National lampoon: Obama's new campaign website ridiculed on twitter

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  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Sept. 17, 2011 7:21 a.m.

    I was at first wondering why the DN would pay someone to write a piece like this, it is so poorly written I was hoping perhaps it was written by one of t hose unpaid intern types. Particularly when you compare this with the fun John Stewart had with the same material.

    But then I read the comments that followed, and realized that in fact the DN knew exactly what they were doing and had created a piece directly target at this crowd. It doesn't have to be clever, well written, or significant - just anti-Obama and you'll get the same angry white dude complainers making their same tired comments.....

    With so much material to work with, this really is the best pokes you can make at Obama right now? Really? I am not an anti Obama type, but in the recent weeks even I have begun to think he must be intentionally be serving up stuff to keep the Republicans feeling there is hope to win the White House.

  • spring street SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Sept. 16, 2011 6:19 p.m.

    whats funny is you all want to act like this is something new in the world of elections. it took the democrats until 2008 to catch up thats all.


    Seriously the germans your going there? this is a website by a political campaign not the government and it is nothing new to either party.

    @Ute Alumni

    Childish as always, keep up the great work.

  • ksampow Farr West, Utah
    Sept. 16, 2011 11:19 a.m.

    Next they'll be calling you racist if you attack Obama's record.

  • WhatsInItForMe Orem, Utah
    Sept. 16, 2011 10:09 a.m.

    The problem with both political sides:

    - Liberals believe ideas are facts, but ideas aren't necessarily truths, so they can be lies.

    - Conservatives believe facts are truths, but facts can be used to tell lies.

    So, neither side can really be trusted, due to their inherently basic views on things (ideas vs facts).

    Somewhere inbetween lies the truth of things.

  • Paul in MD Montgomery Village, MD
    Sept. 16, 2011 8:47 a.m.

    I heard a liberal pundit say that if this site (AttackWatch) had been created by a group supporting George Bush during his re-election bid, he probably would have reacted the way conservatives are reacting now.

    I don't think there is anything wrong with a PAC trying to address things people are hearing, but I think the site name and the way it looks kind of invited the abuse.

  • Voice of Reason Layton, UT
    Sept. 16, 2011 8:24 a.m.

    I have to admit...about thirty seconds after I read about this hilarious (and a little Orwell-creepy) "AttackWatch" website of Obama's, I went on and submitted a "report" saying that I was guilty of...not voting for Obama, since I wanted to do the patriotic thing and report a flagrant case of Felony Non-Obama Thoughtism.

    Let's be honest here; agree or not with Obama on the issues, this website is more than a little creepy. But it does seem to follow the playbook used by the drive-by media (a Rushism-report to the authorities!) where conservative activism is considered "attacks" that must be labelled and marginalized, while leftist attacks are simply mainstream observations of fact that don't need to be explained.

    Bottom line, "AttackWatch" is a gift from the heavens to conservatives that makes it painfully obvious how Orwellian the left has become. They aren't really interested in debate...they are interested in hosing down any opposing ideas so they don't have to defend their own.

    But remember, liberals are tolerant.

  • Honor Code Denver, Colorado
    Sept. 16, 2011 6:05 a.m.

    Sure would be nice if the President knew how to run a country instead of a website!!

  • ute alumni Tengoku, UT
    Sept. 16, 2011 6:05 a.m.

    poor little georgie, his boy is toast. even queens is abandoning the c.o. 15 months and he's back with his lefty friends in chicago. bronx? i think not. too thin skin.

  • B Logan, UT
    Sept. 15, 2011 11:13 p.m.

    This reminds me of an interview with Patricia Ireland when she was president of the National Organization of Women. She made the comment that some free speech is better than other free speech. To quote Orwell, "All animals are created equal. Some are just more equal than others."

  • bgl Santa Monica, CA
    Sept. 15, 2011 11:04 p.m.

    And yet--he will be our President for more than 4 more years. And you will like it. Or at least deal with it.

  • WhatsInItForMe Orem, Utah
    Sept. 15, 2011 10:09 p.m.

    @ George 8:00pm Sept 15,

    Your quote nicely makes my earlier point. Dems want NO FREE SPEECH if it's "criticism" of them!

  • Hawkyo SYRACUSE, UT
    Sept. 15, 2011 9:58 p.m.

    George, the problem with this kind of activity by any gov is the fact that is has never ended there. Germany, Russia, China, N. Korea, Cuba, Iran, all took the next step in silencing their opponents. Obama is in with the wrong crowd.

