Obama “The One”? McCain camp spoofs rival with trinket cufflinks

October 8, 2008

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Good or bad, you can’t accuse the John McCain campaign of not having a sense of humor.

rtx9b61.jpgThe Republican presidential candidate’s staff handed out cufflinks — yes, cufflinks — on Tuesday to surprised reporters with an unexpected decoration on top: a mock presidential seal for rival Democrat Barack Obama and the Illinois senator’s web site.

That’s not all. On the back, carefully engraved, were the words “The One.” 

Subtle? Not so much. The Arizona senator’s aides often poke fun at the messianic quality they feel Obama assumes and his supporters accept. Both sides have grown increasingly negative as the campaign enters its last month and McCain finds himself slightly behind in the latest polls.

Obama used a faux presidential seal on a podium at a campaign event earlier this year, drawing some ridicule and criticism for being presumptuous. He never used it again.

The Obama camp was not amused.

“People are struggling, and they want to hear about what these candidates are going to do to fix the economic crisis,” Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor said. “It’s unfortunate that the McCain campaign is instead focused on these silly distractions.”

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What a petty high school thing to do. These republicans have always been stupid, now the rest of the world knows they are.

I pray that the smarter and stronger Americans help those weak and less intelligent ones out by informing them about the propoganda and race bating-republicans.

Posted by Sylvia | Report as abusive

In what alternate universe is McCain only “slightly” behind??

Posted by isabel | Report as abusive

To quote the film “The American President”:
“We’ve got serious problems, and we need serious people….This a time for serious people, (John McCain), and your fifteen minutes are up.”

Posted by labman57 | Report as abusive

Halarious, this is not called a sense of humor, this is ridiclous, tacky, and disrespectful. But again, this is how Republican rolls. They are disliked globally and it shows nationally. Go Obama!!! Put McSane out of his misery…See you in Washington!!!! Cause he is the one!!

Posted by Bayo | Report as abusive

Where can I get a pair? Seriously!!

Posted by Larry | Report as abusive

smart spending…?

Posted by Veronica | Report as abusive

How ridiculous, McCain is losing all judgment, it’s time for him to retire all together.

Posted by KurtzL | Report as abusive

i bet he paid for those with all those earmarks he gets

Posted by TuffCookie | Report as abusive

“Slightly behind”? Only in the press.

Posted by Paul | Report as abusive

Perhaps that is why John McCain called Obama “That one” during the debate.

Posted by Midwesthousewife | Report as abusive

If BS were money, Sarah Palin could bail out Wall Street all by herself.

Cufflinks?! The McCain campaign is confusing its candidate with Dwight Eisenhower. Has anyone worn cufflinks in this century?

Posted by Reader | Report as abusive

I’m an Obama supporter and I want a pair of those! Actually two pair — I’d like one set to wear and the other set will sell quite nicely on Ebay on Obama’s inauguration day.

Posted by Tracy Fitch | Report as abusive

I guess that’s why McSame referred to Obama as “The One” in the second debate. It was part of a pathetic theme …

Looks like the Republicans are about to bottom-out ..
now their mocking “hope” itself and taking away what little the American people have left after 8 years of their gross mis-management.

When the McCain-Palin ticket is finished attempting to destroy Obama’s character hopefully they have enough civility to gracefully lose this election and fade into obscurity.

Posted by SpottyBush | Report as abusive

Cufflinks? In an economic crisis he hands out a Wall Street Investment banker gift? Oh, Main Street wears cufflinks?

Posted by Simon Mortim | Report as abusive

OMG I was floored by the “that one” comment. I was neutral going into debate trying to listen to everything taking my vote seriously but that comment was so degrading and immature. Shows how out of touch Mccain is.

Man, I would love a pair, to go with an Adlai Stevenson shoe pin. That would rock.

Posted by Lolo | Report as abusive

I think McCain has watched too much Batman because every day he looks and acts more and more to me like the Joker of the Rpublican Party. Everyone I know who wears/wore cufflinks has long passed on to the great beyond. His mocking, arrogant, snide (I could go on and on) behavior is unbecoming of the presidency. Obama handles him very well, never getting angry (which probably gnaws at McCain’s bully mean streak). From reading his books, I can tell that Obama is full of compassion and empathy – probably from his mom, the strongest presence in his early life. He can make the jump to see through McCain’s eyes and he understands why McCain acts the way he does. In a way, Obama probably feels sorry for him, but at the same time is firmly resolved, as I am after studying up on both candidates, that Obama is the one with the “cool hand at the till,” ready to finally lead us into the 21st century (but first through this global crisis). Cufflinks during a global financial crisis. The man never ceases to disgust me.


McCain needs to learn he’s no Robin Williams! And with the state of the nation as it is, it’s no TIME to be Robin Williams either!

Posted by OhioGal | Report as abusive

McCain is back on whatever drugs lead you to say “my friend” every two minutes. They will be confiscated before next week.

