Obama rakes it in at midday DC fundraiser
January 13th, 2012
04:06 PM ET

Obama rakes it in at midday DC fundraiser

(CNN) - How quickly can you raise $1 million?

It took President Obama a little over 45 minutes on Friday.

Obama darted out of the White House midday for a quick reception with about 20 supporters at the nearby Jefferson Hotel. Each participant paid $45,000 for the face-time with the president, according to an Obama campaign official.

That breaks down to $5,000 for the campaign, $30,800 to the Democratic National Committee, and $9,200 to the Swing State Fund - a separate committee that focuses its efforts on battleground states.

Reporters were not allowed into the brief and lucrative fundraiser because the president did not deliver any formal remarks, according to deputy press secretary Josh Earnest.

The president departed the White House at 1:50 p.m. and was back in the West Wing just over an hour later.


Topics: President Obama

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  1. insight iowa

    As much as I'm against the large amounts of money being spent from all sides... Good Luck President Obama... I know you will need every dime to fight Romney and his. Republican voting straight Democrat ticket 2012.

    January 13, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
    • Biotechdev

      Come on – admit it – Obama is part of the 1% – which is why it is so easy for him to raise cash. Estimates are that they expect his campaign will raise hundreds of millions of dollars from law firms, big corporations and publlc sector unions who get top-class pensions and waivers fron Obamacare. .President Obama has been taking money from lobbyists – the owners and CEOs of lobbying firms, corporate vice presidents for government relations, or managing directors for public policy. At least 15 of Mr. Obama's "bundlers" - supporters who collect donations from multiple people on behalf of a campaign in order to generate big donations without violating the law - work in the lobbying industry.

      January 13, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
      • SafeJourney2

        Bio, Obama supporters do NOT care if he is part of the 1%. He is fighting FOR the American people. UNLIKE the 1% of the GOP/TP who think corporations are people.

        January 14, 2012 at 9:14 am |
      • jean2009

        Thanks SafeJourney2
        Obama-Biden 2012

        January 14, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
      • jerry R

        drink the obama cool aid eh? Why did his administration let the mexican truck drivers in and sink thousands of good paying American jobs? Did you know he did this to advance clintons NAFTA? How about the export of American jobs while he is in office... the new GM plants all over the world while the hard working American taxpayer bails out that poorly ran joke of a company...all this done for campaign contributions to get this radical leftist president elected.

        Do you know who Joseph P Kennedy is? JFKs father..was once ask why he supported left wing politics when he so clearly was a conservative...his response was: "that is where the power is". You see these leftists are not there to help you as you may believe...collectivists are the rats who buy you out until they control you body, mind, and spirit..and this results is hopelessness... history proves this.

        January 14, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
      • James, AL

        Jerry R, who cares who has the power as long as they use it properly. Romney has proven he does not care about americans or the american jobs. Look at http://www.winningourfuture.com.

        By the way, President Obama has proven he is on the peoples side. Look at the bills and policies he has enacted.

        January 14, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        If you send your children to Public Schools, you might be interested in the following:

        http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/groupProfile.asp?grpid=7428

        It is about the Teacher's NEA Union.

        Here is just a snippet of the information there:

        Today the NEA is a member organization of the America Votes coalition of get-out-the-vote organizations. America Votes is itself a member of the so-called Shadow Party, a nationwide network of activist groups whose agendas are ideologically Left, and which are engaged in campaigning for the Democrats. NEA’s fellow America Votes coalition members include: ACORN, America Coming Together, the AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor – Congress of Industrial Organizations); AFSCME (American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees); the American Federation of Teachers; the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (renamed the American Association for Justice); the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund; Democracy For America; EMILY's List; the League of Conservation Voters; the Media Fund; the MoveOn.org Voter Fund; the NAACP National Voter Fund; NARAL Pro-Choice America; People for the American Way; the Planned Parenthood Action Fund; the Service Employees International Union; the Sierra Club; USAction; and 21st Century Democrats.

        Something needs to change!