  • Hawkyo SYRACUSE, UT
    Sept. 15, 2011 9:52 p.m.

    speed, it was political pressure from the fringe left that forced those banks to make those unwise loans. No bank makes those loans without pressure because it's bad business. Buy now and pay later is the worst idea, but Americans aren't willing to save up for purchases and live within their means. Idiots!

  • B Logan, UT
    Sept. 15, 2011 9:36 p.m.

    @spring street

    No, seriously. This guy was going to be the first 'post-partisan' president. He was supposed to be above the fray. HE IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES! Criticism comes with the territory! You know as well as I do that the GOP would be accused of gathering information on citizens. You can defend your guy and his policies (although it is clearly getting more difficult.) But you cannot honestly say this isn't paranoid on the part of the Obama team. It is Nixonian to its core. Like I said before, if he had the record to tout, he would never resort to this.

  • Hawkyo SYRACUSE, UT
    Sept. 15, 2011 9:31 p.m.

    Pagan/Pagen you make fun of conservatives when they do something funny, heck we do it to ourselves. If you can't handle someone poking fun at a public blunder you have bigger issues than I thought. Let's all have a little fun at the politicians' expense, no matter which side of the aisle they hail from. They deserve it! they're politicians!

  • photographermom South Jordan, UT
    Sept. 15, 2011 9:21 p.m.

    B, I could not agree with you more! And, to the rest of you...I am having a great laugh at how funny some of you are.

  • spring street SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Sept. 15, 2011 8:53 p.m.

    actually the problem for conservatives is they where so blatant in their smear campaign against Kerry in 2004 that democrats finally leaned you cannot just sit back and not respond to the lies conservatives spread about you. It worked in 2008 for Obama and I suspect it may well work again.

    *8th grade girls?" Have you read this thread and the comments left in the website?

  • B Logan, UT
    Sept. 15, 2011 8:20 p.m.

    Democrats are SUCH hypocrites! If Dick Cheney and George Bush had set up a site to combat smears, liberals would be likening it to the German secret police. I don't mind honest liberals who firmly defend their point. I have a BIG problem with double standards. This website cannot be classified as anything other than pure paranoia. If The Obama administration was confident in its record, it would never even consider putting up such a ridiculous site. I expect this kind of reaction to criticism from 8th grade girls, NOT from the President of the United States.

  • George Bronx, NY
    Sept. 15, 2011 8:00 p.m.

    "In short, the 'Attack Watch' (webmaster) wasn't trying to stop smears, he or she was seeking to stop criticism."

  • LoveLife Riverton, UT
    Sept. 15, 2011 7:47 p.m.

    I'd have to disagree, George. The only posts that sound upset are the pro-Obama posts and obvious liberals.

    The others seem to be having quite an enjoyable time either talking about Attack Watch or Pagan.

  • Macfarren Dallas, TX
    Sept. 15, 2011 7:21 p.m.

    Nobody should worry about french fries. They're Michelle's favorite food.

  • George Bronx, NY
    Sept. 15, 2011 6:49 p.m.

    oh my, thanks for proving my point Ute alumni, I can always count on you.

    So for those of you claiming obama is to thin skinned I have a question, why are all of you so upset that he is responding to your criticism? Thin skinned maybe?

  • ute alumni Tengoku, UT
    Sept. 15, 2011 6:44 p.m.

    glad you are an adult. keep sticking up for your empty suit boy. 15 months and out.

  • George Bronx, NY
    Sept. 15, 2011 6:38 p.m.

    So once again how exactly is Obama stopping anyones free speech? if the majority of the comments on the website so far have been childish comments by conservatives (as is also the case on this thread) then it is pretty hard to claim anyones free speech is being violated. It seems you all would like Obama to stop responding to your childish rants but then that would limit his free speech. See how that works you get to be childish and Obama gets to respond?

  • George Bronx, NY
    Sept. 15, 2011 6:33 p.m.

    I think all this really highlights is just how childish and shallow the conservatives have become.

  • AZRods Maricopa, AZ
    Sept. 15, 2011 6:20 p.m.

    Thanks IDc and rifleman for expressing the same issue regarding pagan's mis quotes and conveniently left out details on the articles he posts.
    You'd think he'd see we're onto his clever tricks and give up.

  • goodDr. sandy, UT
    Sept. 15, 2011 5:47 p.m.

    diagnosis--Northern is MENSA quality. So, you're saying that if you don't have a job, you can create one rather than wait for one to land on your doorstep? If only all Americans could figure this out. Differential diagnosis on attack watch---paranoia, schizophenia, or lupus, but it is never lupus. !5 more months until America has an obamaectomy. It will rid us of a money eating tumor.

