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Republican Party Rolls Out Obama and Celebrity Quote Game

She Said, She Said: RNC Rolls Out Obama/Celeb Quote Game

The game rolled out by the RNC today called "Who Said It? The Celebrity Edition" takes a quote, and makes you choose who said it between three Hollywood-famous types and Obama, my favorite quote being: "Who knows what a hitch ball is? This is a hitch-ball cover. We don't know what a hitch ball is. Anybody know?" It's harder than you'd think.

Given the prevalence of the big c-word this week (that's celebrity, dirty minders) and the fun-meaning yet controversial nature of the game, Liberty and I found ourselves at odds on what to make of it, so here we go: She Said, She Said: Obama vs. The C-Word.

Citizen: Perhaps the question is not what a celebrity is, but the behaviors we associate with someone seeking fame — rather than someone seeking service. Lest we forget, that's the essence of all of this. This game is designed to be a lark (and it is) but truth under it remains: famous is, as famous does. There are scads of people who behave as, and we follow as "celebrities" who don't follow any definition of celebrity — but because they act the part, and we respond accordingly. "Celebrity" is not tied to wealth, or fashion, or time on screen. Celebrity is the cultivation of adoration, plain and simple, and Obama has that in spades.

Anyone seeking fame knows they have to be seen by as many people, as often as possible, regardless of propriety — and the stunt of giving his nomination acceptance speech in the Thunderdome-setting of Denver's Mile-High stadium, affecting rock concert rather than party business, is an appalling display of hubris that completely circumvents the meaning of humbly accepting the nomination to serve one's country. There is a difference between political showmanship, and spectacle bordering on farce.

How many covers of Us Weekly and People has John McCain graced? None have crossed my desk, but I know of at least two Obama covers, (including the issue that hit the week before this ad was released) plus a fashion spread, plus debuting his kids' first interview on Access Hollywood. Not Meet the Press, not C-SPAN — but a show specifically designed and devoted to following celebrities. Ahem. I call your Maria Menounos and raise you a Scarlett Johansson. Obama is, and carefully curates, that very celebrated image.

Don't agree with me? You're in luck. To see what Liberty has to say,


Liberty: With this quiz the GOP has invented its very own convenient definition of
celebrity: Barack Obama. As the celebrity narrative pushes on, the media happily turns away from the facts that: McCain is married to a blond heiress, wears shoes worth half a grand, has hosted Saturday Night Live, and had a movie made about his Vietnam experience. And today we have news reinforcing the notion that the GOP is the party of big business, but Obama is the elitist, arugula-eating celebrity, right?

What's even more disheartening? When you stop looking at Paris Hilton and Britney Spears, the facts in the celebrity ad are false. For example, Obama never said he wanted to raise taxes on electricity.

While the GOP tries to tell Americans that they should be skeptical of a
candidate that gets them, and other people around the world, excited about the US and their future (a pretty impressive feat after eight years of apathy and cynicism), it distracts voters from finding the candidate that has a better substantive plan for America. And that campaign tactic is more sizzle than substance.

