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#Obamaology: “Every Waking Hour”

- July 25, 2012

Obama Claims He Only Thinks About Us But The Only Thing He's Focused On Is Keeping His Own Job

Obama: "I Told You … I Would Wake Up Every Single Day, Every Single Day And Spend Every Waking Hour Thinking About You." (President Barack Obama, Remarks At A Campaign Event, Jacksonville, FL, 7/19/12)


Obama Has Played Over 100 Rounds Of Golf Since Taking Office

Obama Has Played Over 101 Rounds Of Golf Since Becoming President. "This will be the president's 101st round of golf since entering office according to a count kept by CBS News's Mark Knoller. He was last on the course on Father's Day." (Ian Swanson, "Obama Plays 101st Round as President," The Hill's "Blog Briefing Room," 6/24/12)

  • Politico's Jonathan Allen: "Neither Rain Nor Snow Nor Gloom Of Night Will Keep The President From His Appointed Rounds Of Golf." (CNBC's "Cracking the Debt Ceiling," 7/6/11)

Obama Has Attended 189 Star-Studded Fundraisers In The Last 16 Months

Obama Has Attended 189 Fundraisers Since Announcing His Candidacy For Reelection. (CBS' Mark Knoller, Twitter Feed, 7/23/12; CBS' Mark Knoller, Twitter Feed, 7/24/12)

"From Tinseltown To Broadway, Obama Has Surrounded Himself With Blockbuster Names Lately: George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Reese Witherspoon, Spike Lee, Will Smith, Oprah Winfrey, Ellen Degeneres, Cher And Many Others Who Make More In One Year That Most People Do In A Lifetime." (Ben Feller, "In Search For Cash, Obama's Keep An A-List Cast," The Associated Press, 6/14/12)

  • "Obama Played Basketball With A Batman (Clooney) And A Spiderman (Tobey Maguire), All In One Game." (Ben Feller, "In Search For Cash, Obama's Keep An A-List Cast," The Associated Press, 6/14/12)
  • "He Held A Private Chat In Los Angeles With Some Of Town's Young Stars Last Week, From Jessica Alba To Jeremy Renner." (Ben Feller, "In Search For Cash, Obama's Keep An A-List Cast," The Associated Press, 6/14/12)
  • "He Has Had Some Of The Most Popular Musicians In The Business Perform At His Fundraisers, Such As Alicia Keys, Cee Lo Green, Dave Matthews And The Foo Fighters. For His Gig With Obama, Jon Bon Jovi Even Caught A Ride On Air Force One." (Ben Feller, "In Search For Cash, Obama's Keep An A-List Cast," The Associated Press, 6/14/12)

Obama Has Jetted Off On Vacation "As If In A State Of Oblivion"

As Of July, The First Family Has Taken 17 Vacations. "Accounting for trips out of Washington for several days, the total number of vacations Washington Secrets tabulated is 16, 10 where the family was together, such as for Christmas and summer vacations, one by the president and five by the first lady." (Paul Bedard, "Michelle's Ski Trip Marks 16 Obama Vacations," The Washington Examiner , 2/20/12; "Michelle Obama, Daughters Visiting Las Vegas," The Associated Press, 3/28/12)

  • After The Downgrade Of America's Credit Rating, Obama Went To Martha's Vineyard, "As If In A State Of Oblivion." "Our president will go to Martha's Vineyard on vacation this week. Reporters asked him if he was still going to go, considering the desperate shape the country was in, with millions out of work and others losing their retirement savings. As if in a state of oblivion, he said yes." (Editorial, "Can Obama Succeed?" The Buffalo News, 8/16/11)
  • "In A Perverse Way, Perhaps There's No Difference Between Obama Doing Nothing In Washington And Doing Nothing For The Country While On Vacation." (Editorial, "Can Obama Succeed?" The Buffalo News, 8/16/11)

Nothing Gets In The Way Of Obama's Love For Basketball

"From Playing Birthday Pickup Games With NBA Stars To Filling Out NCAA Brackets On ESPN To Suiting Up For A Practice With The North Carolina Tar Heels, The Commander In Chief Has A Soft Spot For The Hardwood." (Matt Brooks, "President Obama 'A Little Heartbroken' Over NBA Lockout," The Washington Post's "Early Lead," 10/12/11)

  • Obama Announced His 2011 NCAA Bracket In An Interview With ESPN "Even As The Earthquake And Tsunami Hit Japan And Violence Spread In The Middle East And North Africa." "The success of the president's picks may bring him attention that White House aides would rather do without. Critics of the president chastised him for spending time on college basketball - and announcing his bracket on ESPN - even as the earthquake and tsunami hit Japan and violence spread in the Middle East and north Africa." (Michael D. Shear, "Obama's NCAA Bracket Is One Of The Best," New York Times' "The Caucus," 3/19/11)


Obama Has "A Scattershot Record (At Best) Of Focusing On The Main Concern Of Main Street: Joblessness." "Obama arrives at his reelection campaign not merely with a weak performance on Wall Street crime enforcement and reform but also with a scattershot record (at best) of focusing on the main concern of Main Street: joblessness." (Frank Rich, "Obama's Original Sin," New York Magazine, 7/3/11)

MSNBC's Chuck Todd: "I Feel Like My Head Is Spinning How Many Times, 'This Is The Time The White House Was Gonna To Pivot To Jobs.'" TODD: "How many times, though - I feel like my head is spinning how many times, 'this is the time the White House was gonna to pivot to jobs.' I mean it is it is sort of a recurring thing. What is it that he can do?" (MSNBC's "Daily Rundown," 8/3/11)

ABC's Jake Tapper: "It Feels Like Every Couple Of Months I Am Reporting That The White House Is Announcing That They Are Pivoting To A Jobs Agenda …" TAPPER: "For the last two and a half years here as the White House correspondent for ABC News, it feels like every couple of months I am reporting that the White House is announcing that they are pivoting to a jobs agenda, and something else happens. ... But here we are again saying it. And, of course, unemployment is staggeringly high -- much higher than anybody thought it would be at this point." (ABC's, "Special Report With George Stephanopoulos," 8/2/11)

  • ABC's Jake Tapper: "How Many Pivots Until You're Called For Traveling?" (Jake Tapper, Twitter Feed, 8/3/11)

The New York Times ' Helene Cooper: "I Wish I Had A Dollar For Every Time I Had Written A Story That Said The White House Is Shifting To Jobs, Jobs, Jobs." COOPER: "I gotta say Chuck, that tone in your voice sounds like you've heard this all before. I think -they've tried this so many times, I wish I had a dollar for every time I had written a story that said the White House is shifting to jobs, jobs, jobs." (MSNBC's, " Daily Rundown," 8/17/11)

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