12:21 PM, Apr 17, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
President Obama appears to be the best there ever was when it comes to raising cash. But that’s because he works so hard at it. As James Oliphant of Government Executive reports:
After two separate recent events in Houston, President Obama has attended 373 fundraisers during his five-plus years in office. That's just about one every five days or so. Assuming he speaks for close to 15 minutes at each event, that's well more than 5,000 presidential minutes consumed by the dirty business of asking people for money. And that doesn't include the prep, the glad-handing and hobnobbing, the photos, the private asides, the travel.
This puts him ahead of the pack, given that:
At this point in his presidency, George W. Bush, a true grip-and-grin guy if there's ever been one, had attended just 200 such events … [Obama] is, in fact, way ahead of the second-term fundraising efforts of not only Bush but also of Bill Clinton, another man who could work a room.
There would be a point, one thinks, at which all this demagoguing for dough becomes unseemly and we can surely expect the mainstream media to alert us when, and if, President Obama approaches it. Meanwhile, there is this to think about.
The president came into office pledged to heal the nation’s suppurating political wounds. To pacify its angry heart and so on and so forth.
But you don’t do that when you are out raising political money. That is an exercise that calls for throwing lots of red meat to the hungry partisans and getting them to believe that unless they write those checks, the barbarians will be soon inside the gates.
President Obama has raised a lot of money but in doing so he has also raised, considerably, the nation’s political fevers.
11:27 PM, Jan 28, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Democratic senator Mark Udall of Colorado won't say whether he'll campaign for his own reelection with President Barack Obama:
Asked the CNN reporter: "Is he a liability for you, the president, back home?"
8:08 AM, Nov 26, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Steve Hayes, with Mara Liasson and Charles Krauthammer, last night on Fox News:
5:42 PM, Nov 25, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
At a stop in San Francisco on a three-day fund raising swing along the West Coast, President Obama said during a speech that "sometimes people forget I'm not running for office again." The president was talking about Republicans in Congress and the immigration reform that he is trying to get through the House:
12:07 PM, Jul 8, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama announced today that his administration would follow the models pioneered by Google and his presidential campaign to make government smarter:
4:28 PM, Jun 26, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
The State Department yielded to pressure from a coalition of Seattle and Washington state politicians, community groups, and advocacy organizations and agreed to withdraw at least one ad in the department's Metro bus ad campaign in Seattle promoting the “Rewards for Justice” campaign. The program pays rewards to individuals who provide leads about the location of wanted terrorists.
9:18 AM, Jun 19, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The White House pool report reveals that only 6,000 will be in attendance for Obama's Berlin speech today:
9:14 AM, May 30, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Republican National Committee announces that it's filing a Freedom of Information Act request for the release of all "Benghazi Emails Between Obama’s Reelection Campaign and State Department." The RNC's press release reads:
10:24 AM, May 29, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
Today, President Obama personally became re-involved in his former campaign organization's new incarnation Organizing for Action. On the same day he is scheduled to appear at two DCCC fundraisers in Chicago, the president of the United States sent the following email to OFA's mailing list, signed "Barack":
2:12 PM, May 3, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
In a petition emailed today to supporters, Organizing for Action, President Obama's former campaign group, uses violence in Chicago to push for more gun control.
"In 2009, my schoolmate Greg Robinson was in the backseat of a car returning home from a basketball game when someone with a gun opened fire," the letter from "Ronnie Mosley," of Morehouse College Class of 2013, emails.
6:31 AM, Apr 4, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Barack Obama raised campaign funds yesterday for the 2014 House elections. Visiting the homes of California billionaires, Obama touted Nancy Pelosi, as a primary reason for Democrats needing to win the next national election.
12:52 PM, Apr 2, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
College basketball player Kevin Ware's compound fracture in Sunday's Elite Eight game has gained widespread media attention. And now a Kentucky group is trying to capitalize off the Louisville player's injury.
On its website, boldprogressive.org, the group Progressive Change Campaign Committee has posted this: