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Maybe The Best Ad Of The Political Season So Far…


Does the rhetoric of the Obama campaign bring about feelings of déjà vu, along with the inevitable nausea? If so, it could be ’cause we’ve heard it all before somewhere:

Have to say that the Republican National Committee has outdone itself with this new ad. With apologies to Abe Lincoln, you can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time—unless they are Obama voters.

UPDATE: Oscar thinks this one might actually be a little better. Decide for yourself.

UPDATE #2: Does this ad belong in the discussion? You guys are welcome to judge.

UPDATE #3: At least worth an honorable mention is the YoungCons’ ‘Are You Better Off’ spot which went up over the Oct. 21 weekend.

UPDATE #4: And a three-spot out of the Romney campaign on the day following the final debate.

UPDATE #5: This post would hardly be complete without a Clint Eastwood appearance in a campaign spot, right?

UPDATE #6: Regardless of the above, we nominate this for the worst ad of the cycle. Ugh.

UPDATE #7: Thanks to Michael Moore, Lena Dunham is no longer the worst political adster of 2012.

UPDATE #8: And now there’s the “Conservatism Is Calling” video, which isn’t so much a campaign ad as something everybody ought to see.

Plus, Romney has an ad out popping Obama for wanting to appoint a “Secretary of Business” – which is nothing but a warmed-over rehash of an old idea Obama had which never went anywhere.


878 Comments

  1. John Aronson says:

    Maybe I'm missing something but I thought having the same message and believing in what you say is a good thing, I'm guessing that if he changed his message the RNC would accuse him of flip-flopping. I can see why people have issues with President Obama but personally I am impressed that he has stuck with his message, agenda and vision.

    • Leslie Henderson-Fiene says:

      Having the same message of promises is fine if there were results from the first time he said it. Says an undecided…

    • Judy Allen Wilson says:

      The country IS on the road to recovery. It's not as fast as it could be if the people on the hill did something good for the country rather than just blocked everything Obama tries to do for the country. Show me ONE bill the House has passed that has created any jobs. They sure have been focused on abortion. Patriotic?

    • Leslie Henderson-Fiene An intelligent person amongst the… He is making the same promises, promises he has not kept. He has tripled the deficit in three years. read all my other postings. I am getting tired of posting the truth. People are blind and deaf. It reminds me of Fidel Castro. Everyone wanted to believe he was good for Cuba, my mother had secured a visa before he marched into Havana. We were called "worms" by Castro believers, who included most of our family. Two years later, they were begging us to help them leave the country. It took many, many years and my mother and father worked to send money to those who had called us "worms/parasites" Something similar or worse will happen here. Unfortunately, after 52 years, 47 of them as an American citizen, where do we (my family) go??? We love this country. My children, grandchildren, we all married Americans. What do we do????

  2. Zoë Bergin says:

    I think it is funny you can't do this with Romney because his views change too often.

  3. Judy Allen Wilson says:

    This is a GREAT ad! Barack Obama is consistent! The Great Depression lasted from 1930 until the late 30s in the US. Barack Obama has been in office for 4 years, and things ARE getting better, sorry. He SAID it wouldn't be fixed in 4 years or even 8. The country IS in recovery and there is NOT a depression. Yes, there is still a lot of work to be done, and it would go faster if the Republicans helped, but they have done everything they could to try and make Obama fail. That's patriotism?

    So you want to elect a guy who changes positions and says what he thinks his audience wants to hear? There are tapes EXACTLY like the one you like where Romney is saying the opposite from one time to another. And people consistently chronicle his mendacity. And what has he done with HIS life? He is a "venture capitalist" and his ONLY objective in his adult life has been to amass a fortune. One way he does this is to buy companies, send the jobs overseas, and add to the unemployment in the US. And he keep his money in banks overseas to avoid paying taxes. That's patriotism?

    As we know, if Romney DOES get elected, his views and positions won't matter anyway. He will just do what he is told my those billionaires who support him, primarily a casino owner and the Koch brothers. Grover Norquist said they don't need a man who thinks, just one who can sign his name on the things they want.

