Republicans Look to Score Off Obama Vacation
1 year ago
Fundraising campaign uses postcards to paint President as aloof.
Apparently salty from Obama's tour through the Midwest pushing new jobs and economic breakthroughs for rural communities, Republicans are now looking to exploit the President's upcoming vacation by painting him as aloof and with his priorities wacked. An email from the Republican National Committee offers would-be donors the choice of 20 postcards to send to Obama, each of them showing him in a different pose suggesting that he's out playing around when he should be hard at work.
An image like the one above seems to show the President as an infantilized figure who's not taking his job seriously. Others showing him playing basketball, golf or at the beach could possibly play into stereotypes of black men as being too lazy to work, or over-occupied with sports. But what the postcards are definitely trying to convey is that Obama is disconnected from the average American, especially those who are among the millions out of work -- even though many are out of work because of Republican obstructionism to Obama's policies.
Says the GOP email, signed by Reince Preibus, chairman of the Republican National Committee:
"Dear Friend, Right after his tax-payer funded campaign tour of the Midwest this week, President Obama will be flying to Martha's Vineyard for a nine day vacation. Before he jets off, send him a postcard. He sure needs a break after a long year criss-crossing the country raising money to save his job - all the while over 14 million Americans are out of work and even more are suffering because of his policies."
What do you think? Is this crossing the line for Republicans, by suggesting Obama is lazy, or a poor attempt at presenting the President as unconcerned of the nation's condition? Also, could the Obama actually use a break/vacation right now?
To see the rest of the postcards, view them in our gallery HERE.