Obama: You can fit Romney’s campaign in a tweet and have characters to spare

posted at 8:06 pm on June 12, 2012 by Allahpundit

In which a guy with a famously short resume, who got elected on the strength of vacuous can-do slogans like “Hope and Change” and “Yes, We Can,” decides to point fingers about the alleged thinness of his opponent’s case.

President Barack Obama criticized the Romney campaign today, dismissing their campaign vision as concise enough to be tweeted.

“You can pretty much put their campaign on a tweet and have some characters to spare,” Obama said at a fundraiser, per the Los Angeles Times. Tweets cannot be longer than 140 characters.

“The good news is, the American people generally agree with our vision,” Obama added. “If you just put it in front of them, issue after issue, and you present the Democratic approach and the Republican approach, we win. The challenge is because folks are still hurting right now, the other side feels that it’s enough for them to just sit back and say, ‘Things aren’t as good as they should be and it’s Obama’s fault.’”

I’m torn between criticizing him for being unfair — Romney’s famously a fan of Paul Ryan’s entitlement reform plan, for example — and criticizing him for the sheer banality of what he’s saying. Go figure that the challenger in a presidential race might try to make the election a referendum on an incumbent who’s had a very tough three years. The only voters out there who’d be impressed with that as a serious critique of Romney are the lovable naifs at PolitiFact. Besides, for all of O’s windage four years ago about slowing the rise of the oceans, etc, his greatest asset was the country’s profound, protracted Bush fatigue. Hence the Obama strategy: Convince the public that McCain was a new Bush in the making and let the “Change” message do the rest, bolstered by the prospect of a sunnier, Hope-ier political atmosphere to follow. (In that context, you can see why the left’s most devout Bush-haters view Obama’s counterterror policies as a terrible betrayal.) To this day, one of his few economic defenses that still resonates with people is the idea that he inherited an irredeemable situation from Bush. By October, you won’t need 140 characters for O’s message. You’ll be able to fit it on a bumper sticker: “Romney = Bush.” Any sentient politician would do the same. When you don’t have a glowing record to run on, pick an unpopular figure and try to make the election about him. Obama 2008 knew something about that.

As always when Obama or his underlings turn to Twitter, conservatives are having a grand time making the new meme blow up in his face. Go forth, my friends, and enjoy the #CharactersToSpare hashtag.


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Appropriate on this day:

“Mr. Obama, tear down this country!”

Characters To Spare

The Rogue Tomato on June 12, 2012 at 9:09 PM

There’s nothing left. And we still owe almost $16 trillion.
You might economize on characters there. 0conomy?

de rigueur on June 12, 2012 at 8:53 PM

Excellent Point. I am still learning about all this tweety business. So far, I must say, I enjoy the tweets I’ve seen from our side.

0conomy when tweeting. ; )

Bmore on June 12, 2012 at 9:09 PM

I empathize with you Allahpundit. We are all spoiled for choice when it comes to selecting from the rich and vast menu of items upon which we may justly criticize the Unicorn Prince. Where to begin?

thatsafactjack on June 12, 2012 at 9:10 PM

I’m sure the Mitt quote that irritates Obama the most is.

‘The president is a nice guy but he’s in over his head’

gerry-mittbot

gerrym51 on June 12, 2012 at 9:10 PM

..finally this jackass is getting what he deserves.

GhoulAid on June 12, 2012 at 9:06 PM

..know what you mean. Come and take me, Lord. It don’t get any better than this!

The War Planner on June 12, 2012 at 9:10 PM

#WTF

ziggyville on June 12, 2012 at 9:13 PM

..Where to begin?

thatsafactjack on June 12, 2012 at 9:10 PM

..like a freaking cheap Sizzler buffet that serves all you can eat steak and prime rib and lobster and has a vomitorium.

The War Planner on June 12, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Obama’s brevity in word usage will cost him the election, so maybe he should keep his yap shut.

