Obama has hosted more fundraisers than the last 5 presidents…combined

posted at 12:01 pm on April 30, 2012 by Morgen Richmond

It’s been clear since not long after the 2010 election that President Obama’s top priority for the remainder of his first term would be ensuring his own re-election. From backing away from a meaningful deficit reduction deal, to his single-minded focus on dividing Americans along class lines, he has consistently put his own political interests ahead of working with Congress to solve America’s most pressing problems. 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.

The President seems to be staking his re-election on his campaign’s ability to portray Mitt Romney as someone who is unable to relate to the concerns of the average working American. But I can’t imagine that the average American will look very favorably on a President who has spent such an inordinate amount of time on the links, and jetting around the country looking after his own future. With millions of Americans still struggling to find work, and millions more having all but given up hope, this has to be more than just a little disconcerting. Expect the GOP to shine a light on this early and often.

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Swiss bank account.

Kissmygrits on April 30, 2012 at 3:13 PM

See here you go assuming again

damian1967 on April 30, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Right before a post where you scream over and over and over again “Bush did it, Bush did it, WAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!”

You have nothing left other than blaming Bush. You can’t answer for or defend your Obama’s performance because you would have to acknowledge the hypocrisy and lies of the Obama Party for which you troll.

Leftist Obama supporters like you are incapable of holding Obama responsible for anything. You do nothing but blame Bush. Every. Single. Time.

northdallasthirty on April 30, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Don’t see the surprise, campaigning is the only thing he seems to do well.

Actual performance in the job is something else.

GarandFan on April 30, 2012 at 3:20 PM

GarandFan on April 30, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Well, you do remember that Obama himself (on the 2008 campaign trail) said that he’d run his Administration the same as he was running his campaign…when he was asked about his leadership “experience.”

Once again, Obama told all of us exactly what he had planned.

But, those idiots still voted for him.

Apparently, campaigning is all he knows.

coldwarrior on April 30, 2012 at 3:35 PM

My biggest beef with W. was that he spent almost all of August 2001 on his ranch, and while it was a working vacation he had no meetings on Al-Qaida until after 9/11. Who knows whether 9/11 could have been prevented if he had been more proactive?

While there was a lot of chatter, there was no specific information. The only way 9/11 could have been prevented at that point would have been to shut down all transportation systems and tell people to remain in their homes indefinitely. No one knew the date. No one knew that they were going to use planes, where they were going to depart, etc.

The only way that 9/11 could have possibly been prevented would have been if the US had taken custody of OBL on one of the occasions it was offered him during the 1990s. As the 9/11 Commission determined, the plan was nearly fully operational by the time Bush took office.

Also, don’t forget that the few agents that had suspicions about the flight schools had been ignored and quieted long before the attacks and not by high level people in government. I believe in one case it was the FBI head in the Phoenix office that shut up one of the agents, who was trying to red flag the schools.

The briefing that Bush (or Gore) would have received on any day in August or early September would have spoken about the intentions of AQ to attack the US on American soil. There was not much more information than that.

Resist We Much on April 30, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Resist We Much on April 30, 2012 at 3:38 PM

No one knew that they were going to use planes

This statement is false, it was long since discovered that they knew planes would be used.

President Bush was told in the months before the Sept. 11 attacks that Osama bin Laden’s terrorist network might hijack U.S. passenger planes – information which prompted the administration to issue an alert to federal agencies – but not the American public.

damian1967 on April 30, 2012 at 3:46 PM

northdallasthirty on April 30, 2012 at 3:14 PM

As I said before and I will say again, I did not vote for Obama, nor will I vote for him 2012. I do not think he is a good president, I just do not like hypocrites such as yourself that do not hold any elected official to the same standards if they are not in your party.

damian1967 on April 30, 2012 at 4:11 PM

damian1967 on April 30, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Sorry, whether it is called a “perk” of the office or an “abuse” is determined by the media and the letter behind the name. I think you figures are bunk.

Cindy Munford on April 30, 2012 at 4:12 PM

This statement is false, it was long since discovered that they knew planes would be used.

President Bush was told in the months before the Sept. 11 attacks that Osama bin Laden’s terrorist network might hijack U.S. passenger planes – information which prompted the administration to issue an alert to federal agencies – but not the American public.

damian1967 on April 30, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Read your own post. It says MIGHT HIJACK. Nothing was definitive. Should Bush have ordered all airports closed until further notice?

By the way, why didn’t Clinton take possession of OBL when he had a chance? He didn’t even after the basshole had been indicted.

Resist We Much on April 30, 2012 at 4:25 PM

From your own article:

By comparison, President George W. Bush had headlined 134 fundraisers at this point in his first term, according to an analysis by Brendan Doherty, a political scientist at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., and the author of the forthcoming book The Rise of the President’s Permanent Campaign. Doherty maintains records on presidential activity back to the Carter administration.


damian1967 on April 30, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Did you even read the article you linked to? How did you miss…

Obama has surpassed the record 173 fundraisers Bush headlined during his entire first term, Doherty’s numbers show. More than 10 months remain in Obama’s first term.

Try comparing apples to apples!

dominigan on April 30, 2012 at 4:28 PM

By the way, Damian, the idea of airliners being used as WMD and being flown into the WTC was not unknown to even the Clinton administration. It was discussed in war games meetings in 1999. John P. O’Neill predicted it and he had been all over people’s asses in the Clinton administration. Tom Clancy had been in some of the war games meetings with the FBI & CIA and told them that it was a real likelihood…he even wrote eerily similar events in his novels like Debt of Honour.

My point is that no one knew what was coming and when. They did not know that planes were going to be used in the attack or when the attack was going to take place. There was a lot of chatter and had been for years. In addition to planes, the government had been warned about container ships, poisoned water treatment systems, airborne viruses in subways and ventilation systems in government and major commercial buildings, suicide bombings at sporting events, etc. The threat was not isolated to airplane hijackings.

It is easy to go back, look and say, “Gee, those dummies! How did they miss it? It said they might hijack planes!” If that had been the only threat or even one of a handful, then you would have a much more powerful and salient point, but it was one of many.

Resist We Much on April 30, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Makes sense. He’s inflicted five times the damage.

minnesoter on May 1, 2012 at 1:56 AM

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