kastarte2 kastarte2 9 years
guiltypleasre31, Mac also had a cameo in the tv show 24.
guiltypleasure31 guiltypleasure31 9 years
jillness, he also had a cameo in wedding crashers, but yeah there's nothing celebrity about being asked to be in a hollywood movie.
guiltypleasure31 guiltypleasure31 9 years
wow generic statements that anyone could have made, pretty damning stuff. what reasons have the given in support of their candidate again?
Jillness Jillness 9 years
What good is a convention if it doesn't prepare and motivate the supporters to go out there and make a difference? The convention isn't for Obama, it is to inspire his supporters to get out and get involved. By allowing 80,000 people to be there, you are allowing 80,000 people to own a piece of that night. (I just remembered...Didn't John McCain have a mini-series made about his POW experience? If we are going to argue about celebrity I think that is a pretty big example). Nadiap, good points!
True-Song True-Song 9 years
Kidding about what?
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
Wow Jill. You've got to be kidding.
nadiap nadiap 9 years
I just find it interesing a Party who's objective is to enrich the wealthy folks & wealthy corporations at the expense of the middle class and the poor has the audacity to call Obama elitist. Exxon Mobil pulled in 12 billion in profit, the highest by any US corporation ever, yet McCain's economic plan is to keep giving big oil subsidies and to make the Bush Tax cuts permanent. I mean who needs more tax subsidies than big oil companies? Thanks to Bush's failed economic and foreign policies we're 375 billion in the hole (which your children will inherit)and counting. Bush and his criminal administration and their children are set for life. McCain and the RNC have no clue how to tackle that. His economic advisor Gram already told us It's all in our head. you know the high gas prices, the home foreclosures, the bank crisis, the job losses, it's all psychological. All in our heads folks. when you have nothing good to say about yourself, you only have one option. Talk about your opponent.
True-Song True-Song 9 years
I agree, what's wrong with Obama moving his speech to Invesco? I'm happy he's making it so that so many people can come see him. You know tons of people will want to, so why not make it available?
Jillness Jillness 9 years
"I think it's pretty hilarious that the RNC's whole campaign is a reaction to Obama." Amen!
Jillness Jillness 9 years
I just saw a clip of MCCain on Letterman in 2001...there was no presidential race in 2001. It is completely bias for Citizen to ignore the years and years of John McCain's "celebrity", simply because now he is being eclipsed by a more magnetic personality. "and the stunt of giving his nomination acceptance speech in the Thunderdome-setting of Denver's Mile-High stadium, affecting rock concert rather than party business, is an appalling display of hubris that completely circumvents the meaning of humbly accepting the nomination to serve one's country. " Yeah, call it hubris now. Call it terrifying when 80,000 people join in the largest phone banking operation ever at the same time that night. I don't think getting tens of thousands of citizens involved in the election process is hubris. It is civic, and our country is better off when citizens participate. The Thunderdome is a rally of volunteers celebrating working hard for something you believe in.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
Honestly guys, who goes to this site unless they are already set in their political affiliation? This is a game for people who already think this way. It must be rough to be upset ALL the TIME!!
kia kia 9 years
Well I thought swiftboating in the last election was s stupid tactic too.
kristyrk kristyrk 9 years
I think it's pretty hilarious that the RNC's whole campaign is a reaction to Obama. They are so busy trying to tear him down, that it's actually creating more buzz about Obama, hence putting him in the spotlight, and pushing him closer to taking office. What do I mean? Look at shows like American Idol. More people vote for the winner on a reality show than for our president. If Obama is the equivalent to David Cook (who was talked about every week for being new and fresh), then we have a winner, folks. And honestly, I don't see McCain as a President. It's just not going to happen.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 9 years
Great emoticon usage, Steph!!!
True-Song True-Song 9 years
Ditto. I would know trailer hitch but not just hitch ball out of any kind of context. But then again I'm also fine with a president who shops for arugula at Whole Foods.
yesteryear yesteryear 9 years
that hitchball thing is stupid. i probably wouldn't have known what that was either... who calls it that? its called a trailer hitch.
True-Song True-Song 9 years
Whoa, I just noticed how much the donate button and that donate ad on the right look like the same style as Obama's website.
True-Song True-Song 9 years
That was a hard quiz. But it didn't really show Obama in a bad light. The statements were pretty generic.
yesteryear yesteryear 9 years
yeah this is pretty pathetic on the RNCs part... i mean, come on! here they are saying obama is nothing but a vapid celebrity -- and yet they are wasting time TALKING about celebrities - campaign dollars devising stupid online quizzes that are supposed to look like a celebrity blog. it's just stupid. i hope obama continues to take the high road on this. otherwise we might see a "funny" version of the life alert commercial with mccain in the starring role. (hmm thats actually a pretty good idea!!)
stephley stephley 9 years
I think I'm going to officially ignore this post. If the RNC can't think of anything worthwhile to say about its own candidate, it doesn't have anything worthwhile to say about anything. :raspberry:
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