Awww: Presidenting interfering with fundraising

posted at 12:15 pm on July 18, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

How serious has the debt-ceiling debate become?  So serious that it’s apparently keeping Barack Obama from his primary task, according to the AP (via Jim Geraghty):

The debt showdown isn’t just the dominant issue in Washington this summer — it’s virtually the only one getting any attention in the nation’s capital.

From the White House to Congress, the negotiations over raising the U.S. debt limit have overshadowed or halted work on everything from job creation to the military conflict in Libya to education reform. And the debt debate has hamstrung President Barack Obama’s ability to hit the road to campaign and raise money for his re-election bid. …

Obama hasn’t traveled outside Washington in July, except for a weekend jaunt to the presidential retreat at Camp David. Lawmakers who previously met with the president only sporadically came to the White House for five straight days of talks, and will likely be back again before Aug. 2, when the Treasury Department has warned the government will default unless the debt ceiling is raised. The House and Senate both canceled weeklong breaks planned for this month so they could stay in town to work on a deal.

So Obama hasn’t left Washington DC in eighteen days?  Have the media begun using graphics saying, “President Held Hostage, Day 18″ yet?  My goodness, expecting a President to stay in Washington while Congress is in session and a situation which the President himself calls a crisis is so onerous as to defy imagination!

And all of this just days before the next election, too.  Well, okay, it’s actually 477 days.  It’s been 909 days since Barack Obama officially started on the job, too.  Shouldn’t he be allowed to spend one-third of his term focusing on his most important responsibility, which is obviously to raise money?  Sheesh.

In not entirely unrelated news, ABC wonders how long Obama can defy political gravity, considering the bad economy:

Although President Obama’s job approval rating of 48 percent (according to Pollster.com average) isn’t exactly stellar, it is remarkably high given the level of economic pessimism and despair among American electorate.

The economy is the most important issue for most Americans, yet few Americans feel very good about it and most don’t approve of the way President Obama’s dealing with it.  …

Even so, President Obama’s job approval in the Quinnipiac Poll was 47 percent, a full nine points higher than the 38 percent who thought he was doing a good job on the economy. In the ABC /Washington Post poll, his overall approval rating was seven points higher than his approval rating on the economy. In the CBS/New York Times poll, the gap between his overall approval rating and his handling of the economy was 8 points.

Obama’s job approval ratings defy political gravity. The only question now, is if they can do so for much longer.

As long as the national media continues to portray Obama’s presence in Washington as some sort of sacrifice, I imagine.  Along those lines, Investors Business Daily editorial cartoonist Michael Ramirez offers his perspective on the issue:

If I didn’t know better, I’d say that Ramirez used MSNBC’s Chuck Todd as his model here …

Also, be sure to check out Ramirez’ terrific collection of his works: Everyone Has the Right to My Opinion, which covers the entire breadth of Ramirez’ career, and it gives fascinating look at political history.  Read my review here, and watch my interviews with Ramirez here and here.  And don’t forget to check out the entire Investors.com site, which has now incorporated all of the former IBD Editorials, while individual investors still exist.

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Awww… Obama Shared with us his unfathomable wisdom and now he is Sacrificing for it.

Chip on July 18, 2011 at 12:20 PM

I like that cartoon. The only reason that it doesn’t look exactly like Chuck Todd is because of the glasses.

Mord on July 18, 2011 at 12:20 PM

Excellent pic….heh

Chuckie

cmsinaz on July 18, 2011 at 12:20 PM

Mord, the glasses are to make,him look smarter
:)

cmsinaz on July 18, 2011 at 12:21 PM

halted work on everything from job creation

Yeah right. They are doing NOTHING to create jobs and EVERYTHING TO DESTROY THEM.

Failbama does not have 48% approval rating either. What a load of horse apples. If he’s lucky its actually around 39%, but I doubt the reality is even that high.

Congress is at approximately 12% last I heard, and no one thinks much of Captain Fail these days either.

I am all broken up about his fund raising… WAIT this piece is to prepare us for less than stellar fund raising numbers, isn’t it?

Gosh they almost snuck that by us. Not. Skippy’s fund raising must be really sucking wind…

dogsoldier on July 18, 2011 at 12:23 PM

Shouldn’t he be allowed to spend one-third of his term focusing on his most important responsibility, which is obviously to raise money? Sheesh.

Don’t forget subverting the Constitution and playing golf.

Chip on July 18, 2011 at 12:24 PM

The lsm lapdogs are in a tizzy

cmsinaz on July 18, 2011 at 12:24 PM

Sorry, only at fundraising-es can Obama stoke the unstoppable ego. The money raised is secondary. Important (for others) but secondary.