“The private sector is doing just fine.”

fogw on June 12, 2012 at 9:20 PM

We are all spoiled for choice when it comes to selecting from the rich and vast menu of items upon which we may justly criticize the Unicorn Eunuch Prince. Where to begin?

thatsafactjack on June 12, 2012 at 9:10 PM

FIFY.

Can’t wait to see this pansy booted out.

Cody1991 on June 12, 2012 at 9:20 PM

and it’s Obama’s fault.’”

it is your fault, knucklehead….who’s been sitting in the big chair for the last 4 years….

cmsinaz on June 12, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Don’t Eat Dogs.

That was the beginning of the end for Obama…

monalisa on June 12, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Yeah, good luck with that strategy. A little tougher to be cute when you’ve got a record to defend.

And by the looks of things, the next shoe to drop on The Great Uniter should be ready to fall before the end of this month … http://bit.ly/qVdDUt

ombdz on June 12, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Interesting contrast from the folks who interpret any resistance to O’s plans as being a function of not communicating reading enough

R Square on June 12, 2012 at 9:28 PM

“Obama Sucks”
129 characters to spare.

Bobbertsan on June 12, 2012 at 9:40 PM

Obama theme 2012………..

#americasucksandtherichareevil

Two can play that game.

PappyD61 on June 12, 2012 at 9:41 PM

How about this one for the re-elect machine?

#governorromneysrecordatbaincapitalwassterling–billclinton

That’s plenty to spare President Kardashian.

PappyD61 on June 12, 2012 at 9:45 PM

President Barack Obama criticized the Romney campaign today, dismissing their campaign vision as concise enough to be tweeted.

Together We Jive!

Oops. That’s only a theme to be used during a memorial. Let me try again:

Winning The Future!! Just tweet #WTF, twits.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 12, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Hilarious.

rjl1999 on June 12, 2012 at 9:54 PM

President Barack Obama criticized the Romney campaign today, dismissing their campaign vision as concise enough to be tweeted.

That’s a feature not a bug Obie.

Fighton03 on June 12, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Oh really? You can?

So do it. Show us how easy it is.

KrebsCyclist on June 12, 2012 at 10:01 PM

“Obama Sucks”
129 characters to spare.

Bobbertsan on June 12, 2012 at 9:40 PM

Except that Obozo has no character to spare, none at all….

chai on June 12, 2012 at 10:04 PM

Obama rarely makes any points that wouldn’t fit on a tweet with room to spare:

“Shovel ready wasn’t as shovel ready as we thought”

“The private sector’s doing fine”

“They acted, ssstupidly”

“Polish death camps”

“headwinds”

“storm clouds”

“tsunami”

“Europe thing”

“George Bush”

“Car’s in the ditch”

“ATM’s stole some jobs”

“I personally shot Bin Laden in the face and teabagged his dead body”

“green shoots”

“Forward”

I’m starting to think his whole campaign team and PR crew are part of his choom gang – Then I remember what they have to work with.

Swerve22 on June 12, 2012 at 10:04 PM

Not to mention Winning The Future.

Swerve22 on June 12, 2012 at 10:05 PM

“It’s still the economy, stupid” — Romney

Schadenfreude on June 12, 2012 at 10:07 PM

“From Diapers to Depends” — Obama 2012

Schadenfreude on June 12, 2012 at 10:09 PM

And the tweet for Obutthead’s campaign: zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Come to think of it, that sums up the accomplishments of his Prezuhduncy as well.

stukinIL4now on June 12, 2012 at 10:15 PM

Obama’s campaign tweet has only 3 letters (137 letters to spare).

LIE

DAT60A3 on June 12, 2012 at 10:20 PM

“From Diapers to Depends” — Obama 2012

Schadenfreude on June 12, 2012 at 10:09 PM

That’s too limiting.

Womb to Tomb is more apt.

Happy Nomad on June 12, 2012 at 10:20 PM

“From Diapers to Depends” — Obama 2012

Schadenfreude on June 12, 2012 at 10:09 PM

Does that mean that it is full of crap?