  • B Logan, UT
    Sept. 15, 2011 5:42 p.m.

    Hey President Obama,

    Richard Nixon called. He wants his paranoia back. Holy cow. I knew Obama was thin-skinned, but this is ridiculous.

  • defibman Syracuse, UT
    Sept. 15, 2011 5:36 p.m.

    @ Axe-man
    "Obama doesn't know how to run anything and needs to go."

    You are half right, He does know how to run the economy into the ground.

    He needs to go....the sooner, the better.

  • speed66 Heber City, UT
    Sept. 15, 2011 4:36 p.m.

    A lesson in bad political strategy perhaps but the claims on this post are simply absurd. Worst president in 100 years - Nixon, Carter, GW would be offended. Obama owns the entire financial meltdown? Where is the culpability of the banking and finance know, the ones that actually did create the mess?

    I don't see things as "clearly" as many on this post. I am more interested in facts than rhetoric and campaign slogans. In my lifetime, no party has been more political in their governing than the Republicans. That doesn't excuse bad decisions or lack of strong leadership on the President's part but it is worthy of note. That explains why the general population still has far more confidence in Obama than they do in the GOP.
    I like sites that fact-check but I wouldn't rely on either party to tell the truth...not the whole truth. Don't trust the DN either. We've seen Romney lie about the facts on multiple occasions and I can only conclude that they were intentional when he refused to correct them.

    I'm hoping for a battle of ideas and philosophy. Name calling is for the playground.

  • Northern Logan, UT
    Sept. 15, 2011 4:28 p.m.


    Why should Americans vote for a jobs creation bill that is unsustainable. All it does is increase the debt. Those "waiting in vain" will just be out of a job again when the jobs that were created run out of money or go bankrupt.

    Stop depending on the government to take care of you get out there and start a lawn mowing business.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    Sept. 15, 2011 4:24 p.m.


    Your posts are way too verbose - takes too long to read and digest. Most of us are very simple minded. You should always consider your audience.

  • Northern Logan, UT
    Sept. 15, 2011 4:24 p.m.

    Pagan-- Im quite sure those with a more constitutional based view, are just as unhappy with the job Bush did as you are. Although Obama has taken that "bad job like Bush" to a level never seen before in the recent recorded history of the USA.

    So please do not classify constitutional thinking with the tea party or general sheeple-like-republicans. I have not voted for a republican president since the last century (or a democrat ever).

    So stop assuming that just because Obama is in the top 5 worst presidents of all time, that someone automatically voted for Bush and is a media labeled Republican.

  • Christy Beaverton, OR
    Sept. 15, 2011 4:10 p.m.

    I wonder who'll be laughing when the gOpstructionists refuse to pass the American Jobs Act citing higher taxes on the 'job creators' is unacceptable.

    Certainly not the millions waiting in vain to be hired.

  • reader1234 South Jordan, UT
    Sept. 15, 2011 3:54 p.m.

    Is the webpage an anti-terrorist webpage? Or is that what they are trying to infer. Is anyone that does not agree with them considered to be a security threat?

  • riddlemethis Clearfield, UT
    Sept. 15, 2011 3:45 p.m.

    Just make sure when you report an attack on Obama you change the date on your claim by 13 days so it matches up with the Bolshevik Calendar.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Sept. 15, 2011 3:40 p.m.

    I'd wondered where you were trolling today.

    as I've told you before, when you contract "you are" you use an apostrophe. It isn't "your", but "you're"

    That's OK, though, keep chanting "BO good - bush bad" if it makes you happy.

  • Brother Chuck Schroeder A Tropical Paradise USA, FL
    Sept. 15, 2011 3:30 p.m.

    Is this fixing the problems in America now?.

    Back when the Obama administration was young, the White House set up what amounted to a snitch line, an email address where people were invited to report on other people bad-mouthing the president of the United States on health care. The snitch line was soon taken down. However, it has now been resurrected in the form of a website called Attack Watch. People are invited to use the website to report on other people who are running down President Obama. In this way the Obama campaign for reelection would gather information to "fight smears." It seems Attack Watch has become the figure of fun for people on the Internet, particularly conservative bloggers who are flooding the website to turn themselves in. The site has backfired in a spectacular fashion, causing Obama to seem like a paranoid, Nixon-like figure on steroids. The problem is one of the unstated job descriptions for president is to catch flack from people who don't like the executive. This can be galling, especially when the attacks get personal or are perceived to be unfair. Various presidents have reacted differently to the chatter of their enemies.

  • WhatsInItForMe Orem, Utah
    Sept. 15, 2011 3:13 p.m.