Sir Napsalot on July 18, 2011 at 12:24 PM

Although President Obama’s job approval rating of 48 percent (according to Pollster.com average) isn’t exactly stellar, it is remarkably high given the level of economic pessimism and despair among American electorate.

And the Obama Depression.

Chip on July 18, 2011 at 12:26 PM

Imagine where Barry’s approval ratings would be if the MSM actually told the truth about Barry’s stance in the debt debates.

AZCoyote on July 18, 2011 at 12:26 PM

Love it! Check this out re Obama’s shared sacrifice,
http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/171947-white-house-cutting-white-house-budget-hurts-administration-efforts-to-reduce-the-deficit
The WH motto: Sacrifice for you, but not for me!

txmomof6 on July 18, 2011 at 12:26 PM

cmsinaz on July 18, 2011 at 12:24 PM
link?

txmomof6 on July 18, 2011 at 12:27 PM

Chucky T on NBC…

d1carter on July 18, 2011 at 12:27 PM

Just think about how much taxpayers money has been saved not having bho AF1 all over the US for 18 days! bho and family had to skip a week-end mini-vacation also, saving us millions. Bet bho still is playing golf though.
L

letget on July 18, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Does part of his approval being so high have something to do with not having anyone running against him? Hopefully those numbers start to go down once Americans have a choice between Obama and someone else.

cpaulus on July 18, 2011 at 12:31 PM

Obama hasn’t traveled outside Washington in July, except for a weekend jaunt to the presidential retreat at Camp David.

Even then they lie. Per WH Schedule

Obama went to Camp David on the first 2 weekends 7/1-7/3, then again on 7/9-7/10.

faraway on July 18, 2011 at 12:31 PM

No linky, just surfing the channels

cmsinaz on July 18, 2011 at 12:33 PM

President Obama’s job approval in the Quinnipiac Poll was 47 percent, a full nine points higher than the 38 percent who thought he was doing a good job on the economy

Translation: 9% of respondants don’t want to be called RAAAAAAAAACIST by some liberal pollster.

crazy_legs on July 18, 2011 at 12:34 PM

If he were doing a good job as President, he wouldn’t have to leave Washington to campaign.

behiker on July 18, 2011 at 12:35 PM

great cartoon!

ted c on July 18, 2011 at 12:39 PM

Just think what his burn rate for campaign spending would be if he had to include the actual cost of Air Farce One as part of his campaign travel expenses.

txmomof6 on July 18, 2011 at 12:40 PM

It is just not that hard to see why he’s still at 47% approval. He has a built in 12% that will always approve. No matter what he does.

There is absolutely nothing that will sway 98% of blacks saying they approve of him. Nothing.

You take that 12% away and he’s right were he should be. In the 30′s.

ButterflyDragon on July 18, 2011 at 12:41 PM

Loved Steyn’s latest name for PBHO, Obamandias! Positively brilliant!


My name is Obamandias, King of Kings,
Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.”

MJBrutus on July 18, 2011 at 12:42 PM

while individual investors still exist.

The greatest line of the Obama era. Bravo!

faraway on July 18, 2011 at 12:42 PM

I’d like to see the demographics on that 48% approval rating; I suspect that would go a long ways towards explaining it.

Midas on July 18, 2011 at 12:43 PM

Loved Steyn’s latest name for PBHO, Obamandias! Positively brilliant!

My name is Obamandias, King of Kings,
Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.”

MJBrutus on July 18, 2011 at 12:42 PM

Awesomeness.

Midas on July 18, 2011 at 12:44 PM

Obama’s job approval ratings with the press defy political gravity. The only question now, is if they can get him elected one more time.

There. FIFY

Fallon on July 18, 2011 at 12:45 PM

His numbers are thrash in Texas with a few exceptions.

docflash on July 18, 2011 at 12:45 PM

If I didn’t know better, I’d say that Ramirez used MSNBC’s Chuck Todd as his model here …

That was my first thought when I saw that.

TheBlueSite on July 18, 2011 at 12:47 PM

If I didn’t know better, I’d say that Ramirez used MSNBC’s Chuck Todd as his model here …

I’d say so, too. And “stupid” is about as high a mark as Chuck Todd deserves.

Jaibones on July 18, 2011 at 12:50 PM

Yeah, BO needs another 4 years to finish destroying America.

His administration has done an excellent job in only 2 1/2 years.

disa on July 18, 2011 at 12:52 PM

WTF! Says it all doesn’t it.

Dr Evil on July 18, 2011 at 1:00 PM

Isn’t it strange that Obama’s approval percentage and the percentage that don’t pay taxes are almost the same?

Weird, huh?

John Deaux on July 18, 2011 at 1:02 PM

It’s been 909 days since Barack Obama officially started on the job, too.

