Friday, August 03, 2012

The Obama Birthday Card Campaign From The Republican National Committee

Vice President Biden, Jay Carney, George Clooney, Anna Wintour, Harry Reid, "Taxpayers," and Solyndra featured on mocking missives...
The Republican National Committee has created a series of politically derogatory online birthday cards for President Obama's upcoming 51st birthday, which he celebrates on Saturday, August 4th. The set is designed as postcards that can be e-mailed from the GOP's special birthday website to up to twenty recipients at once. Each features a quote or issue on which the GOP has taken the President to task, such as Solyndra or taxes. Some have photos of staff and/or surrogates from Mr. Obama's time in office.

It's a repeat of a previous RNC campaign for the President's birthday. "My Birthday Wish: Make Everyone Forget I've Been President For The Last Four Years," reads one of the cards with a photo of the President.

Those featured on the cards include celebrity fundraisers George Clooney and Anna Wintour, Vice President Joe Biden, Press Secretary Jay Carney, Energy Secretary Steven Chu, former chief of staff/Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Above: Clooney's card references the millions he raised for the President during a May fundraiser at his Los Angles mansion.

"Mr. President, I Couldn't Afford To Get You A Gift, So Here Is The Shirt Off My Back--Taxpayers," reads one card.

"You Gave Us Half A Billion Dollars And All You Got Was This Stupid Card -- Solyndra," reads another.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Russian President Vladimir Putin are also on cards. "Here's To Four More Years Of You Telling People I'm Not A Threat, Happy Birthday," reads Chavez's card.

Press Secretary Carney's card, above, references a statement he made during a briefing with reporters in mid-July. When asked why the Jobs Council hadn't met in six months, Carney said "there's no specific reason except that the president's obviously got a lot on his plate."

"Happy Birthday, I promise not to say any four letter words Jobs...Oops!" reads the card with Biden's photo.

"Because it's your birthday, maybe I'll finally pass a budget," reads the card with Reid's photo.

"Happy Birthday, can't wait to see you in Chicago next year," reads the card with Emanuel's photo. Above: Wintour's card. Among other events she's hosted, the Vogue maven helped raise millions at a fundraiser at Sarah Jessica Parker's New York home in June.

Meantime, Obama for America is also running its own birthday card campaign, wooing donors with a card "sponsored by " First Lady Michelle Obama. Those who sign are asked to make a donation to the President's re-election campaign. The RNC is hoping those who send its cards will make donations too, of course.

Above: The full collection, in all is gory glory.