    • I was going to say, "I cannot believe that you are probably a professor at the University of Alabama," and then I remembered my liberal, communist professors and as such I understand the fact that you are blind and not so intelligent when it comes to Obama. If you believe that there is a "recovery" you must be indulging too much on whatever but I would like some too so that I can see things through rose colored glasses. No we are not in a recovery. We are in the worst depression ever. No Bush did not cause it. The Democrats had already taken over in 2006/2007 rendering Bush powerless. Yes the Democrats are guilty of the Housing collapse as it was their Fannie and Freddie that created it by providing "Homes" to people whose credit was awful and who could not afford to buy homes. Nevertheless, the banks continued giving credit to them. Yes, Clinton began the exodus of jobs out of this country by signing NAFTA. Yes, Clinton is also guilty of not apprehending Osama Bin Laden despite several opportunities to do so. Last but not least, why do you not research Frank Marshall Davis, Obama's mentor, you should know whom he is, card carrying communist and Anti American. Then, you should look into Ayers a domestic terrorist, also instrumental in Obama's political career, then, if you are not too tired to seek the truth, perhaps you should look into Unger and Said, both Columbia professors and well known communists. Lastly, Stanley Dunham, his grandfather was Frank Marshall's bff, Frank is also mentioned more than 22 times in Obama's book. If you are not too tired, you may continue your search for the truth as the USA is at risk of being bankrupted. Now, unless you are an out and out communist, what makes you think that Obama is any different than his mentors???? You may also look at his 2007 speech at the Un

    • Judy Allen Wilson says:

      Oh my, I forgot, this is a site from Louisiana.

    • Judy Allen Wilson says:

      And I'm not sure why it's identifying me as from Un of Alabama. I went to grad school there in 1965. I certainly don't identify myself with anything in Alabama.

    • When someone such as yourself takes a position, even when the evidence proves otherwise, in this case, that Obama has done nothing and that contrary to what he spews, No, WE ARE Not in a Recovery. To the point I was trying to make. Studies have found out that people, even when the evidence proves otherwise, INSIST they are right. That is why we have so many "INNOCENT" people in jail.

  4. I feel pity for anyone who actually believes his rhetoric.

  5. Donald Jecker says:

    THANK GOD, for consistency! You never know which version of R'money is going to show up next. Everything he used ot be FOR, he is now AGAINST. And everything he used to be AGAINST, now he is FOR! So, of course one could NEVER make a video like this about Willard.

    • You are blind to the truth of who is not good for America. I have an open mind, but frankly, Obama is the liar and his mentors/associates are either communists or domestic terrorists, Ayers. Frank Marshall Davis, his grandfather, Said, Unger, Wright. He is the great divider. Why don't you watch his 2007 speech in Virginia, Actually I will attach if for you to read. He is a chameleon who has been able to start both class warfare and race warfare. Obama pivots to his central point: The Los Angeles riots and Hurricane Katrina have racism in common. “The federal response after Katrina was similar to the response we saw after the riots in LA,” he thunders from the podium. “People in Washington, they wake up, they’re surprised: ‘There’s poverty in our midst! Folks are frustrated! Black people angry!’ Then there’s gonna be some panels, and hearings, and there are commissions and there are reports, and then there’s some aid money, although we don’t always know where it’s going — it can’t seem to get to the people who need it — and nothin’ really changes, except the news coverage quiets down and Anderson Cooper is on to something else.”

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      It’s at about this point that Obama pauses, apparently agitated, and tells the crowd that he wants to give “one example because this really steams me up,” an example that he notes does not appear in his prepared remarks:

      LISTEN TO THE DIFFERENCE:

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      “Down in New Orleans, where they still have not rebuilt twenty months later,” he begins, “there’s a law, federal law — when you get reconstruction money from the federal government — called the Stafford Act. And basically it says, when you get federal money, you gotta give a ten percent match. The local government’s gotta come up with ten percent. Every ten dollars the federal government comes up with, local government’s gotta give a dollar.”

      “Now here’s the thing,” Obama continues, “when 9-11 happened in New York City, they waived the Stafford Act — said, ‘This is too serious a problem. We can’t expect New York City to rebuild on its own. Forget that dollar you gotta put in. Well, here’s ten dollars.’ And that was the right thing to do. When Hurricane Andrew struck in Florida, people said, ‘Look at this devastation. We don’t expect you to come up with y’own money, here. Here’s the money to rebuild. We’re not gonna wait for you to scratch it together — because you’re part of the American family.’”

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      That’s not, Obama says, what is happening in majority-black New Orleans. “What’s happening down in New Orleans? Where’s your dollar? Where’s your Stafford Act money?” Obama shouts, angry now. “Makes no sense! Tells me that somehow, the people down in New Orleans they don’t care about as much!”