Posted by Olivier G | Report as abusive

Yup, these are already a new Ebay Saved Search for me. Another classic backfire move by the McKeystone Campaign. No one will believe the story behind these years from now, so they’ll be a very unique election year trinket.

Posted by Blue Belle | Report as abusive

You libs are such hypocrites. Like the following were not ridiculous from “The One”???

* His own presidential seal
* O-force One
* The Barackopolis

Give me a break…you can dish it out, but you can’t take it. Someone call a wah-bulance!

Posted by Chris | Report as abusive


Seriously, you guys get worked up over the stupidest stuff. I didn’t think the cuff links were funny, but your responses are pure comic gold. Keep it coming; you’re making a difference.

Posted by reader | Report as abusive

That’s a cool gimmick. Obama is gonna find out being the President is a VERY tough job, especially as the USA declines economically.

The country has too much public and private debt. And as demand for healthcare goes up with supply not keeping up, it will only make healthcare costs go up as the government gets more involved and Americans get fatter and more unhealthy.

In fact, including military commitments, Obama or McCain is just gonna be another Bush third term.

Posted by Tom | Report as abusive

Love it! Poke a little fun at the liberal reporters! And their “mMessiah”

Posted by SurG | Report as abusive

You libs are so funny and predictable. If Nobama had done this, this would have been praised as “quirky” or “funny”, but no, since it was McCain, it’s racist, childish, blah blah blah…

Posted by A Conservative Liberal | Report as abusive

I find it endearing. I agree with the McCain campaign-Obama is full of himself. In these troubled times, its always good to step back and laugh at ourselves once in awhile.Anyone who finds this offensive-has no sense of humor and are way too involved. Heres a bit of an upper for you-It will all be over soon-November we will vote, Dec and Jan we will be counting all the votes by hand,Feb or March we will have a new president. Life will go on, and we will look back and mend the divide that has been rent by the claims of racism and others.Dems will go to work along side of repubs and nothing more will be said about it. Whoever the incoming POTUS is will live under a microscope of judgement for the next 4 yrs. We will move beyond this and the days and years will continue. In 4 more years we will do it all again. God bless you all.

Posted by ctaylor | Report as abusive

If you’re going to lose your sense of humor so easily, I sure don’t want you running the country.

You morons need to grow a brain first and then somehow, somewhere, acquire a sense of humor. Poking fun at the narcissist Obama like that is funny. It’s just not funny to you bots because it strikes a nerve.

Maybe you if you didn’t feel so guilty for backing an inexperienced socialist thug, you could see the humor behind this.

That’s too bad, because you’re going to need that humor if obama becomes president.

Enjoy the Koolaid.

Posted by braininahat | Report as abusive

yes, you critisize McCain on spending, but really wouldn’t you want one of these instead?

http://www.birminghampost.net/birmingham -business/birmingham-business-news/busin ess-entrepreneurship/2008/09/16/birmingh am-firm-strikes-barack-obama-presidentia l-coin-65233-21832869/

Posted by johnjacobjingleheimerschmidt | Report as abusive

Hilarious! Glad to see that McCain and Palin can still have fun with the campaign, especially after all the hideously vile things the Obama campaign has to offer about them.

Posted by Q_Mech | Report as abusive

Now that I’ve read the comments here, I have to wonder which lefty website has a link to this page. I don’t want to know, actually, any more than I want to follow a sewage leak to its source.

Posted by Q_Mech | Report as abusive

October 7th, 2008
9:17 pm GMT i bet he paid for those with all those earmarks he gets

- Posted by TuffCookie
McCain has gotten ZERO dollars from earmarks, idiot. The Messiah is the one with almost a billion in earmarks in just 3.5 short years in the senate. Learn some facts; it won’t hurt, I promise.

Posted by Nic | Report as abusive

Replace “The One” with “The Great Depression 2009” will fit Obama very well.


Posted by Molly | Report as abusive

I will pay $1000 for a pair of those!! I can’t wait to wear them on Obama’s inauguration day. They will also be a nice reminder of the Republican idiocy that we will ‘be turning the page on’ come November 4!

Posted by Poyda | Report as abusive

I assume ‘slightly behind in the polls’ was an attempt at humor.

Posted by Poyda | Report as abusive

Given the financial problems we’re having, I agree that something a little less expensive, perhaps s double-sided coaster for instance, might have been more appropriate. The McCain campaign is not “mocking hope”. They’re mocking the idea that the top of the Democratic ticket is the embodiment of “hope and change” despite a rather thin resume, the Obama campaign’s presumptuous use of a presidential-like seal and the cult-like reverence Obama supporters seem exude. It’s nothing more than a good natured rib at the opposition.

Posted by kgs | Report as abusive

they must’ve got the idea from the happy meal purchased at McD’s by McCain’s motorcaid last week. Silly hemmoroid, tricks are for kids.

Posted by Jimm | Report as abusive

Ok, let me get this straight. We’ve got serious problems. And that means we should back Barack Obama, the man who saw the need to create his own presidential seal? Shouldn’t he be worried about getting elected first?

