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McCain Ad Suggests Obama is 'The Biggest Celebrity in The World'

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The first "Obama in Berlin" ad has surfaced, but it's not from the Obama campaign. "Celeb" is a 30-second spot that compares Barack Obama's global appeal to the star-wattage of Britney Spears and Paris Hilton.

Here's the script:

He's the biggest celebrity in the world.
But, is he ready to lead?
With gas prices soaring, Barack Obama says no to offshore drilling. And, says he'll raise taxes on electricity. Higher taxes, more foreign oil, that's the real Obama.

"This is the second ad in that series that will focus on the distinction between Sen. McCain and Barack Obama on energy prices," McCain campaign adviser Rick Davis said during a conference call with reporters. He's referring to last week's "Pump" ad that suggests Obama is partly responsible for higher gas prices.

"These images of celebrity status and the way he has conducted his campaign to date both in the kinds of events that he has and what he says at these events owe more to an international celebrity status than it does for a traditional campaign for president," Davis added.

Later in the call Davis cast the ad with this question: "Do the American people want to elect the world's biggest celebrity or do they want to elect an American hero?"

UPDATE 12:44 p.m. ET: Obama campaign spokesman Tommy Vietor responds: "On a day when major news organizations across the country are taking Senator McCain to task for a steady stream of false, negative attacks, his campaign has launched yet another. Or, as some might say, 'Oops! He did it again.'"


-- Ed O'Keefe

By Ed O'Keefe |  July 30, 2008; 3:45 PM ET John McCain
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It seems more than a little childish to me, but also of note--nice way to stay up on current events. Would anyone still place Spears or Hilton on top of the celebrity world? It does seem more evidence that the campaign still thinks it's 2004...

Posted by: New Kids on the Block? | July 30, 2008 4:31 PM

It's a shame that vinegar doesn't make a good alternate fuel because we could sure brew up tons of it from all the sour grapes put out by McCain's campaign. A whine a day may keep the doctor away but it won't get him elected president.

Posted by: windrider | July 30, 2008 4:40 PM

A McCain presidency would not be any different from this campaign: devisive, derisive and, I now believe, potentially even more destructive than the Bush presidency. McCain isn't just more of same, he's worser and worser.

Posted by: GaryL1 | July 30, 2008 8:44 PM

McCain needs help...He actually believes that this Nations citizens will believe moe of these lies...and now jealousy

All RNC/GOP Card Holders are now experiencing this "emotion" not that you actually have it...but you are experiencing it...the voters see this as a shallow, and infantile attempt to "get your vote"...

And since you slobs have any idea on what it means....."jealousy is an emotion experienced when a person is threatened by the loss of an important relation (voters) with another person"

Merging with a variety of basic emotions like for instance...anger...hate...passion

If you idiots want us to believe this crap
you should have just gone to the video store and purchase a xxx tape of a handsome black man with 2 dumb blondes and edit in Obama's likeness.

..oops I just gave you guys an idea for your next attack ad..

Posted by: AlexP1 | July 30, 2008 9:37 PM

Obama or an old man. Now let me think.

Posted by: Chris B | July 30, 2008 11:20 PM

But, this is the truth. Barrack Hussein Obama is a pretty boy who gleefully stole the presumptive nomination from Hillary Clinton. He is a celebrity, but he ain't getting my vote.
Not after the Reverend Jermiah Wright, and the Reverend Pflieger.

Posted by: Louis | July 31, 2008 1:13 AM

The ad is so incredibly weak; it sounds worn out and churlish. I almost feel sorry for McCain. Where are the Obama campaign ads?? It's time to put McCain's campaign to bed.

Posted by: anne austin, texas | July 31, 2008 1:56 AM

More cow bell

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 2:09 AM

It is offensive to the group who supports Obama as some kind of starry-eyed fools. That may play well to the Mccain hard cores, but it isn't what you say to someone you are trying to pull to your side. He actually attacks the electorate in the ad. It is not an anti Obama ad, it is an anti "Obama voter" ad. An ad like that just galvanizes the Obama base. Mccain may have the worst PR people in the business. This is not what you say to the people you are asking to vote for you.
All the ad says is "Obama is great and the whole world thinks so."

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 8:33 AM

It is offensive to the group who supports Obama as some kind of starry-eyed fools. That may play well to the Mccain hard cores, but it isn't what you say to someone you are trying to pull to your side. He actually attacks the electorate in the ad. It is not an anti Obama ad, it is an anti "Obama voter" ad. An ad like that just galvanizes the Obama base. Mccain may have the worst PR people in the business. This is not what you say to the people you are asking to vote for you.
All the ad says is "Obama is great and the whole world thinks so."

