Monday, April 30, 2012

Obama Has Hosted More Fundraisers Than The Last Five Presidents Combined

Give a lot more credence to the 'Campaigner in Chief' criticism.

"But a new book makes shockingly clear just how focused Obama has been on his political future. Via Toby Harnden at the Daily Mail (emphasis added):

Barack Obama has already held more re-election fundraising events than every elected president since Richard Nixon combined, according to figures to be published in a new book.

Obama is also the only president in the past 35 years to visit every electoral battleground state in his first year of office.

The figures, contained a in a new book called The Rise of the President’s Permanent Campaign by Brendan J. Doherty, due to be published by University Press of Kansas in July, give statistical backing to the notion that Obama is more preoccupied with being re-elected than any other commander-in-chief of modern times.

Doherty, who has compiled statistics about presidential travel and fundraising going back to President Jimmy Carter in 1977, found that Obama had held 104 fundraisers by March 6th this year, compared to 94 held by Presidents Carter, Ronald Reagan, George Bush Snr, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush combined.

If these figures are accurate, and apparently they are, I don’t know what is more contemptible: that the most ethical President ever has spent more time raising money than his 5 predecessors combined, or that virtually no one within the mainstream media has seen fit to track and report this. I don’t know, might this possibly have some connection to the fact that President Obama has no legislative accomplishments to speak of over the past year? Just spit-balling here, but this seems like a story angle the media probably would have shown an interest in from say 2001-2008. After all, they seemed pretty interested in tracking the number of rounds of golf President Bush played. But I guess even this is no longer considered newsworthy since, with 93 rounds of his own, President Obama has already exceeded his predecessors total over two full terms by almost a 4 to 1 ratio.

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