Obama Team Doesn’t Get Young People

JedediahVia Jedediah Bila at Breitbart News

In its latest desperate attempt to get young people signed up for Obamacare, the Obama team has released a video in which celebrity moms urge young people to get covered. The moms of Jonah Hill, Adam Levine, Alicia Keys, and Jennifer Lopez are featured in the video, which includes such lines as “Young people feel invincible,” “Seriously, do you want your mothers to have a nervous breakdown?” and “Taking care of yourself so your mothers can sleep and have a nice life after all they’ve done for you is not too much to ask.” Michelle Obama appears at the end reminding young people that “We nag you because we love you.”

Whatever genius came up with this marketing campaign needs to find another line of work.

Obama team, let me offer you a reminder. Young people don’t like it when their moms, other people’s moms, or celebrity moms tell them what to do. They want to make their own decisions. These same young people you’re treating like babies are often working, paying rent, and quite capable of deciding how they want to spend their hard-earned cash.

It really is astonishing to me that Obama was able to grab the youth vote so well in two elections and now somehow forgets to treat them like the adults who voted for him.

Republican Party, this is your opportunity. Remind young people that you stand by their right to make these decisions for themselves. Remind them that you don’t think someone else–government included–should be telling them how to spend their money or what their priorities should be.

Young people value their freedom. They flock toward the opportunity to build big dreams. They hate being lectured. And they love nothing more than people who stop treating them like little kids and start respecting the fact that they have a voice, a vote, and a right to build the lives they want for themselves.

The Obama administration is in the midst of an enormous marketing failure. They’re also doing a great job of turning off young voters. GOP, you should be right there, front and center, reminding those voters that someone’s looking out for their freedoms.

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8 years ago

Well…. the Koch brothers are sponsoring pizza parties on campuses to discourage young people from signing up. I’m glad the pro healthcare folks are at least responding. Thanks for reminding me to do it – sign up that is. I’m a couple of years away from Medicare and I have insurance, but if there’s something I can do support the only credible effort to bring this country into the 21st century on the matter of health care I’ll do it gladly. Fortunately they’ve extended the deadline.

Roger Drake
8 years ago
Reply to  Elizabeth

If Obamacare is so wonderful, why does the Obama Administration have to spend so much of our tax money on advertising to sell it to the American People?

8 years ago
Reply to  Roger Drake

It isn’t ‘so wonderfull’. ‘So wonderful’ would be single payer universal healthcare along the lines of that which Canada enjoys. ‘So wonderful’ would be something along the lines of the French system. Unfortunately the US is dominated by right wing ideologues and their brain warped minions who idolize for profit medicine / insurance. The United States, where per capita medical expenditures beat every other western nation by far, and has a life expectancy ranking somewhere areound 50th in the world according to the CIA factbook. Simply amazing that you right wingers keep supporting a system that’s bankrupting you.

8 years ago

Obama’s just like a pedophile, goes after the kids……

8 years ago
Reply to  dick

Oh stop it. Don’t be such an *ss. How about your Koch brothers buddies and their campus pizza parties? Are they pedophiles also?

8 years ago

Actually, the ad is brilliant. If my three adult children who are all in their twenties did not already have health insurance this ad would inspire me to step in and do everything I can as a mom to ensure that they are insured. It also reminds me that our family has already benefited from the ability of adult children up to the age of 26 to stay on their parents’ health insurance.

8 years ago
Reply to  Barbara

So you wouldn’t have thought of this, or of your children’s welfare, were it not for the ad?

8 years ago

I found the video totally annoying, and I wanted to smack Levine’s mother and her guilt trip.

8 years ago

AMEN!! Well said Rik. Run Ben Run!

Mount Apple
8 years ago

It might be valuable to mention to the millions of uninformed AARP members that their organization supported Obamacare, and earlier opposed increasing the amount retirees could earn without incurring a tax penalty.
Why would a group supposedly representing seniors be willing to double-cross them so often?
AARP seems more like a mouthpiece organization of the Democrats.

8 years ago
Reply to  Mount Apple

Yes – and that’s why I’m joining AARP and not this lame organization. I hardly think AARP are a mouthpiece for Democrats – they’re interested in promoting the welfare and interests of seniors, and they do a good job of it, from what I can see. Who sponsors this website, this organization, and can’t they come up a commentator with a little more credibility than Bila?

