Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on December 8, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Recall the promise of Barack Obama in 2007 to stay within the public-financing system for presidential candidates? That lasted until just after Obama figured out that he could easily outraise John McCain in the general election — which was when Obama became the first major-party candidate to opt out of the system since its post-Watergate establishment.  Obama claimed at the time that the presidential campaign public financing system was “broken,” but now almost three years after taking office, Obama has yet to propose a fix for the campaign fund.  In fact, his campaign has made it clear that they want to raise a billion dollars on their own rather than use a “fixed” public campaign fund.

Given that Obama has no intention to work within the system, House Republicans proposed eliminating it altogether.  You would think that Obama would have no problem eliminating a program which he himself refuses to use, but

Today, The White House Announces That Obama “Strongly Opposes” Ending The Taxpayer Funding Of Presidential Elections. “The Administration strongly opposes House passage of H.R. 3463, which would terminate taxpayer financing of Presidential election campaigns and would eliminate the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) and transfer its responsibilities primarily to the Federal Election Commission.” (Statement Of Administration Policy, H.R. 3463 – Termination of Taxpayer Financing of Presidential Election Campaigns and Termination of the Election Assistance Commission, 12/1/11)

Why would Obama oppose ending a program he refuses to use for his own campaign?  Why, eliminating the EAC would mean that presidential candidates would have to spend a lot of time on fundraising!

“The bill would force many candidates into an endless cycle of fundraising at the expense of engagement with voters on the issues, and would place a premium on access to large donor or special interest support, narrowing the field of otherwise worthy candidates.” (Statement Of Administration Policy, H.R. 3463 – Termination of Taxpayer Financing of Presidential Election Campaigns and Termination of the Election Assistance Commission, 12/1/11)

Needless to say, this argument has the GOP laughing out loud, and they offer a variety of media sources that exposes Obama’s hypocrisy on this very point:

In 2011, Obama Has Averaged A “Blistering Pace” Of More Than One Fundraiser Every Five Days. “Sixty-nine fundraisers this year by December 1. That’s an average of more than one fundraiser every five days. (Though, as Obama’s latest New York trip shows, these events are often clustered together on a single day.) This is a blistering pace of rainmaking for the 44th president in 2011.”(Andy Kroll, “Barack Obama Has, On Average, Attended A Fundraiser Every Five Days In 2011,” Mother Jones, 12/1/11)

Obama Has Held 65 Fundraisers For His Campaign. “Pres Obama now on his way to 3 campaign fundraising events in NYC – bringing his total this year to 69 fundraisers, 65 for his campaign.” (Mark Knoller, Twitter Feed, 11/30/11)

Obama Has Already Held More Fundraisers “Than The Last Five Presidents Did The Year Before They Sought Re-Election.” “That’s already more than the last five presidents did the year before they sought re-election,’ says Brendan Doherty, assistant professor of political science at the U.S. Naval Academy.” (Richard Wolf, “Obama Revs Up Fundraising For Re-Election Bid,” USA Today, 9/27/11)

Has Put Access On The Menu For His Fundraisers

Obama Big Donor Fundraiser Guarantees An “‘Informal’ President, Plus ‘An Open Q & A’ Plus The Sweetener Of ‘Candids.’” “The brunch is limited to 50 couples, will feature an ‘informal’ president, plus ‘an open Q & A’ plus the sweetener of ‘candids’ — photos of guests in conversation with the 44th president.  It is being hosted by former Microsoft chief operating officer Jon Shirley.” (Joel Connelly, “Obama Brunch: $35,800 Buys More Come-Ons,” Seattlepi’s “Strange Bedfellows.,” 9/8/11)

Obama’s 2008 Bundlers Had At Least 3,000 Meetings At The White House, Plus “Broad Access” To Obama Officials And “Glitzy Social Events.” “The big bundlers had broad access to the White House for meetings with top administration officials and glitzy social events. In all, campaign bundlers and their family members account for more than 3,000 White House meetings and visits. Half of them raised $200,000 or more.” (Fred Schulte, John Aloysius Farrell, And Jeremy Borden, “Obama Rewards Big Bundlers With Jobs, Commissions, Stimulus Money, Government Contracts, And More,” IWatch, 6/15/11)

And Cultivates Special Interest Support

Obama Is Ignoring His Pledge To Not Take Money From Lobbyists, Raising Millions From “Prominent Supporters Who Are Active In The Lobbying Industry.” “Despite a pledge not to take money from lobbyists, President Obama has relied on prominent supporters who are active in the lobbying industry to raise millions of dollars for his re-election bid.” (Eric Lichtblau, “Obama Backers Tied To Lobbies Raise Millions,” The New York Times10/27/11)