      It’s a remarkable moment, and not just for its resemblance to Kayne West’s famous claim that “George Bush doesn’t care about black people,” but also because of its basic dishonesty. By January of 2007, six months before Obama’s Hampton speech, the federal government had sent at least $110 billion to areas damaged by Katrina. Compare this to the mere $20 billion that the Bush administration pledged to New York City after Sept. 11.

      Moreover, the federal government did at times waive the Stafford Act during its reconstruction efforts. On May 25, 2007, just weeks before the speech, the Bush administration sent an additional $6.9 billion to Katrina-affected areas with no strings attached.

      As a sitting United States Senator, Obama must have been aware of this. And yet he spent 36 minutes at the pulpit telling a mostly black audience that the U.S. government doesn’t like them because they’re black

      What Obama also conveniently forgot to say on that Anti White speech, before he threw Wright under the bus, was that he voted against waiving the Stafford Act for Louisiana. That is your man, or should I say bully in chief. I do not capitalize because he is not wo

      Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/10/02/obama-speech-jeremiah-wright-new-orleans/#ixzz2A4Kysey8

    • Donald Jecker says:

      That's all just the same old crap conspiracy theories circulating the National Inquirer / Daily Caller / Faux News underground of Shock Jocks Limbaugh, Beck, the Murdochs, Roger Ailes, and all that ilk. You actually fall for all that 'back alley' crap? You didn't know by now that "Reality TV" is not actually "REAL"? This is why Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert (comedians) can actually expose the truth on their shows about the 'self-righteous right' and it is funny because it so ridiculous. So instead of following the GOP party line of "Our Only Goal is get that black man out of OUR white house", why not actually tell me about R'money. Which R'money do you want to be President? The one from last night? The one from 2 weeks ago? The one from 2 years ago? The one from 4 years ago? So instead of trying to tell me about my candidate who I know from official, historical records (and not viral emails, and back-alley secrets), and tell me why R'money is 'against' all the good things that the Democrats are 'for'? For instance, why does he claim to be for less government in peoples lives, and 'individual liberty' but wants to surround himself with laws and people who want to be all up in peoples personal lives and choices. Social issues should be left up to the people, not controlled by the Government. The Gov't should only be involved when a larger group tries to intervene with the rights of a smaller group. It should be there to PROTECT the rights and liberties of all, and never to DENY any of them. Spiritual issues are between the person and their 'god', and should never be affected or controlled by any part of government, except where one group tries to affect another- THEN it's the job of the government again to protect the rights of all of them to believe as they so choose, showing no favor. Lets only discuss what's in the mainstream news, not organizations like FauxNews or even the Daily Caller, and I'll leave The Onion and Huffington Post out of it, even though Huffington doesn't participate in hoaxes, myths and conspiracy theories like those others – about no holocaust, no global warming, no dinosaurs, earth being only 6k years old, no evolution, and on and on and on with whatever they can get their teabilly followers to believe. So tell me WHICH R'money, and what will HE do for me?

  6. Sounds like he just used the same speech he did in 2008!

  7. Diane Brammer Wooten says:

    sounds like he pulled out his notes from last campaign. Problem is is that they are all failed promises. He is as stupid as I thought he was!

  8. looks like the only change is more grey hair. me too

  9. Dee Donegan says:

    Term limits in Congress, no special privileges for the elected who serve us, their constituents. Cronism will cease, and they might get something done for a change.

  10. Jim Tarr says:

    Impeachment is way past due lets get it on now.

  11. Steven Gibbins says:

    SAME SHIT DIFFERENT DAY.

  12. Great ad…Bring it on…GOD BLESS AMERICA….

  13. George Disbrow says:

    Just look at history. Obamaaaa and his cronies are taking the same steps that Roosevelt and the democrates (liberals) took. they figured that they was successful to bring the middle class americans to their knees, To institute socialism and to created a society of parisites who would do their bidding. Four terms , is that what Obamaaa is striving for. Wake up America fight for what we adore or our freedom will be no more. This is no laughing matter. Use your thinker. The picture is clear open your eye's. Think and act like a citizen of the US. This may be your last chanch.

  14. John Barber says:

    What?! Does he think we are stupid!? That we can't see through his bologna? Makes me sick!

  15. Wow….at a loss for words….cause I can't remember what I said in 2008!! LOL!

  16. Sounds like the defination of insanity to me. Keep doing (or saying) the same things over and over and expecting a different outcome. I am not insane enough, to buy it.

  17. Liz Ann Roy Weaver says:

    Out of the President's mouth…..I do not want 4 more years of this.