        January 15, 2012 at 6:26 pm |
      • adam

        OBAMA-
        Campaigns while he should be running a country...spends like its going out of style...distracts the American people with class warfare and makes those who have worked all their lives seem like the bad guys. You GO Obama. You are doing an awesome job of taking away accountability in this country! We are all entitled to what other people work for, arent we? What a waste of skin-

        January 15, 2012 at 9:24 pm |
      • Dan Carr

        The reason you Southern Re-Puke-Lickans don't like President Obama is because Under His watch Bin Laden was caught and your Piece of Shit George W bush couldn't do it.

        January 15, 2012 at 11:31 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        I am tired of the Brain-Washed Liberals.

        Problem is, they don't even know they have been brain-washed!!!!

        From Discover The Networks dot org:

        The Great Depression convinced many that capitalism was on its last legs and that socialism was the wave of the future. In the days of the Popular Front of the mid-1930s, communists found it easy to make common cause with liberals against Germany's Hitler and Spain's Franco. In 1935, V.J. Jerome, the CPUSA's cultural commissar, set up a Hollywood branch of the party. This highly secretive unit enjoyed great success, recruiting members, organizing entire unions, raising money from unwitting Hollywood liberals, and using those funds to support Soviet causes through front groups such as the Hollywood Anti-Nazi League. "We had our own sly arithmetic, we could find fronts and make two become one," remembered screenwriter Walter Bernstein in his 1996 autobiography, Inside Out.

        You can read more here:
        http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/viewSubCategory.asp?id=369

        January 16, 2012 at 3:47 am |
    • bettyboop33

      inisght iowa i love your style!!! The majority of American voters are with you. Obama 2012

      January 14, 2012 at 2:24 am |
      • george

        Add me in tooo Obama/Biden 2012!!

        January 14, 2012 at 6:15 am |
      • Biotechdev

        Based on the resuls ofthe midterm elections, I don't think the majority of Americans support Obama.

        January 14, 2012 at 9:18 am |
      • James, AL

        biotechdev, the midterm only proved what happens when the majority is comfortable with their choice. The midterm election did not have a high demoratic turnout and a energized new wing of the republican party, the tea party. These people with wild imaginations and unrealistic ideas carried the midterm election and now you will see a more reasonable electorate return to the polls this year. Bottom line, President Obama will win again!

        January 14, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
      • Wes Sorenson

        Obama may be a nice guy and for sure he's a smooth talker.............but one thing is still fact – The Tracking Poll for Saturday shows that 23% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty percent (40%) Strongly Disapprove. 2012 will be about jobs and the President doesn't have a clue how to bring jobs to this country. I would be happy if he could just get unemployment back down to the 7.6% it was when he took office.

        January 15, 2012 at 12:09 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        Note to OWS'er

        Here are a lot of 1%'ers that need your attention!

        Put the following in your browser==>
        http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/LMC.asp

        They are out to get MORE and MORE of YOUR MONEY in a Croney Capitalist Society!

        Stop the Bastards!

        75 of the Richest in AMERICA!

        We cannot accept this in a Just Society!

        Go to their Doorsteps and Put up a Tent and Shame Them on their Hypocracy!!!!!

        January 15, 2012 at 7:13 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        Note to O.W.S.'ers

        Here are a lot of the 1%'ers that need your attention!

        Put in the followingr==>
        http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/LMC.asp

        They are out to get MORE and MORE of YOUR MONEY in a Croney Capitalist Society!

        Stop them NOW!!!!

        75 of the Richest in AMERICA!

        We cannot accept this in a Just Society!

        Go to their Doorsteps and Put up a Tent and Shame Them on their Hypocracy!!!!!

        January 15, 2012 at 7:16 pm |
      • adam

        you must not have a job either– am I right?

        January 15, 2012 at 9:25 pm |
    • sara

      Obama 2012 if we want back our country that works for EVERYONE!

      January 14, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        CNN reports that Arpaio will continue Enforcing the LAW!

        Go Sherrif Arpaio!

        I am not sure, but he may be a Latino....

        Let us try to be friendly to the Latinos!

