Is he the Commander-in-Chief or the Campaigner-in-Chief?
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.
Since then, Obama has held another 20 fundraisers, bringing his total to 124. Carter held four re-election fundraisers in the 1980 campaign, Reagan zero in 1984, Bush Snr 19 in 1992, Clinton 14 in 1996 and Bush Jnr 57 in 2004.
Of course, Obama has always been a better campaigner than actual President. But then Elmer Fudd would likely be a better President, so he naturally gravitates to what he does best — hitting rich people up for money at $10,000 a (silver) plate pizza parties, charging $1,000 to shake his hand, and collecting donations from Swiss bank executives, while simultaneously telling them he wants them to pay more in taxes.
Do you think that this will play well with the voters? I doubt it.