Like a Virgin: Obama Ad Sets a New Low


You’re Barack Obama. It’s less than two weeks before the election, and your competition Mitt Romney is overtaking you. As with your first election, you depend heavily on new young voters, because grownups know you’re a bull****ter (as you projected onto Romney in your Rolling Stone interview), so you need to send out a compelling message that wins them over in this final stretch of the race. What do you do? Why naturally, you approve a stunningly ridiculous political message featuring a vapid young woman comparing voting for you to having sex with you.

If you haven’t heard of Lena Dunham before, it’s because you’re not obsessed with the degrading hookup culture among today’s young people as depicted in HBO’s series Girls, a sort of poor woman’s Sex and the City. Dunham, 26, is the creator, writer, and star of the show, which has made her such an icon of her lost generation that her upcoming memoir of sexual experiences just netted a $3.7 million advance from Random House.

The Obama campaign released a one-minute video last week featuring Dunham encouraging first-time voters to take the plunge, speaking intimately to the camera as if giving advice to a teenager or fellow twenty-something female about losing her virginity. You read that right. You have to see this video to believe it – and even then, you might not. As Kevin Eder at Brent Bozell’s Media Research Center put it, “I’ve now watched it four times. I refuse to believe that it’s a real, actual thing.”

It is a real, actual thing. It is the Obama campaign hitting a new, simultaneously desperate and contemptuous (and contemptible) low.

“Your first time shouldn’t be with just anybody,” the tattooed Dunham begins creepily, her head so close to the camera that you find yourself leaning back in your chair as you watch. “You want to do it with a great guy. It should be with a guy with beautiful … somebody who really cares about and understands women.” Obama really cares about and understands women, and Romney doesn’t? Says who? Oh wait, I forgot that Republicans are waging a War on Women.

The video is full of “Huh?” moments like that, such as “You want to do it with a guy who brought the troops out of Iraq.” Huh? The troops left Iraq on a timeline established by George W. Bush. Obama is not responsible for “bringing the troops out of Iraq” any more than he is for killing Osama bin Laden.

Dunham rambles on: You should do it with “a guy who cares about whether you get health insurance, and specifically whether you get birth control. The consequences are huge.” Huh? The consequences of not having your birth control paid for by the taxpayers are “huge”? Seriously? This is what Obama’s young supporters are concerned about? Under him, our economy is plunging off a cliff. Unemployment and energy prices have skyrocketed. Businesses are leaving the country. Our foreign policy is in a shambles. The country is more divided racially than at any time since the ‘60s. So many Muslim Brotherhood members are passing in and out of the White House, it’s like Grand Central Station. And this woman is horrified that a Romney win will mean she has to pay for her own birth control?

Dunham moves on to address what she apparently believes is another issue of critical importance: gay marriage. Don’t vote, she says, for a guy “who thinks that gay people should never have beautiful, complicated weddings of the kind we see on Bravo or TLC all the time.” The silliness of that comment aside, is she oblivious to the fact that the cynical Obama was opposed to gay marriage until his reelection campaign began and he decided it was politically convenient to claim that he had “evolved”?

Dunham’s not done yet: “It’s a fun game to say, ‘Who are you voting for?’ and they say ‘I don’t want to tell you!’ And you say, ‘No, who are you voting for?’ And they go, ‘Guess!’” This is just beyond embarrassing.

“Also,” Dunham continues, in case you didn’t have the stomach to keep watching, “it’s super uncool to be out and about and someone says, ‘Did you vote,’ and ‘No, I didn’t vote, I wasn’t ready.’” So she’s using peer pressure to get her generation to vote for Obama by telling them it’s uncool not to – like being a virgin. “My first time voting was amazing,” she says. “It was this line in the sand: Before I was a girl. Now I was a woman.” That’s doubtful, considering her juvenile presentation.