  18. How about CHANGE the same ole recording BHO!

  19. Ned Farn says:

    democrats vote for themselves whether it's protecting their jobs or taking handouts–they are basically whores or pimps- people who vote republican vote for America.

  20. The whole natiOn will rise or fall…together…profound words..wake up America..

  21. Pamela Roos says:

    When you go to the polls, think about this, above all, something no one ever mentions during an election – who do you want to have the "football"? Do you really want Obama to have the codes to the nuclear weapons in this country? I voted for McCain in 2008 because I did not want Obama to have the "football' and I will vote for Romney for the same reason. Imagine if Hillary had been elected….

  22. Emma Yeager says:

    It is so obvious he can't work with congress, or cooperate with any one. It's my way or no way and we can't have a President like that. Does nothing for the country. Take him out! No more OBAMA!

  23. Joseph L Kibitlewski says:

    With populations growing….technology producing items faster that manpower…it is inevitable that a point will be reached where there is simply no way or need to employ more people. If you have the money right now in your pocket there is nothing you need to wait for to buy. There are no shortages of goods. It will get worse….sigh.

  24. Kevin Cooper says:

    Just leave the middle class alone, bring the work back to this country instead of overseas. I'm ok paying a little more in taxes if it fixes the economy and sends the "greenback" soaring to where it was once the currency the world stood by (along with the pound sterling).
    The jobless would not be jobless if some unskilled classes would have taken the jobs at "fast food" restaurants and 7-11 and now we know why so many immigrants will come here and work because "ObamaCare' will make life even easier.

  25. Lol Obsama is so damn stupid XD.
    Go Romney.
    I'd rather take the Mormon than the MORON.

  26. It's gonna take ANYBODY more than four years to dig us out of the shit hole that Bush put us in..

  27. Just listen to how he repeats himself and nothing is changed.

    • Lisa Badon says:

      That's great and all, but no matter who the president will be, if congress doesn't work together, nothing will get done no matter who sits in the Oval Office.

  28. Rick Holeman says:

    The first thing we as Americans need to do is to get on our knees and pray to our heavenly father and turn this country back to God. We can do this by putting prayer back in schools, stop critisizing the students who want to worshop God in Their way. When we had prayer in school we did not have the violence that goes on in this country today, you did not have the killings that are going on today. and the reason we did not is we were worshiping our heavenly father and not the almighty green back that we are today. Put God back in control and he will bless this great nation, oh by the way he is still in control and everyone will see that one day. The Second step we need to do is get someone in office that is not a Washington politician. Then we need to have term limits. Let say elect pres. senate and congress same year and they serve for 2- 4 years terms then elect a new bunch. By doing so you elimate the special interest lobby that runs the country. The thirf thing is get rid of the IRS, that would downsize the federal govt. tremdously. the way to do this is to go to a flat fair tax of 8 percent on every dollar earned in this country. elimate entitlements and I do not mean social security or medicare, these are not entitlements, these are earned by us. there are jobs available. people have to get off their lazy rearend and go to work. period. The next thing we need to do is to stop letting corporations merge period. All that does is elimate jobs here, send jobs overseas, raises prices and devistates the economy. I do not know as everyone else if all will work but this is the route we need to go down period. WE have let Washington get too big and it is time to downsize.

  29. I now know that ob can't think of an original thought. He has to revert back 4 yrs from a previous speach. If you can't see that he can't do the job , so do the right thing for the country. Vote him OUT and bring back America .

  30. David Segal says:

    I'm sure the same kind of "ad" could be compiled on any president or any candidate running more than once. They repeat messages and slogans because re-telling the story ingrains it and because everybody does it in politics – for better or worse. Suggesting that Obama isn't credible because he's repeating himself is just plain nonsense.

  31. Jeff River Law says:

    Good lord you right wingers……..didn't you graduate from high school? Study the facts, tear your face away from Ann Coulter , Fatso Limbaugh, Bill OReally? We ARE better off by far than 4 yrs ago with a world wide depression that Bush had 8 yrs and 2 wars to create…….where is your old flower child? Where are ANY of your big champions from those 8 yrs. Embarrassed? I would be……go study and get back to doing what you do best. Drooling from fear and creating more uncontrolled , de regulated wealth for your 1% who own you hook line and sinker.Get your knuckles off the ground and evolve into this century , your holding the rest of us back.

  32. Jeff River Law says:

    It took 10 yrs, 2 presidents, WW2 to get us out of the last Depression you dolts, and we all weren't interlinked in a world wide economy then…….do your HOMEWORK right wingers, tear away from The book of Revelation long enough to use that cognitive brain you've been growing.