        LATINOS ===> Shame Holder and his People (Making Holder a Racist protecting His People)!

        January 15, 2012 at 7:46 pm |
      • iab

        Yes, he is the president for all Americans regardless of race, religion, sexual preference, gender, rich, or poor. He tried to compromise many times and it was taken for weakness. He is not naive, has finally seen the light. He is stronger now than ever, will fight harder for the working class. Wake up people if the GOP wins the 2012 election America will go back to the stone age, surfs, slaves, work for pennies, no benefits. Why do the people in the republican/TP group hate intelligent AA. One thing I have to give the GOP credit for, they are great SPIN MASTERS, brainwash less informed le into voting against their own self interest. They appear to have very little respect for people of color and women.

        January 16, 2012 at 12:13 am |
    • Howard

      obama is just another corrupt thug, who cannot run on his failed record, so he's desperately trying to buy the election.

      For America's sake ... let's hope obama looses the election ... and, fades into obscurity, where he belongs.

      January 15, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        From a middle-of-the road Rag:

        http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/mar/2/holder-ill-serves-his-people/

        From the bottom-side Rag:

        http://www.politico.com/blogs/joshgerstein/0311/Eric_Holder_Black_Panther_case_focus_demeans_my_people.html

        I hope Holder's People can contain the Latinos,,,,

        Not really,

        I would like the Latinos to vote for folks that will Impeach Folks like Holder and Obama!

        NoBama 2012
        A.B.O. 2012= Anybody butt Obama!

        January 15, 2012 at 8:06 pm |
      • iab

        Just like I stated b/4 another less informed American, most likely working class person who has been brainwashed.

        January 16, 2012 at 12:16 am |
    • Larry

      I'm also Voting a Straight Ticket – GO OBAMA !! Those worthless Republicans are totally Worthless !!

      January 15, 2012 at 9:40 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        @Larry

        You sound like you may be a little Racist!!!

        January 16, 2012 at 4:12 am |
  2. ART

    You go Obama show all those tea baggers how its done

    January 13, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
    • bettyboop33

      No PAC's no special interest groups. Just everyday Americans donating in sums averaging less than $55 a person. The only OTHER candidate who has a grass roots MOVEMENT is Ron Paul. These two gentleman know how to run an HONEST campaign.

      January 14, 2012 at 2:26 am |
      • sara

        I sent my 15.00 per month to Obama/Biden 2012. I used to smoke now I put the savings where it will best serve the country. I don't shop with credit cards anymore. I don't want the predators to jack me anymore. All paid down. Been rough, but I think this recession has been great for America if we open our eyes. Thanks Bush!

        January 14, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
      • iab

        all should look up Buddy Roemer, read what he says about big money in politics. Be sure to read what Roberts, Aileto, Skalea, 5 in all Supreme Court Judges passed in October, 2011. Big money form all over the world can impact our elections and the politicians don't even have to tell where it came from or who donated it. Buddy Roemer said take the money out of our elections so the reps in DC represent the people who voted for them and not be accountable to the wealthy who bought and paid for them. Who writes the laws folks? Who benefits the most based on these written laws? When the wealthy bank roll our representative are they going t/b accountable to the American working, middle class?

        January 16, 2012 at 12:31 am |
      • rj

        no special interest groups – what kind of weed are you on ? check out opensecrets.com if you want to know where the money comes from

        January 16, 2012 at 7:59 am |
    • Wes Sorenson

      Obama can and will raise all the money he needs to run negative ads against his oponents.............but stop the Tea Party and American people..........no chance. He's toast in 2012.

      January 15, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
      • iab

        Another uninformed American.

        January 16, 2012 at 12:34 am |
  3. Tired of republican lies

    Judging by the money raised..I would say we know he will be re-elected!!!! Obama/Biden2012!!!!!

    January 13, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
    • bettyboop33

      Indeed!!!

      January 14, 2012 at 2:27 am |
    • 1FreeWorld

      I am tired of the Brain-Washed Liberals.

      Problem is, they don't even know they have been brain-washed!!!!

