Obama’s Response: The Presidential Ad Wars Begins

The Obama Campaign has released an advertisement in response to the recently scrutinized McCain advertisement, which equated Obama’s popularity to that of a Paris Hilton/Britney Spears celebrity (the phenomenon often referred to as a celebrity known for simply being known).

The Obama ad cites different news sources that criticize McCain’s advertisement and offer information on Obama’s policies that conflict with how he was represented.

Will this do the trick? You decide…

  • “The Obama ad cites different news sources that criticize McCain’s advertisement”

    It does? Hard to tell with one word quotes, don’t you think? No, this is not nearly as effective as the Celeb ad, and actually, I don’t see any difference in this one and all of his others. It doesn’t directly address the celeb ad, either.

  • This is a very good ad but will cleary not get the play that Mccains negative ads do. Obama does have to start to attack!

    Mccain is worth 100’s of million.

    Mccain flips and flops but always comes to a stop agreeing with BUSH.

    Mccain wants WAR! with all of the oil rich companies

    Mccain supports offshore drilling, well this week

    Mccain can’t even login to the internet

    Cidny Mccain spends 700,000 a week on her credit cards

    Mccain is elite and out of touch

    Please save this country and VOTE OBAMA!!!

  • jope

    I see that a McCain advisor says that Paris Hilton’s billionaire family complained to the campaign when the Obama attack ad came out – I guess they don’t like Paris’ reputation dragged through the presidential mud (might make her look bad!). Turns out Paris’ dad and grandfather are huge McCain backers. (they’ve given over $25k to the McCain campaign). Here’s the advisor’s blogpost: http://www.eisenstadtgroup.com/2008/07/31/paris-hiltons-family-fuming-at-mccain-campaign/

  • GO OBAMA!!!

  • About time Obama responded to these false attacks.

    Mccain is a fake!…well a Real BUSH.

  • You know what’s great about this site, Jeff? We put CONTENT in our posts. You might want to try that sometime.

  • valleyofthesun

    “You know what’s great about this site, Jeff? We put CONTENT in our posts. You might want to try that sometime.”

    I second that motion.

  • Will


    By content do you mean a post that exceeds a certain amount of characters? Or do you mean a post with something other than a sole user’s opinion?

    Let me give you an example of the former:

    “It does? Hard to tell with one word quotes, don’t you think? No, this is not nearly as effective as the Celeb ad, and actually, I don’t see any difference in this one and all of his others. It doesn’t directly address the celeb ad, either.”

    The follow up question would be: Was that post supposed to be informative? Because the only thing I was able make out from that was a moot opinion.

    Honestly, it’s on time you practice what you preach

  • IndiMinded

    McCain’s sure been trying to up the stakes, hasn’t he? Between this last attack ad, and those lies he spread about why Obama didn’t visit the troops in Germany. In the end though, what makes Obama look better than inane character attacks? He’s not so good with legitimate criticism, but he sure loves to expose and rebut the BS.

    Between the lies and the blatantly disrespectful advertising (assuming you believe comparing a senator to an irresponsible, spoiled rich girl is disrespectful) coming out this week, I think Obama will come out on top. His ability to deflect such things to look poorly on their source was central to winning the primaries, and I’m not sure McCain will fare better. Especially since I don’t believe attack politics really suit the McCain’s nature. Guess we’ll see though.

  • Grey

    Each of these ads say very little- McCain is calling Obama all hype and Obama is calling McCain a liar.

    As for those ten second sound bites about what each candidate is doing, I’d have to say Obama’s is more credible- not that he’s saying much, but McCain’s attack on Obama concerning offshore oil drilling is just sad.

    I get the vibe that people aren’t responding well to McCain’s ad, though. I suppose we’ll just have to wait for the polls.

  • bdjnk

    My thoughts on the quality of this video:

    The woman’s voice is quite grating. The forceful tone of the first half is very off-putting. The vague, promise the moon, second half is not at all reassuring. Altogether a poor production.

  • Melvin

    This is all well and good, and yes they are going to start hitting at each other that’s just the nature of the beast, but has anyone noticed that in this big popularity race Obama still hasn’t started play his ace card (HOLLYWOOD). If anyone believes this isn’t a popularity race they need to do some research on every past election.

    Running on Youtube are a couple of videos for Obama made by a lot of popular Hollywood figures. We all know that once the election gets closer those are going to make it on the national networks, and to date McCain doesn’t have anything that can remotely compete with them. Here are links to a couple of them.


