Man who’s been campaigning for three years announces first official campaign events

posted at 9:20 pm on April 25, 2012 by Allahpundit

Yes, really. Believe it or not, those endless video clips of this guy droning on about the cheap gimmick you and I know as the Buffett Rule were technically “presidential events,” even though there’s no serious policy reason to spend more than five minutes talking about it. It’s a populist pander aimed at peeling working-class voters away from Romney by building class resentment. And yet, supposedly, it’s sufficiently important to justify using your tax dollars to fly O around the country to make the pitch.

If that’s a “presidential event,” I can’t wait to see what the campaign events look like:

A telling detail from the NYT’s recent piece about presidents campaigning on the taxpayer’s dime:

Since Mr. Obama filed for re-election a year ago, he has taken 60 domestic trips, of which 26 included fund-raisers, according to Mark Knoller, a White House correspondent for CBS News who for years has compiled such data.

Mr. Knoller’s count shows that since Mr. Obama took office, his most frequent destinations besides Maryland, Virginia and Illinois, his home state, have been fund-raising centers and swing states: New York (23 visits), Ohio (20), Florida (16), Pennsylvania (15), Michigan (11), California and North Carolina (10 each), Massachusetts (9), Wisconsin (8), Iowa and Nevada (7 each), and Colorado (6).

Even reporters don’t take this phony distinction seriously anymore. The Washington Free Beacon’s been compiling tweets from journalists scoffing openly at the idea that these visits to purple states and big blue piggy banks are anything more than campaign stops in the guise of Matters of National Importance. Presumably, by the White House’s logic, last night’s slow jam of the news wasn’t a dumb goof aimed at charming young voters but a “presidential forum on current events.”

Time for the RNC to apply a little pressure by calling for a GAO investigation:

Today he will hold another similar event in Iowa. Ostensibly these campaign stops were meant to support student loan legislation (which ironically President Obama didn’t even take the time to vote on during his short tenure in the U.S. Senate). Please note that President Obama traveled to three states largely considered to be electoral battlegrounds to promote this legislation. One might imagine that if this were genuinely a government event he might have stopped in a non-battleground state like Texas or Vermont.

The same can be said of the president’s trip to Florida two weeks ago. President Obama scheduled three fundraisers in the state and added one short “official event” on his Buffett Tax to his itinerary, once again allowing his reelection campaign to save on fuel for Air Force One. This speech was high on class warfare, slogans, and divisive campaign-style rhetoric. It was low on substance that would benefit the populace at large.

One incident of this might be an error that is easily remedied. But it is a pattern of behavior that is worsening. In fact in three and a half years, President Obama has held dozens of events that benefitted OFA on the taxpayer dime.

Follow the link for the obligatory GSA reference. Question: When was the last time O spoke publicly about a policy matter and wasn’t obviously trying to score campaign points in doing so? It’s one small-ball matter after another: The Buffett Rule to position himself as the champion of blue-collar voters, regulations on oil speculators to show that he cares about gas prices, extending the student-loan interest rate to get young voters excited to volunteer for Generation O again, etc. Those are all campaign events, by and large, as of course was his speech tearing into Paul Ryan after his own phony budget went straight down the crapper in Congress. When was the last actual presidential address?


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That Tweet is an error..the forgot the “Former” for both..that is all!!

Tbone McGraw on April 25, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Obama should be dog tired from campaigning for 3 years.

Electrongod on April 25, 2012 at 9:24 PM

I can’t imagine what it’s like to lie for a living, Mr. Carney. Good news for you. There is redemption if you seek it.

DrStock on April 25, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Great golf courses in Central Ohio! Barry should play a round. Great optics.

BHO Jonestown on April 25, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Please , I’m beggin you ….
Lose the Barkie pix !

Lucano on April 25, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Can’t wait to slow jam his backside to the unemployment live.

Bruce MacMahon on April 25, 2012 at 9:30 PM

..tweets from journalists scoffing openly at the idea that these visits to purple states and big blue piggy banks are anything more than campaign stops in the guise of Matters of National Importance.

The “journalists” have ZERO credibility at ‘scoffing’ at anything the radical left cypher from Chicago does.

They were, are and are forever joined at the hip with this dude.
He is their creation and monster and, with him, bear full responsibility for the course he and the country take as the result of his actions.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on April 25, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Nothing surprising here. Barry always is/was a phony.

GarandFan on April 25, 2012 at 9:30 PM

I can’t look at Barry’s face any more without thinking of whimpering dogs crowded together in a cage somewhere in Indonesia, awaiting their slaughter as food.

jan3 on April 25, 2012 at 9:34 PM

I think he is the first 10 AM to 4 PM president we have ever had in office. That of course, for the days he is not campaigning or golfing.

karenhasfreedom on April 25, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Hannity started his show tonight by flashing back and forth between Romney’s speech and Obama’s Toe-Jam, or whatever it was supposed to be.

