50 AM

“It could(would)be worse if I get 4 more years, I promise”

Amazingoly on April 10, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Soooooooo,

The One is saying he’s not a redistributionist, huh?

Right.

And he’s against gay-marriage. And you can keep your healthcare. And his executive order prevents federal funds from paying for abortion. And he’s gonna close GITMO. And he’s gonna hold a trial for KSM in NYC. And and and.

This guy’s even lying when his lips AREN’T moving.

olesparkie on April 11, 2012 at 9:32 AM

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