Obama’s Twitter plan backfires

“Build it and they will come,” but they may also trash the place, is an accurate axiom for anything online, President Barack Obama is learning.

AttackWatch.com seems to do plenty of attacking itself.

AttackWatch.com seems to do plenty of attacking itself.

The president, whose campaign launched a website to track and rebuff anti-Obama attacks, encouraged his supporters to take it to the Tweets with an #attackwatch hashtag, but the Twitterverse is comprised of a much more politically diverse, and perhaps cruel, crowd than the last time he ran for office.

The hashtag has been taken over by comedians who seem content to mock and ridicule, says a Wall Street Journal blog.

Those with a conservative bent have been drawn to the hashtag as though it were a tax-and-spend flame:

@Drill_Thrawl Hey Kids, are mommy and daddy talking bad about Obama? Be sure to report them at #attackwatch #1984

@gregmcrc … check this=9% unemployment, no green jobs, 49 million uninsured, 1 in 6 Americans in poverty

#AttackWatch If you want to really upset a megalomaniacal wannabe dictator, just mock him via social media.

@bonnie1b: Jobless claims jump to 448,000 #attackwatch

Jimmy Carter must be feeling good knowing he’s no longer the worst president in U.S. history. #attackwatch

AttackWatch.com is similar to a “Fight The Smears” site Obama unleashed during his 2008 campaign, says The International Business Times, which says the new site has “become a laughingstock.”

Conservative talk show hosts are getting in on the act, including Neal Boortz (aka @talkmaster):

@attackwatch, you can tell me just how much money Obama thinks I should make. Don’t want to exceed his limit, you understand.

I don’t claim to be an expert on politics, but “control the message” has to be a basic tenet of campaigning. Unleashing the #attackwatch hashtag on an embittered public doesn’t seem wise.

I speak from experience, just read the comments below. :)

239 comments Add your comment

Pat

September 15th, 2011
10:32 am

Pat

September 15th, 2011
10:33 am

I can not believe he actually thought this was going to be a good idea

Neal Boortz

September 15th, 2011
10:37 am

OOOBAMA OOOBAMA OOOBAMA OOOBAMA!

Obama

September 15th, 2011
10:38 am

I am not a hack!

zgoldatl

September 15th, 2011
10:38 am

Wow Obama is such a joke. Trying to get people to “report” friends or family. Simply outrageous. Once again, Pres. Obama shows he is simply clueless to the plight of the small town Southern man, or blue collar Midwestern worker. His upbringing in Hawaii and Indonesia were not a realistic representation of the real world as most Americans know it. He understands Chicago, New York, and he “elite” Northeast. Somewhere in Chicago, a community is missing its organizer.

zgoldatl

September 15th, 2011
10:39 am

sorry- “and the elite Northeast”

Unknown

September 15th, 2011
10:40 am

What do you mean you can’t believe it? He hasn’t come up with ONE good idea YET!!!

Browncoat

September 15th, 2011
10:43 am

Wow, Obama makes me miss Bush.

The Austrian Brotherhood

September 15th, 2011
10:51 am

Ron Paul For Save Our Country.

becareful

September 15th, 2011
10:52 am

I love Obama!!!

Ron Burgundy

September 15th, 2011
10:53 am

The funny thing is most libtards will continue to vote for this moron despite the worst numbers of any president since Carter. I mean 95% blacks voted for him and 95% will vote for him again. Can you say marginalized?

This buttthole has vacationed the globe while his wife has had 3 times as many handlers as the last first lady. Libtards get ready for Rick Perry and Marco Rubio in 2012.

invictus mon

September 15th, 2011
10:58 am

I never really realized that is the same crazy people who call into talk shows and rant and rave who post on these news sites. It’s insane how cruel people can be behind a computer. That said, Come on Barak, you can’t give us material that easy to work with, and ask us not to broadside you with it like a 2 X 4. What’s the fun in that?

Pat

September 15th, 2011
11:00 am

@Unknown, you are correct :-)

Ron Burgundy

September 15th, 2011
11:01 am

invictus mom – were you calling Whoopee Goldberg insanely cruel when she referenced Bushs name in a sexual way?

Raymond Zukowski

September 15th, 2011
11:01 am

Attack Watch is even more of an Epic Fail than the Edsel, Dewey Defeats Truman, New Coke or Fonzie jumping the shark!!!!!
Sums up this administration in a NUT SHELL!!!!!

kgray

September 15th, 2011
11:01 am

Well he isn’t doing as bad as the previous IDIOT we had for a President, who started a war with LIES at the cost of 1 billion per month. I guess that’s okay for our children and grandchildren to repay,as long as it was for a good cause like a war.

Reality

September 15th, 2011
11:02 am

It makes me sick to my stomach the negative comments targeting our President. It isn’t just that they are negative, they are nothing more than ’sound bites’ with no substance and no supporting evidence. Mostly, they are generalizations spouting an overall opinion by someone that probably got that opinion from Rush or Bortz or the like.