Joyce A
8 years ago

The GOP has not designated a good public speaking leader who has the Charismatic ability to appeal to the young.
Why haven’t they been developing someone? Maybe the young Mr. Bush? He could be a leader and speaker for the party
and start drawing in the Spanish kids as well as the other nationalities in the country. Why has the GOP not ever
taken the steps to do the same type of advertising as the Democrats? We are supposed to be the smart ones who believe in business and growth in careers so get busy and start developing the kids who potential to do something great for us. How do we think OBAMA got to the White House? Somebody on the left recognized a good speaker and grabbed
the chance to make a run for the highest position in the country! Don’t get left behind GOP, start moving and shaking up
a storm of young people who believe in FREEDOM & LIBERTY!

8 years ago

You want to get the GOP to come together? People, the Tea Party should brake away and form it’s own party!

Only then, can we get out the right message … a message that we are the ONLY party looking out for the average citizen!

2 lost presidential elections because of moderate, milk toast candidates already … whose next? Chris Christie? Forget the so called polls, the media would love another hand picked loser.

If we’re to lose, let’s lose with our own candidate! Ben Carson for President! Please run Ben.

8 years ago
Reply to  Rik

Dr Ben for President!!! Sounds pretty good to me. I would absolutely LOVE to see him debate Hillary Clinton. He’d make her look like the babbling idiot she is.

Glen Saunders
8 years ago
Reply to  Rik

No Ben Carson…..Anti 2nd Amendment…..He won’t make it talking bad about gun owners.

8 years ago
Reply to  Glen Saunders

Roger that. Just read his latest book. Only one 2A comment, something along the line of, ‘ how stupid and dangerous would it be if everyone was armed’. That’s not all. By his own definition he is not conservative. He says he flirted with conservatism during Ronnie’s terms, but landed squarely in the independent camp. He repeatedly makes the point that the way out of our mess is to pick the best points from both sides and cobble them together. Sounds like Frankenstein to me, with the monster part winning. Socialism taints whatever it is grafted onto. Too many are willing to rush to this man because of his inspiring life story and his race. This man already is performing great service to this country, both professionally and via many charitable venues, but this doesn’t mean he is a reasonable choice for president, any more than Dr. Oz now, or Rev. Graham was thirty years ago. Just because a person is a good egg and has risen to the top in their field, it doesn’t follow that he is qualified to make a parrallel career leap. Organizations have sprung up to draft the Doc, relying on, to me, the unproven claim that the black electorate will flock to him, depriving Hillary of a crucial block. Only one potential candidate gets my enthusiastic support this far out, and that’s ted Cruz. He makes no bones about his positions and has shown he can take heat. Let’s not flock to our own messiah wo finding out where he’s at on the core issues.

8 years ago
Reply to  D.A.


We have almost two whole years before we have to settle on who will be the best GOP candidate for President. I agree with you, that we should ALL spend that time properly vetting ALL the potential candidates out there. Yes, once again I’m advocating that we have to do our homework and check each candidate’s background (voting record if any, stance on various issues, general background, to the best of our ability, to ensure there is nothing that the Democrats can pull out during the general campaign to swing the election their way, etc.).

What we DON’T NEED TO DO is to listen to the so-called GOP strategists who, aside from being consistently wrong election after election, think the “magic fix” is to simply run a candidate who is of one demographic or another or be “more like the Democrats” and that will automatically ensure victory. That kind of reasoning won’t work out the way most people think it would. All the Democrat candidate, lets say Hillary for now as she and Bill are already in active campaign mode, has to do to nullify that demographic criteria is promise “more free stuff’ during the general campaign. That is what is of REAL INTEREST to most Democrat voters. Everything else is pretty much of secondary importance.

As long as the Democrat candidate promises to either maintain or expand the laundry list of “freebies”, the average Democrat voter doesn’t really care who the actual candidate is. To the average Democrat, the federal government is Santa Claus dispensing a never-ending stream of “free stuff”. Have we all already forgotten the videos from 2008 and 2012, with screaming people chanting that Obama will pay their rent, give them a house, give them free cell phones or give them money from “his stash” for all kind of stuff? That’s the real motivator for the average Democrat voter today. No Republican candidate espousing conservative or even moderate principles , from any demographic you want to choose, is going to attract a substantial portion of the Democrat voting base.