Parodies of the ad sprang up online almost immediately, most notably Steven Crowder’s disturbingly good one here, although the Dunham ad is already a parody of itself. Remember, this isn’t the usual pro-Obama celebrity video like one from the perpetually unfunny Sarah Silverman or something slapped together for the comedy website “Funny or Die”; this is a political advertisement authorized by the Obama campaign itself. This is how Obama believes he can and should appeal to young Americans.

National Review Online’s Jim Geraghty compiled some flabbergasted responses of conservative bloggers. Biased Girl wonders, “Is that what this administration thinks Real women are like?” Stacy Washington tweeted, “The #MyFirstTime ad is the height of vulgarity. Tell me #Democrat Moms: Is this how you want the president talking to your daughters?” Moe Lane wrote, “I know I’m supposed to be shocked… but instead I’m embarrassed.” NY Dem49 has a word of advice for Obama: “Don’t create an ad you wouldn’t be comfortable with your daughter reciting.” Ace from Ace of Spades nails it:

It’s hideous. It’s not funny, it’s not cute, and it’s not persuasive, unless you think the important issues in this campaign are Binders Full of Birth Control… It continues to be weird that Democrats want so bad to have sex with their cult leader.

What this silly travesty of a political ad says is, Obama doesn’t respect young American women at all. He thinks, or hopes, that they’re too ignorant and self-absorbed to understand what the real issues are and to care about them, and that they can be lured to the voting booth with this sleazy trivialization of the voting process and of the state of our union.

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  • Mary Sue

    You know, with a last name like Dunham, which is identical to Obama's mother's maiden name, it's tempting to wonder if there's some relation there.

    The ad is so vapid and the actress so clueless sounding….grade A Alicia Silverstone level Clueless, at that. It gives me great pause to consider that a lot of stupid kids like this think "reproductive issues" are more important than foreign policy, and the economy.

    I saw one blogger who told everyone who was following her, to delete her if they supported Romney, on account of she couldn't stand what a 'liar' Romney was. That was epic facepalm time. These kids are so brainwashed it isn't even funny. I blame Nutty Professors.

    • kafir4life

      Speaking of Dunham, I can only imagine what the world might be like had Stanley Ann had available to her the same "reproductive" rights afforded to women today. Sometime around the end of July through the first 4 days of August 1961, she would have availed herself to the services available today, including President Stinky's (BO) prefered method of birth control, the PBA. Oh what a wonderful world it could be!

      • Mary Sue

        as appealing as the thought is, you know if it wasn't BO it would be someone else. Namely, Hilary. And we wouldn't be that much better off.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "I blame Nutty Professors."

      True, but that's a whole other story.

      • Mary Sue

        I know right!

  • Reason_For_Life

    If this actress compares voting with sex then obviously she knows nothing about either.

    Perhaps she means "If you want to get screwed, vote for Obama".

    • Mary Sue

      ^THIS

    • zaluikas

      She spilled ink on her shoulder?

      A so called "tat" is a reflection of ones mind set. Or lack of.

      To be voluntarily "inked", is a diagnosis of self induced mental retardation, as opposed to be stricken by natural illness.

      Devolution of homo sapiens is here. To survive these people, one must distance himself from them physically and evolutionarily.

      • tagalog

        A tattoo is more than just evidence of mental retardation; it's a testament to the mindset that thinks there's no tomorrow. Even if the tattoo-ee likes the tattoo for the rest of their life and doesn't seek a skin graft to get rid of it later, it will blur and spread and eventually become ugly.

        • trickyblain

          "it will blur and spread and eventually become ugly."

          It's called "getting old." And it's not limited to the tattooed part.

          • tagalog

            That's true; tattoos on old people, however, are even more ridiculous than when they are on young people. Once I worked in a mental hospital; we had a wizened-up, wrinkled skinny old woman of about 75 or 80 there, who had a tattoo on her parchmented thigh saying "Property of Bob" or somebody. She used a lot of tough language: a skinny 75-year-old scarecrow using foul language and threatening bodily mayhem is funny all by herself, even without the toughie tattoos. We used to laugh at her. But she USED to have a Bob in her life, probably when she was a biker chick back in the 50s. No doubt without that to jog her memory, she'd have had trouble dredging her glory days up for review. "I remember Dwayne, he had that big Indian." OK, gram…

      • trickyblain

        Tell that to all the Marines, SEALs and other vets who have plenty of 'em!