DAT60A3 on June 12, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Romney should say, “After almost 4 years as President of the United States, you could put Obama’s experience in a tweet and have room to spare.”

bflat879 on June 12, 2012 at 10:22 PM

stfu

136 to spare.

hillsoftx on June 12, 2012 at 10:22 PM

Says the guy who put his economic plan on a post-it note.

Heywood U. Reedmore on June 12, 2012 at 10:27 PM

I’m sure the Mitt quote that irritates Obama the most is.

‘The president is a nice guy but he’s in over his head’

gerrym51 on June 12, 2012 at 9:10 PM

True enough. Stupid bullies like Obama hate being called stupid. They also hold a grudge. But “nice guy” is tame compared to Biden’s “clean and articulate” comment. Wonder what Obama really thinks about Joe?

Happy Nomad on June 12, 2012 at 10:27 PM

Sure can.

“Winning.”

Hawkins1701 on June 12, 2012 at 10:42 PM

I can barely stomach reading his words and I always turn him off I see him on TV. He is such a dillweed. I can’t wait to see him whimper and cry about America is becoming racist again because he wasn’t elected to a second term.

Moron.

DuctTapeMyBrain on June 12, 2012 at 10:54 PM

This from a tweeting shallow fool? Are we going insane?

pat on June 12, 2012 at 10:54 PM

I think it is just hilarious that while Romney was saving companies and actually had a job, Obama was suing banks setting up the very housing crisis that killed our economy:

http://www.mediacircus.com/2008/10/obama-sued-citibank-under-cra-to-force-it-to-make-bad-loans/

Snopes says it’s not true that Obama worked on cases that lead to the housing crisis, but that’s EXACTLY what he did.

JustTruth101 on June 12, 2012 at 11:00 PM

You can do the same thing with Barry’s college transcripts and medical records…

Dopenstrange on June 12, 2012 at 11:21 PM

Obligatory Blast From the Past updated:

Thanks for the link to Obama’s twitter page, Ed! Allah! Looking forward to following him.

crr6 on June 18, 2011 at 1:34 PM

Del Dolemonte on June 12, 2012 at 11:21 PM

Looks like the campaigner-in-chief is taking a break from the trail this weekend. I just learned that he’s coming home Friday to attend a royal wedding–Valerie Jarrett’s daughter is getting married Saturday in Chicago. I hear that Holdover is on the guest list, too.

stukinIL4now on June 12, 2012 at 11:22 PM

Snopes says it’s not true that Obama worked on cases that lead to the housing crisis, but that’s EXACTLY what he did.

JustTruth101 on June 12, 2012 at 11:00 PM

Like wiki, Snopes can’t be trusted as a reliable reference source; it’s a home-based web thingie run by a couple of Clinton suckups.

Del Dolemonte on June 12, 2012 at 11:27 PM

You could write Obama’s lifetime accomplishments in a tweet and still hav 140 characters to spare.

Steve Z on June 12, 2012 at 11:27 PM

This is what the Obama campaign is reduced to in an attempt to gain traction.

Pathetic.

itsspideyman on June 12, 2012 at 11:27 PM

And Obama’s accomplishments can fit in a tweet with 139 characters left over “0″ (zero accomplishments to his name)

1bunny on June 12, 2012 at 11:35 PM

#White House. You can pretty much put their campaign on a tweet and have some characters to spare. Now with me, there’s just clarity. Precise and to the p…

Mavrik on June 12, 2012 at 11:43 PM

Its The Economy Stupid.

117 characters to spare.

TheLoudTalker on June 12, 2012 at 11:44 PM

Just like Obama’s résumé.

Left Coast Right Mind on June 12, 2012 at 11:48 PM

Allah you have been golden lately. Never change.

SoxNation on June 12, 2012 at 11:54 PM

Does that mean that it is full of crap?

DAT60A3 on June 12, 2012 at 10:21 PM

That, and full of leaks.

Flange on June 13, 2012 at 12:17 AM

lessee, 25% of blacks not voting for Obama.
5% didn’t in 2008. So he’s losing 20% of the black vote this go.
But only 13% of (eligible or total?) blacks managed to vote in 2008. So he’s losing 2.6% of black voters.