    I've noticed over the years that liberals claim to be the open-minded, free speech group, yet when negative things are said about them, it's all-out war to muzzle and smear the offenders.


    Middle America: watch out who you trust!

    And yup, trusting the far-right isn't too smart, either. Both extremes are bad news.

    We need moderates in government. Not sure that's possible, though.

  • LoveLife Riverton, UT
    Sept. 15, 2011 3:12 p.m.

    Obama's website is the punchline? I think Obama is the punchline.

    I defnitely chuckled a bit yesterday at the "AAAAAAtttaaackkk WWWWaaaaatttttchhh" spoof, the tweets to AttackWatch, Rand Paul "pass this bill", and Obama himself saying "If you love me, help me pass the bill"

    Pagan, the White House isn't interested in exposing the truth. Im pretty sure they would rather not have the truth come out about Solyndra and Fast and Furious. Jake Tapper: "in short, the 'Attack Watch' (webmaster) wasn't trying to stop smears; he or she was seeking to stop criticism."

    Obama is certainly not being picked on with his birth certificate. Conspiracy theories seem to go along with the job:
    Rasmussen poll, May 4, 2007: Whether George Bush knew about the 9/11 attacks in advance Thirty-five percent (35%) of Democrats believe he did know, and 26% are not sure. Bin Laden admitted to the attacks and there are several websites debunking the 9/11 conspiracies.

    And there are other polls out there more credible than Maryland (Soros funded poll):
    Pew Poll (not Soros funded poll), June 2010:
    Knowledge of politics and current events. Highest scorers:
    WSJ readers
    Limbaugh listeners
    Hannity viewers.

  • Kickit023 Eagle Mountain, UT
    Sept. 15, 2011 2:46 p.m.

    Such broad generalizations Pagan. It's a two way street if you want to use generalizations like that. When a group of liberals were presented with McCain policies before the last Presidential election, but were told they were Obama's they were behind them 100%. All they cared about were the handouts Obama was promising them. So, looks like neither side then care about the facts.

  • ute alumni Tengoku, UT
    Sept. 15, 2011 2:42 p.m.

    I am turning in my 88 year old mother and the community is gathering our books to burn. Poor lil old o is paranoid and can't take ANY criticism. out in 15 months and back to community organizing. that is the legacy that he will pass on to his children, worst president in the last 100 years and a community organizer....what a country.

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 15, 2011 2:29 p.m.

    Oh its attackwatch...not sasquatch!

  • Hemlock Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 15, 2011 2:21 p.m.

    Mr. President, please note that not all campaign staff ideas are helpful. This one was a flop.

  • DonO Draper, UT
    Sept. 15, 2011 1:45 p.m.

    Re: Rifleman @ 12:52 p.m.

    Wonderful post! Thanks for the chuckle.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Sept. 15, 2011 1:35 p.m.

    on a more serious and relevant note as it pertains the the 2012 elections...the democratic candidate LOST in both New York and Nevada in the special elections held 2 days ago. The New York loss was particularly stunning since no republican has held that congressional seat since the 1920's!!! Even far left strategist James Carville writes today that it is time to PANIC for Obama because the country has abandoned him and his policies. Time to change course. Gee - YA THINK???

  • Owl Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 15, 2011 1:34 p.m.

    elisabeth | 11:16 a.m. Sept. 15, 2011
    American Fork, UT
    Your comment is off topic. Are you implying that misinformation about the LDS church should not be corrected?

  • Axe-man OREM, UT
    Sept. 15, 2011 1:34 p.m.

    Pagan frequently quotes half-truths and misleads with headlines. He cites supporting facts and ignores when the truth is exposed. He's done it before (we discussed a military poll once), and he continues today.

    Bush signed the $700B TARP bill, and Obama used $300B of the TARP funds when he was in office as a (not-in-original-act) slush fund for additional spending.

    Bush's $700B TARP ended (mostly) paid back, costing the taxpayers ~$25B because most was loans/ temporary holdings. I don't approve: I'm just saying the overall bill was mostly paid back.

    Obama signed the $787B stimulus bill. It was all spending. None of it came back. It was claimed to keep unemployment under 8%. Unemployment has remained over 9% for all but two months of his presidency.

    Obama doesn't know how to run anything and needs to go. As Pagan says, conservatives just want the punchline.

  • carabaoU Moab, UT
    Sept. 15, 2011 1:31 p.m.

    AttachWatch - I just increased by deductions and expenses to lower my taxes. Catch me if you can!

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 15, 2011 12:52 p.m.