  • The Angry American

    Jeff, and Will both, do as all a favor and stop arriving unarmed for a battle of the wits. Arguing over the concept of context? Anyway….. jeff you are clearly delusional, have no concept of the politcal playing field and apprently are clueless to pretty much everything else and I’m not quite sure what you think you’re bringing to light with your posts…..you couldn’t be more around about everything that you say. Obama is the one that gets the majority of the media coverage not McCain, Obama gets the favoravble positive media covera, McCain gets the negative coverage. The media is left wing and always has been, if you don’t know that simple factoid, you definitely have no place commenting here or any other political site. Everything else you have spouted out is pure baseless rhetoric. Do some reading up and educate yourself, then come back for actual intelligent conversation and/or sparring. I find it humours that you would even refer to John McCain as elite. Let me see if we can walk you through this: Obama is the harvard graduate, Obama is the millionaire, Obama is the one with practically no political experience whatsoever launching a presidential exploratory committee when had less than 200 hours logged into the Senate. Obama is the eliteist, not John McCain. I DONT EVEN LIKE MCCAIN and I know this. Me and my party are over, you don’t even know what party I support genius.

    As for Rayven…Barack Hussein Obama more American than most people, are you slap retarded? Obama is an eliteist communist pig. He wants to socialize everything, dont’ you realize, that we get stuck paying for al the big government Obama wants to create? Obama for renewable energy? Obama doesn’t know what he’s for, Obama says something different depending on the crowd he’s talking to and you cal McCain a flip flopper? Obama is nothing more than a punk with no experience who knows who tp play a crowd and play it well. He’s conned his way into the election on the race card has has the audacity to say he’s merely mocking himself. And ya know..the media just accepts that answer rather than calling BULLSHIT on him like they should because why….left wing liberal media loves Obama, they helped creat this fake persona that he is. PS: Rayven, there is no short term solution for renewable energy to be neither viable nor affordable. Do your homework before you criticize others.

  • jesslv74

    So you think you can do better, Angry American? Or do you think you know someone who does? What would you have them do?

    As for him not addressing the celeb thing (I only skimmed the responses…short on time so forgive me if I repeat anything or don’t make sense)…that would just be fueling the fire, like little kids talking crap about each other back and forth in the schoolyard. And remember, they only get 30 seconds to do an ad…I don’t think Obama’s ad was all that great, but at least it was sensible and non-confrontational. I also think that ads don’t really make much difference anyway. Or at least they SHOULDN’T. Unfortunately, the media seems to often decide the winner more than anything else. Voters should go to the candidates’ websites and other sources to see what bills they have ACTUALLY PASSED, etc., and what their specific plans are for the future. To me, McCain seems to want to stir up trouble and is being silly and childish. McCain seems to want to anger Obama and get him to start being defensive and making himself look bad. If the candidate I chose to support did something like this, I’d be ashamed of him.

  • Will

    “Jeff, and Will both, do as all a favor and stop arriving unarmed for a battle of the wits. Arguing over the concept of context?”

    Shows a lot about your character. If anybody was arguing over the concept of context, it was Babs, yet I don’t see you pointing that out (smells like politics!). In case you’re having a hard time reading the tone of my earlier post (for whatever reason it could possibly be), I was being facetious, just like many of the posts coming from you and Babs.

    My agenda on this site clearly doesn’t go hand in hand with yours, if you have a problem with it then it’s…clearly YOUR problem, I have no desire in doing you any favors.

  • Jeff, you posted “GO OBAMA!!!” No content, no context. Wasted post space. And I wasn’t being facetious, and I wasn’t arguing content and context. I was stating a fact, and I stand by it.

    All of us come here for discussion or as AA put it “a battle of the wits”, not mindless cheerleading. I wasted my time clicking into your post thinking there was content there, that you actually had something to say. You didn’t. And I said so. And that’s all I’ve got to say about that. 😉

  • The Angry American

    Will, still mindless babble comming from you that amounts to nothing, much like Obama. You know nothing of my character obviously.Whether or not my “agenda” (I have no agenda, I’m stating fact.Those little things that you witless wonders tend to manufacture so that you have something to post or gripe about.) has anything to do with yours or not is beside the point and inconsequential to anything else that’s been said in any of my postings referring to you or Jeff for that matter.

    I found this interesting, this will be more of what you get if you really have Obama in mind as your candidate of choice, mainly due in part to the fact that Obama champions socialist ideals and concepts, he wants all these new social programs, ie bigger government.

