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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tell it like it like it is

September 15th, 2011
2:08 pm

whether it be bush or obama i would like to see all the trash talkers run for president and show america that you can do a better job in the most criticized position in the world. if so lets see your names on the ballot come election time!!!!! p.s. easy to talk when your sitting on the sidelines.

Bon'Quisha

September 15th, 2011
2:09 pm

I like BHO a whole lot more than his predecessor, the Imbecile Bush. He’s a very personable guy, and yeah he is smart.

But unfortunately his presidency has not been successful on a number of levels. My biggest grievance – and the one I believe will cost him the next election – is his stubborn refusal to extricate us from that no-win, endless war in Aghanistan.

Lying Hypocrite Liberal

September 15th, 2011
2:12 pm

Obama is a CROOK!!! He steals money from Taxpayers to give to Campaign Doners at Failing companies like Solandra who now pissed away 500 million of our money…Obama your a FREAKIN THIEF!!!!

Obama Supporter

September 15th, 2011
2:14 pm

To Resno2, I didn’t realize Democrats symbol was an ass….! But you learn something new everyday so that means you must be a Demo b/c I’m sure you have one. Umm

Timbo for the record, I’m not on welfare.

my say

September 15th, 2011
2:20 pm

Blkshepherd….it’s called Freedom of Speech. If you dislike it or hate it then you should go to IRAN or IRAQ . where it isn’t allowed

ruserious

September 15th, 2011
2:20 pm

@timbo did you know the majority of people on welfare are white? just thought you would want to know that fact, and the majority of people in jail are white, also just in case you did not know crazy right, some how the media gives us this picture majority of people of color are in jail, or living of welfare I wonder why they would paint that picture. unreal to funny

Independent Vet

September 15th, 2011
2:22 pm

The Twitter tactic was carried out by the president’s campaign staff. If you think he was doing the tweeting, you’re more dense than previously thought

Sick of Moochers

September 15th, 2011
2:22 pm

Really Obama Supporter?!!!! As qualified as Obama! Te Community Organizer?! He was in the U.S. Senate for 163 day and only voted “present”. Never ran a company or held office above Senator and he is qualified?!!! I am no Sarah Palin fan but SHE is more qualified than Obama!

By the way…Obama is also half white too.

timbo

September 15th, 2011
2:24 pm

To ‘ruserious’, where did you find your statistics?

timbo

September 15th, 2011
2:25 pm

I can’t find one thing he has done FOR the country, but I can list a whole lot he has done TO the country.

ruserious

September 15th, 2011
2:31 pm

@timbo lol google it! national census all the information is there. is that info shocking too you!? does it give you pause! lol

Good Grandma

September 15th, 2011
2:40 pm

Obama is a JOKE. He makes Jimmy Carter look smart! We’ve seen what your man could do…happy with the change? Looks like he’s gonna be a one-term-er. Thank GOD! No more vacations on MY dollar, especially when the country is falling apart. And no more of Michelle hosting top designers. Get real. They BOTH need a hell of a lot more training before I’ll believe they deserve to be where they are.

my say

September 15th, 2011
2:41 pm

The overwhelming majority of Americans are white, which means that blacks represent a hugely disproportionate segment of welfare recipients.

timbo

September 15th, 2011
2:41 pm

Here you go ‘ruserious’

Three decades ago the prison population was about one-eighth its current size and more than 70 per cent of the imprisoned population are people of color. The fastest growing groups of prisoners are black women and Native Americans.

I Love Herman Cain

September 15th, 2011
2:46 pm

Id we cant get Herman Cain in 2012 then at least elect a Tortoise, as at least that animal meets the age requirements for the presidency and has better leadership skills than Obama., oh and #attackwatch hows the social media liking you now?

Back 2 Bama

September 15th, 2011
2:51 pm

Enter your comments here

Escaped from Atlanta

September 15th, 2011
2:56 pm

Just another thing to add to the community agitators long list of failures, just like everything else he touches.
Hopefully the village in Kenya will soon reclaim it’s missing idiot.

Obama Supporter

September 15th, 2011
2:57 pm

To Ron Burgundy, I have worked & worked hard all my life and didn’t mind doing it. I am a proud homeowner with 2 intelligent sons & a wonderful “WORKING” GA husband. Like I stated previously, I CALL A SPADE A SPADE. I hate no-one, I have just watched and listened to how Georgia works along with GOP in the Whitehouse against anything thing that the President come up with. It doesn’t matter, see you at the polls 2012.

