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Obama Fundraisers: By The Numbers

- March 1, 2012

Governing Vs. Fundraising

Tonight, Obama Will Hold His 100th Fundraiser Since Announcing His Reelection Bid In April 2011.  “Pres Obama will do four re-election fundraisers in NYC Thursday, bringing fundraising total to 100 since filing for re-election last April.” (CBS’ Mark Knoller, Twitter Feed, 2/28/12)

  • President Bush, Who Announced His Bid For Reelection One Month Later Than Obama, Had Attended Only 56 Fundraisers At This Point In His Presidency. “Former President George W. Bush, who in May 2003 announced his reelection campaign a month later than Obama at this stage of his presidency, had attended 56 fundraisers at this time, according to CBS White House Correspondent Mark Knoller, the unofficial keeper of White House statistics.” (Paul Bedard, “Fundraiser-In-Chief: Obama’s 100 Vs. Bush’s 56 Donor Events,” The Washington Examiner, 2/28/12) 

100 FUNDRAISERS X 2 HOURS PER FUNDRAISER = 200 HOURS = 5 WORK WEEKS

And Obama Has Taken 21 Vacation Days Since He Began His Fundraising Tour. (Julie Pace, “Obama Ending Vacation, Readying For Reelection,” The Associated Press, 1/2/12; Alan Farnham, “Presidential Vacations: Cheapest And Most Lavish,” ABC News, 8/19/11)

A Look Into Areas Where Obama Hasn’t Reached The 100 Mark Since He Began Fundraising

58:

 Speeches Obama Has Made On The Economy. (White House Schedule, whitehouse.gov, Accessed 2/28/12)

25:

 Meetings Obama Has Held With Secretary Of Defense Leon Panetta Or Robert Gates. (White House Schedule, whitehouse.gov, Accessed 2/28/12)

23:

 Meetings Obama Has Held With Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. (White House Schedule, whitehouse.gov, Accessed 2/28/12)

22:

 Meetings Obama Has Held With Secretary Of State Clinton. (White House Schedule, whitehouse.gov, Accessed 2/28/12)

11:

 Town Halls Obama Has Held.  (White House Schedule, whitehouse.gov, Accessed 2/28/12)

7:

 Press Conferences Obama Has Held. (White House Schedule, whitehouse.gov, Accessed 2/28/12)

3:

 Speeches Obama Has Given On Energy (White House Schedule, whitehouse.gov, Accessed 2/28/12)

3:

 Speeches Obama Has Given On Housing. (White House Schedule, whitehouse.gov, Accessed 2/28/12)

2:

 Joint White House Meetings With Congressional Leaders Of Both Parties. (CBS’s Mark Knoller, Twitter Feed, 2/29/12; Donovan Slack, “Obama To Meet With Congressional Leaders From Both Parties,” Politico, 2/28/12)

2:

 “Daily” Economic Briefing (White House Schedule, whitehouse.gov, Accessed 2/28/12)

1:

 Meeting With Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. (White House Schedule, whitehouse.gov, Accessed 2/28/12)

1:

 Speech On Government Reform. (White House Schedule, whitehouse.gov, Accessed 2/28/12)

0:

 “Prime Time” Press Conferences. (Donovan Slack, “Counting The Days: It's Been Nearly Three Months Since President Obama's Last Solo Press Conference,” Politico, 2/9/12)

0:

 Meetings With The Super Committee. (Steven T. Dennis, “Obama Warns Super Committee,” Roll Call, 11/11/11

WHILE OBAMA WAS OUT ON HIS FUNDRAISING BLITZ, AMERICANS SUFFERED THE CONSEQUENCES

While Obama Attended 100 Fundraisers, The Unemployment Rate Averaged 9.2 Percent. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 2/29/12)

  • The Average Number Of Weeks It Takes For An Unemployed Worker To Find A Job Increased From 38.3 Weeks To 40.1 Weeks. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 2/29/12)
  • The Number Of Discouraged Workers That Have Given Up Looking For Work Increased From 989,000 To 1,059,000. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 2/29/12)

Since President Obama Began Fundraising, The National Debt Has Increased $1,194,586,498,473.80. (US Treasury Department, Accessed 2/29/12)

And Americans Are Still Paying High Prices At The Pump

On The Day Obama Announced His Reelection Campaign, “The National Average Price For A Gallon Of Regular Gas Rose To $3.662.” “Meanwhile, the national average price for a gallon of regular gas rose to $3.662 Monday, up 1.7 cents from the day before, according to a daily survey from motorist group AAA.” (Annalyn Censky, “Oil Above $108 Breaks 30-Month High,” CNNMoney.com, 4/4/11)

Today, The National Average Price For A Gallon Of Regular Gas Is $3.731. (AAA Fuel Gauge Report, Accessed 2/29/12)


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