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RNC Presents Hasselhoff and Obama, in Living Color

Updated 5:05 p.m.
By Ed O'Keefe
What do you get when you combine German techno music, Germans speaking heavily accented English and a few David Hasselhoff and Ché Guevarra references?

No, not the Spanish or German versions of "Baywatch."

It's the Republican National Committee's Web parody of what a "Barack Obama in Berlin" television commercial might look like.

The Obama campaign filmed last week's speech by the Democratic presidential candidate in the German capital and posted highlights on its YouTube channel. That footage has yet to appear in a TV ad.

So the RNC apparently decided to go first in using the Berlin trip in a campaign spot. "Obama wasn't the only one filming his Berlin rally," e-mailed RNC spokesman Alex Conant. "Like
Obama, the RNC had a film crew there."

And that RNC crew selected and interviewed the Germans in the new Web commercial.

"I have friends in America who are Marxists and they are working for Obama," says one man in the RNC ad.

Another man wearing a Ché Guevarra T-shirt says he "of course" sees similarities between the Democrat and the revolutionary leader, "because both men will change."

"I hope he'll change the Americans a bit, but they don't be that superficial again. Because he's different and he thinks different."

"The people of Berlin have spoken," Obama says as the ad wraps.

Posted at 4:06 PM ET on Jul 29, 2008  | Category:  Republican Party
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Mein Herz schlägt nur für dich!

Vote Democrat '08

Posted by: John | July 30, 2008 6:20 AM

It would be nice to hear some facts comming from the Mccain supports i feel for them that can't talk stright or factual about any subject but i suppose they were trained by the stright talk express. I believe that they can't remember from one day to the next what they has said but what can one expect when age is a factor.

Posted by: Ray | July 30, 2008 12:49 AM

It would be nice to hear some facts comming from the Mccain supports i feel for them that can't talk stright or factual about any subject but i suppose they were trained by the stright talk express. I believe that they can't remember from one day to the next what they has said but what can one expect when age is a factor.

Posted by: Ray | July 30, 2008 12:47 AM

This ad is deeply embarrassing -- for its creators. I don't see how people can identify themselves as Republicans in public these days.

I guess this is what happens when you don't have issues to run on.

Posted by: davestickler | July 29, 2008 9:28 PM

Typically Republican rubbish. They know they don't have a leg to stand on when it comes to the real issues so they resort to this infantile nonsense. Wait for the Karl Rove style attacks to start soon.

The Republicans have brought this country to its knees faster than Larry Craig in an airport toilet - oh wait I'm sorry "he just has a wide stance!"

Posted by: Jaxon | July 29, 2008 9:19 PM

Republican National Committee is out of touch with the mood of our voters.

Issues We care About!

The neoconservatives and the Bush administration should be held accountable not only for the cost of the Iraq War but the 492 billion dollar deficit.

- Part of the cost are the 30,000 USA Troops wounded.

-Start laying the groundwork to move the the US away from oil dependency.

As soon as the 2008 election is over The Republicans will start running for the next elections in 2010 and 2012. This is the reason gridlock doesn't help this country.

The Republicans as a group should "pay a price" for the Gridlock.
Those that work together with the Democrats to end the mess that the neoconservatives created should be courted.

Vote Democrat in '08

Posted by: Bobby | July 29, 2008 5:30 PM

Dems can construe McCain's words but once their candidate gets his words construed, they whine. Typical

Posted by: Vato | July 29, 2008 5:21 PM

The GOP is not for America. It is for it's ownself. The GOP can't help but to mock Obama but now even the Germans are being mock. What's next the French?

By the time this campaign season is over, American allies will be down to one, Israel.

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | July 29, 2008 5:20 PM

That's right. Keep lying, keep playing the politics of destruction.

What goes around comes around. And there are a lot of pissed off democrats who are getting even more pissed off.

November is going to be payback for screwing up the country.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 29, 2008 5:18 PM

Oh my god. The Republican National Committee actually paid for and created this propaganda!? Some high school kids or college Republicans after a few bong hits tinkering on You Tube I could see, but no, it's your Great American Party, the Grand Ole GOP that made this ad! Republicans, be proud, this is the level of politics you have stooped to!

Posted by: Factory Worker, Akron Ohio | July 29, 2008 5:14 PM

Wow republicans can't help themselves from insulting our allies. I wonder what is going to happen when McSame beggs for troops. They propably arent goint to like him. This reminds me of "freedom fries."

Posted by: Julian | July 29, 2008 5:11 PM

Nice! I'm glad to see Republicans FINALLY get a sense of humor. Sometimes when your ship is sinking, all you can do is laugh.

Posted by: Gary | July 29, 2008 4:40 PM

Awesome ad! It shows what complete and total morons the Republicans are. The same folks who brought you George W. Bush, The Worst President Ever, now bring you John McCain, more of the same!! Got to love it. Hey, pass the kool-aid!

Posted by: thebob.bob | July 29, 2008 4:34 PM

Well,well, let's see. let's analyze critically the extremely important issues facing our country in this scary point in history.....
let's see whats better than a Republican produced commercial on the tough issues like the falling value of the Dollar and the pirce of gas rising just as fast?
What's better than an RNC commercial about wounded vets coming home to poor quality health care and a nation grown soooootired of the war?
what's better than a republican commercial about health care, and Bin Laden, and...
Wait! I know whats better! How about a silly fake commercial about photoshopped germans wearing Che t-shirts clapping for Obama?!?!?!

Why, that sounds like a great idea, lets do that one!

Posted by: mynamesyow | July 29, 2008 4:29 PM

I knew going in the GOP would stoop to some new lows, but I was expecting a slight amount of intelligence in the attacks. A shred of truth to go with the fluff.

I had no idea their view of the American people was so low, nor that they would resort to circus-like tactics to scare people.

This is a nightmare, and I can't believe anyone would buy into it.

Posted by: Susan | July 29, 2008 4:28 PM

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