New Obama ad will “run on our record,” but leave out …

posted at 9:21 am on May 7, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Will Team Obama run on the President’s record, or from it?  In their new 60-second ad “Go,” aimed at swing states, the Obama campaign tries to sell voters on Barack Obama’s accomplishments in his term in office.  However, a couple of omissions are rather telling:

“We’re certainly running on our record,” senior Obama strategist David Axelrod said of the ad in an interview Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.”

In just 60 seconds, the ad reminds viewers of the economic crisis Obama inherited in early 2009 — “America’s economy spiraling down,” the narrator says — and strives to portray Obama as the nation’s rescuer — “He believed in us. Fought for us.”

The ad touts the resurgence of the U.S. auto industry, killing of Osama bin Laden, end of the Iraq War and a positive trend in private sector job growth as the signature achievements of Obama’s first term.

It notably does not mention his signature legislative achievement — the Affordable Care Act — or Wall Street reform.

Chuck Todd tweeted that this is Obama’s idea of a “morning in America” ad.  That would be a neat trick, considering that Reagan’s ad referred to the need to shake off the malaise and fatalism of the Jimmy Carter presidency, and Obama’s selling that exact same malaise.  There are fewer jobs in the US now than when Obama took office — no, really — and Obama’s trying to sell this as The New Normal.  That’s exactly what Carter tried to sell in 1980, and history showed how well permanent stagnation sells.  On top of that, he’s still whining about having “inherited” the 2009 economy, when (a) he ran for the office without anyone twisting his arm, and (b) wasn’t there a guy named Barack Obama in the Senate in January 2007?

The omission of ObamaCare and Dodd-Frank shows how difficult this election will be for Obama.  Those are his only two legislative accomplishments, and they’re so toxic that he can’t even include them in his swing-state ads.  Small wonder Team Obama wants to talk about Swiss bank accounts and Seamus The Roof-Ridin’ Dog.

Team Obama may regret mentioning the economy, too.  The RNC has a new ad out this weekend that asks and answers the big question after four years — “Are We Satisfied? No!”

The combination of Obama’s words from 2008 and 2012 is particularly effective.  Not much has changed in four years, except that we’ve added almost $5 trillion in new debt, with the promise of massive red ink to come.  The only answer this administration has to that situation is that they don’t have a plan, but they just don’t like anyone else’s. Maybe they should get out of the way and let people who do have plans take charge.


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Broken record!

KOOLAID2 on May 7, 2012 at 9:24 AM

He’s cracked!

KOOLAID2 on May 7, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Smokes crack!

KOOLAID2 on May 7, 2012 at 9:25 AM

I still see training wheels

Electrongod on May 7, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Divert…divert…divert!

KOOLAID2 on May 7, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Good Rnc ad

Can he really tout the end of the Iraq war when he was just following the sofa created under W

Blame bush meme continues

cmsinaz on May 7, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Sleeps next to a…..

Electrongod on May 7, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Chuck Todd tweeted that this is Obama’s idea of a morning in America ad.

If somehow this Obama guy gets re-elected in November it’ll be more like mourning in America.

Drop the box, toss in the dirt, pat it down…that kind of mourning.

coldwarrior on May 7, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Obamacare was supposed to be THE big achievement of the Obama admin. It shows how much trouble that he is in if he can’t even advertise it.

thebrokenrattle on May 7, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Todd just another tool for dear leader

Tingles is rubbing off of him

cmsinaz on May 7, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Good ad from the RNC… must have hired some of those bright lads and lasses from the NRSC.

JohnGalt23 on May 7, 2012 at 9:28 AM

“We’re certainly running on our record,” senior Obama strategist David Axelrod said of the ad in an interview Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.”

…who is supplying the “laugh track”???

KOOLAID2 on May 7, 2012 at 9:29 AM

The ad touts the resurgence of the U.S. auto industry

Does the ad mention the fact that the government brokered (taxpayer) bailout ignored contracts and screwed investors in order to provide a handout to union thugs?

No…that’s a surprise.

RedCrow on May 7, 2012 at 9:29 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Saturday was supposed to be President Barack Obama’s day, dominated by headlines of successful campaign holding its first rally. Instead, reports prominently included references to thousands of empty seats at the president’s first rally here — just as the Romney campaign wanted it.

At The Ohio State University, over 5,000 seats in the 20,000-person venue went unfilled on the upper seating deck and behind the press cameras —a sharp contrast to Obama’s events in 2008, and even a 2010 event with then-Gov. Ted Strickland which drew 35,000.

