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Republican National Committee on Obama: "From Hope to Hypocrisy"

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The Republican National Committee is targeting a very specific group--disenchanted Obama 2008 voters, who voted for Barack Obama after being energized with the "hope" and "change" themes of his campaign.

In a video out Monday and in a memo by RNC communications chief Sean Spicer, the Republicans are working what they see as an Obama soft spot, dishing up a hard hitting jab, "From Hope to Hyprocrisy."

President Barack Obama, for his part, has been addressing the "disappointments" in speeches--especially at campaign fund-raisers--where he talks about how long and hard it is to bring about change.

Spicer writes in his memo, "We will work relentlessly to expose Barack Obama's broken promises and hypocrisy. In the coming months you will see us drive this message on all fronts--advertising, web videos, social media, mobile technology, rapid response, blog posts, opinion pieces, grassroots outreach, and more. Voters will not be duped again.

"....Millions were inspired by Obama in 2008. But now that they see who he really is, they are dispirited and disappointed. The college sophomore, the independent soccer mom, the disenchanted voter--they didn't sign up for self-serving desperation.

"Obama misled America once. We won't let him do it twice."

Click below for entire Spicer memo.

below, from the RNC....


MEMO
FROM: Sean Spicer, RNC Communications Director
TO: Interested Parties
RE: From Hope to Hypocrisy

What theme will you hear from the RNC in the days to come? Watch this video and find out.

It's been a year since President Obama announced his reelection bid, and now we've seen exactly the kind of campaign he has planned.

It is negative, deceptive and distorting. He's running from his record, rather than running on it. He's campaigning using the very tactics he campaigned against four years ago. There's no more hope and change. It's all fear and division from now till November.

This reveals two things.

First, it proves just how phony the rhetoric of '08 was--the optimism, the "change we can believe in" and the post-partisan aura. It was cynically contrived. It was an act.

Second, this bitter, petty tone shows how miserably Obama has failed to lead on the issues--jobs, the economy, health care, energy, the deficit, the debt, and more. As Obama himself said in 2008, "If you don't have a record to run on, then you ... make a big election about small things." Apparently Democrats now take that literally.

How small have they gotten? Last week they were obsessing about a comment on "caterpillars."

Obama also said in 2008, "If you don't have any fresh ideas, then you use stale tactics to scare voters."

And now that's exactly what he's doing--attacking and trashing his opponents and trying to divert attention from his failures. His budgets are so bad even Democrats vote against them, and his Senate Democrats haven't presented a budget in three years. So, what does he do? He calls the Republican budget a "radical vision," "Social Darwinism," and a "Trojan Horse."

As Chairman Priebus wrote recently, "If he really wants to talk about Trojan Horses, let's talk about his 2008 campaign."

To deflect from his own shortcomings, most recently on energy prices, Obama blames others. Candidate Obama declared, "We are the change we've been waiting for." But President Obama insists his inability to bring change is someone else's fault. He's gone from hope to hypocrisy.

Voters must understand that President Obama is willing to say anything to get reelected. They must know that his promises for a second term have zero credibility since his 2008 promises were clearly unserious. And the RNC is going to make sure they do.

We will work relentlessly to expose Barack Obama's broken promises and hypocrisy. In the coming months you will see us drive this message on all fronts--advertising, web videos, social media, mobile technology, rapid response, blog posts, opinion pieces, grassroots outreach, and more. Voters will not be duped again.

If Barack Obama gets four more years, he will be free from any remaining electoral constraints. As he revealed to President Medvedev, he will exercise more "flexibility" in a second term. We cannot afford to find out what that looks like.

Millions were inspired by Obama in 2008. But now that they see who he really is, they are dispirited and disappointed. The college sophomore, the independent soccer mom, the disenchanted voter--they didn't sign up for self-serving desperation.
Obama misled America once. We won't let him do it twice.

Watch the video.
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