      From Discover The Networks dot org:

      The Great Depression convinced many that capitalism was on its last legs and that socialism was the wave of the future. In the days of the Popular Front of the mid-1930s, communists found it easy to make common cause with liberals against Germany's Hitler and Spain's Franco. In 1935, V.J. Jerome, the CPUSA's cultural commissar, set up a Hollywood branch of the party. This highly secretive unit enjoyed great success, recruiting members, organizing entire unions, raising money from unwitting Hollywood liberals, and using those funds to support Soviet causes through front groups such as the Hollywood Anti-Nazi League. "We had our own sly arithmetic, we could find fronts and make two become one," remembered screenwriter Walter Bernstein in his 1996 autobiography, Inside Out.

      You can read more here:
      http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/viewSubCategory.asp?id=369

      See previous post about the Teacher's NEA Union or read more about Socialist Indoctrination Public Schools:

      http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/groupProfile.asp?grpid=7428

      Interesting Piece about the National Education Association there:
      In a 2003 article titled “NEA Hastens Death of American Education,” veteran journalist Ralph de Toledano wrote that in 1938 “the Institute for Social Research, founded by the Comintern, appeared on the Columbia University campus, taking over the Teachers College, the country’s most influential school of education.” “Better known as the Frankfurt School,” de Toledano continued, “… [the Institute] eschewed the economic aspects of Marxism and promulgated a substitute based on Marx’s 1843 preachments. Later labeled neo-Marxism, the program called for the destruction of religion, the family, education and all moral values, along with the capture of the intellectuals and the instruments of mass communication such as the press, radio and films. To this it appended a new Freudianism, which reduced human relationships to rampant sexuality and the grossest pleasure principles - a program its secret founder boasted ‘will make America stink.’”

      January 16, 2012 at 3:46 am |
  4. Thelookingglass

    Big man on campus!

    January 13, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  5. Tek

    Woohoo! Special Interest Groups go! Keep your pockets filled why the average american cannot put food on the table.
    WAY TO GO OBAMA, fight for the little guy! /Sacasm

    January 13, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
    • george

      Shouldn't that have been directed to the gop? Food stamps for the wealthy!

      January 14, 2012 at 6:18 am |
  6. Biotechdev

    That's what Obama does. Instead of rolling up his sleeves and fulfilling his campaign promises of bipartisanship, reversal of Bush's deficit spending policies, and his pledge to make the economy a major focus, Obama has never really been out of campaign mode. He has attended more fundraisers per year than any other administration in my lifetime. Plus his 90+ rounds of golf, lavish vacations with his family, and apparently an over-the-top Hollywood Halloween party in the White House in 2009, at the worst of the recession, with Johnny Depp and Tim Burton in attendance. That the press kept on the down-low. All the OWS Obama supporters – take a look at the corporations and mega-milllionaires and billionaires who contribute to Obama. He is the poster child for the 1%.

    January 13, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
    • Patriot Awesome

      And Romney isn't a poster child for the 1%? It's going to be a battle between 2 one percenters whether we like it or not. At least Obama worked hard during his life to get to where he's at today instead of being born into a life of privilege.

      January 13, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
      • blink44

        Or you can vote Ron Paul!! He's the only one who had the sense to see what was coming economically and the only one who can actually fix it.

        January 13, 2012 at 6:37 pm |
      • Biotechdev

        Did you know that the majority of the people who are in the upper income levels are the first generation of their familieis to describe themselves as "rich"? They earned their way to the top. So, it is okay for Obama to become the 1%, while he and his supporters demonize the rest of hard working Americans who make it? What a double standard

        January 13, 2012 at 7:09 pm |
      • sara

        ...and Romney still thinks he is "entitled" to ramrod capitalism. Malfunctioned robot! Anyway, where's your tax returns and your birth certificate. And while I'm at it....why haven't any of the 5 little rich boys volunteered for our Armed Forces. Your Jesus isn't any better than my Jesus if that's the issue. If not, then where is the love, patriotism, honor. Afterall, America's been good to you.