  • posse101

    not only was the ad ridiculous on it's face but it's troubling to think that he perceives women (a big part of his base) to be that stupid.

    • kafir4life

      It's not that President Stinky (BO) thinks they're stupid, it's that women that vote for him ARE!
      "I'm Barack Obama, and if you vote for me, you'll believe anything I tell you. Good. Good."

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "it's troubling to think that he perceives women (a big part of his base) to be that stupid."

      The true "war on women" is a stealth jihad coming from the left and foreign nations. This IS part of the stealth jihad.

  • kafir4life

    I don't blame women who want President Stinky (BO) to be their "first". His VP announced "Barack Obama has a big stick", and "I've known eight presidents, three of them intimately", so why wouldn't the ladies want to "turn" the first openly gay president?

    • tagalog

      Must be what Spike Lee once called "Jungle Fever."

  • pierce

    Well,right now any one even considering voting for Stinky is stupid, not just women.

    • Mary Sue

      stupid and/or irrational/crazy/a few fries short of a happy meal/delusional.

      I can't tell you how many self-professed "smart" people are the most delusional people I have ever met. They may be good with math or something, but when it comes to seeing the truth about the Left vs. the Right, they're all too eager to believe the lies, and thus disregard the actual truth as "lies".

      Never underestimate the power of the human mind to enter denial and construct its own mental reality that is quite removed from our own.

  • tagalog

    The culture continues to clarify itself. This ad is just the latest breeze blowing away the fog of confusion over who is weird and out of it and who is not.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "The culture continues to clarify itself. This ad is just the latest breeze blowing away the fog of confusion over who is weird and out of it and who is not."

      They want to clarify themselves because they are incapable.

  • Ray Silipino

    I was really amazed to see this political bit of diatribe. In the one that I viewed, I believe that you would be able to compare Dunhams facial expressions to that of a deer caught in someones head lights. The frightened animal is so disoriented that she does not know which way to turn, and there is no guidance to help her; because. her elders dont know which way to turn either. Totally clueless. I guess she did go to school; however, all she did there was "eat the books!"

  • Steve Chavez

    Obama's obsession with sex, birth control, gays, leads me to think that Obama, enticing with his choom, coke, and smile, numerous partners, male and female, which probably led to pregnancies and children or abortions. His voting against the "Born Alive Amendment" while an Illinois State Senator even allows the killing a HUMAN from a botched abortion since that was the original intent of the mother. Who could look in the eyes of that child and then kill it??? If we did the same to newborn puppies, there would be a national outrage!

    DOES OBAMA HAVE OTHER CHILDREN OUT THERE? THE ODDS ARE THAT HE DOES. The man could BULLSH!T the pants off anyone.

    • Mary Sue

      I've got a different sort of question. Does BO have any DEAD kids out there? That's far more likely, given I'm sure he pressured someone at some point to not be "punished with a baby."

    • posse 101

      Steve,

      another excellent post! you're spot on again. you should run for office. seriously!

  • Western Spirit

    When you consider everything is sold in America via sex, this is just a pitiful attempt to sell himself.

    What else does he have, certainly not a record. He's naked already with no accomplishment to cover himself so sex is all that's left.

    Christmas is early this year, ho, ho, ho.

  • Schlomotion

    Mr. Tapson's serial and aggravated outrage at women for saying things he disagrees with is so Iranian. When a late middle-aged man with a grizzly beard beats his chest with outrage every time a celebrity or woman on American television says something he deems inappropriate, it is like watching the Azadari rituals of the men of Qom beating their chests with chains over the death of Ali. No different than Nazi book burning, or the cleric calling for the stoning of harlots, or a Haredi enforcing hadarat nashim. Mr. Tapson is a one trick pony issuing garment-rending tirades against the free woman.