Obama disgusts and offends me in the way he’s treating his very office as a campaign gimmick – didn’t anybody else notice the parody of Hail to The Chief that the house band played?

That’s the same band that played some raunchy song about a “lying b!!ch” to introduce Michele Bachmann earlier on.

No class.

Drained Brain on April 25, 2012 at 9:34 PM

I can’t look at Barry’s face any more without thinking of whimpering dogs crowded together in a cage somewhere in Indonesia, awaiting their slaughter as food.

jan3 on April 25, 2012 at 9:34 PM

I thought of Obama eating dogs when the Survivors tonite were chasing a wild pig on their island. The good news is, the pig won, the Survivor contestants couldn’t catch the pig.

karenhasfreedom on April 25, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Man who’s been campaigning for three years announces first official campaign events

He’s been campaigning constantly at least since 2006. A case could probably easily be made that he never stopped at any point during his Senate time.

Kelligan on April 25, 2012 at 9:36 PM

When’s the next press conference? In June after the Supremes put him in his place?

SouthernGent on April 25, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Joy. One of them is going to be in Richmond, clogging up traffic, again. I’ll be sure not to go downtown on May 5.

Meryl Yourish on April 25, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Dogs flee with this obvious distracting tweet!

Conservative4Ever on April 25, 2012 at 9:46 PM

“The President will be holding a fundraiser this Saturday in Columbus Ohio. Cost is $100 or one large dog.”

Bishop on April 25, 2012 at 9:47 PM

when did he ever actually have a JOB. ya know, that 4-letter word. or is it 3 letters, no JOBS is 3 letters. very confusing. but when did he actually WORK. ever? since, um, he went to the most exclusive school in hawaii and some ivy leageue schools that no one has ever seen his transcripts on. and that he was some law review editor but never actually wrote anything…

t8stlikchkn on April 25, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Here’s the real question: who has been campaigning for president longer, Romney or Obama?

besser tot als rot on April 25, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Bishop on April 25, 2012 at 9:47 PM

well done.

t8stlikchkn on April 25, 2012 at 9:49 PM

What do we expect him to do? It’s not like he actually, you know, knows how to work. He has never held a job in his life and Americas first Affirmative Action president wants 4 more years and trillions more of your dollars to life the high life. Unbelievable.

Pelosi delende est on April 25, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Obama won’t be unemployed for long. He’ll be the first “American” to be head of the UN! Then we get to watch him “screw up” the rest of the world! Talk about a muslim uprising now, just wait till he gets into the UN!

SCUMBAG!

Vntnrse on April 25, 2012 at 9:49 PM

When is Obama going to publicly denounce dog eating?

Swerve22 on April 25, 2012 at 9:50 PM

For Unlawful Carney Knowledge

GnuBreed on April 25, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Swerve22 on April 25, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Not until after he releases his newest book: 1001 ways to use dog meat.

chemman on April 25, 2012 at 9:55 PM

Mr. and Mrs. Turd hit the campaign trail! How exciting!

Pork-Chop on April 25, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Not until after he releases his newest book: 1001 ways to use dog meat.

chemman on April 25, 2012 at 9:55 PM

PBHO’s new book is actually called:

“Recipes From My Father: A Story of Dogs and BBQ Sauce”

Bishop on April 25, 2012 at 9:59 PM

The “journalists” have ZERO credibility at ‘scoffing’ at anything the radical left cypher from Chicago does.

They were, are and are forever joined at the hip with this dude.
He is their creation and monster and, with him, bear full responsibility for the course he and the country take as the result of his actions.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on April 25, 2012 at 9:30 PM

AMEN and AMEN!

Cleombrotus on April 25, 2012 at 10:00 PM

So I am back, it’s going to be a long trip. Nothing to worry about for three months, think I will go to the islands, mon.

Kempermanx on April 25, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Speaking of Campaigning on the Taxpayer Loot!!
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White House responds to RNC complaint that Obama is campaigning on taxpayer dime – @jaketapperStory

Submitted 10 mins ago from abcnews.go.com

Apr 25, 2012 9:38pm
White House Responds to RNC Complaint that President Is Campaigning on Taxpayer Dime
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http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/04/white-house-responds-to-rnc-complaint-that-president-is-campaigning-on-taxpayer-dime/

canopfor on April 25, 2012 at 10:02 PM

This started with Clinton.

I propose a law that a President can not hold a fundraiser or political event on the same trip that started with an official purpose. This law would also extend to any official of that administration and also any relative of the President.

Who is with me?

Happy Nomad on April 25, 2012 at 10:02 PM

So I am back, it’s going to be a long trip. Nothing to worry about for three months, think I will go to the islands, mon.