  • At Least 15 Of Obama’s Bundlers Are In The Lobbying Industry And Have Raised Over $5 Million For Obama’s Reelection Campaign. “At least 15 of Mr. Obama’s ‘bundlers’ — supporters who contribute their own money to his campaign and solicit it from others — are involved in lobbying for Washington consulting shops or private companies. They have raised more than $5 million so far for the campaign.” (Eric Lichtblau, “Obama Backers Tied To Lobbies Raise Millions,” The New York Times10/27/11)

The Bundlers Show The Obama Ethics Policies Do Not Match The “On-The-Ground Practices.” “But the prevalence of major Obama fund-raisers who also work in the lobbying arena threatens to undercut the president’s ethics push, raising questions about whether the campaign’s policies square with its on-the-ground practices, some of those same watchdogs say.” (Eric Lichtblau, “Obama Backers Tied To Lobbies Raise Millions,” The New York Times10/27/11)

Rarely has an incumbent given the opposition party such an easy target.  Why did Obama bother to oppose this bill anyway?  He would have been better off if the fund quietly disappeared, rather than give Republicans a chance to talk about it again during the campaign.

Got an Obamateurism of the Day? If you see a foul-up by Barack Obama, e-mail it to me at obamaisms@edmorrissey.com with the quote and the link to the Obamateurism. I’ll post the best Obamateurisms on a daily basis, depending on how many I receive. Include a link to your blog, and I’ll give some link love as well. And unlike Slate, I promise to end the feature when Barack Obama leaves office.

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cmsinaz on December 8, 2011 at 8:10 AM

Ed, when are you going to start using some of the gaffes in Obama’s infamous “America never has worked” speech?

6 months worth of Obamateurisms in that thing alone.

wildcat72 on December 8, 2011 at 8:12 AM

From the administration who keeps insisting they are not campaigning

Blurring the line daily

cmsinaz on December 8, 2011 at 8:12 AM

who will call him on this? Newt can’t because he WAS a lobbyist. Romney wont because he just isn’t up to it.

kelley in virginia on December 8, 2011 at 8:12 AM

Credit card restrictions are now removed, and Mickey Mouse is allowed to donate to my campaign—Barack Obama

Rovin on December 8, 2011 at 8:13 AM

Why would he get rid of it..this is a man who loves rules–for others..

hillsoftx on December 8, 2011 at 8:13 AM

Why did Obama bother to oppose this bill anyway? He would have been better off if the fund quietly disappeared, rather than give Republicans a chance to talk about it again during the campaign.

Why, I’m beginning to think this bloke may not be quite as smart as he’s cracked up to be!

VelvetElvis on December 8, 2011 at 8:15 AM

Just saw on drudge another $35,800 meet up last night

cmsinaz on December 8, 2011 at 8:15 AM

Rules for thee, but not for me.

JimK on December 8, 2011 at 8:16 AM

“Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends…”.

ManWithNoParty on December 8, 2011 at 8:17 AM

You’d think there’d be less of these things after 3 years in office…

Nethicus on December 8, 2011 at 8:17 AM

Ed, when are you going to start using some of the gaffes in Obama’s infamous “America never has worked” speech?

6 months worth of Obamateurisms in that thing alone.

wildcat72 on December 8, 2011 at 8:12 AM

Because they weren’t Obamateurisms – he was finally telling us how he thinks and feels about this country (unless that was the Obamateurism?).

Sue Doenim on December 8, 2011 at 8:18 AM

but now almost three years after taking office, Obama has yet to propose a fix for the campaign fund

Obama is more consultant-in-chief than anything else. Consultants point out problems, they don’t actually do the work of fixing them!

Happy Nomad on December 8, 2011 at 8:20 AM

This one is a contender for the yearly voting IMO. Wow.

Mord on December 8, 2011 at 8:20 AM

The guy has eliminated moral hazard across the land, (while pushing a few lithium based ones). Who can compete with that?

WryTrvllr on December 8, 2011 at 8:23 AM

So the Nekid Emperor gets caught in another contradiction, huh?

Color me surprised.

btw, good morning fellow Hot Gassers. I’m honored to be able to participate in my first OOTD.

Flora Duh on December 8, 2011 at 8:23 AM

This is the most unnerving aspect of the modern Media-Organizer Complex, the fact that no hypocrisy of the Left is so rank that it deserves a mention in the primary news cycle as hypocrisy, plain and simple, and no hypocrisy on the Right (including totally imagined ones) that isn’t a permanent fixture of the narrative of every political news story.

But for alternative media like, uh, Hot Gas, this kind of obvious reason for grabbing the pitch forks would never be highlighted.

bobcalco on December 8, 2011 at 8:28 AM

Just wait for the ootw flora :)

cmsinaz on December 8, 2011 at 8:31 AM

In fact, his campaign has made it clear that they want to raise a billion dollars on their own rather than use a “fixed” public campaign fund.

