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. :)

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CowboyRT

September 15th, 2011
11:30 am

Obama killed Osama !!

Ron Burgundy

September 15th, 2011
11:32 am

Obama singlehandedly killed OBL. I mean forget all that interrogation stuff at Gitmo the libs hated cause it was mean….it was Obama!

Derek

September 15th, 2011
11:32 am

OMG= Obama Must Go

kgray

September 15th, 2011
11:32 am

Ron Burgundy, first I have more intelligence that you have in your little finger. The money that was given to the car companies has worked and each one has paid back every dime to the government. You guy are ignorant if you think that he was elected because he was African American, no he was elected because he was the most qualified out of the candidates. Again, if any of you really think that Sarah Palin or Michelle Bachmann will become President are delusional. I do feel that the wealthy of this country should pay their fair share of taxes and not continue to defer them and send their procedes over seas to avoid paying what they should and I know this first hand from working in banking as a personal banker. The Coke brothers are perfect examples of why they don’t want President Obama elected again and to do away with labor unions. So that they can bring in worker and not pay them their required disignated union pay and to have no bid government contracts awarded, just like our former VP did for Halliburton. Don’t get me started and I will spill all the beans on these crooks.

commoncents

September 15th, 2011
11:35 am

Realistic- “The real issue with Obama is just what Jimmy Carter said he’s a non white and he is the president”

You’re quoting a failed hack to support an idiot? That seems illogical.
People don’t dislike Obama because he’s black, they dislike him because of his condescending attitude, his failed social policies and the fact that neither him nor his gaggle of advisors have respect for others.

“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.”- Then you should have LOVED GWB. I don’t think anyone out there loves America more than that man and he showed it day in and day out with every action he took.

Ron Burgundy

September 15th, 2011
11:35 am

Who said he was elected because he was African American? I said 95% of one race voted for him. To me that is marginalizing yourself.

BTW – the car companies have not paid it all back. I know you read some lib article saying otherwise. the auto bailout was a JOKE. I mean GM still makes crap….UAW is still a leech sucking its host dry.

BTW – when did I mention palin or Bachman? Man yo really lie to infer…must have thin skin.

Ron Burgundy

September 15th, 2011
11:36 am

OH NO KGRAY….DONT SPILL THE BEANS!!! LOL!

Fletch

September 15th, 2011
11:37 am

he is probably shocked that he isn’t getting his way again. this has never happened to him before…

commoncents

September 15th, 2011
11:37 am

kgray- “Ron Burgundy, first I have more intelligence that you have in your little finger”

Irony?

Ron Burgundy

September 15th, 2011
11:37 am

KGRAY says the rich don’t pay their fair share. I giuess 90% of the revenues coming from 10% is not fair. Oh well.

There should be a study done on people in poverty who are uninsured. how many have internet, cell phones (even smart phones) and cable TV (possibly HBO).

Ron Burgundy

September 15th, 2011
11:38 am

commoncents….apparently kgray is smarter then my little finger…oh well. LOL!

chris

September 15th, 2011
11:39 am

It’s a shame no one mocked the person really responsible for our woes. G. W. Bush. They let him off with a free pass and call him a great President, HA! What’s worse, is they blame the next guy. Typical! America always passes the buck. What a country we live in! If you reward the richest people, bankrupt the country fighting TWO unnecessary wars, and do it in the name of God, you are seen as a hero. Meanwhile the guy trying to clean up the mess afterwards is mocked and laughed at by idiots who think a credible news source is Wikipedia. We’ll see what happens when they get a Republican in office. How much better off will you be?

Fletch

September 15th, 2011
11:40 am

I like how he unveiled the “America First” initiative. WHAT WAS THE FOCUS THE FIRST 3 YEARS? It should be first, last and only – and it isn’t. That, my friends is what scares me more than the debt, more than the wasteful spending, more than anything else. It isn’t about America to him, it is about him to him.

Real

September 15th, 2011
11:43 am

Obama may not have the “Best President” moniker. But I’ll vote for him over Romney “the perpetual loser”, Perry “W the 2nd coming” or Bachmann “Never had a chance and never will”!!!

Fletch

September 15th, 2011
11:43 am

chris: much.

please tell me what GWB did to single-handedly trigger a global economic collapse? i know you are tired of the Obama bashing but he is ill-equipped to “clean this up” – common sense dictates that he is making wrong decisions, not in the best interest of the country’s long term success. This isn’t baseless defamation, he is making things worse by most measurable criteria.