  33. Dusty McEwen Burrow says:

    Same Lies different day. Obama will never do nothing maybe he needs to be drug tested he can't seem to remember his own lies so he tells another to make up for and cover up the ones he's already told

  34. You doooo realize that some(not all) of this clips are from the same year, let alone the same stump speech. Just because it says its from "2008" and in B&W doesn't mean it is, and vice versa. I'm a Republican and this is the kind hog wash that gives our party a bad name. The Dems do it too and are just as bad…but please God, don't believe every piece of propaganda they shove down our throats.

  35. Hi folks – to spare all the "details" (and space), it's my take that our President is part of something that is sinister and cunning, and dangerously close to being out of control. President Obama is being masterfully manipulated – a game piece, pawn or whatever label you may choose. The foul spirit in this land has reared it's ugly head – it reeks.

    • Josh Stewart says:

      Yeah, I've had the same inevitable nausea for the last four years. Hope I won't have to put up with it for another four. Great Ad, though! Maybe Obama should learn that a good actor never reads from the same script.

  36. Jamie Rein says:

    A Romney presidency would be like a ride with a drunken driver; he swerves all over the place, he contradicts himself by the hour, he is as phony as a $7 bill. Obama has better ideas (such as rewarding companies that create jobs at home) but he drops the ball when it comes to explaining them by giving specific examples. Both Romneycare and Obamacare were written by the same person. Both candidates court kazillionaires at fundraisers, both are running to be the president of 9 battleground states. Presidential candidates should be required to campaign in all 50 states. Both parties are outdated. We need something new and it is not the flat-earth Tea Party or more venom-spitting Sarah Palins.

    • Shadow Lin says:

      You can’t raise money the way they do without being indebted somehow and some way to the contributors. There are faults with both candidates, but who do we believe has our best interests in mind? There’s only one candidate that wants, as best as he could, to work for ALL Americans…including a certain 47%.

    • Jamie Rein says:

      I am still voting for Obama because Romney/Trump/Limbaugh/Koch Bros/Ryan/O'Reilly&Co are so scary but I am disappointed in both candidates.

  37. The abuse of Air Force One traveling at $181,000/air hour–Hearing the (You will have to pass the bill and then read it for info)-Czars approinted-total lack of transparency – now especially with the past killing of our officiela- DOES THIS SURPRISE ANYONE- Think – Think of what will happen to this country with another 4 years- WE WILL BE IN TROUBLE! 1

  38. Maryann Hunt says:

    That is scary as all heck…to have the same speeches!

  39. Just keep praying. The Lord is in control. Have mercy on us oh Father!!!

  40. Marlene Jeleniewski says:

    "same ole" BS.
    He thinks we're all stupid and of course the ignorant WILL vote for him…they'll buy it again – crazy is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting it to come out different or better – get rid of him – vote Romney! You can tell by what he is saying and the excuses he gives and the rationalizating he and his do that he doesn't see things as they are – he only seeswhat he can use and spin in the context of getting out of it what he needs at the time. It's all about him, not about us or this country. He has contempt for Americans who love their country and try to do their best and live a good life…

  41. You cannot label me a racist because I don't like Obama. I don't like Biden either. They both have lied so much that neither one of them know what the truth is today. We will never know exactly who new that our Ambassador in Benghazi needed reinforcements and his pleas were ignored because Obama says he called it a terrorist attack on 9/12. If so, why did he get in his jet and fly to Las Vegas for a fundraiser and a rally? He should have been assuring the USA that he was going to find the people responsible for that unnecessary killing. He has never been a Commander-in-Chief; he has always been a Campaigner-in-Chief. His rhetoric is out and out lies. Now, to look better to the Democrats, he is trying to trash Romney and his agenda. We have to vote Obama out and send him back to the Chicago gangsters; he has never been qualified to be President and will go down in history as the WORST president ever!

  42. Jeff River Law says:

    Why are people with faith so darned frightened all the time . Nad up scaredy cats and trust ! God's driving period , get in the back seat and read your comic books ( I'm already there ) or contribute positive efforts… You hated it when we jumped on Bush, ( as did the planet ), but now you're doing the same only holding

  43. Groundhog day again , same talking points over and over and over, I think he is a robot , and his circuits are stuck in the same place!

  44. Jeff River Law says:

    Only holding the rest of us hostage until you win power back…. All
    Of those republicans I know that switched to Obama are still voting for the sane one. Republicans platform sucks , table
    For 47% in the 1950's?

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