    • mkat68

      Women like the one who made that ad aren't free – they're chained by their own stupidity. And if you can't tell the difference between merely disagreeing with someone and the horrors of being a female in Islamic culture, you can add yourself to that list.

    • Questions

      The article is an example of the rather baneful influence of L. Brent Bozell III, right down to the phrase, "a new low." It's a risque political ad, not what I would do if I ran a campaign, but not the sort of thing either that would throw me into a morally outraged snit.

      • HoR_Emperor

        Then you have no moral sense, do you?

        • Questions

          The question should be: "Then you have no sense of humor, do you?" In other words, lighten up.

    • tagalog

      Well no, not exactly; Mr. Tapson is pointing out the silliness of this particular Obama ploy in the presidential election campaign. It's hardly Iranian. Besides, Iranians have, even under the Shi'ite ayatollahs, been pretty permissive with Iranian women and being veiled. Maybe you're talking about Afghan or Iraqi women. They pretty much take it in the shorts daily.

    • tagalog

      No different than Stalin calling the old Bolshevik revolutionaries Trotskyites or saboteurs, or putting some graffiti dude into the gulag for writing "for Stalin" on a poster that says "in the USSR life is getting better and better." No different than Lysenko saying it's a good socialist idea to plant food crops all together in clumps so they can grow collectively, helping each other, in order to insure scores of millions dead from starvation when the crop fails.

    • HoR_Emperor

      As if a Jew-hating dhimmi like you gives a damn about the primitive behavior of Muslim extremists.

    • Ghostwriter

      Well,so are you,Schlockmotion,with your idiotic ramblings and your constant Jew hatred. You're a nitwit of epic proportions.

  • Reese

    ha ha ha ha ha! Thanks for the good laugh. You nailed the Obama liberals again. I love it!

  • clarespark

    The situation is way worse than even this article suggests. We are talking not only about Ms. Dunham but about the entire Millennial generation. I wrote about their likely characteristics here: http://clarespark.com/2012/07/29/girls-or-the-new…. "GIRLS, or the new Lost Generation." And they really are lost, ruined by the leftist takeover of the academies among the college elite. Yet another disaster perpetrated by the misguided American Left and popular culture.

    • tagalog

      It was clear that this generation of American females was clueless and lost when they started those Sl*t Walks.

  • bearone7777

    It is truly so funny that this young women would prostitute herself out like this. Because the majority of all of AMERICA already knows that Barack Obama?? is not very close to his wife,a nd there marriage was actually an arranged marriage to begin with. Because of his "REAL" sexual orientation is not to that of women, and that means YES—-He is what they say, he is a HOMOSEXUAL!!!!!!!

  • patron

    I do have to give Obama some credit. Airing this ad has done what spending billions of taxpayer dollars on education could not: turning teens off to sex, possibly for the rest of their lives.

    And sorry, getting it in the back door doesn't count as your "first time".

  • tagalog

    "Hi guys. Hey, when you make it for the first time, you want it to be with some really cool babe, right? So vote for Obama; if he were a chick, he'd be a really good-looking and popular one, like Rae-Dawn Chong or somebody like that, so you could bask in the glow of voting for Obama, couldn't you? And on top of that, if Obama got pregnant, the girly-Obama would be cool with getting an abortion. A totally win-win situation, so go for it, dude!"

  • pyeatte

    Could this bizarre ad be considered some sort of political rape?

    • cjk

      Seeing as the only type of mind susceptible to this type of schlock would be an undeveloped one, I would categorize it as more like 'pedophilic mind rape'.

  • UCSPanther

    Is this the best Obama can do?

  • Mullah be Damned

    This ad is sexual harassment and debasement of women. Obama should be thrown in jail.

  • drivesguy

    She sounds a lot like Kim Kardashian. The lights are on, but no body is home.