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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September 15th, 2011
4:32 pm

@William right on william. there hatred is upfront, you never saw this fire with bush, and he jammed all of us real bad, and sent out sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers of to die. then ran up a usage bill and iraq still hates us, not even a discount deal on the oil. talk about a stupid move! lol. then lay people off, kick them out of there house and you guys not mad about that, where is your fire on that!? lol some of you are like glass I can see right through. unreal like I posted before do the math took bush 8 years to jam it up bad, it cant be fixed in 4. 4 more for the big O. :-)


September 15th, 2011
4:38 pm

Big O = Big Zero ruserious.looks like your hatred is upfront If it took 8 years for bush to mess us up and now obama has had 3 to work on it… why are we getting any better? we are getting worse.


September 15th, 2011
4:45 pm

Folks it really does not need to about black white republican or democrat. It is about our nation. For the people out there believing we should tax the rich lets think about that for a moment. Who are the rich? They are the job creators. They are the ones who provide us with the goods and serices we desire. What happens when we raise there taxes? They raise the cost of those goods and services to pay for the taxes. So who pays for the rich peoples taxes? You guessed it you and me. Take a look at the companies the bail outs saved. The banks and what did they do with the money they gave there corperate execs big bonuses for running the bank in the ground. This was suppose to generate money to small business’s to put people to work. Now these same institutions are needing more bail outs. Let them fail. Yes some people are going to loose there jobs they probably should. If you have less than $200,000 in the bank the goverment insures your money don’t sweat it pick another bank. The banks still in business at the end of the day will probably being doing better for you any way and will need more people because they grew. The people who ran the bank in the ground, loose. Now turn to the care manufactures. Same process let them fail. When they restructure the company hopfully it will be union free.
The employees can earn more money with out paying the union dues and the company will be able to take care of those employees better and the cost on your vehicles will come down because the union overhead is not killing the company. The workers who use the union to sit on there butts and say not my job well they will be out of job. Why do teachers need unions? I don’t know of any of them at 12 years old being put in a mine shaft for 14 hours day. This was just another goverment take over and way to get money for campaigning. We as Americans determine who wins and who looses by our purchasing power and decision making. We do not want or need the goverment deciding for us. Oh and yes drill here drill now any one who thinks we can green our selves out of all this mess is not palying with a full deck. The equipment needed the jobs created with new well new refineraries that is a true boost to our economy. In the infamous words of Earl Pitts WAKE UP AMERICA.

Ron Burgundy

September 15th, 2011
4:48 pm

WOW! Libtards are simple minded and naive sheep!

Whats sad is despite glaring failure they still will vote for him again! Classic libtardness!


September 15th, 2011
4:55 pm

I should of done some more proof reading before hitting submit. That should be. The equipment needed and the jobs created by drilling new wells and creating new refineraries will create the true boost that our economy is in need of. Perhaps that makes a little better since.


September 15th, 2011
4:59 pm

The biggest “attack” Obama will have to contend with is the truth.


September 15th, 2011
5:05 pm

@ Dave. Truth.


September 15th, 2011
5:26 pm

@Ron Burgundy lol just like you put bush in for 8, talk about “glaring failure” talk about a real simple person, talk about a war monger.Where is your fire about that!? He sent our brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, mothers and fathers of to die for nothing!? iraq hates us not even a discount on oil from them, wake up people bush jacked us up real bad. then stuck the country with the bill, then inflation then you lose your home, your job, that’s something to get angry about, and he lied on why we are suppose to go over there. wake up people obama is for folks making under 200k which is all of us lol. you guys are too funny. the republican party was ready to through the country under the bus to make the country fail to prove a point and you, you, you think they care about us the below 200kers wake up people dont believe the hype, its rhetoric the tail wagging the dog. wake up.


September 15th, 2011
6:14 pm

Thank you for the promise of bridges obama, we need something to live under or jump off of since you took office.


September 15th, 2011
7:46 pm

It doesn’t matter how incompetent B.O. is, the liberals still think he is the greatest. When B.O. farts, the blacks and the libs think it smells like petunia.


