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GOP pulls April Fool’s prank, unveils “Obama re-election commercial:

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In the tradition of sophomores everywhere, the Republican Party had a little fun on April Fool’s Day 2011 unveiling a prank “Obama re-election commercial.”

Astonishingly, there were those viewers on a number of Internet websites who took it as the real thing … even though it ends with Obama riding a unicorn over the rainbow.



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  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Jim K

    The GOP once again put their feet in their mouths with this one. I really don’t see where most of this shallowly thought-out representation of what was supposed to look like a fool not living up to his word, and/or tripping over his own feet in attempt to do so really did, said, or otherwise much that was not in good faith. In other words, the video does a bit more to support the President than is does to smear him. Riding a Unicorn over the rainbow is a much easier trick to accomplish than to stifle these fools who know not what they are doing, with the lies, deceit and attempted smears on this man who holds fairness and justice in his heart. The GOP will never win in 2012, because the people are starting to see right through this nonsense.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment joe

    I am not sure why this political video is on Beliefnet as it in no way touches on matters of faith. I hope someone would be willing to show as quickly a video of how the GOP is acting in direct denial to Jesus’ charge for us to help the poorest and most helpless among our citizens.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Your Name

    This is no a parody…..this is smear politics for the 2012 Presdential election paid for and propogated by the opposing party of the President. And endorsed by Beliefnet.

    Regardless of political affiliation,this is unacceptable.

    A few years ago there were “letters” running with the daily prayers on endorsing the Republican Party candidates. Beliefnet apologized after a couple of weeks of daily Republican ads. They pulled the ads, but they had already served their purpose..so the apology was meaningless.

    Since it’s happening again, but in a far more damaging way…I do not believe for a minute Beliefnet is un-involved. Even if they were not, after what happened before necessitated greater responsibilty to prevent recurrence.

    No coincidences. I am disgusted beyond belief
    (no pun intended!), disappointed and nauseated. This spiritual channel used to bring such healing and hope!

    For what it’s worth, hacking into a channel is illegal. And Republicans are doing this with impunity. Maybe seceretly taping interviews and distorting narrative is not illegal, but it surely is not ethical. Now endorsed by Beliefnet.

    • Rob Kerby, Senior Editor

      Actually, the guilty party here is yours truly. Such stuff is part of the culture wars. And by the way, I’ve been a registered Democrat since 1972. In our family Republicans were an invention of William Tecumseh Sherman — and my Aunt Annie still hadn’t forgiven him for burning down her grandfather’s barn and stealing all the hogs.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Jane Barlow

    We all need to lighten up a bit!! I am so glad Rob Kerby posted a response. I am a Republican, and I must say that I hyperventilate and get hypertensive over some of my Democratic friends’ posts on Facebook. But as Christians, our primary focus should be living a life reflective of Jesus. Different people have different callings and political leanings, but we are all created in HIS image.

    I can appreciate a little humor, and found this video funny. What is not funny is the way Bush and Obama have both been the target of hate speech and how people on each side of the aisle lash out at each other hatefully. It would seem we would all be better off to set a tone of rationality and loving our neighbors on this website particularly. Just maybe the love will spread :)!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment MrTokarev

    Seriously, people need to chill out. If this came out while Bush was president it would be the same thing, except the left would think it was funny and the right would call it distasteful.

    If Republicans win in 2012 and someone makes a video of whoever is president riding some other whimsical creature, it’ll be the same crap with someone crying about how awful it is, probably a Republican.

    Suck it up.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Lee

    Beliefnet.com is either very dumb or very political. This was NOT a prank. It is a real ad from the Republican Party. You posted this on April 3–far enough past April Fool’s Day for you to know.

    I saw it on my own television yesterday (April 4).

    The Republican Party is getting a jumpstart on its usual election tricks–hide behind the flag and the Bible and feed the American Public racist lies. Since when did Beliefnet become such an unChristian tool?!

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