        January 14, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
    • ksmary

      I sure hate it that you are against doing something nice for children ( the party's honored guests) whose parents were serving in our military overseas. The reason Mr.Depp and Mr. Burton were there is that they were co-sponsors of the party. They believe in supporting the military families, (unlike you).

      January 13, 2012 at 6:31 pm |
    • SafeJourney2

      Again Bio, Obama supporters do NOT care if he is part of the 1%. He is fighting FOR the American people. UNLIKE the 1% of the GOP/TP who think corporations are people

      January 14, 2012 at 9:17 am |
    • como1

      Bio how dare you speak the truth in this cesspool of liberal BS.

      January 14, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
    • James, AL

      Biotechdev, President Obama has more than raised up his sleeves, he has been working hard for our country. Why do you think the markets are not still hemorroging jobs? Why do you think banks are mad at him? Why do you think Osama is dead? Why do you think the Iraq war is over? Why do you think we have a consumer protection bureau? I could go on, but you get my point. President Obama has more than delivered in the last three years and that with very little help from the Republican congress.whose only interest is in defeating him. Go figure!?

      January 14, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
    • geggyg

      Go to the snopes website and you will see that the halloween party story has been debunked, proven to be a lie, As for Pres Obama not working for bipartisanship he had agreed to most things the Repubs wanted in budget negotiations and even watered down the health care proposal, but the repubs wanted more and kept changing their minds.
      The only compromise the repubs will agree to is everyone agreeing 100% with them.

      January 14, 2012 at 9:54 pm |
    • iab

      You make comments, now present facts to back up these statements, you know when, where, how many, who paid. Where is your research. If you had a little bit of knowledge the pres. is NEVER on vacation. He is briefed each day where ever he is and on call 24/7 regardless of his location. Yes he goes all over the country in order to let the American people know what he is trying to do , like improve our educational system, repair our roads, bridges, dams, get the people behind him b/c he works hard for all Americans. Research trickle down economics, unemployment, wages, $$ increase for the 2% from 2000 to 2008 due to the tax breaks for the wealthy put in place under Bush and company.

      How far did you go in school?

      January 16, 2012 at 12:51 am |
  7. ade williams

    i am for obama but thats big money to make in 45mins who is this people

    January 13, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
    • James, AL

      Ade, thank God he can raise that kind of money. Considering what the supreme court has done in legalizing corporations to invest unlimited amounts of funds in an election campaign, President Obama will need the money. However, I still believe that people like you and me will be the main financial supporters to our president.

      Obama/Biden 2012

      January 14, 2012 at 6:01 pm |
  8. AKALINO

    Yes, he needs that money comes November this year as the "King of Bain" and his Wall Street partners prepare to take on Main Street.

    January 13, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
    • James, AL

      Amen! I still believe that the middle class will win and President Obama will go back to the White House to finish what he has started. Akalino, your's and my small donations will help beat Wall Street and the King of Bain.

      January 14, 2012 at 6:06 pm |
  9. george of the jungle

    biotechdev,you come ascross as an envious repo. Get real gingrich romney and perry are all in the one % . Obama does not have nearly the money they do. You have a really weird idea on what a lavish vacation is and your numbers sound like something you heard on faux news. Give it a rest. Hope he racks in a million more is such a short time. The repos will be doing the same.

    January 13, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
    • Biotechdev

      Really – why don't you google the cost of the lavish vacations Obama and his family took to Spain? Tio the Taj Mahal? To Hawaii? Look into what those vacations cost the American taxpayers. I have no problem with people who have earned their money going on vacatiion, but it is hypocritical of Obama to attack successful Americans while he lives a life that the 99% can only dream of. And worse – much of oaid for by taxpayers in a recession.

      January 13, 2012 at 7:15 pm |
      • SafeJourney2

        And again BIO, Obama supporters do NOT care if he is part of the 1%. He is fighting FOR the American people. UNLIKE the 1% of the GOP/TP who think corporations are people

        Obama/Biden 2012

        January 14, 2012 at 9:19 am |
      • jean2009

        If I remember rightly George W. Bush spent 2 1/2 years of his 8 year presidency on vacation. Did you complain then? Thought not! Also many of his blunders brought on this recession. Every generation has lived through one or two recessions. I remember Ronald Reagan's very well.