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 8:34 AM

Mcain, against, peoples choice. I understand why Mcain is attacking Obama. One, he is behind in polls. two, he cannot seperate himself from George Bush.
We the people will have a say in November after analyzing who is wrong and right on the issues affecting American families. Doweneed a nother 16 years of failed policies. Do we need to continue isolation policies and fear mongering from Mcain?

Posted by: Ngoytz Shash Albert | July 31, 2008 3:20 PM

Why has Obama lost 8 points in the Gallup national poll in the past few days? For such a world celebrity, isn't this cause for concern? Perhaps the Obama miracle is fading, huh?

Posted by: Sigmond | July 31, 2008 7:44 PM

McCain is just a jealous man, further losing his "bearings".

A guy who doesn't know the difference between Sunni and Shia or thinks that Afghanistan shares a border with Iraq doesn't need to be in the Oval Office. Actually, he doesn't need to be in the US Senate, either.

Posted by: Dan in Berlin | August 1, 2008 3:48 AM

I'm a Goldwater Republican. I'm voting for Obama.

Posted by: mp | August 1, 2008 10:47 PM

What lies? The obasms that you people have when ever he shows up are legendary. That doesn't make him any more fit to lead than other celebs. Did he say he is opposed to off shore drilling or not? Did he say he intends to raise taxes or not? Please note: 75% of the american people think it's time to drill! But the dems, led by the wizard of O say nO! Please also note: The last political leader that people sang songs about in Berlin had a cute little mustache and a bad hair cut.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 11:06 PM

The point of Obama's speech isn't funny at all unless asking our allies to help us prevent Iran from acheiving nuclear power and support of more troops to help in Afganistan is as silly as Mccain's ads. The truth is if 200,000 people in Berlin would come out to hear Obama speak he will most likely get those extra troops to support us in our efforts to finally capture Osama Bin Laden, Mccain surely wont. Obama is the candidate that will strengthen and build bridges with allies and other countries to help American with its failed stratgies that strained our economy and over stretched our military and all Mccain can do is make stupid ads because he can't even dream of having 200,000 people in Europe come out to hear him speek. We'll maybe thats why our economy is crumbling and we are facing so many problems that our allies are running away from because we would rather talk about stupidity than substance. When Iran acheives its nuclear goals like so many other countries I would like to see how important Mccain's ads are.

Posted by: David | August 2, 2008 3:19 AM

We'll we had a celebrity as president before and his name is Pres. Reagan. He is considered to be a good president and he too had a large crowd in Berlin. Mccain's problem is he wont gather a crowd because like Bush nobody but republicans support his like Bush policies. Obama did an incredible speech and scenery in Berlin and we do need allies to help with the wars that Bush/Mccain started. Everything is failing and more problems are growing and theirs nothing funny about that. For the media to give this stupid ad legs or reconigtion deserves 5 Pinoccio's

Posted by: Anonymous | August 2, 2008 3:27 AM

??? What's a Pinoccio ??? A wooden puppet?

Posted by: Todd | August 2, 2008 4:35 AM

Oil is a limited recource. We are addicted to it and it is killing us and by off shore drilling we are just feeding the addiction. The Republicans make the offshore drilling such a pivotal issue. The US has a very small percentage of the worlds oil reserves and the extra oil from off shore drilling will make no difference. Mcain will not lower gas prices! He will make the petro companies richer but prices will still be decided by the boys in the middle east.

Posted by: Rick | August 2, 2008 6:43 AM

Ahh, yes, the inevitable comparison of Obama's celebrity status to that of President Ronald Reagan's. How shallow is the wisdom in those that dare to type and show the limited depth of their knowledge!

President Reagan was not a good president, but an infinitely great one. He drew large crowds to hear him speak because his wisdom was inexhaustible, not because he was a good orator or skilled at reading a prepared speech from a teleprompter as is the case with Obama. People in Berlin, and many other places, were drawn to hear Reagan speak because his words were true and his actions proved he cared more for the American people than building hype for his personal gratification.

If the whole world thinks Obama is great, then those of us with brains in our heads who actually use them had better consider why that is.

This presidential campaign is all about deciphering which of the candidates is the lesser of the two evils, voting for that one, and then holding on to your . . .

Posted by: Pensive | August 2, 2008 9:33 AM

Obama connected immediately with the EU leaders who are of his generation and excited by the prospect of a USA which may engage with allies as equals rather than lecture them or start wars without due cause. I can see why McCain is bent out of shape. can he talk about anything other than war, security etc? Does he know anything else? Its the economy stupid!

Posted by: Ross | August 2, 2008 9:44 AM

John Oliver's theory on pity campaign from McCain was actually not far from the truth.