    Re: IDC | 11:47 a.m. Sept. 15, 2011
    "Will someone read and summarize Pagen's comment for me, I don't have time for the whole thing."

    Summarization #1 Bush bad, Obama good.
    Summarization #2 Bush did it too.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Sept. 15, 2011 12:51 p.m.

    Well I guess we better start spying on our neighbors and reporting to the secret Obama police so they can get on with their mid-night shake downs and business shut downs. I thought Tricky Dick was bad - Obama has taken this whole paranoia to a whole new level ... or should I say a new low.

  • Dadof5sons Montesano, WA
    Sept. 15, 2011 12:47 p.m.

    Boy I thought Nixon was paranoid! What this President is doing is a reflection to the old Soviet KGB narc on your neighbor play book. I wonder if he will next have gulag for his political enemies?

  • TOO Sanpete, UT
    Sept. 15, 2011 12:26 p.m.

    Obama is scared.

    We can't have poor little Obama get made fun of can we? No we can' we can't.

    The poor guy is getting released from the arms of his mommy--the media--so he has to have people look out for him.

    It's pretty scary to think though that a President has a special site to target people who speak against him. Sounds a lot like a communist to me.

  • carabaoU Moab, UT
    Sept. 15, 2011 12:08 p.m.

    AttackWatch - This week I have eaten hamburgers, fries, spam, m&m's, ice cream, cookies, and white rice. Catch me if you can!

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 15, 2011 11:48 a.m.

    'You refer to David Asman on Fox Business saying Obama's TARP Slush Fund. Interesting that you didn't say anything else about it.' - TheRealBigDaddy | 11:36 a.m. Sept. 15, 2011

    Your right.

    Here you go:

    *Bush signs $700 billion bailout bill AP Published by Denver Post By Tom Raum 10/03/08

    WASHINGTON President Bush quickly signed into law a far-reaching $700 billion bill to bail out the nation's tottering financial industry, calling it "essential to helping America's economy" weather the storm.

    $700 billion.

    Also, if we're going to talk about spending:

    *'Iraq war could cost taxpayers $2.7 trillion' - By David Goldman - CNN - 06/12/08
    '...told members of Congress that the war costs taxpayers about $430 million per day...'

    And last, you didn't say WHERE the 2/3rds of the funds went too. Just that Obama had control.

    Or, your source.

    So, your making the implication....but fail to provide the end result of those funds, who made this claim, or that Bush authorized the exact same $700 billion dollar bail out in 2008.

    You didn't say...any of those.

  • IDC Boise, ID
    Sept. 15, 2011 11:47 a.m.

    Obama floated through the last election with hopey, changey, dreamy. Isn't looking so good this time - now we know him.

    Will someone read and summarize Pagen's comment for me, I don't have time for the whole thing.

  • TheRealBigDaddy MAGNA, UT
    Sept. 15, 2011 11:36 a.m.

    The university of Maryland study has been debunked. Thoroughly.

    In fact, most polls are usually skewered in how they ask questions, and who they ask the questions of.

    One thing that was missed is that Obama voted for TARP. He was involved in the negotiations along with Bush and McCain. So he was very involved, pushed for it, and voted for it. And his administration has in fact utilized it in their own way.

    Facts are stubborn things, aren't they? Polls are not facts, they are opinion pieces only.

    Des News, please don't kill this post. If you allow someone to mock people and claim that as fact, you have to allow this post correcting that post.

    You refer to David Asman on Fox Business saying Obama's TARP Slush Fund. Interesting that you didn't say anything else about it. You didn't state that he said Obama passed it into law, just that he stated it was his slush fund. The fact is that most of the TARP was unspent until Obama was in office, allowing him full control over 2/3 of the remainder.

    Funny how that fact slipped from the post.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 15, 2011 11:34 a.m.

    'Pagen. However, one would expect that a person who implies that they are concerned about "the facts" would do more than just post headlines and soundbites...' - Hawkeye79 | 11:32 a.m. Sept. 15, 2011


    What 'more' did you present Hawkeye?

    You didn't say.

  • Hawkeye79 Iowa City, IA
    Sept. 15, 2011 11:32 a.m.

    Interesting, off-topic approach, Pagen. However, one would expect that a person who implies that they are concerned about "the facts" would do more than just post headlines and soundbites...

    ...especially when that person appears to have a difficult time distinguishing between Americans, conservatives, and Fox News viewers when grouping polls.

  • elisabeth American Fork, UT
    Sept. 15, 2011 11:16 a.m.

    Reminds me of the FAIR program that is designed to counter anything said against the LDS faith or followers.