        The president pays for his own vacation, vacation digs, food, clothes, dry-cleaning, meals that are not state dinners, and items used in the private quarters. We as taxpayers have always paid for the president and his family's security and their secure travel....that is our job...so shut up about it.

        Have you ever thought that maybe several members of the White House staff should have vacation time to be with their families for Christmas; or that the president and first family not being in the White House gives them that chance?

        Read: George W. Bush Spent 5 Times More on Flights to Texas than Obama's Christmas Vacation Cost.
        http://www.politicususa.com/en/cost-obama-christmas-vacation-bush

        Who really cares? The Presidency is a 365 day, 24 hour, 7 day a week job.The president is at work whether he is on vacation, on a golf course, campaigning, clearing brush, or behind his desk...so move on grow up, quit whining about idiotic things, and get a life. It makes you sound like the immature ignoramus you probably are.

        January 14, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
      • James, AL

        Biotechdev,
        get your facts straight, the president did not vacation in Spain, the First Lady, her daughters and a grief stricken friend vacationed there. Furthermore, if you research you will find that the Obamas paid for the trip, with exceptions of the security and detail that follow the First Lady.

        No one is against millionaires and capitalism! All sane people are against the greedy people who are corrupting the free market and doing it at the expense of the middleclass.

        January 14, 2012 at 6:17 pm |
  10. williefloyd

    Congratulations Mr. President! You deserve it. Even thogh some of us on SS and retired we'll send all that we can.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    January 13, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
    • James, AL

      Williefloyd,
      there are enough of us to be the difference!

      Middleclass for Obama/Biden 2012

      January 14, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
  11. doc111

    All I can say is "GREAT!!!"

    January 13, 2012 at 6:04 pm |
  12. blink44

    Wow. $45,000 to see the president. Amazing. I can't believe that people are actually applauding him for this. I hate to break it to you all, but it was only 20 people. The same 20 people that he condemns daily(the 1%, cause who else can afford $45,000 for less than an hour of the president's time). What a bunch of straight up hypocrites.

    What we need is election reform and regulation.

    January 13, 2012 at 6:34 pm |
    • James, AL

      blink44,
      you fail to understand that the president does not condemn anyone for being wealthy, he condemns the corruption that is causing our free market system to breakdown and is preventing some from getting a fair wage and a fair chance at the american dream..

      Look at Mitt Romney, "King of Bain", can you honestly say that all the moves the Bain corporation did was moral and in some cases legal. Here is a question that goes to moral character: Can you close a company that is the only way of life for a small town just to get another $5 million? Can you put thousands of people out of work just to increase the profit margins of the company? These are not questions about the free market system or capitalism, but questions about CEOs and shareholders.

      Capitalism is not hurting us. It works, but only when you have moral and principaled people working within it.

      January 14, 2012 at 6:34 pm |
  13. leroy

    If he would only spend his working day helping all Americans.... one could only wish.

    January 13, 2012 at 7:02 pm |
    • James, AL

      leroy,
      thank God our wish came true in the '08 election. We have one of the hardest working presidents in recent history. When you get your head straight, take a look at all he has accomplished dispite serious opposition from the republicans.

      January 14, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
  14. Fire0bama

    I wonder what type of people can afford a $45,000 donation? 0bama is an individual with a thick-skin. He demonizes Wall Street and rich people on a daily basis, but at the same time, he takes their money without any shame!

    January 13, 2012 at 9:12 pm |
    • SiriusVH

      He does not demonize Wall Street. He just wants to hold the financial industry accountable for the disaster it contributed to create. ... subprime lending ... Merrill Lynch ... (just to name the major player, of course no longer 'with us') ... 2008 .... does that ring any bells?

      January 14, 2012 at 12:07 am |
    • James, AL

      You must be one of those who do not want to see what the president is truly trying to encourage. His agenda is not against rich people, but against corrupt rich people who exploit others for profit. This is the problem that is killing our capitalist system.