So rather than trying to, once again, play that losing GOP strategy, we need to put forth the most intelligent, well-articulated and truly fiscally conservative candidate we can find from the those that decide to seriously run in 2016. No more moderates only pretending to be conservative during the primary process. We’ve seen how that plays out in the general election cycle a number of times now. I’m open to anyone that fits the criteria I’ve outlined from any demographic and I intend to research every candidate accordingly between now and then. The fate of the country is too important to entrust to a bunch of ineffective GOP strategists sitting in a room somewhere, who only know one losing game plan to run over and over again.

8 years ago
Reply to  D.A.

Read the recently published biography of Roger Ailes.

Dr. Simpson
8 years ago

You are preaching to the choir. Pep talks are ok but this is war an America may have already lost the final battle.
BUT we are still alive, though on life-support and running on only inertia.
In ANY republic, the battle is ALWAYS AND ONLY between the PAYERS and the TAKERS. Being a taker is addictive (to young AND old). In any republic, the entitlement mentality always sets in and obama and the rest of the communist party are promoting it. AND so are the RINO’s.

we have 3 problems, which may have already killed America. Here are the solutions:
1. Term limits for everybody (SHORT TERMS). THEY won’t ever do it, so we must do it TO them.
2. Repeal obamanocare immediately. (obamanocare is spelled correctly). Replace it with something workable,INCLUDING some protection of doctors against lawyers. There is NONE in obamanocare.
3. Turn back to God (and I could not possibly care less if this offends somebody).

obama has said only one thing, that wasn’t a deliberate lie. he said “America is no longer a Christian nation”.
I saw him say it on television.

8 years ago

Go watch the video, then read the comments below it. Doesn’t sound like the youngsters like obamacare too much.

8 years ago

Yes, maybe 27% of the young people have signed up…..but how many have actually paid the premiums to initiate a contract of insurance..? Those are the numbers that will tell the real story…

8 years ago
Reply to  Camille

But the Obama administration can’t give us these numbers because only the insurance companies have them!!! Yeah, right. They know but as usual if the numbers are negative they don’t “know what they are”.

8 years ago

The hypocrisy of the left: don’t be bossy but we will nag you.

amleto giarolo
8 years ago

I certainly agree with all the above=and I would also include the following message to all the young people==don”t
feel bad about voting for him(OBAMA) in the past election=he lied to you then and he’s lying to you again=he’ll do
anything to get his and his progressive party in total power.PLEASE VOTE IN NOVEMBER =LET ALL AMERICANS

Bill N.
8 years ago

Obama counted on enough young people to be dumb enough to vote for him. Then he expects the same people to be smart enough to know they have to buy health insurance.

(Only 27% have signed up, I hope maybe the young people are waking up vs being dumb??)

8 years ago

Hmmmm … mothers of rich celebrities urging jobless young people to spend inflated prices on sick-care insurance they don’t need in order to make power-hungry politicians look good.

How could that possibly not work?

8 years ago
Reply to  Bob


Jack M.
8 years ago

Jedediah, you are right on the money. Even though I am 75, I can still remember my own rebeliousness against those who told me that I had to do things their way…..because that just was mthe way it had to be. And when someone popped up out of nowhere to ask me why——I would have followed him/her any where until he/she gave me reason to doubt their
honesty. Some of the youth I know are possesors of this bent. Granted six of them are my grandchildren (not too predjudiced), even there I saw their need to make their own decisions……and I applauded and offered help whenever asked. So keep yelling at the “old established” members of the GOP. And if you want another soap-box……..how about the Questionaires that are sent out in the guise of asking for inteligent input. Dumb!
Ypu go, girl……keep exercising your God given talents!!

8 years ago

“GOP, you should be right there, front and center, reminding those voters that someone’s looking out for their freedoms.” I totally agree Jedediah.

Still waiting for a coherent, targeted national response from the GOP. Not one-offs from every Republican who can grab a microphone for 30 seconds with his or her own “plan”, but a real intelligent, targeted marketing campaign to try and win hearts and minds of the young. So far the silence is absolutely deafening. Just a little over seven months until the November elections. Tick, tick, tick.

8 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

Totally agree with Paul; GOP must come together instead of splintering. This is a great opportunity to “Get In Step” with the Younger generations. Don’t blow it!!!!

Jack M.
8 years ago
Reply to  DEL B

Yes, Del…..what they need is a LEADER!

8 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

Exactly! Well said.

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