ABC News had reported Saturday morning that the campaign expected “overflow” crowds at each event, crowds which never did materialize.

The New York Times quoted Obama senior adviser David Plouffe, not about the president’s remarks, but about the crowd size — with reporter Mark Landler comparing the rallies to “a concert by an aging rock star.”

http://www.buzzfeed.com/zekejmiller/how-mitt-romneys-campaign-put-a-damper-on-obama

mountainaires on May 7, 2012 at 9:30 AM

It’s kinda like Coca-Cola running an ad offering all their products from Sprite to Mr Pibb to Dasani water….without mentioning Coca-Cola Classic.

thebrokenrattle on May 7, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Perhaps the RNC can re-tool an old-time classic?

“Are you better off than you were four years ago?”

coldwarrior on May 7, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Lead, follow, or get OUT OF THE WAY!

odannyboy on May 7, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Obamacare was supposed to be THE big achievement of the Obama admin. It shows how much trouble that he is in if he can’t even advertise it.

thebrokenrattle on May 7, 2012 at 9:27 AM

I haven’t seen the numbers lately–the media is probably on lock-down on polling the issue, now–but I seem to remember that more than half of the people still had a negative view of O-Care.

Perhaps the Odumbo campaign is hoping people have forgotten it? (C’mon SCOTUS!)

RedCrow on May 7, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Obama himself is his biggest achievement.

And we are blessed to have him.

Fallon on May 7, 2012 at 9:31 AM

What you don’t know–yet–about Mitt Romney:

A number of things have gone unmentioned about Romney — by the media because they’ll say nothing positive about him, by conservatives because they don’t want to face up to it. First, he does not miss a trick. At the height of the Santorum’s primary campaign, Romney managed to outdo him by the stratagem of sending one of his sons to campaign in the Marianas, picking up 9 delegates and added momentum. This is something that would never have occurred to the conventional Republican political technician, most of whom have no idea where the Marianas are. It’s a swashbuckler’s move, bold and imaginative in a way that we haven’t seen much of in recent years. The fact that Romney pulled it off without getting anything in the way of credit for it says more about the current political culture than it does about Mitt Romney. (Under ordinary circumstances, Newt could be expected to admire such a move. I have no doubt that Newt knows exactly where the Marianas are, and may be thinking about building a spaceport there.)

Romney does not apologize. When caught out in a faux pas (as when he mentioned his three — or was it five? — Cadoos) he does not get flustered; he does not allow himself to be cornered; he just smiles and moves on. When is the last time we saw this level of confidence in a candidate?

The same is true of the killer instinct, which Romney undoubtedly possesses, in contrast to just about every other visible candidate. Also beyond doubt is his ability to control it. He knows exactly how hard to strike, where, and how many times, with the precision and finesse of a 17th-century samurai. When the Romney PACs cut loose on Santorum and Gingrich, they blasted away just long enough to inflict mortal wounds without making a spectacle out of it. Romney got all the benefit he required without in the least tainting his brand.

The point is that Romney has become something of a master campaigner, of a type that we have not seen in a long time. He knows exactly what cards are on the table and who is holding which ones, and he lays down his own one at a time with no hurry or fuss. And so far, he has taken the pot more times than he has lost. (Granted that in real life Romney may never have been in the same room with a deck of cards.)

Thus far, Romney has gone through the campaign like a tank in a thousand-dollar suit — accepting no opposition, turning away from no obstacles. He just keeps rolling. It’s nearly impossible to run a flawless campaign in the information era. Too many people are watching, waiting to pounce on any error, and the 24/7 news cycle is guaranteed to keep any such story rolling. But despite his Cadillacs, his slips of the tongue, and poor Seamus out in the slipstream, Romney has come as close as anybody in the past quarter-century.

Another point being overlooked is that Mormons are no longer either hated or feared. Despite overtime work by the media, anti-Mormonism has been unable to gain any sort of traction. Mormonism is no longer an issue. The ghosts of Nauvoo and Mountain Meadows have gone to rest at last, and the Saints have become an acceptable American variant. Somewhere in Valhalla, Joseph Smith is smiling.

A master campaigner — the only one on the national horizon — vast resources, a likeable family, an admirable record, and nobody hates him for being a Mormon (as far as I can tell, nobody hates Romney for anything). And to top it off, there’s that undeniable touch of the assassin. All this does not make him a conservative, but it does make him formidable. In simple truth, an actual conservative would have a hard time coming to grips with Obama. The entire Democratic/progressive/media machine is primed to annihilate such a candidate, who would spend all of this time defending himself with no chance to strike at Obama. Under these less-than-perfect circumstances, Mitt Romney is as close to a perfect candidate as we are going to get.