I’m a child of GOD, which whom I TRUST! Simple.

Not again, not ever again.

September 15th, 2011
2:59 pm

Dear Obama Supporter, Obama has had 3 years, he has done nothing. House and senate have been controlled by democrats for the last 8 years, they really did nothing including pass a budget and stopped Bush from doing anything including fixing Fannie and Freddy before all this came crashing down. Look at the records, Bush tried but the Dems said no, nothing was working. You really need to stop blaming Bush. He has not been the president for over 3 years now. Obama has and its his economy and his administration that is now taking this country down.

Critical Thinking is in Short Demand these days

September 15th, 2011
3:04 pm

T
September 15th, 2011
11:11 am

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

No, it was driven by wall street’s ability to profit off bad mortgages. The more mortgages they sold, the more they made. So they gave more bad mortgage loans. When the mortgages started falling, through, so did the economy. Con solution to this? Less regulation.

**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.**

The president announces a jobs plan to repair our crumbling infrastructure, and the Repubs trash it. Have the repubs even come up with a jobs plan in the two years they have been in control of the House?

**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.**

The top 1% of tax payers (some 400 people) pay an average tax rate of 16% Are you paying less or more? That’s what I thought. Where do you think the wealth in this country resides? We tried 11 years of reduced taxes on the wealthy. Where are the jobs? Instead, we are in even more debt. The Bush tax experiment didn’t work. What do you expect the poor of this country to pay? A tax rate of 37.5% times ZERO income is still ZERO.

Ron Burgundy

September 15th, 2011
3:12 pm

Obama Supporter….lets see what the president has come up with….

Healthcare Bill that will cost us trillions – I mean it cost money to insure 30 million people (most with IPhones and cable TV).

8 trillion in more deficit – how dare the GOP try and stop that!

UAW…I mean GM and Chrysler bailout – GM and Chrysler had an opportunity to file chapter 11 and come out VERY strong against the parasites of the UAW but obama had to bail out the UAW …whyt? because the unions give 400 BILLION a year in political action money to obama and the democrats.

Seriousl Obama supporter….the unions public and private give 99% of thier PAC money to dems. Thats a little one sided wouldnt you think?

OH I forgot – Obama spent a TRILLION saying it would put a ceiling on unemployment of 7%……well 9.3% later (actually its about 20% if you count iunderemployment)…..we see where that money went….read a newspaper lady….we gave 500 million to a “green solar” company now filing bankruptcy.

Oh and lets not forget about Obamas sterling military track record….General mcChrystal was fired fpor saying the truth.

Ron Burgundy

September 15th, 2011
3:14 pm

Critical thinking….I like how you and other lib tards just make broad brush statements like “Obama introduces a jobs planba dn the GOP poo poos it”, I wonder why? because the jobs plan is a failure. Just like his trillion stimulus.

A Liberals Night Terror

September 15th, 2011
3:14 pm

I probably shouldn’t put the term “Night” in that title because what I am about to say is racist (according to them). A dose of REAL REALITY, Obama has been in office for 3 years. The big bad evil Tea Party Republicans have only had the House for 9 months. The liberals have run the House and the Senate the majority of Obama’s terms. You can’t blame the Tea Party for being the problem, because it has been nothing but a wet dream for the liberals having control of the system. For the first 2 years of Obama’s administration, he has run up more debt than previous 43 Presidents combined. The Liberals did not pass or attempt to pass a single budget bill in over 845 days of control of the House and Senate. The Republicans passed and submitted 3 in 4 months, which were all denied a vote by the Liberal controlled Senate.

Who’s really holding up progress here? I guess my title should have been called, “I refuse to La La Land, and face Reality.”

ok

September 15th, 2011
3:20 pm

The president announced a job plan to repair crumbling infrastructure and the repubs trashed it… wasn’t that his “shovels in the dirt” plan.

Back 2 Bama

September 15th, 2011
3:23 pm

First, Mr. Obama needs to stand up shout it loud and clear the he is President until 2012; therefore, whether you like it or not he is in control. He continues to promote bipartisan tactics and it doesn’t work the GOP only support themselves and misinform the uneducated to jump on their bandwagon. If you are poor which a large portion on southern white(s) can certainly identify with. Please stop allowing Rush, Sean, Sarah and Michelle make a fool of you at your own expense.