Smokewagon

September 15th, 2011
11:44 am

I get really tired of the supporters trying to justify Obama’s obvious imcompetence by pointing out mistakes made by past presidents. Please tell me what qualifications this man had in the first place to be voted president. There is a segment of America so driven by partisan hate that they will vote for anybody regardless of the consequences to our wonderful country. Very selfish in my opinion.

commoncents

September 15th, 2011
11:44 am

Chris, If you’re going to play the “Blame Bush” card, you must also blame the democratic congress, who recommended everything he signed off on and who approved (did not veto) any other decision he made.

War in the name of God? Maybe a war in the interest of justice…

Ron Burgundy

September 15th, 2011
11:50 am

Good point commoncents – the MAJORITY of the Bush deficits came after 2006.

Again as far as the financial crisis….BUSH tried to reform fannie and freddie loans in 2004 but was blocked by dem leadership….open your eyes up epople. We are not racist we are trying to help everyone by making them learn to fish instead of giving them fish.

commoncents

September 15th, 2011
11:53 am

kgray- It’s a good thing those horrible Coke brothers spilled the beans to you about their union busting idea while you were a bank teller. Good thing you saw them report their earnings as income from an international entity.

Thank you for informing us! We are forever grateful! #attackwatch

He was the most qualified? Really? Which policies did he support or reforms did he author as a senator that make him qualified? Where are his qualifications? He wrote a book! He did nothing! And he’s still doing it now!

RAMZAD

September 15th, 2011
11:54 am

Obama is the best thing yu’all got. Want to try out Perry for Bush III?

Ultros667

September 15th, 2011
11:55 am

Obama’s Gestapo website has gained me more friends on Twitter in 3 days than in 3 month!!! Thanks whatever dumb adviser came up with this site!

JT

September 15th, 2011
11:56 am

Change Please

September 15th, 2011
11:57 am

Where’s Hillary?

Confusselled

September 15th, 2011
11:57 am

Who said we were in a war in the name of God? Oh, the Muslims did….everytime you hear them scream “Allah Akbar” just before they crashed into the towers, or when they set off a IED or car bomb killing innocent people.

We are there to deliver justice.

tmoney

September 15th, 2011
11:58 am

I’m proud to live in a country where authoritarian actions like this are openly ridiculed and shot down instantly. LIBERTY

Sweet Caroline

September 15th, 2011
12:00 pm

Pat, my friend, what good idea has he had before or after taking office?

Treeofwoe

September 15th, 2011
12:01 pm

I thought the Left told us it was the Right who used gestapo tactics. LOL What a petty little dictator we have in office. Vesss VESSSS ve muhst ghet dem to turn in ze loved ones undt their friends!!! Unlike we are told by the MSM tyranny can rear it’s ugly head from either party. I have to thank this President for giving us this case study on how to trash a country to the point that dangerous things can happen, and that yep it can be someone on the left. SHOCKER!

vince neil

September 15th, 2011
12:07 pm

irrelevant…

Ron Burgundy

September 15th, 2011
12:07 pm

RAMZAD….I would love a Bus III over obama….Bush II spent less and unemployment was never 9+ for an eternity. Bush ii was agaisnt parsite unions. Bush III would open up more drilling in the gulf (how many jobs have been lost due to suspended Gulf drilling while we sell leases to brasil?)

FOIA

September 15th, 2011
12:08 pm

I wonder how much of illegal tax payer funds are being used to run this Gestapo website of the President? Looks like a FOIA request.

Response to Reality

September 15th, 2011
12:08 pm

Bad choice of name…Reality.

Remembering that much of the financial market collapse in this country was a result of Barney Frank and his buddies forcing mortgage companies to make loans they would not have normally made to parasites and deadbeats. Maintain the standards and you don’t have derivatives, defaults, etc.

Bush lies….what an old story that was not true in the first place

Tax the rich…..Just what proportion of taxes should “the rich” have to pay? The burden is disproportionate now. You want the “rich” to pay more and more, yet you claim neither you nor Ali Bama are socialists.

The real problem is that too many folks are on a free ride. Make everybody with any income pay something, even ten bucks and get all to participate.

Jobs……great solution. Tax the rich and create useless unneeded jobs further jeopardizing our future.