2010 census guesstimates 311,591,917 people in the US.
And 12.6% are black. That’s 39,260,581.
And only 13% of those voted last time. Call it 5.1M.
And if 20% aren’t voting for him this time, that’s just over 1M not voting for him.
131M voted in 2008. Obama won then by 7.5%, 9.5M votes.

And since the great majority of blacks now live big city ghetto-plantations (thanks to deliberate Democrat-massa policies, Johnson made it utterly clear that was what he was doing), that voting loss will scarcely be felt in the electoral results.

rayra on June 13, 2012 at 1:24 AM

oh and OBama’s campaign fits in a single WORD – Marxism.

rayra on June 13, 2012 at 1:24 AM

You can fit obama’s “qualifications” for being president AND being American on one tweet with 136 characters to spare. You only need 4 characters to spell “none”.

Wolfmoon on June 13, 2012 at 1:51 AM

Obama’s behavior can be summed up with this:

“He’s still Jenny from the Block and he won’t let anyone new move in here.”

He’s counting on, and working heavily on agitating, a closed-society, closed-community perspective that (of course) explains racism (his, his most enthusiastic promoters — it’s essentially his primary appeal and last election proved that) as it also explains his Cult of Personality (as it does all similar).

In the worst perspective, it’s ghetto-speak: ‘our block, our territory, anyone trying to walk/drive through here is not to be trusted, is to be harassed, ridiculed, harmed.’

Unfortunately, people so associated don’t understand that that’s what keeps them committed to their own limitations and damaging anything that exceeds those limitations (as also anyone who tries to).

Lourdes on June 13, 2012 at 2:12 AM

As to the issue of twitter, I continue to read utterly inane, immature and downright weird tweets from the “official account” of “Barack Obama”. The tweets read like a seventh-grade girl posting jealous statements about the nicer girl next to her in class who thinks she’s being witty while she’s being utterly not so.

Lourdes on June 13, 2012 at 2:15 AM

Romney is really under his skin isn’t he?

This is a grade school retort.

gophergirl on June 12, 2012 at 8:15 PM

There ya’ go, exactly right, what I was just commenting about, too.

Lourdes on June 13, 2012 at 2:17 AM

In othere words, Obama exclaims to Romney:

“Don’t open the door, man, you’re letting out all the smoke!”

Lourdes on June 13, 2012 at 2:22 AM

So he’s accusing Mitt Romney of great clarity and focus?

Mitchell Heisman on June 13, 2012 at 2:25 AM

And Obama proves again that he’s a member of the TWITeratti …

Is it just me, or is Obummer and co’s constant harping on Twitter making them sound elitist? You just know they are all Apple fanboys.

Hope on June 13, 2012 at 2:52 AM

President Barack Obama criticized the Romney campaign today, dismissing their campaign vision as concise enough to be tweeted.

That’s a feature not a bug Obie.

Fighton03 on June 12, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Priceless :)….

jimver on June 13, 2012 at 3:07 AM

Does lil’ choomie think that referencing twitter somehow makes him edgy and cool?

What a stuttering, shiftless, mincing, earflapped failure we have for president. Can he leave now please?

Oh hey- that last paragraph would fit on twitter. I hereby give the Romney campaign permission to use it verbatim as a campaign “mission statement”.

Anyone else have a campaign statement for Romney that would fit on twitter?

GrassMudHorsey on June 13, 2012 at 7:40 AM

“From Diapers to Depends” — Obama 2012

Schadenfreude on June 12, 2012 at 10:09 PM

That’s too limiting.

Womb to Tomb is more apt.

Happy Nomad on June 12, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Even that isn’t quite right. More like…

Even if we let you make it out of the womb, we’ll push you into the tomb.

MobileVideoEngineer on June 13, 2012 at 8:18 AM

I can do it even shorter than a Tweet:

Obama Fail.

Obama: Over his head.