So let us put away all thoughts of strife and disagreement. All wishful thinking and illusions. The real world beckons. There is no place for the ideal in this conflict. We will have other and better opportunities. For good or ill, Romney is the man of the hour. The only thing of importance is to defeat Obama and everything he stands for. The polls, the shifting attitudes of the country as a whole, and the stark fear arising among the progressives suggest that Romney can do the job. Lets us gird our loins and go amongst them.

J.R. Dunn is consulting editor of American Thinker.

Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/05/mitt_romney_will_do_just_fine_thank-you.html#ixzz1uBqolk9O

mountainaires on May 7, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Not much has changed in four years, except that we’ve added almost $5 trillion in new debt, with the promise of massive red ink to come.

Change.

visions on May 7, 2012 at 9:32 AM

mountainaires on May 7, 2012 at 9:30 AM

A beautiful sting of poetic justice to the One, the Lightworker.

thebrokenrattle on May 7, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Chuck Todd tweeted that this is Obama’s idea of a “morning in America” ad. That would be a neat trick, considering that Reagan’s ad referred to the need to shake off the malaise and fatalism of the Jimmy Carter presidency, and Obama’s selling that exact same malaise.

Exactly right. This is based on the reality that the Left not only disagrees with how we Americans do things but fundamentally has no clue as to how we Americans think. So ObaMao and the Left keep trying to convince us of things that are essentially illogical. They keep wanting us to believe their BS rather than the realities that we see with our own eyes. No sale! We don’t accept ObaMao’s new normal and he will no doubt be stunned and dismayed at how profoundly he has misjudged the situation.

ROMNEY 2012

cicerone on May 7, 2012 at 9:34 AM

I hear Mitt Romney would make Julia ride on top of the car.

Just scarin’

MNHawk on May 7, 2012 at 9:36 AM

I haven’t seen the numbers lately–the media is probably on lock-down on polling the issue, now–but I seem to remember that more than half of the people still had a negative view of O-Care.

Perhaps the Odumbo campaign is hoping people have forgotten it? (C’mon SCOTUS!)

RedCrow on May 7, 2012 at 9:31 AM

For Against
RCP Average 3/7 – 4/29 – 39.3 49.6 Against/Oppose +10.3

There ya go.

thebrokenrattle on May 7, 2012 at 9:40 AM

And let’s take O’s new ad and write our own–add 5 secs to it and end it with: “Why no bragging about Obamacare or Frank-Dodd?”…do not relent GOP–boot meet throat…

hillsoftx on May 7, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Uh hoh my god…that Obama ad was horrible.
In the very first fifteen seconds they are whining that everything collapsed before he took office. Then he spikes the Osama football …again right before he reminds us that things still suck and can he please have four more years.

NeoKong on May 7, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Broken record!

KOOLAID2 on May 7, 2012 at 9:24 AM

He’s cracked!

KOOLAID2 on May 7, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Smokes crack!

KOOLAID2 on May 7, 2012 at 9:25 AM

What the hell is your problem? Get out of my seat.

Bishop on May 7, 2012 at 9:43 AM

So they are going to run on the failed ‘Stimulus’, Cash for Clunkers, shafting those holding interest in GM and Chrysler, not reforming the housing loan system, taking over student loans so that your debt is to the US government which can do with you as it pleases, and the lovely high speed rail project in CA?

I’m sure I’ve forgotten a few things like Solyndra and Fast & Furious, Operation Castaway and the like…and not doing a thing to help the people of Iran in 2009, while deciding that bombing just about anyone in Libya to get rid of Kaddafi was a hot idea…

Maybe Obama has gotten his golf handicap down? That should play well, although his slice to the left has gotten worse, not better, since 2008.

ajacksonian on May 7, 2012 at 9:43 AM

I hear Mitt Romney would make Julia ride on top of the car.

Just scarin’

MNHawk on May 7, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Maybe Julia should think about buying her own car for a change. If she does something to tick off Obama, she’ll be riding under his bus–not inside.

RBMN on May 7, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Obamacare was supposed to be THE big achievement of the Obama admin. It shows how much trouble that he is in if he can’t even advertise it.

thebrokenrattle on May 7, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Yes. Even more telling, he will have to lie about unemployment. This ad of his is a huge mistake.

dogsoldier on May 7, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Oh My! Time to throw another slutty law student or anecdote from a 1983 vacation in front of the media. Anything to distract from the real issues of this election. Jobs and the economy and Obama’s failures to address either after 3.5 years of whining about what he inherited. The fact of the matter is that economic recovery does take years and Obama has had years. He has been a miserable failure who time and again has doubled down on stupid.