    “PHILADELPHIA — Four social workers were among nine people charged Thursday in the death of a disabled 14-year-old girl who authorities say wasted away from neglect before dying at 42 pounds.

    Two of the social workers are city employees; two others worked for a company hired by DHS. Department Commissioner Anne Marie Ambrose scheduled an afternoon news conference to discuss the case.

    Two employees of MultiEthnic Behavioral Health, a now-defunct company that DHS hired to provide social services to Danieal, falsified documents to cover up the fact they rarely, if ever, checked on her, the grand jury said.

    Julius Murray and Mickal Kamuvaka were charged with involuntary manslaughter and tampering with public records.

    Murray’s “fraudulent nonperformance of a job” — he seldom went to the Kelly house, which he was supposed to visit twice a week — allowed Andrea Kelly to starve her daughter over a period of months, the grand jury said.”

    There’s your social programs at work. You think that’s bad? Wait until Obama socializes everything else (as he has said he wants, ie socialized medicine etc) because this is just the tip of the iceberg that awaits you if he is elected.

    Do your homework.

    What’s Obama done recently? Tried his best to get people to think McCain is just like Bush, that he is more of the same, sot hey won’t vote for McCain. What else has Obama done? Used scaretactics and gone so low as to use the race card. Vote for me, if you don’t your a scaredy cat little republican racist and you just don’t like me because I’m black or muslim etc etc etc. All he does is whine, accuse,lie and play the crowd. Grow up and wake up.

  • Grey

    Wow… so heated.

    I’ve always wanted to stay out of these conflicts, but I’m strangely curious of what it’s like to fire salvos of language back and forth. I don’t know, maybe it’s my 101 degree fever compelling me to do this, but that’s beside the point.

    I might as well target this to AA, and I’ll try argue purely factually.

    You called Obama an elitist, communist pig, and attacked him as a flipflopper. I’ll just assume that you aren’t really serious in your accusation that he’s a communist or a socialist, and, as to whether he’s elitist, I would say that comes down to a matter of opinion. He’s a millionaire, but so is McCain. He’s a harvard graduate, but intelligence doesn’t make someone elitist- otherwise you would have to accept that you’re either elitist or an idiot.

    I think the easiest topic to factually discuss is flipflopping because it’s something that is grounded on fact more than opinion. So, for his flipflopping- I’ll concede a few points. I don’t have the slightest bit of doubt that much of what Obama does is the equivalent of crowd pleasing. I assume he’s flipped on issues a fair number of times. However, McCain isn’t exempt from that either- a few months ago he flipped on the topic of offshore oil drilling, and he was attacked rather lightly for it (I guess that’s a benefit of not having so much media attention).

    I think it’s reasonable to say they’re both flipfloppers (not surprising, they’re politicians after all), but McCain, on the very issue he recently flip flopped on(offshore oil drilling), had the audacity to criticize Obama’s position in his ad. He flip flopped and, rather than having a bit of shame in the matter, turned around and attacked Obama over it.

    I would agree that in many ways Obama’s character is questionable. However, politics is often not as simple as choosing between right and wrong but choosing the lesser of two evils. After this recent turn of events, I would have to say that McCain is seeming more and more the greater evil of the two.

    *Ever since the last post, I wanted one of the more conservative minded individuals to address that subtlety, but I haven’t heard anything on that matter.

    So I tried to present this in the most objective and factual manner possible, and I hope you respond in the same manner.

  • The Angry American

    Are you serious, Obama the lesser of two evils, did you not read what I wrote in my previous post? Obama is FOR social programs, I just showed you what happens in social programs. They don’t work. They let you down and they make you dependant on free stuff you didnt’ need to begin with if you would do what you are supposed to do, be a responsible adult. Granted that’s not always the case and some people need help. As for flipo flopping, I never stated McCain didn’t flip flop, you failed to mention he also flip flopped on his position regarding illegals but then so has Obama, so here for you are some key Obama flip flops:

    1. Special interests In January, the Obama campaign described union contributions to the campaigns of Clinton and John Edwards as “special interest” money. Obama changed his tune as he began gathering his own union endorsements. He now refers respectfully to unions as the representatives of “working people” and says he is “thrilled” by their support.

    2. Public financing Obama replied “yes” in September 2007 when asked if he would agree to public financing of the presidential election if his GOP opponent did the same. Obama has now attached several conditions to such an agreement, including regulating spending by outside groups. His spokesman says the candidate never committed himself on the matter.