      Please open your eyes and see for yourself what is happening to the american workforce and the financial markets.

      January 14, 2012 at 6:49 pm |
  15. como1

    Let's see 73 fundraisers in the past few months, over 88 rounds of golf in 3 years, heavens knows how many vacations Obama has taken. I propose a national holiday to honor his first day in the oval office, that is if we can determine when he is even in the White House.

    January 13, 2012 at 10:19 pm |
    • jerry R

      he like rid in around in dat big long black limo...

      January 14, 2012 at 12:23 am |
      • sara

        I don't think a Harvard educated lawyer, constitutional professor, state and U.S. senator would speak that way. Sounds more like the uneducated ones from Texas that can't put a sentence together. Your sterotyping doesn't work, bigot

        January 14, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
    • sara

      Not as many as GWB took. It was him on vacation when our homeland was attacked wasn't it. Oh, I forgot, he was "indoctrinating" our children down south when 3000+ Americans lost their lives.

      January 14, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
      • jean2009

        Thanks sara, he was in a class room reading "My Pet Goat" on a 2001 second term campaign swing through Florida promoting No Child Left Behind.

        January 15, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
    • jerry R

      @sara President Bush was sitting in an elementary school room listening to children read...this has been in the media thousands of times.. sept 11 was due mostly to the failure of bill clinton...and by the way clinton had monika sitting on his lap when our troops were being slated in somalia....and, yes this has been in the media thousands of time too.

      January 14, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
      • jean2009

        For clarity maybe you should read: Did Bush Know? at the Media Monitor's Network.
        http://www.mediamonitors.net/mosaddeq36.html May 18, 2002

        Also read: http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB147/index.htm
        Bush Administration's First Memo on al-Qeada Declassified for Jan. 25, 2001 a full 9 months before the 9/11 attack. this document was released February 10, 2005.

        Plus:President Clinton on Fox news -September 22, 2006:
        "CLINTON: And I think it’s very interesting that all the conservative Republicans, who now say I didn’t do enough, claimed that I was too obsessed with bin Laden. All of President Bush’s neo-cons thought I was too obsessed with bin Laden. They had no meetings on bin Laden for nine months after I left office. All the right-wingers who now say I didn’t do enough said I did too much — same people."

        January 15, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
      • jean2009

        This from a website: Clinton, Bush Terrorism 9/11.

        http://driventotears.com/HTML/911.html

        January 15, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
  16. Joey

    He's going to need every dime. He'll have to lie and spin like there's no tomorrow to get re-elected. I wonder if voters will buy it a second time?

    January 14, 2012 at 5:11 am |
    • george

      I don't intend to to end up as a vaulture caracass Joey. It's Obama/Biden2012!!

      January 14, 2012 at 6:22 am |
    • SafeJourney2

      President Obama will be re-elected in 2012. Do you know why? Because the GOP/TP have fought him every step of the way and the American people do not like the House repubs/TP. Look at the polls for congress and especially the House GOP/TP.

      January 14, 2012 at 9:26 am |
    • James, AL

      Joey,
      you guys bought it from Bush twice and look where it got us. You may want to deny it, but with Obama at least our economy is moving back in the right direction. Oh, I'm sure you will give someone else that credit, like Mitt Romney, "The King of Bain".

      January 14, 2012 at 6:57 pm |
    • Wes Sorenson

      Don't forget this guy is from Chicago so he knows how the system works. Chicago Politics – Obama is not the Agent of Hope and Change he portrays himself to be. He is a calculating Chicago politician who plays the game the same way politicians have been playing it for hundreds of years receiving money in exchange for favors from the government for his friends and cronies. Obama while in Chicago had his way with being involved in sweetheart deals, the pay for favors, and all the rest of this sleazy mess that Chicago Politicians find themselves in. About half of all Chicago Politicians find themselves behind bars at some point in their lives. If I'm not mistaken I think 3 Illinois Govenors are currently behind bars............that must be some kind of record?