Lastly, Mr, Obama is no better or worse than his predecessor(s); however, the fact remains he is biracial. We need to be honest don’t change sheets now as it wasn’t suppose to ever happen a black family in the “WHITE HOUSE”. America is the same and will never CHANGE these rants about policies and debt just a smoke screen. We know what you really want say just MAN UP and call him out. I am sick and darn tired of being politically correct with people who have so much garbage in their own lives couldn’t serve as PTA presidents. Herman Cain is an uppity, self-promoting clown who should work on his Alma Mater’s gay image and then consult the rest of the world!!!!!!!

FAN

September 15th, 2011
3:27 pm

history was made get over black man with that kind of power u know rest

Credit due where credit is deserved

September 15th, 2011
3:28 pm

Ok, if we accept that all of this is George Bush’s fault. Then you have to agree that Bin Laden’s death is Bush’s success. If you want to say that all the economic problems are Bush’s fault and Obama can’t be blamed for anything that occurred in the last three years. Then you must say that Bush did the right thing by allowing the treatment of the detainees at Gitmo allowed the intelligence to be gathered that led the SEALs to Bin Laden.

You want to blame him for everything that Obama has done in the last three years, then you have to give the man the credit for getting the job done that led to the death of Bin Laden.

Credit due where credit is deserved

September 15th, 2011
3:29 pm

Besides, the only thing Obama did in that operation was say “Present” and defer to the Joint Chiefs.

Credit due where credit is deserved

September 15th, 2011
3:33 pm

Oh wait, I just got the memo. It is no longer Bush’s fault. It’s Japan’s earthquake, the DC quake, and Irene’s fault.

up north

September 15th, 2011
3:38 pm

Oh my, is this guy an idiot, or what?! He makes Jimmy Carter look good, which I did not think was possible!

Jobs from stimulus= 0

September 15th, 2011
3:39 pm

George
Its not about a CRUEL CROWD you Obama lover, its about beign tired of this liar, fraud, Chicago thug with no experience piece of trash in the WH. Never once has he even hired or fired one person befoer he became the biggest manager in the world, and you want him to create JOBS????
He will be gone, its a guarantee. The savior gets only 4 yrs!
Amen!

TRUE AMERICAN!

September 15th, 2011
3:43 pm

Just becasue Obama’s better than me, he thinks he’s better than me!

BWW

September 15th, 2011
3:45 pm

The black Alfred E Newman. What, me lie?

BWW

September 15th, 2011
3:47 pm

Now leaving, Barry Obummer and his lovely wife CHEETAH!

TheOneandonlyKelly

September 15th, 2011
3:58 pm

Thank you PRESIDENT Barack Obama. The GOP and their ilk live in dreamland, wishing for fail. America has experienced Republican George Bush failed policies, thank you for taking on that mess and doing an excellent job. Thanks for getting rid of Bin Laden ,saving our auto industry and creating jobs, even with GOP opposition and lies you are doing an amazing job.

9 months Mr. Bohner and the GOP leads Congress and still no jobs bill and our unemployment went up. 2012 can’t come quick enough. The GOP ran on jobs govern on cutting jobs to run on jobs again. #cleanhouse2012 #GOPgoeshome2012

TheOneandonlyKelly

September 15th, 2011
4:01 pm

By the way Mr.or Ms. News person. I know your head remains stuck up GOP’s behind but give the office of the presidency its respect even if you don’t have any for this great president. ITS “PRESIDENT OBAMA” not “OBAMA”. We all learned how to address people in grade school, stop showing your fail News person. Before there was a black president every body knew how to address the pres.

Roekest

September 15th, 2011
4:04 pm

Too bad so many comedians have that liberal slant. If more were just balanced and objective, they could mine this dude for comedy gold like they did W. Heck, that’s an SNL skit right there: W and Obama a la The Odd Couple.

William

September 15th, 2011
4:07 pm

All of you conservatives/klanspeople (same thing) who say the President hasn’t had an original thought and 3 years are so brainwashed by talk radio and Fox News. They continue to grow wealthy on your fear and hatred and you clowns keep making them richer. Please do not say you did your research because you didn’t. You allow these people who would rather see the country fail, so this President will fail. And if you think for one minute Republicans (Rethuglicans same thing) cares about your 9 to 5 behinds you are not only blind you are stupid also, but that’s evident in some of these comments

....

September 15th, 2011
4:08 pm

To: Theeoneandonlykelly…

practice what you preach. we are blessed to ONLY have One of you.