    3. The Cuba embargo In January 2004, Obama said it was time “to end the embargo with Cuba” because it had “utterly failed in the effort to overthrow Castro.” Speaking to a Cuban American audience in Miami in August 2007, he said he would not “take off the embargo” as president because it is “an important inducement for change.”

    4. Illegal immigration In a March 2004 questionnaire, Obama was asked if the government should “crack down on businesses that hire illegal immigrants.” He replied “Oppose.” In a Jan. 31, 2008, televised debate, he said that “we do have to crack down on those employers that are taking advantage of the situation.”

    Obama is by and far NOT the lesser of two evils, and might I add this sentiment: If you are indeed voting for the lesser of two evils then you my friend are voting for absolutely nothing. I’m waiting to see who the vice presedential candidates will be and see if there is some form of balance that I can find to say yeah I’m voting for these guys. The American people want SOMETHING to believe in, so why would you ever vote for NOTHING? You basically are telling me you will vote for Obama, not because you believe in his views or because he is worthy and capable of doing the job, but simply because he is the guy least likely to sccrew things up worse. I don’t think I can see the logic in that. Why support him at all?

    Like Glenn Beck pointed out this morning on the radio, you wouldn’t put an unexperienced person in charge of a large global corporation, why would you put one in charge of the United States of America? A vote for Obama is equivelant to the drive through lady at McDonalds becomming the CEO of Exxon Mobile. Thanks but no thanks.

  • Dhd

    Interesting factoids about the ads:

    According to a study of political commercials by the University of Wisconsin, one third of McCain’s television ads have actually been negative attacks on Barack Obama. The study also found that 90 percent of Barack Obama’s television ads don’t even mention McCain.

    According to a Rasmussen poll, half of all Americans believe the media will favor Obama in their news coverage leading up to the November presidential election.

    Here we see the difference between perceived injustice and actual:

    1) Perceived:
    …latest findings of the Project for Excellence in Journalism, which reports that Obama’s weeklong tour of the Middle East and Europe “dominated campaign coverage last week and became one of the biggest campaign events thus far, with 62 percent of the public saying they heard a lot about it.”…. A sizable share of those surveyed – 42 percent – tell pollsters that news coverage of the presidential election has favored Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee for the White House. Among Republicans, reports Andy Kohut, president of the Pew Research Center, 71 percent say press coverage has been biased toward Obama. Even among Democrats surveyed, 28 percent say so, too. Among independents, 42 percent see a bias.

    2) Measured:
    The Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University, where researchers have tracked network news content for two decades, found that ABC, NBC and CBS were tougher on Obama than on Republican John McCain during the first six weeks of the general-election campaign. During the evening news, the majority of statements from reporters and anchors on all three networks are neutral, the center found. And when network news people ventured opinions in recent weeks, 28% of the statements were positive for Obama and 72% negative.

  • Some of the McCain ads are actually targeting the MSM more than they are Obama. But either way, I noticed the “Celeb” ad was viewed on YouTube over 1.2 million times withing the first 48 hours. That’s attention, and McCain needs to get the attention anyway he can, the MSM are sure not going to give it to him. 😉

  • Dreadsen


    McCain did something that was actually “newsworthy” so now he is getting the attention.

  • Dreadsen, McCain has done newsworthy things for about 26 years in the senate now. Obama can’t say the same.

  • Rayven

    Funny how you used Exxon Mobile as an example .I know that’s the GOP’s favorite peoples .Say ,do you think the GOP stands for Gas,Oil,Petroleum.Hey ,wait a minute that energy policy sounds familiar.Think there trying to deceive you?naa,We can trust them with the best energy policy.

  • Well, where can we go today with the energy issue. Lets see, first Obama was opposed to drilling, now he’ll begrudgingly allow. Then he was opposed to tapping in the reserves, and today he wants to:

    “Barack Obama unveiled another shift in his energy policy Monday, reversing his opposition to tapping the nation’s strategic petroleum reserve as a means of lowering gasoline prices.

    During a speech in Lansing, Mich., Obama said he’d like to release up to 10 percent of the 700 million barrels of oil kept in salt caverns in Texas and Louisiana. Obama also called for a revival of the windfall profits tax on oil companies.”

    So NOW what exactly is his energy policy, and where does the tire gauge fit into all this?