September 15th, 2011
7:51 pm

I find it funny that he wants people to report attacks against him, claiming others are twisting the truth, when I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t understand truth if it slapped him in the face:
- Most open administration… FAIL
- Close Gitmo… FAIL
- Create Jobs… FAIL
- Fix the Healthcare system… if by fix you mean sign it’s death warrant… FAIL
- Fix the Budget Crisis… by SPENDING MORE MONEY… FAIL

About the only thing he’s done right is kill Osama Bin Ladin, but even then the whole “burial at sea” thing leaves many questions.

Mr Vp

September 15th, 2011
9:45 pm

What will this loser come up with next? I wonder what happened to the mule that kicked him in he head? Please don’t report me or I might lose my green jobs loan for $500000000000000000000000000


September 15th, 2011
10:48 pm

anyone defending zerobama is blind and not seeing the facts. he laughed when he spoke about the shovel ready jobs not being there. out of the 1.5 trillion dollars spent from the 50% of the people that pay taxes, onlt 53 million when to infrestructure. just remember, if his lips are moving, he is lying.


September 15th, 2011
11:38 pm

Wow. Ignorance reigns supreme in America today. Good luck living thru another Great Depression if people are stupid enough to vote for another Republican for president.


September 15th, 2011
11:46 pm

@PastFuru You are a babbling idiot.

Kid Ponca

September 15th, 2011
11:56 pm

Didn’t Adolph Hitler have something similiar to Obama’s RAT PAGE !? You think he’ll line us up and shoot us and put us in mass graves if we don’t rat on those that think badly of him? WOW ! That would end the lives of about 57% of us Americans! Did you notice when he awarded the Marine the Medal of Honor, he neglected to salute the Marine? What an idiot !


September 16th, 2011
12:57 am

Kgrey, well, your own admission as to what your occupation is says it all. You are a banker, so that means you are a crook and when your mouth moves you lie.


September 16th, 2011
1:07 am

Someone feels the only thing B.O.can really do is create government jobs(like that helps the ecomony. I hope you don’t have a degree in economics.) B.O. needs to give respect to America and it’s Americans before he is entitled to respect…he knows nothing about that. Please quit blaming Bush for B.O’s epic fails…I mean did Bush have an attack watch?? What kind of waste of time is that? Doesn’t B.O. have more pressing issues? The thing with Bush is as old as playing the race card…..


September 16th, 2011
1:15 am

@sheshe….you said a mouth full…I wondered why his primary focus was on building new bridges..LOL yeah he built a few roads as well. He made sure to put signs up everywhere to get that credit…


September 16th, 2011
1:16 am

Blkshepherd, what are you so upset about haven’t you received your Welfare check this month. Get out of the Getto and get a job and quite muching off us tax payers.


September 16th, 2011
1:32 am

obumer supporter, I am now ashamed of Georgia the state I was born in for allowing a liberal welfare sucking woman like you live in the state. And quit lying, you are on welfare and I will guess that you are black.


September 16th, 2011
1:42 am

Back 2 Bama, are you one of the sorry white trash that sucks from the tax payers or are you a black sucker that takes from the tax payers.

99 Cents

September 16th, 2011
3:09 am

Has there been a president yet that did what he said he would do to get elected? If any very few that I can think of. It makes no difference who sits in his place things are still going to happen the same way. Being a president is not the same as being a king. He has many other rules to follow that are not as clear until you take the seat. And then you learn where and what seat you have taken.


September 16th, 2011
6:01 am

Please pay close attention to the colors used on attack watch and then compare it to this link.


Interesting… mmm mmm mmm Barack Hussein Obama.. very scary stuff.


September 16th, 2011
9:08 am

For being a College Grad, Obummer sure is not very well educated. Are we sure He graduated? Golly, He surrendered His Law License awhile back, is that because He is was not well educated? Just asking.