Kempermanx on April 25, 2012 at 10:00 PM

How lovely. Well … of you go!

minnesoter on April 25, 2012 at 10:07 PM

…to Mark Knoller, a White House correspondent for CBS News who for years has compiled such data…

Mr. Knoller’s twitter feed filling up with libs calling him the GOP’s “pet gay” in 3, 2, 1…

KS Rex on April 25, 2012 at 10:08 PM

And yet, supposedly, it’s sufficiently important to justify using your tax dollars to fly O around the country to make the pitch.
If that’s a “presidential event,” I can’t wait to see what the campaign events look like
=========================

Liberal MindSet to Team Right!

Git over it,
Go Boink yourselfs,
Shut the h*ll up,and Were in it to win it,
the Ends will Justify the Means,
and NO,were Not Paying Zero TaxPayer Loot back!
(snark)

canopfor on April 25, 2012 at 10:08 PM

“The President will be holding a fundraiser this Saturday in Columbus Ohio. Cost is $100 or one large dog.”

Bishop on April 25, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Ha! Now that’s funny. Touche!

minnesoter on April 25, 2012 at 10:10 PM

Goona need a Forensic Expert to follow Team 0′s bus,
on the Campaign Trial,to indentify the breed of dog bones
that Hopey leaves in his wake!
(snark)

canopfor on April 25, 2012 at 10:14 PM

When is Obama going to publicly denounce dog eating?

Swerve22 on April 25, 2012 at 9:50 PM

About the same time that he denounces race baiting.

minnesoter on April 25, 2012 at 10:16 PM

From Jake Trappers linky…..Le Ouch!
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RNC Chairman Reince Priebus alleged in his letter,
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“Throughout his administration, but particularly in recent weeks, President Obama has been passing off campaign travel as ‘official events,’ thereby allowing taxpayers, rather than his campaign, to pay for his reelection efforts. Given the recent excesses, waste, and abuse uncovered in the General Services Administration, the GAO should be particularly sensitive to misuse of taxpayer dollars.”

He charged that “the most recent example of such misuse came [Tuesday] in North Carolina and Colorado … to deliver speeches to cheering crowds of college students, events widely reported to be equivalent to campaign rallies. Today he will hold another similar event in Iowa. Ostensibly these campaign stops were meant to support student loan legislation (which ironically President Obama didn’t even take the time to vote on during his short tenure in the U.S. Senate). Please note that President Obama traveled to three states largely considered to be electoral battlegrounds to promote this legislation. One might imagine that if this were genuinely a government event he might have stopped in a non-battleground state like Texas or Vermont.”
(More……..)
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canopfor on April 25, 2012 at 10:17 PM

#ObamaThinksYourStupid

OxyCon on April 25, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Oops!

Referring to the president and first lady’s Friday trip to Ft. Stewart in Hinesville, Ga., a White House official noted that surely the RNC isn’t suggesting that Georgia is a battleground state.

-Jake Tapper

canopfor on April 25, 2012 at 10:22 PM

canopfor on April 25, 2012 at 10:17 PM

But he’ll still take a pass on McCain-Feingold, thank-you very much.

minnesoter on April 25, 2012 at 10:24 PM

Man who’s been campaigning for three years

Now let’s see :
He started campaigning in 1995,and he never stopped , and it is 2012 now , so ……
:O

burrata on April 25, 2012 at 10:40 PM

canopfor on April 25, 2012 at 10:17 PM
But he’ll still take a pass on McCain-Feingold, thank-you very much.

minnesoter on April 25, 2012 at 10:24 PM

minnesoter:No doubt!:)

canopfor on April 25, 2012 at 10:40 PM

Man who’s been campaigning for three years

…so he’s been lying longer and more profusely than Jay Carney?

KOOLAID2 on April 25, 2012 at 10:53 PM

I think “three” is a funny way to spell “at least five”.

Chickyraptor on April 25, 2012 at 11:09 PM

Wow. I am shocked… I really am. an actual admitted campaign event. He is going to have to shell a few bucks of non-taxpayer money for something. I really expected him to do the whole thing as ‘official pResidentin’ business’, and saving the campaign money for his palace in exile in some place that doesn’t have an extradition treaty with the USA..

LegendHasIt on April 25, 2012 at 11:09 PM

Barry is scheduled to have lunch in Columbus @ a dog pound.

BHO Jonestown on April 25, 2012 at 11:29 PM

A Presidential tweet from a Presidential twit.

ghostwalker1 on April 26, 2012 at 12:54 AM

It’s OK America, Valerie Jarrett is in charge while the POSOTUS is out golfing and twisting arms for donations.

SSDD

insidiator on April 26, 2012 at 8:04 AM

Wow! Jay really makes an ass of himself. What a maroon.

mouell on April 26, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Obama has been campaigning on the taxpayers’ dime since the beginning of 2011. It really is all he knows how to do. If he could spend half the focus on being President as he does on being a candidate for President, he might actually have something to show.

And as for the Fallon fiasco, one question: why is Obama enduring a mid-life crisis and why is he imposing it on us? OK, OK … that was two questions.

UnrepentantCurmudgeon on April 29, 2012 at 2:27 AM