Skip to comments.AARP to Obama: Stop citing us
Posted on 10/04/2012 2:18:02 PM PDT by markomalley
AARP has a message for President Obama: Stop using us to score political points.
Obama cited the nonpartisan senior lobby twice in Wednesday's debate when arguing against Mitt Romney's Medicare proposals.
The remarks prompted a polite statement from AARP Senior Vice President John Hishta asking candidates to refrain from mentioning the group.
"AARP has never consented to the use of its name by any candidate or political campaign," Hishta said.
"AARP is a nonpartisan organization, and we do not endorse political candidates nor coordinate with any candidate or political party."
Hishta sent a similar dispatch in August, when the Obama campaign released an ad using AARP quotes to attack Paul Ryan's Medicare policy.
"The next president and Congress will decide the future of Medicare, and the candidates owe voters straight talk not just 30-second ads about what their plans will mean for today's seniors and future retirees," Hishta said in August.
On Wednesday, Obama cited AARP estimates to argue that savings from the healthcare law will extend Medicare's lifetime. He also told Romney that "AARP has said that your plan would weaken Medicare substantially."
AARP supported Obama's signature healthcare law, prompting criticism from conservatives who believe the group is more political and left-leaning than it says.
On Thursday, Reps. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) and Charles Boustany Jr. (R-La.) aired these complaints after AARP moved to distance itself from Obama.
"In reality, senior AARP leadership and key White House officials worked closely together on the passage of President Obama's healthcare reform," Gingrey and Boustany wrote in a press memo.
"AARP leadership consistently ignored the deluge of calls from members, the majority of which opposed ObamaCare, and instead continued working in conjunction with the White House to perfect their 'messaging' to seniors," the memo stated.
Nonpartisan, eh? Is this from the Onion?
Non-partisan my a**. They are Obama kissers from the word go!
AARP membership must be hurting after their support of Obamacare, otherwise why not continue to back Obama? Well you AARPholes, time to pay the piper for your support of that fascist.
Yeah, nonpartisan. That’s funny.
Yeah, nonpartisan. That’s funny.
and, now they say they're neutral...
right --> s....pffffft
Bingo. AARP’s bottom line is suffering due to their association with Obama and Obamacare. AND THEY AIN’T SEEN NOTHING’ YET. How did they not see this coming? F’ing idiots.
AARP you made a deal with the devil now live with it.
Cannot have it both ways.
Besides, their benefits such as discount travel and insurance, can be had elsewhere and at better prices.
Seems AARP is starting to see the writing on the wall. Every time Obozo mentions AARP, more RPs tell AARP to pound sand.
I do wish AARP would send me another membership solicitation so I could again have the enjoyment of stuffing their crap into their Postage Paid Business Reply Envelope, spending their money to send it back to them.
Translated to mean that rank and file “blue hairs” are not happy and are going to cancel their membership after beig sold down the river over Obamacare.
AARP, Stop sending me your crap!
I think as we draw nearer to the election, disdain for 0bamacare will grow not wane.
Gee whillikers, the AARP didn’t seem to mind being connected with Obama here. Why, it looks like he was even given permission to use its logo ...
‘... “`Tu’n me loose, fo’ I kick de natal stuffin’ outen you,’ sez Brer Rabbit, sezee, but de Tar-Baby, she ain’t sayin’ nuthin’. She des hilt on, en de Brer Rabbit lose de use er his feet in de same way. Brer Fox, he lay low. Den Brer Rabbit squall out dat ef de Tar-Baby don’t tu’n ‘im loose he butt ‘er cranksided. En den he butted, en his head got stuck. Den Brer Fox, he sa’ntered fort’, lookin’ dez ez innercent ez wunner yo’ mammy’s mockin’-birds.
“`Howdy, Brer Rabbit,’ sez Brer Fox, sezee. `You look sorter stuck up dis mawnin’,’ sezee, en den he rolled on de groun’, en laft en laft twel he couldn’t laff no mo’. `I speck you’ll take dinner wid me dis time, Brer Rabbit. I done laid in some calamus root, en I ain’t gwineter take no skuse,’ sez Brer Fox, sezee.”
Here Uncle Remus paused, and drew a two-pound yam out of the ashes.
“Did the fox eat the rabbit?” asked the little boy to whom the story had been told.
“Dat’s all de fur de tale goes,” replied the old man. “He mout, an den agin he moutent. Some say Judge B’ar come ‘long en loosed ‘im - some say he didn’t. I hear Miss Sally callin’. You better run ‘long.” ‘
Probably considered racist nowadays but there’s much wisdom in the Uncle Remus stories.
I do that weekly.....everytime I get one of their crap ads, I load the envelop and send it back to them......makes me feel grand!!!!