Ron Burgundy

September 15th, 2011
12:09 pm

This tweeter police crap is just another exampe of how hypocritical the left and obama are. They TRASH bush for 8 years and are all hurt and icky now that their Dear leader is getting trashed.

Grampy4613

September 15th, 2011
12:12 pm

Those of you morons who are defending Obama should really think, if you can. Look at what you are saying. Invictus doesn’t like the war. Did you like 9/11? There would have been a lot more of that with out war. Better to have it on their homefront than ours. And, I’m sick of hearing about Bush. Obama has been in office almost three years. When do you start putting the blame where it belongs? Just a little common sense wiould go a long way.

Rip vanWinkle

September 15th, 2011
12:15 pm

Did Obama get elected? I’ve been in a coma since November 2010 and someone took all my money, I lost my job, my house got foreclosed on, and I haven’t found out yet where those newly created jobs are in my locale I heard about. I think a lot of others may have been asleep also.

Grampy4613

September 15th, 2011
12:15 pm

Also, you Obama fans, name one thing that this clown has done that has helped this country; one idea of his own.

ACE

September 15th, 2011
12:15 pm

What do you expect from a man who has never had a real job. He is a career government employee.

Politi Cal

September 15th, 2011
12:16 pm

Democrats are experts at dishing it out, but boy do they howl when you throw it back. Poor babies.

Grampy4613

September 15th, 2011
12:17 pm

An administrator. I just can’t believe that anyone with a sound mind could defend him He hasn’t had 1 idea in 3 yrs.

Ken Kahn

September 15th, 2011
12:17 pm

Enter your comments here

Ken Kahn

September 15th, 2011
12:18 pm

So, here’s the deal: Prseidemt Obama promises not to say anything bad about you if you just PLEASE stop making fun of him.

Ron Burgundy

September 15th, 2011
12:26 pm

I think the NY and nevada elections are a sign of whats to come. Say bye bye to Reid, Obama and other libtards. i guess Moochelle will have to pay her own way to these vacations now. its no big deal though….Obama will go around speaking for 200k a pop….they will be fine.

President Obama is the BEST!

September 15th, 2011
12:26 pm

@ Browncoat…I sure you miss Bush because he is the one that started the craziness. He just left it for President Obama to clea it up!!! @ Unknown…I completely understand the reason do put your name as “Unknown”. “I don’t have a clue”, would have also been a good name for you…:)

resno2

September 15th, 2011
12:27 pm

kgray: Good job! Way to deflect direction of the conversation away from the chosen one. It is surprising, though, that you didn’t try to blame this lame brained idea on Bush.

KFrank

September 15th, 2011
12:28 pm

No-One and I mean NO_ONE could make me miss BUSH!! Am a bit disappointed after the big hub-bub and the inability to deliver like we all hoped he would.. I honestly think it is a lost cause,, there is anything anyone of these cantidates is going to be able to do about this mess.. Sad..

KFrank

September 15th, 2011
12:29 pm

sorry “there isn’t anything”

resno2

September 15th, 2011
12:31 pm

Taxes: The President did try to get the most wealthy to pay their fair share.

What exactly is their fair share?

Blue40

September 15th, 2011
12:31 pm

grampy4613
Do you really think he has the time to launch awebsite like that? are you that stupid?

I stand

September 15th, 2011
12:35 pm

I love President Obama! The Republicans are a bunch of airheads!!!!!! The person that said he was in a coma, you went into that coma during the bush admn. That’s when people started losing homes, that costs jobs (real estate agents ). People wanted a change, you have to realize that Congress runs America Idiots! not the President. The Replublicans has the house, fault them. He will run again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2centsworth

September 15th, 2011
12:37 pm

The obamanation and his faithful bleeding heart libturds are completing the destruction of our country that was first started on 09/11. The POSpotus must be stopped during the next election.

kgray

September 15th, 2011
12:38 pm

resno2, I see you guys didn’t try to refute what I was saying because, it was the truth. Who has ever heard of a VP former company being awarded a no bid contract to rebuild a country that we destroyed. Now was it just a coinsidence or is this the way the Bush and Cheney ran things during their administration. Because, I’m sure you are aware Cheney still reaped benefits from the country and so did anyone with any interest in oil. I speak facts not fiction. Shoot me with your best shot. I give you mine.