Oh, and yes, the polls do show Obama slightly ahead. Zogby, CBS, and several others. I love how the media wants to convince anyone not aboard “the one” bus to just GIVE UP!

I know they tried that with Hillary voters to suppress the vote. Funny, though, Hillary managed to win quite a few major primary votes despite Obama’s “overwhelming lead” in the polls.

Seriously, no wonder McCain mocks Obama. Obama’s a bully, who can’t take a joke.

Posted by MotherofThree | Report as abusive

McBlame’s campaign gets lower and lower and lower. Maybe they’ll just disappear into a sink hole! Tomorrow they’ll go back to the muckraking and lies which both of them seem to be so good at! Both mcblame and failin have shown themselves to be not only tacky and classless but to also have a total lack of integrity. These two republican candidates are an embarrassment to this country and she is a complete moron and embarrassment to all women and proves that mcblame has NO judgment!

Posted by suzyku | Report as abusive

McCain got plenty of earmarks for his homestate of Arizona. I am from Arizona, look up the record TuffCookie! Another uninformed Republican!

Posted by suzyku | Report as abusive

The McCain camp clearly has nothing better to do… if they were in charge of the country… this is what they would do with their time.

Posted by ldb | Report as abusive

If the United States of America wants to be a leader, then it must lead in a way that makes the World WANT to follow. That is a Leader.The otherway is Dictatorship.
Out of the two candidates, which one seems more like a Leader who would inspire? Not only America but the World?

One day you might wake up and find that the world no longer cares what you think…… THINK ABOUT IT.
Or,do you think the American Empire will last forever?
Just like Rome…. Or the Third Reich.

Posted by Kautamiestates | Report as abusive

It is funny watching the left get indignant about a joke. I swear every lefty I see posting online reminds me of an angry virgin dork from high school.

Posted by FairyLib | Report as abusive

Do yourself a favor and surf over to cafepress.com and buy an “I’ll Take That One” teeshirt. Far better than those cufflinks.

Posted by Jeri | Report as abusive

ignoring the tackiness of that aside, I would like to point something out:

Obama still wants to raise taxes on $250k+. Bill Clinton promised the same thing ($200+), had a Democratic Congress and anyone remember what happened? Less than 1 year later, everyone making over $20,000 got their taxes RAISED. Second point on this is that when the stockmarket crashed in 1929 and people made runs on banks, the credit market locked up (sound familiar?). Government raised taxes in 1932 on the wealthy, and unemployment spiked in 1933 at 25% roughly the same time.

The effect of the tax increases was that the depression lasted until the end of the decade. The stock market did not fully recover until 1954 almost 25 years after the crash. We would do well to learn the lessons of the past. Ask yourself… What good is a tax break if you don’t have a job?

Also of note the Obama camp has been making much ado about nothing on the Bill Ayers thing. On face value, it would appear that it is. It seems that history is repeating itself. In 1992 Republicans attacked Clinton on character. Clinton’s womanizing was brought to light, and it was played off as much ado about nothing.

Well, 5 years later the dirty laundry of our president was drug out all over world TV and we were redefining what the meaning of the word “is” is. An embarassment to say the least, and at the most permanent damage to our credibility and perceived morality as a country.
However, this time the stakes aren’t as “inocuous” as adultery, this time the associations go to a type of people that believe that bombing government buildings, revolt against authority, “children should rise up and kill their parents parents” (source: CNN), etc. Obama distributed $50 million for this guy… yet he plays his relationship as inconsequential… How consequential does a relationship have to be to trust a guy with $50M?

Posted by Ross | Report as abusive

As the election gets closer it would seem that the storm troopers of the lunatic left have lost all semblance of a sense of humor. They are becoming so deranged by any criticism of the messiah that it is necessary to keep sharp objects out of their reach. God only knows what they will do if the “one” loses.

Posted by paulejb | Report as abusive

After hearing both of the candidates final remarks for the second time I was impressed by John McCain’s words. Play it again if you don’t believe me, but folks, that was from the heart and was powerful. Don’t buy it? Guess what? Your dead inside and don’t know it. As a life long Democrat, I now know with out any doubt that I want this man to be my President.

Posted by Greg | Report as abusive

Imagine if his name were Barry O’Brien. When you look at his record you discover that he spent 20 years in a white supremacist church and was attracted to neo-Nazi authors and methods. Along the way, he started his political career in the home of an unrepentant abortion clinic bomber and even sat with this terrorist on the board of a right-wing foundation that wasted millions of tax-payer dollars in the promotion of Nazi ideas. Would we even be having a conversation about his qualifications to be President of the United States?
Now, for Barack Obama, simply insert the words “black supremacist,” “Marxist,” “the US Capitol building and American military targets,” and “left-wing” in the above narrative. He is simply too inexperienced, too unaccomplished and too dangerous to take the risk. Please, wake up America, or you will pay dearly for your thirst for “change.”

Posted by Middle Man | Report as abusive