Friday, May 1, 2009

Day 101 "Do You Feel Safer": Chilling New GOP Attack Ad On Obama (Video)

House Republicans are using images of the Pentagon burning on 9/11 and President Obama's "bow" to the Saudi leader in a video that accuses the president of making America less safe in his first 100 days.

House Minority leader John Boehner asks the American people a tough but incredibly important question after Barack Obama, his pre-9/11 mindset and a radical leftist, Democratic-controlled Congress celebrate Obama's first 100 days in office.


House Republicans are using images of the Pentagon burning on 9/11 and President Obama's "bow" to the Saudi leader in a video that accuses the president of making America less safe in his first 100 days.

But the new video has already created blowback from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus – whose meeting with Obama is also featured in the video – with one member of the caucus claiming use of the image is “racist.”

The video is part of a new offensive by Republicans, who are in the midst of a party rebranding effort, to question the Obama administration's national security policies.

“What are Democrats doing to keep us safe,” Republicans ask in the video, titled “Day 101,” released Thursday morning.

Complete with dreary background music, the video challenges Obama on his decision to close Guantanamo Bay and release memos detailing the Bush administration’s policies on torture. The video also shows Obama's handshake with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, airs a bunch of headlines and news clips about CIA interrogations and flashes of terrorist training videos.

The image of the Pentagon in flames on 9/11 appears for just an instant at 1:14 in the video, and it’s spliced with images of flag burning protesters and other violent footage from the Middle East. The video also flashes on a still photo of Obama meeting with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus – and the image is spliced in between the Chavez handshake and the flag burning.

Noticing this shot, the CHC sent a vehement statement to POLITICO this afternoon.

“The video posted on Congressman John Boehner’s official website is a completely inappropriate message for the leader of the minority party to send to the American people,” said CHC Chairwoman Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.). “It’s disrespectful to the hard-working Latinos across the nation, serving in every sector of our economy and on our military’s front lines. The CHC demands an apology from the Minority Leader for this insensitivity and that the video be removed immediately.”

Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva, also a member of the CHC, was even more outraged: “It is not only inflammatory to the Latino community but the singling out of a groups for that
categorization is racist.”

House Minority Leader John Boehner defended the video today, saying it was perfectly fair game.

“What is the overarching strategy?” Boehner asked. “I’m trying to push the administration to describe what their overarching strategy is.”

And Boehner spokesman Michael Steel says the imagery was appropriate: “The events of Sept. 11 happened. Pretending they didn't won't make America any safer. And ignoring the facts would be even worse."

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  1. Excuse me, but does the republican party think that this kind of sensationalist agressiveness is the way to win back a majority? Sweet Jesus, it only lacks the 666 or the birthcertificate flashing up to go completely with the you-tube conspiracyvideo aesthetics.

  2. Fnord: Yeah, those are great suggestions! You should email them to Rep. Boehner! He might be mad he didn't think of those!

    You should go work for the GOP!

  3. Like anyone should listen to disingenuous liars like fnord. We're to believe fnord gives a shit about republican politics?

    No of course not. He is reacting to the fact that someone would dare point out that the Jihadists are still at war with us and what the consequences are when you have idiotic suicidal democrats dismantling the security apparatus of the country.

    That is the point.

    That is why they will never discuss it.

  4. Impeach here, Impeach now....

  5. The O admin has paid trolls to be first on every controversial blog. Keep up the good work trolls, the lies and gaffes spew forth on a daily basis.....can you say O lied and people lost?