That long? Seems like 909 Years.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4TW-A-j8z4

Del Dolemonte on July 18, 2011 at 1:12 PM

Despite what the press has been describing as a “weak” fundraising quarter for Republicans, with the RNC’s June totals, GOP 2nd quarter fundraising is at $60 million.

poorrichardsnews on July 18, 2011 at 1:14 PM

Isn’t it strange that Obama’s approval percentage and the percentage that don’t pay taxes are almost the same?

Weird, huh?

John Deaux on July 18, 2011 at 1:02 PM

Rather explains why they desperately want to raise the latter to help the former.

Chip on July 18, 2011 at 1:15 PM

the national media continues to portray Obama’s presence in Washington as some sort of sacrifice

And to quote Michelle Obama, “they DO things in there, in the Oval Office!”

Do stuff, play around, hang out, do more stuff, perform another speech, work-up those crib notes, do stuff, doin’ stuff, doin’ things

Lourdes on July 18, 2011 at 1:36 PM

President Obama will defy gravity until the Republicans have a nominee and thus establish one voice to make the case against Big Government, fiscal recklessness, and gangsta gov’t. Hopefully, the nominee will be in full throated attack mode on all fronts, not some RINO past supporter of Big Government, fiscal recklessness, and cronyism.

exdeadhead on July 18, 2011 at 1:37 PM

Isn’t it strange that Obama’s approval percentage and the percentage that don’t pay taxes are almost the same?

Weird, huh?

John Deaux on July 18, 2011 at 1:02 PM

Doin’ stuff!

Just not that tax-thing.

Hey, somebody get me a cheeseburgah! With fries!

Lourdes on July 18, 2011 at 1:38 PM

Alright you racccccisssssssts, raise the debt ceiling so President Pull-Ups can get on the campaign trail and raise more money by promising to give away more of the US Taxpayers’ money. BTW, follow Moody’s advice and just make it unlimited so we don’t have to worry our pretty little heads about it again.

katablog.com on July 18, 2011 at 1:40 PM

Love it! Check this out re Obama’s shared sacrifice,
http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/171947-white-house-cutting-white-house-budget-hurts-administration-efforts-to-reduce-the-deficit
The WH motto: Sacrifice for you, but not for me!

txmomof6 on July 18, 2011 at 12:26 PM

The facts reported in that article ALSO emphasises just why and to what extent expanded government is our national problem and needs to be curtailed. All those Executive Branch agencies, all “struck” with the idea that they might receive reduced funding, all of the complaints about such sounding so hapless, so incapable without MORE MONEY to maintain and expand their escapades.

Lourdes on July 18, 2011 at 1:45 PM

great cartoon!

ted c on July 18, 2011 at 12:39 PM

Yeah, except that I think the T-shirt is on the wrong guy.

UltimateBob on July 18, 2011 at 2:04 PM

What??? No parties? No golf? No eating his waffles? This is an outrage!!!

Pfffffffffffffffffffft

capejasmine on July 18, 2011 at 2:49 PM

This Administration has been like one long national illness that took hold in Jan. 2009. When this SOB and his band of grinning crooks is finally shown the door in Jan 2013 it will be like the country has finally risen from its bed to walk in the sunshine once more. We must, however, be forever vigilant against a relapse, that would really lead to the death of our great country.

teacherman on July 18, 2011 at 2:58 PM

This President-thingy is hard work!

John the Libertarian on July 18, 2011 at 3:02 PM

Obama’s “personal” approval ratings are high.

On everything else that matters, he’s circling the drain.

Goodbye, Obama. Your experiment in Socialism in America has failed. And we bid ye, farewell.

Key West Reader on July 18, 2011 at 4:28 PM

Didn’t realize Ramirez was a photographer…..thought he was a cartoonist.

Tim_CA on July 18, 2011 at 4:57 PM

Obama’s “personal” approval ratings are high.

On everything else that matters, he’s circling the drain.

Goodbye, Obama. Your experiment in Socialism in America has failed. And we bid ye, farewell.

Key West Reader on July 18, 2011 at 4:28 PM

Dear Reader,

You are correct. The personal popularity is up because of the Bradley effect. Think about the questions they ask:

Personal popularity: “Do you think Obama is a nice guy, yes or no?”

Economy:Does Obama know his asss from a bowling ball, yes or no?”

You answer “no” to the p-p question and you think they think you are a racist.

By the way, they’re spinning his campaign haul of $86 billion for the second quarter as grand and glorious. Do the math and you will see that he’s not on pace to reach the billion he claimed he would get. Do some reading and you will find out that it won’t matter even if he does. (Warning: cheap shameless blog-whoring link.)

The War Planner on July 18, 2011 at 9:48 PM