I wonder how does Mr. Hilton feel about how the McCain campaign uses the money he donated. It doesn't matter how whorish your daughter turned out to be, it HAS tu hurt someone you gave your money to approves your daughter to be the lowest reference... LOL

Posted by: admmak | August 2, 2008 3:25 PM

I liked the McCain ad, which I do not find frivolous at all. It does quite succinctly what a good ad should do: it highlights a powerful idea, that Obama is all surface and no depth. Obama supporters unhappy? A retort would focus on your candidate's resume. Let the McCain camp know when you're ready -- take your time (i.e. to puruse your candidate's resume to find something that might qualify as experience -- besides speech making, which we can see he does very nicely).

I had given Obama a fair looking at, but I find nothing. Meanwhile the McCain ad has done a good job of highlighting the similarities between Obama and other famous-for-being-famous types so loved (unfortunately) by "the cool people."

If the cool people cannot take the heat, of course, they could (like Senator Edwards) exit the kitchen via the back door.

Posted by: TheAlice | August 2, 2008 3:38 PM

We are so naive to let a stupid ad or Britney Spears and Paris Hilton distract us from what Obama achieved in Europe and the Middle East. The world wants an Obama presidency because just like the majority of Americans they too want change from the failed Bush policies. Now compare that with Mccain's Britney spears ad and Moses ad. Mccain is the kind of leadership and incompetence we should be voting against. Obama asked our allies to help us with the war in Afgainistan, global warming, and preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. These are the major challenges the next president will face. Obama will definatey get the support from our Europeans allies and our Middle Eastern allies because he has the support of the governments and its people. Mccain doesn't, thats why he put out these stupid ads to distract us from what an Obama administration is capable of and What a Mccain administration is not capable of. Our allies all over the world see Mccain as a 3rd Bush presidency. Obama's presence in the world is powerful and America needs that support from our allies to help us with the challenges we face. Obama 08 and 09

Posted by: Anonymous | August 2, 2008 3:43 PM

The apparently flip-flopping in the other McCain web video showing a "documentary" about Obama's stance on Iraq would piss me off if I were an American voter, because I'd feel as though I were wedged -- ahem, between Barack and a hard place...

I guess that's what happens with politics, especially these days. An honest politician would be good, if possible. What the hell happened to Ron Paul? Is he still in the race at all? He kinda fell off the radar on our British news coverage.

Posted by: Marc | August 2, 2008 9:31 PM

Polls are completely useless to the voting public. In my opinion they are more a partisan manipulation more than a measure of what I or anyone else truly thinks or believes. Democratic or Republican, and I am a Clinton Democrat willing to support Obama. But no one can count on my vote because I am more than willing, with good reason, to "flip-flop" in the General Election. If hear one more "I have a plan,..." "We should have...,or, We need to..., or, the American people want or need, ....I will gag. "Where's the substance (meat)?" The problem is that elections are not won with the votes of us who read, view, discuss and even argue and form convictions that move us closer to that candidate who most possibly, might, think about, make the closest thing to a commitment in support the preponderance of my position on issues. I am not a one issue voter, and anyone who is,is by definition, close minded and the worst of all who vote. But finally, the votes that will effect the outcome, most assuredly, are that hoard of unthinking, totally impressionistic, last word out of the mouth, straight ticket, nice guy, good looking or sweet looking candidate's wife types. Ask them what they understand the candiates position to be on more than one issue (or even that) and you'll get a blank stare or a grumbling and stammering as they turn their back from you. I do support Obama, but I wish he had the guts of a "Willie Stark" campaigner and face the truth in the insurmountable advantage of an Obama/Clinton ticket. Bill Clinton? Get over it, man, and see the political treasure in the depth of political acumen strategy, energy and support they both bring to a Pres. Obama Administration as a team. Will he the President, or not? Does he have the guts and wisdom to do so? We'll soon find out. His choice will either lock up the election or put it on banana oil.

Posted by: John Danahy | August 4, 2008 4:49 PM

Obama has provn himself, like Gore and Kerry before him, a pompous Havard ass.

I feared I could only vote for a celebrity, but now the Dems are offering a Messiah!

Posted by: Tom Beebe | August 4, 2008 6:26 PM

McCain Ad Suggests Obama is 'The Biggest Celebrity in The World'

Maybe if McCain had something to bring to the table , he could eat of the good fruit too. Obama 08!

Posted by: Nisey01 | August 5, 2008 1:04 AM

Is Obama ready? NO!!! Though McCain isn't the sharpest tool in the Republican party, he's still a Republican dammit! And the last time I checked when did a democrat lead America out of a damn tradgedy. And as far as I'm concerned it should stay that way. The democrats whining and boo-hooing only serves to try and knock the Republican party down. They're just mad cause another 12 years of republican power in the white house is coming. Down fix what's not broken.

Posted by: T. Tancredo | August 5, 2008 4:12 AM

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