Obama’s lame economy ad (the one ending with the idea that a Swiss bank account is treasonous or something) ran all weekend here in Virginia. The only thing I could think of when I came on the air was just how disjointed and vague it was. I guess that is what happens when you have to run on the kind of record this filthy bastard has racked up.

Happy Nomad on May 7, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Chuck Todd tweeted that this is Obama’s idea of a “morning in America” ad. That would be a neat trick, considering that Reagan’s ad referred to the need to shake off the malaise and fatalism of the Jimmy Carter presidency, and Obama’s selling that exact same malaise.

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Neat trick my butt. This would/should backfire in 10 different ways. No it’s not morning in America- its half time- and the freakin coach is a narcissistic ideologue who doesn’t care if we win or lose. He just wants it to be fair, and for the “rich” to pay more. Stealing from the Gipper’s playbook would be unwise, not to mention 4 years too late.

FlaMurph on May 7, 2012 at 9:46 AM

The benevolent Dear Leader spreading his strong arms wide to encompass a desperate people.

Let Papa Barack do the hard work for you, he knows best what we all need to march forward into a glorious and prosperous future. Onward, comrades, to victory!

Bishop on May 7, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/05/mitt_romney_will_do_just_fine_thank-you.html#ixzz1uBqolk9O

mountainaires on May 7, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Yes, yes, and YES some more!

I’ve been impressed with Romney’s abilities since the beginning. The man has been, and continues to be, vastly underestimated. Maybe the underestimation is not a bad thing for Romney at this point, though. It’s still shocking to me how so many people go along with the trendy, unfounded perception that Mitt is somehow clueless or an ineffective campaigner. Mitt is underestimated at his rivals’ peril. He’s in it to win it.

Romney has been masterful throughout the primary season, and I have very good feelings about the coming months. It’s going to be a tough fight against Obama and his lackeys in the news media, but it’s a fight we can and must win!

bluegill on May 7, 2012 at 9:51 AM

I hear Mitt Romney would make Julia ride on top of the car.

Just scarin’

MNHawk on May 7, 2012 at 9:36 AM

We should discuss where Bee-Jay Clinton would make her ride…

Archivarix on May 7, 2012 at 9:54 AM

wasn’t there a guy named Barack Obama in the Senate in January 2007?

Different Barack Obama. Our benevolent god-king emerged, fully-formed, from a giant clam shell. Kind of like Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus.”

Garentee you this is the type of spin they’ll put on anyone questioning his performance in the Senate and try to pin anything pre “I inherited this BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSH mess!!” 2009.

crazy_legs on May 7, 2012 at 9:56 AM

His record is a Rap CD in the oval office.

docflash on May 7, 2012 at 9:57 AM

In their new 60-second ad “Go,” aimed at swing states, the Obama campaign tries to sell voters on Barack Obama’s accomplishments in his term in office

BAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAhAHAHAHAHAHAHAAha. Oh, that is rich. Maybe he’s gonna talk about how many times he broke 100 on the golf course.

search4truth on May 7, 2012 at 9:58 AM

“We’re not there yet. It’s still too hard for too many. But we’re coming back,” the narrator says, “because America’s greatness comes from a strong middle class. Because you don’t quit, and neither does he.”

Gag reflex in full force. How does Obama claim to be a fighter when he is constantly going on vacations, holding concerts for his bundlers, or attending fundraisers in conjunction with campaign rallies thinly disguised as official business?

How does he fight for America’s middle class when he allows the DoJ to let black terrorists off the hook, smuggle guns to Mexican drug cartels, and refuse to cooperate with Congress? How does he fight for the middle class when he ends his term with negative job growth? How can he claim the auto industry is “back” when all he really did was transfer fund to a bunch of worthless union workers who are still cranking out crappy overpriced products?

The fact of the matter is that Americans of all income levels are worse off now than they were four years ago. It is much harder for Obama to make the claim he is the solution to the world’s problems or that the sea level will lower at his very election to office. Fifteen percent of Americans who want to be in the workforce are unemployed or underemployed and any improvement in the official rate comes from thousands of jobless Americans giving up seeking work alltogether. The price of filling up the car remains twice as expensive as it was four years ago which affects the cost of everything from groceries to bus fare.