Any rational person with even an average IQ could recognize the details of the last couple of years.

Economy: Yep, the economy has been in the crapper. Why? We are still having to figure out how to get of the Bush mess. “You are just blaming Bush,” you say? Yes. The economy disaster was CREATED during the Bush terms. It took EIGHT years to make this mess. Why would anyone think it would be fixed in only a few years?

Jobs: First, see “Economy” above. The only thing a President can really do is create government jobs. But, if that’s done, the conservative idiots cry, “but you enlarge the government!” So, it is a no win situation for the President.

Taxes: The President did try to get the most wealthy to pay their fair share. This would help with the economy (at least the federal debt). However, the idiot tea party republicans block this at every turn.

And, there are more issues that need to be looked at from an OBJECTIVE perspective. Remember, for now Obama is STILL OUR PRESIDENT. And, he deserves the respect of that office at the very least!!!!!

Ron Burgundy

September 15th, 2011
11:02 am

Don’s tweet anything about Moochelles butt because the twttier police will getcha!

joe

September 15th, 2011
11:04 am

Every idea Barry the magnificent has sounds good in his head, but somehow ends up hitting the fan…and yes, his ideas smell exactly like the material that hits said fan…with each passing day, his presidency is becoming worse and worse. 1-termer indeed…

invictus mon

September 15th, 2011
11:05 am

Not specifically no…I was referencing a lot of us on this site who leave posts from time to time. The writers on this site know they’re going to get torn to shreds by us most of the time no matter what they post because people can. Free speech all day long, I’m just saying Obama’s presidency has been great fodder for everyone to zing him.

invictus mon

September 15th, 2011
11:07 am

Reality….downturn began last 2 years of Clinton’s presidency…look at the numbers. We’re blaming the wrong person there.

Egbert

September 15th, 2011
11:07 am

One of the strengths of our country is that we are, at our core, mainstream and transparent. Any radical or paranoid tendencies of those in power will eventually be exposed no matter how they are spun by the media and by the administration. (see Nixon, R.) That’s what you are seeing as more of the Obama agenda becomes apparent. This is the real Obama, and he actually is as scary as we thought four years ago.

Rob

September 15th, 2011
11:08 am

This type of story feeds people who don’t like Pres O anyway. If you took measured those who like him, this would be a reverse story. So who cares what any of you jack@$$e$ think?

SRE

September 15th, 2011
11:09 am

You do remember 9/11, yes? We just had a 10 year anniversary. You know, planes crashing into buildings, buildings collapsing, that whole bit. Look up the plane crashes on YouTube. Watch the people jumping from the Twin Towers and hitting the cold concrete below because they didn’t want to burn. That is why we went to war. At least Bush isn’t apologizing for America. He stood up and said, “Never again.”

Jacks

September 15th, 2011
11:09 am

Sarah Palin please save us!

Jacks

September 15th, 2011
11:10 am

SRE,
Did you also ask yourself why tower # 7 fell? I didn’t see a plane hit that building did you? You believe that an office fire can bring down an entire skyscraper?

Ron Burgundy

September 15th, 2011
11:10 am

kgray and reality = really dumb libtards

The bank crisis was caused no by Bush. It was cause by stupid loans backed by Fannie Mae. In 2004 Bush warned of this crisis (look it up) and was blocked by Dodd and Frank. In 2009 Dodd and Frank came out with a banking reform act tha included everyone BUT Fannie and freddie.

The economy has recession, the problem is govt thinking they can solve it by spending. Govtsjob in terms of the economy is to be a stewart that guides it….not controls it. That trillkion dollar stimulus was nothing more then a slush fund.

The taxation of th wealthy is a joke. lets continue to tax the hand that feeds us. How about reducing spending. What has increased moe in the past 3 years? Spending or revenues. Uhh spending. 8 trillion dollars in increased deficit. Its not a revenue problem libtards….its a spending problem.

How dumb ar eyou people blaming Bush…so narrow minded its really a shame.

Barack

September 15th, 2011
11:10 am

Stop this at once.

Obama Supporter

September 15th, 2011
11:11 am

You know, I’m unemployed & have been for 8mths. I don’t blame President Obama for the worlds short comings b/c we were headed that way with the Bush Administration. He provided monies for jobs to be created, but the republicans chose to hold on to the money & jobs until they think that they will take office in 2012 & then ALL the JOBS will be created under their so called watchful eye and then they will claim that they did this great job for our country. When honestly, they really don’t give a damn about anyone but themselves. They want him to fail b/c is is BLACK & trying to help the COUNTRY, not just his OWN!

#attachwatch

September 15th, 2011
11:11 am

Yes, we here at Attackwatch are Obama’s SS and Hitler Youth rolled into one Federally Funded (thank you tax payers)….oops, I mean Obama Campaign Funded program.