Obama: The private sector is doing fine.

albill on June 13, 2012 at 8:18 AM

You just know they are all Apple fanboys.
Hope on June 13, 2012 at 2:52 AM

Don’t think Obama uses Apple products. He’s got a Blackberry phone.

albill on June 13, 2012 at 8:20 AM

Here’s my teet — look, characters to spare!!

Fire Obama. Citizens & liberty first, cut government power, lower all taxes, unleash the private economy, cut foreign garrisons. Prosper.

EasyEight on June 13, 2012 at 8:24 AM

Not so worried about fitting Romney’s campaign into a tweet. More interested in fitting your campaign into a coffin, d*ckwad.

Extrafishy on June 13, 2012 at 8:29 AM

Yeah, the Choomhead-in-Chief knows all about Twitter.

Just look at how effective his use of it was in the 11th hour to help Tom Barrett’s campaign.

OneVision on June 13, 2012 at 8:37 AM

‘Things aren’t as good as they should be are absolute shit and it’s Obama’s fault.’”

Fixed it for him.

Squiggy on June 13, 2012 at 10:50 AM

I’d take a campaign in a tweet than an economy in the toilet.

smfic on June 13, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Very helpful, O. What is it and I’ll retweet it.

curved space on June 13, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Obama’s Campaign: If you think I am completely incompentent, you ain’t seen nothin yet. Just wait until I have even more flexibility!

The Rock on June 13, 2012 at 11:58 AM

‘Seven of the Bush years weren’t too bad, and didn’t cost 6 Trillion more debt.’ Yup less than 140 chars.

Schwalbe Me-262 on June 13, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Repeal Obamacare. Cut government spending and regulations. Develop American energy. Approve Keystone pipeline. Uphold current laws and borders.

talkingpoints on June 13, 2012 at 12:32 PM

So Romney is pithy. I like it.

Obama is so smart that he cannot possibly convey his thoughts in such few words as to allow us rubes to understand it. That about right?

weaselyone on June 13, 2012 at 1:10 PM

To be sure, Obama’s pointing a finger at Romney seems a bit much to take, but Romney’s campaign certainly has not set the country on fire. Romney has benefitted from being not Obama at a time that the economy is dragging and Obama’s campaign has made missteps. That, however, is not good enough. There was a slogan associated with Winston Churchill: “Deserve Victory!” Romney needs to deserve victory by articulating a positive message that connects with the American people and that means more than saying he, Romney, knows how the economy works. It is not just nostalgia for Ronald Reagan that makes me write what I just did; it is real politics.

Phil Byler on June 13, 2012 at 1:55 PM

I must have read this wrong. Mr. Obozo, Mr. I’ve Got a nothing but Secret, Mr. “under The Table” Solyndra bail out, Mr. every public record having to do with his origins, education, medical history, selective service, and for all anyone could know, his friggin shoe size, is sealed shut, against public scrutiny…this usurper, this liar, this phony, this Mr. Teleprompter idiot…THIS is who’s accusing Romney of a shortage of character? Isn’t that a little like Mr. Pot calling Mr. Kettle–you should excuse the expression–black?

uncle_fweddy on June 13, 2012 at 2:40 PM

I cannot help but reflect how much the Obama admin resembles George Orwell’s Animal Farm. Remember the horse who followed orders…work harder…the leader knows what is best…..he worked himself to death. The leaders reaped the rewards and lived better than his followers….Promises were made…that were constantly revised and them conditions were always changing. Sound familiar? Just saying.

logicman_1998 on June 13, 2012 at 3:57 PM

How ’bout, “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

That works.

Oh, and, “Nancy Pelosi can kiss my a$$.”

Gotta throw that in there.

Pablo Snooze on June 13, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Obama’s campaign tweet has only 3 letters (137 letters to spare).

LIE

DAT60A3 on June 12, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Romney’s tweet in 3 letters:
ABO

cptacek on June 13, 2012 at 10:59 PM

Romney only needs that many. “Good government, less spending and regulation, and a better environment for jobs.”

flataffect on June 13, 2012 at 11:14 PM

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