Craig Whisman

September 16th, 2011
9:57 am

Wait! You mean the President of the United States put in place a mechanism where people were encouraged to report anyone saying derogatory things about him? Aside from this being a direct threat to free speech, didn’t another leader of another country already try this? I think his name was Adolph.


September 16th, 2011
10:15 am

Obama appears to be clueless. Does Obama & his minions really want to destroy this country? Looks like to me he’s on the right track!


September 16th, 2011
11:47 am

Given that conservatives are known for their projection and lies, which greatly influence the discourse here in the states, being able to identify and set the record straight is not a bad thing.

the modern GOP is the single greatest threat we have faced in the last 30 years. Facts should not be the creation of the repetition of the big lie, like the GOP has been trying to do for the last decade.


September 16th, 2011
12:35 pm

@Hope your too funny, I hope you wake up soon, lets see if this brings you into reality, I had post this yesterday its good stuff right on and too the point.

u guys are too funny the spin republican media is making you see things the way they see it and a lot of folks are falling for it, the tail wagging the dog, how come they did not come out with the same furry when bush really jammed things up bad, lets see if this rings a bell, under bush he put us in a war that we did not need to be in for what for oil which they did make a deal with the u.s. after all we did to get any of it. Iraq message thx now leave we got this, thousands of lives lost and billions of dollars spent for nothing they still dont like us. let me continue took your sons and daughters away from you, send them of to fight for an unjust cause to die for nothing. ran up a huge bill and put the country in a rescission, kicked you out of your job and your house, and that was the better man!? people wake up it took bush 8 years to break it bad, you think its going to take obama 4 years to fix it, the math just does not add up, wake up, he is trying to pass a job bill to put people back to work. if a republican gets back in there we are really going to be messed up, you know they dont give a flip about the regular people. look how they were ready to through the country under the bus and not raise the debt ceiling. come on people wake up, its a power move for them, they dont care about regular folks. at least obama is trying to do something for the regular folks. too funny. I know most of you are way under 200k so cut it out. He is trying to help out the below 200krs which is the majority of us. And you fight against that lol unreal.


September 16th, 2011
2:25 pm


John USA

September 16th, 2011
2:31 pm

Reminds me of the tactics the old Soviet Union used to use against their own citizens!!!!! Scary stuff!!

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September 17th, 2011
3:14 am

Chicago machine politician behaves like Chicago machine politician.

regular guy

September 19th, 2011
4:31 pm

I can’t even stand the site of him anymore….And I actually thought he maybe different. He and his adminstration are a joke. tranparent my a$$


September 20th, 2011
6:49 am

I just went to the site out of curiosity. I couldn’t believe it. They really are asking people to report those that say something about Obama. That is downright scary. It reminds me of Stalinist Russia. While I don’t think that Obama is about to drag folks off to a Gulag, it is one step closer to having dissent squashed. It is like one more nail in the coffin of free speech. The fact that Obama and his henchmen even consider such a website is troubling. The fact that the initiated it is even more worrisome. No American presidential candidate has ever before done such a thing, to the best of my knowledge. It shows what a desperate man will do to hang onto power. Frightening!!!

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September 20th, 2011
11:31 am

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Josephine Shaffer

September 20th, 2011
7:39 pm

We needv jobs not heandouts if Romney is good i’m for him i was Obama supporter now i’ll vote for Romney if gets the nomination.


September 21st, 2011
4:26 pm

Reality, I think that you need a reality check or to have your memory checked.

The economy was significantly better (6% unemployment) for most of Bush’s presidency. The housing crisis is what spurred this all on, which thanks to Barney Frank was a terrible hit to our economy. The congress under democratic leadership has added 5 trill in debt since Pelosi took the reigns. Yes, Bush signed on for part of that, but Obama has taken it and tripled it. Obama has added more to the debt more than all of our presidents, period. No disputing that. Look at the numbers, they are not biased and don’t lie.

And the nerve of him asking people to turn in their friends for talking badly about him. We still have the first amendment in this country. He is not a dictator. He is an elected official who is our employee. He should do what we tell him to do. We are not his subjects.