    ““Barack Obama’s latest attack ads shows his celebrity is matched only by his hypocrisy,” said McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds. “After all it was Senator Obama, not John McCain, who voted for the Bush-Cheney energy bill that was a sweetheart deal for oil companies. Also not mentioned is the $400,000 from big oil contributors that Barack Obama has already pocketed in this election.”

    Alex Conant, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee, said Michigan Republicans planned to go to Obama’s Lansing event to pass out tire gauges engraved with “Obama’s Energy Plan.” That pokes fun at the part of Obama’s energy plan calling for people to inflate their tires to the highest correct pressure to help conserve fuel.”

  • nzpudding, remember saying this last week?

    “If ‘Obama goes wherever the polls and issues go’ is true, then why hasn’t Baracks positions for offshore drilling, drilling in ANWAR and nuclear energy shifted?”

    Well, what do you think now?

  • Rayven

    Obama only agreed with drilling because it was apart of a comprehensive package.He compromised,you know did his job.I know alot of folk aren’t use to that sort of thing.A person may not have the best idea at first but it evolves it to a good idea.Hopefully someone who could recognize a good idea.

  • Babs it’s about time Obama shifted his position. Obviously the American public have a strong opinion about it and Obama needs to take that into account when he becomes President. The stance Bush and McCain have of ‘sticking to their guns’ is all well and good until the country becomes bankrupt and soldiers are losing their lives daily for a bogus occupation.

    You need a leader who is flexible, who can adapt and make the necessary changes when they need making and not make them 5 years afterwards. McCain is so stuck in his ways he’s like a statue in a museum.

  • Rayven

    No ,no nzpudding I’m sure I Know plenty of 71 year old people that are all about change and inflexibility.So are you trying to say he’s a relic.I mean he is war hero.You don’t think he’s just not flexible enough.Well he does flip flop on important issues.That could be a sigh on flexibility.

  • Rayven

    No ,no nzpudding I’m sure I Know plenty of 71 year old people that are all about change and flexibility.So are you trying to say he’s a relic.I mean he is war hero.You don’t think he’s just not flexible enough.Well he does flip flop on important issues.That could be a sigh on flexibility.

  • Well they say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks…LOL

  • nzpudding, if that were true, “McCain is so stuck in his ways he’s like a statue in a museum”, why is he also being accused of flip flopping?

  • Stalin

    I see not much has changed since I was here last…

    Age can also mean stability and that is something this country can use right now…especially the economy.


    Remember our talks about Ethanol? I just drove back from Florida and in Indiana I filled up with E85 Ethanol for $2.99. It was awesome to know that I was driving around on cheap American fuel. I just wish we had more E85 stations.

  • Welcome back, Stalin, you’ve been missed! Bet you didn’t find too many E85 stations down here, did you? But our gas was down to $3.79 this week from $4.09, so I’m feeling a little better myself.

    BTW, if you have a little online time to spare, I could use a little help in the cause. Let me know if I’ve peeked your interest. 🙂

  • McCain isn’t really flip-flopping he’s pandering to the right.

    In my opinion flip flopping is a dumb expression used to try and make a candidate seem unstable. The term was misused extensively on Kerry in 2004 and it pissed me off then. Changing or refining an opinion, especially if its for the better, doesn’t make you a flip-flopper not when your best interests are for the country.

  • I totally agree. And it’s easy to make a distinction between pandering to popular opinion, and changing because circumstances have changed, as in the drilling issue. Flip flopping is applied generically, and is impossible to defend because of its very loose definition.

  • Mike11

    “Flip flopping is applied generically, and is impossible to defend because of its very loose definition…”

    It is?

    So, if McCain was a Maverick back in 2000.. and now he has “refined” his stances (not flip-floppin’)… now, in 2008, he’s not a maverick anymore? Just your normal run-of-the-mill politician? (not unlike Obama)?

    This, my friend, is the number one McCain video in Youtube.
    And, as I said before, this completely redefines flip-floppin’…


    I would love to read your opinion on this.

  • Dreadsen


    There is a difference between flip flopping and just telling an all out lie. He told a bold face lie and admitted that he told the lie.
    But even on the flip flopping issue. It could be the same issue that mccain and obama have both “redefined” their stance.But Obama will be the only one called the flip flopper.

  • Mike11

    Amen, brother 🙂

    Good to see you around again.

  • Lets see some of the other candidates ads…..

    This is my personal favorite add


    or this one