Credit due where credit is deserved

September 15th, 2011
4:09 pm

TheONeandonlyKelly—first, take your own advice, It’s PRESIDENT Bush to you, just as it is still President Clinton, when refering to him. Second, the GOP lead House has produced bills, but the Democrat controlled Senate refuses to vote on them and are the ones stalling the process. Third, if I remember correctly, PresBO, ran on jobs from day 1, he had a Democrat controlled House and Senate, and in the two years of that, we’ve lost more jobs than has been created. Lastly, get off the race issue already, the only people keeping it alive is the defunct NAACP.

William

September 15th, 2011
4:11 pm

….and why is it everytime you hear someone from the GOP speaks they are constantly trashing the President and not once have they stated a plan they have for the betterment of the country. Why. They don’t have one. Could care less about the country as long as they get richer. Poor ignorant 9 to 5 Rethuglicans.

Credit due where credit is deserved

September 15th, 2011
4:12 pm

The only thing I can think of PresBO doing good is that he has been able to keep his daughters away from the press. He has been able to allow them to lead their lives out of the scrutiny of the public.

Pat

September 15th, 2011
4:14 pm

Haha, here we go again with the “if you do not like our President, then you are racist” point. I think everyone is tired of hearing that.

Credit due where credit is deserved

September 15th, 2011
4:15 pm

William—the last time I checked, in order to be a “thug,” you have to be black, uneducated, unable to wear clothing properly, and have a belief that what everyone else works hard at earning, should be given to you for sitting on your bum. Sounds like a large demographic of typical Democrat voters to me.

Credit due where credit is deserved

September 15th, 2011
4:18 pm

Pat—I agree. Let’s provide the correct definition.

Racist: A person who has a belief that one race is inherently dominant over others.

Yeah, I don’t think the term really applies.

phil

September 15th, 2011
4:20 pm

Gosh, reporting mom and dad worked so well in the Soviet Union.

PastGuru

September 15th, 2011
4:21 pm

TheOneandonlyKelly. Obama. I won’t call him President. Or even Mr. President. He’s an idiot. A buffoon. A fool. Over 4 trillion in additional debt in just over 900 days. A disgusting unemployment rate. A forced healthcare plan that will likely send the countries economy into a spiraling pit from hell. He even include a provision to force people to buy it. He put out a stimulus plan which created zero job growth, failed in its ‘green job’ initiative, and supported numerous companies who too the money and then moved jobs overseas. Now he wants another ‘Jobs Bill’ stimulus to the tune of $500 billion and will pay for it with more taxes if he doesn’t just print more money. The education system is faltering under his so called ‘leadership’. He has not removed us from the two wars and in fact, has furthered them. He even second handedly entered us into the Libyan fray. He has taken more vacation time than any president and the ‘first family’ has spent more money on parties and vacations than any previous presidential family over a full 8 year term. And his only response is to point to the past and say, ‘Its Bush’s fault’. And now, he has the audacity to put up a site like this? This kind of tactic worked in the 1690s in Salem, MA, calling for witches. In the 1850s asking for people to turn in people who aided runaway slaves, in the 1930s/40s in Germany when the Nazi’s asked people to turn on those aiding Jews, Catholics, Gypsies, Homosexuals, and other ‘undesirables’, in the 1950s in China and Russia where people turned on non-communist, in Vietnam where Polpot had people turn on non party member, or in America in 1950s US where McCarthy had citizens turn on each other as communist. Yeah. Obama’s great. A great weasel. No. I will not call Obama President. I will call him spineless and worthless. I will call him a mealy mouthed land lizard. I will call him a parasite, leech, charlatan, and anti-American, anti-capitalist, pro socialist dweeb. Its an insult to the office to call him competent or even American.

Credit due where credit is deserved

September 15th, 2011
4:24 pm

Let’s get back on topic. This website is very much typical of this administration. They did it in the last campaign. When they moved into the office, they publically announced that the GOP and it’s supporters are the real enemy of the state. In his first address, he told America that he wants an Army that will monitor the citizens of this country.

Look at the facts, he past actions have been about trying to control the people.

Pat

September 15th, 2011
4:26 pm

Plus, I still do not understand why so many black people support him with the high unemployment rate for blacks. Do you not want someone in office to stimulate the economy to help you get back to work. That still baffles me.

Blondie

September 15th, 2011
4:29 pm

#attackwatch Can we turn him in against himself for now repackaging Bush’s failed tactics as his own -after he ran against them in 2008?