For all of this, Obama says he deserves a second term because he “got” OBL. It is the height of arrogance for this worthless human being to even make a run for reelection. He, his fat bottomed wife, and his brats need to driven from the White House and out of the public spotlight.

Happy Nomad on May 7, 2012 at 10:01 AM

What the hell is your problem? Get out of my seat.

Bishop on May 7, 2012 at 9:43 AM

…keeping it warm for ya!…(:>)

KOOLAID2 on May 7, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Different Barack Obama. Our benevolent god-king emerged, fully-formed, from a giant clam shell. Kind of like Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus.”

crazy_legs on May 7, 2012 at 9:56 AM

I personally know of three people named Barak Obama. And I loathe all three.

Happy Nomad on May 7, 2012 at 10:04 AM

I REALLY like the new YouTube Romney ad, listed in the headlines section !!
VERY GOOD !!
Needs to hit the TV, now, and later !!!

pambi on May 7, 2012 at 10:06 AM

mountainaires on May 7, 2012 at 9:32 AM

All I gotta say is, after all that, he damn well better beat 0bama like the red-headed stepchild of a rented mule.

CurtZHP on May 7, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Running on his record????

Number of people on food stamps.

Number of people leaving the workforce.

Number of people applying for disability.

Deficits.

Spending.

Now those are records!

antipc on May 7, 2012 at 10:07 AM

he’s still whining about having “inherited” the 2009 economy, when (a) he ran for the office without anyone twisting his arm, and (b) wasn’t there a guy named Barack Obama in the Senate in January 2007?

Not only was Barry in the Senate, but he was one of the idiots voting against bills to reform the corrupt and foolish practices at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that led to the housing collapse. Before coming to the U.S. Senate, Barry had worked for a time as a lawyer in Chicago. One of the things he did during that time was use the CRA to sue banks like Bank of America for not giving mortgage loans to minority applicants who were poor credit risks.

It’s disgusting that the MSM continually allow Obama to whine about “inheriting” an economic calamity that he actively helped to create.

AZCoyote on May 7, 2012 at 10:15 AM

But Romney is far worse than Obama.

Composite ABRtard on May 7, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Winning! (ala Charlie Sheen.)

Gunlock Bill on May 7, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Bishop
Hate to tell ya this but, you have been replaced ………… nothing the union could do, the grievance was thrown out………… sorry big fellow………..

angrymike on May 7, 2012 at 10:24 AM

How does he fight for America’s middle class when he allows the DoJ to let black terrorists off the hook, smuggle guns to Mexican drug cartels, and refuse to cooperate with Congress?

Happy Nomad on May 7, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Just think how disgusted the American public would be with him if they were actually aware of this?

Flora Duh on May 7, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Given the stellar economy the Republicans need to remind voters that all the real pain of O’Care is timed to come on stream just after the election.

Little things like the swingeing tax hikes across the board, decimation of medicare and medicaid, and death panels.

That’s sure to have broad appeal because everyone is feeling so flush and optimistic.

CorporatePiggy on May 7, 2012 at 10:34 AM

I have enough stomach issues as is, so I’ll skip O’s ad, but I’m just wondering . . . did his pathetic non-response to the BP oil spill show up there? I’m guessing the answer is no. He barely even voted “present” on that one.

pianomomma on May 7, 2012 at 10:39 AM

He barely even voted “present” on that one.

pianomomma on May 7, 2012 at 10:39 AM

What are you talking about? He, his wife, and both brats spent 12 HOURS on a Florida beach before Moochie flitted off to Spain with her girlfriends who, apparently, don’t vacation in America.

Happy Nomad on May 7, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Bottom line: if Obama were not half-black, he’d be toast. No white incumbent could even begin to dream of running on a record like his and expect to win.

natasha333 on May 7, 2012 at 10:54 AM

If you have to be asked and respond to whether you’re “running on your record” doesn’t that strongly imply that your record is, well, crap?

natasha333 on May 7, 2012 at 10:56 AM

ad reminds viewers of the economic crisis Obama inherited

Broken record.

Kenosha Kid on May 7, 2012 at 11:20 AM

At this point Bark needs to run commercials reading pertinent bits from his best-selling book ‘Lies My Father Told Me’.

John 8:44 allusion not intended, er…

CorporatePiggy on May 7, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Maybe they should get out of the way and let people who do have plans take charge.

Tim_CA on May 7, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Obama’s record! He’s now a comedian we can all laugh at! Obama is Such a joke!

jqc1970 on May 7, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Wash….rinse….repeat….

timberline on May 7, 2012 at 1:50 PM