Saturday, January 21, 2012

Obama not campaigning all that much

That's the word from White House spokesmodel, Jay Carney. When questioned by a reporter on the issue, Carney replied that Obama "spends a relatively small amount of time" at campaign events:

Surely--even though it's only January--this will make it to Dave Barry's annual Year in Review for 2012. I expect something along the lines of:
President Obama, speaking to reporters in between back to back to back fundraising dinners in January, insisted he's "not even thinking about the upcoming election," and "probably won't start campaigning until later in the year," adding that he's "completely focused on the economy" that he just doesn't have the time.
The denials are silly, especially considering that Obama's proclivity for campaign fundraising events is well documented and was well underway in 2011, as this article from MotherJones indicates:
Sixty-nine fundraisers this year by December 1. That's an average of more than one fundraiser every five days...Obama's fundraising activity surpasses that of predecessors George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. According to Brendan Doherty, a political scientist at the US Naval Academy, Bush attended 41 fundraisers between January 1, 2003 and November 30, 2003. Clinton attended 23 fundraisers from January 1, 1995 and November 30, 1995.
2012 has only seen Obama increase his pace. But that's to be understood, given the 2010 Election results and the current political climate. The Administration could--in fact--easily explain this away by arguing that the changes in campaign financing rules have necessitated more fundraising. Instead, the Administration--in the person of Jay Carney--opts for disingenuousness. Not very bright.

Cheers, all

1 comment:

  1. Maybe he has things under control...Acorn, Micky Mouse, Donald Duck, plus there is a lot of cemetaries, to visit to get Dead people to vote for him. Plus Illegals, Gays, and all the Welfare people.......