T

September 15th, 2011
11:11 am

Reality – get in touch with your screenname

Economy – the key problem is related to the mortgage crisis, which was primarily driven by Democratic policies.

Jobs – Businesses create jobs. The President’s policies are anti business. Why would anybody risk capital under this President? Do you really want the Gov to be that big in your life? Maybe you do.

Taxes – The wealthy does pay their fair share. The top 5% pay almost 60% of all Fed income tax and the top 50% pay almost all Federal income tax. When is enough enough? You don’t care, you are in the lower 50% I’m sure, just based on your comments.

Respect? How about showing some respect to the truth?

Jerry Capshaw

September 15th, 2011
11:13 am

Just shows to go you how stupid this big eared little (vernacular for illegitimate child) is! South Chicago politics vs. common sense. Common sense wins every time.

AmericaWILLNeverBE the SAme

September 15th, 2011
11:13 am

I’m afraid America as we once knew it in the 60’s thru 90’s will never be the same. I’m afraid we are on a slippery slope and will not recover.

T

September 15th, 2011
11:16 am

Obama Supporter – Nice race baiting. See my point number two on why jobs are not being created. The motivation is common sense, not racism. But if you want to live your life believing that this is all a race thing, go for it. The more idiots in the world, the easier it is for the rest of us to turn hard work into success.

Hey Obama Supporter

September 15th, 2011
11:16 am

Those “monies” for jobs you claim Obama provided, wasn’t because at the time that little burden on my unborn grandchildren was passed, the Democrats were in charge of both the House and the Senate. Where was their budgets for 2008, 2009, and 2010 that would have provided the money? Oh, they never passed one in 845 days.

Glad2CU

September 15th, 2011
11:16 am

Actually, Ted Kennedy had it right at the National Press Club – Usama Ubama!

Jeff

September 15th, 2011
11:16 am

I wonder if it’s our Christian heritage as a nation that causes us to funnel everything through a savior/devil filter. Trying to assign blame or give credit to a single President for our economy/education/crime/ etc. is moronic.

Moose

September 15th, 2011
11:17 am

HA HA HA but you can donate!
The smears didn’t end with the 2008 election.

President Obama’s opponents are still using false claims against him and his record in an attempt to derail our momentum.

Donate to support our campaign and help us fight back with the facts.

Jacks

September 15th, 2011
11:17 am

I see you have worked hard for being born with your silver spoon T.

boneETaylor

September 15th, 2011
11:17 am

I voted for Change? This guy is a clown. I wish Bush or Jimmy Carter were president then there would be real HOPE.

markie mark

September 15th, 2011
11:18 am

“Somewhere in Chicago, a community is missing its organizer.”

Wow…..that is priceless….

Jen

September 15th, 2011
11:18 am

Just goes to show follow your dreams. “Anyone” can be president. ANYONE.

Emma

September 15th, 2011
11:19 am

Dragon Con founder found with a 14 year old and has previous child molestion charges…wasn’t that conference just her in Atlanta during Labor Day weekend. Royyyy check on the kids…

Anyone can be president...

September 15th, 2011
11:21 am

So can you with the support of you own home grown terrorist, fellow self proclaimed communist and anti-capitalist, and don’t forget, the love and adoration of the dumbmasses of the government educated.

Concerned

September 15th, 2011
11:22 am

Is this a new version of the Hitler Youth? The Hitler Youth collected information so the Nazi party could identity those who disagree with Obama’s (I mean Hitler’s) ideologies.

Realistic

September 15th, 2011
11:22 am

The real problem with our country is that we say one thing but really we are thinking another. United we stand is complete bs. If we were United irregardless of who the president is both sides would come together and resolve issues instead of sitting back saying how much that hope one or the other fails. That’s not United. The real issue with Obama is just what Jimmy Carter said he’s a non white and he is the president. Never has there been a president so disrespected and frowned upon when we’ve just witnessed the most incompetent president in Bush junior. Plain and simple United States is a racist country that will say oh no we love all colors if you are outside planting the grass, tending to our children or singing and dancing. If you notice America is made up of many different races and types. Obama is the perfect leader because he is just what the core of America is, a mix of different races trying to do what he knows best to help the country as a whole. No he’s not perfect but he believes in it and will risk his life in trying to put it in action. To me that’s a leader.

no more community organizers

September 15th, 2011
11:22 am

just another misstep by Obama. It would be one thing if the guy made an error or 2 but he seems to just have an endless series of mishaps and blunders. That’s what you get I suppose when you elect a community organizer to be the leader of the free world.

#attackwatch

September 15th, 2011
11:24 am

Concerned….please see our earlier post.

Stupid Libtard

September 15th, 2011
11:24 am

Its all bushs fault and those racist teabagger! Hey everyone….look at me….I’m a worldy opnenminded libtard!

Ron Burgundy

September 15th, 2011
11:27 am

Realistic just sat there saying we need to support our president then he followed it by demonizing Bush and calling people racist….CLASSIC! LOL!

How dumb are some people?