If anyone believes that billion dollars he wants to raise for his campaign isn’t “fixed”, I’ve got a nice plot of land in Florida I’d like to show you.

Flora Duh on December 8, 2011 at 8:32 AM

Just wait for the ootw flora :)

cmsinaz on December 8, 2011 at 8:31 AM

Looking forward to it.

Flora Duh on December 8, 2011 at 8:33 AM

Obama is more consultant as$hole-in-chief than anything else. Consultants point out problems, they don’t actually do the work of fixing them!

Happy Nomad on December 8, 2011 at 8:20 AM

darwin-t on December 8, 2011 at 8:37 AM

Part of the description of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 is that

Requirements to be declared eligible include agreeing to an overall spending limit, abiding by spending limits in each state, using public funds only for legitimate campaign-related expenses, keeping financial records and permitting an extensive campaign audit.

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That set of criteria right there represent substantial regulation by the Federal government on candidate decision-making and reporting. ØBlama doesn’t want the Federal government to regulate his business, you see. He demands it for you, since you are untrustworthy but he and his friends are above all that (like Rezko and Blago).
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Hey, David Brooks! See what regulations your boy Ø eschews while regulating the dickens out of private business! Let’s talk about Public Employee Unions next and the regulatory morass they represent to cash-strapped state and local governments!
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Ø sez: “REGULATION FOR THEE BUT NOT FOR ME!”

ExpressoBold on December 8, 2011 at 8:42 AM

I’m looking forward to the day the graphics on this topic have Obama in an orange jumpsuit and his golf clubbie is a pair of handcuffs.
Bowing to the Constitution.

Pecos on December 8, 2011 at 8:44 AM

Recall the promise of Barack Obama in 2007 to stay within the public-financing system for presidential candidates?

This was his first blatant lie as a candidate and should have told everyone everything they needed to know about this fraud.

BR549 on December 8, 2011 at 8:45 AM

Lalalalaaaa, but we get $12. more on our paychecks!

tinkerthinker on December 8, 2011 at 8:55 AM

Its a trap!

Obama hopes Repuplicans will use public finanacing again so that they have to comply with all of the rules, and can be auditied, so that they, not him, can be accused of finance shenanigans.

AnotherOpinion on December 8, 2011 at 9:31 AM

Does the American public really care?

Cindy Munford on December 8, 2011 at 9:49 AM

Duh, he is hoping that whatever schmuck gets the GOP nomination will take the matching funds and be limited, just like John McCain.

Kafir on December 8, 2011 at 9:58 AM

Just another agenda item box (just above – Abolish Term limits) that can be checked off on the way to socialism. In the future ‘we won’t have to worry about fund laundering – er raising’.

neconsrv on December 8, 2011 at 10:41 AM

Going on year number 4 – and the jug-eared dope still plays like the Rookie fraud he always has been.

Most would have begun to “grow into the position”.

This dork just needs to “grow-up”.

Tim_CA on December 8, 2011 at 11:48 AM

Why did Obama bother to oppose this bill anyway? He would have been better off if the fund quietly disappeared, rather than give Republicans a chance to talk about it again during the campaign.

Simple answer – it’s taxpayer funded and Giggles is a Democrat. Dems never let anything that’s funded by tax payers go away.

crazy_legs on December 8, 2011 at 12:14 PM

After Pull-Ups class warfare speech in KS where he vilifies the rich yet takes campaign money from them, hobnobs with them, vacations like them and his wife acts like one of them – how on earth can anyone be surprised.

It’s the chronic, “do as I say, not as I do”. Classic Communism where there’s the ruling class and the masses. Guess which one Pull-Ups is in.

katablog.com on December 8, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Dems never let anything that’s funded by tax payers go away.

Hey yeah, there’s probably a way to “borrow” from that fund just like SS and ObummerCare.

katablog.com on December 8, 2011 at 12:36 PM

Obama fancies himself a god.

Schadenfreude on December 8, 2011 at 1:19 PM

Obama won’t raise anywhere near the amount he wanted. The GOP nominee will vastly outraise him, Obama will praise and volunteer to use the public financing option in an attempt to keep the GOP nominee from having more funds than he does.

TulsAmerican on December 8, 2011 at 1:52 PM

Obama says and does anything he wants to, and he seems not to realize that people will notice. That trait alone is creepy as hell.

RebeccaH on December 8, 2011 at 2:41 PM

Obama has no ethics. He’s proved that over and over.

jqc1970 on December 8, 2011 at 2:44 PM

who will call him on this? Newt can’t because he WAS a lobbyist. Romney wont because he just isn’t up to it.

kelley in virginia

If my man Huntsman would grow some teeth he could do it.

Albert T. Tappman on December 8, 2011 at 2:48 PM