July 21, 2014
Of Presidents and Priorities
As smoke billowed from the downed Malaysian jetliner in the fields of eastern Ukraine on Thursday, President Obama pressed ahead with his schedule: a cheeseburger with fries at the Charcoal Pit in Delaware, a speech about infrastructure and two splashy fund-raisers in New York City.
The potential for jarring split-screen imagery was clear. Reports of charred bodies and a ground-to-air missile attack from Eastern Europe dominated television screens while photographers snapped pictures of a grinning Mr. Obama holding a toddler at the restaurant. The presidential motorcade was later filmed pulling up to Trump Place Apartments, the Riverside Avenue venue for his first fund-raiser.
And yet, White House aides said no consideration was given to abandoning the president’s long-planned schedule, even during the hourlong flight from Delaware to New York, when word suddenly arrived that Israel had begun a ground invasion of the Gaza Strip, providing the day’s second international challenge.
We don't know why so many
Republicans racist, mean spirited, partisan poopyheads are saying this guy is incompetent. Why, just look at all that can be accomplished in America if you're determined to stay focused and work hard at your job!
On Thursday morning, President Obama is off to a party fundraiser in New York. Next week, he’s flying to the west coast for another fundraiser with the Hollywood glitterati. When Obama was in Denver last week, he attended no less than four cash-gathering events in the space of 24 hours.
In his first term, Obama attended more fundraising events than any other president in recent history. According to author Brendan J. Doherty, from 2008 to 2012 Obama went to 321 events, compared to just 80 for Ronald Reagan. And, as the chart below shows, he’s done 72 events in his second term – 34 this year alone. So far, he’s ahead of the pace of George W. Bush, who had been to 30 events at this point in 2006. In his two presidential terms combined, Bush hosted 318 fundraisers. Obama has already smashed that number with 393 events to date.
He's no Bill Clinton, though.
Posted by Cassandra at July 21, 2014 08:06 AM
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I don't know why anyone would be surprised. It's not like he's forgone fundraising during any other national crisis, like Benghazi.
Posted by: MikeD at July 21, 2014 01:27 PM
Clearly you do not understand the ineffable wisdom of my strategery, peasant!
How can we get the corrupting influence of Big Money out of politics unless *I* am on the road, hosting those $35,000 a plate fundraisers? Someone has got to stand up for the working class.
Posted by: Barack "The Lightworker" Obama at July 21, 2014 01:38 PM
Truly, after all, one must stick to what one is good at. In our inestimable President's case, that's running for office. Doing the JOB he was elected for... not so much.
Posted by: MikeD at July 21, 2014 01:48 PM