      January 15, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
  17. george of the jungle

    I see ol Jerry is here spouting his racist hate along with joey. What kind of grown man calls himself joey? as for the trip to spain and the vacations that is paid for out their own privet account.. How about Mitts yacht or newst tiffany account both cost more than all the trips you keep talking about. Glad he is rakeing in the dough. We need all we can get to combat the repo lies. Go Obama / Biden 2012

    January 14, 2012 at 10:55 am |
    • jerry R

      @george of the... Yeah we are all racist if we don't like obummer and mob..are we not? I can tell you Mrs George Bush paid for her wardrobe which was classy and expensive. Mrs Bush traveled the world and did much for the poor and uneducated class (world wide) as well as championed education for all...even when at times it seemed she conflicted with her husband.

      Mrs Barry by contrast is not linked to doing much of anything on most of her expensive trips but taking legions of friends and worshipers with her and spending millionsinthe process. She and barack spent 4 million on the recent hawaiin vacation and put many secret service personel at risk. They did not return to their alleged home in chicago...as most presents do. In fact they rented their alleged home out... The Bushes returned to their ranch or other locations that were safe and more considerate of the hard working American taxpayer.

      It would be good for you to read obamas books and research who these people really are...before you blindly and hatefully bash them and those who do have good reason to dislike them.

      January 14, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
      • James, AL

        Jerry R,
        You do not have to like the First Family, but at least speak what you know, otherwise it makes you seem ignorant. Very little of your statement is true and that's what make it appear as though you may have other issues.

        It is one thing when someone disagrees with the president on policy issues, but when you get personal and your information is wrong, it heightens the possibility that you have more than political differences with the president.

        Oh, by the way, george did not use a plural reference in his statement to you. Every intellignet person knows that everyone within a race is not racist.

        January 14, 2012 at 7:09 pm |
      • geggyg

        If the Obamas continually went back to their Chicago home on a regular basis , like G Bush to his "ranch" i bet you would complain about about the interruption to the lives of the local residents. Anyway how much did it cost permenantly secure the Bash ranch compound and set up a permanent communication arrangement, Pres Obama would have used a mobile communication centre for his work, How were the security agents put in amy more danger than normal, maybe exploding coconuts or suicidal mosquitos

        January 15, 2012 at 3:43 am |
      • jerry R

        @geygg..or what ever you call yourself. Fact is this horrible president spends taxpayer money like he has it coming.... Your trying to tell me I'm wrong... WOW! Now that is funny.

        January 15, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
      • jean2009

        @geggyg.
        I totally agree they would complain regardless of where he went. Jerry R is off on a typical tangent that he knows nothing about.

        The only reason No Child Left Behind was championed was the fact that it was a bonus money maker for the Texas text book companies, and so that Neil and Jeb Bush could rake in millions from testing to see that no child was left behind. The actual correct name for No Child Left Behind should have been No Bush Left Behind. http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/06_42/b4005059.htm

        Circulating on the internet is a News Flash from 2008 about Mrs. Bush wearing expensive cloths while the poor run around in rags. For a get a life moment of the petty idiots like Jerry R... I am sure Mrs Bush could afford the clothing: then add this question; do we really want our first ladies to run around in rags? I don't think that is the impression we want.

        Laura Bush's ensemble was described as:

        Oscar de la Renta suit: $2,500
        Stuart Weitzman heels: $325
        Pearl stud earrings: $600–$1,500
        Total: Between $3,425 and $4,325

        We should also ask why should President Obama not be allowed to choose where he wants to vacation? It is his vacation, he is paying for everything but the travel and security. All previous presidents have selected their vacation sites. In my opinion it boils down to bigotry, racism, and ignorance.

        Why should President Obama be required to go to Illinois? He was born in Hawaii, grew up in Hawaii, his mother and grandparents are buried in Hawaii. His sister has a home in Hawaii. I almost would be willing to wager that his presidential library will be in Hawaii.

        January 15, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
      • jean2009

        Mrs. Bush not only purchased designer clothes she borrowed them. She preferred Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, and Peggy Jennings.

        January 15, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
      • george

        Trust me dear friends I know this Jerry guy as a biological freak adorning both sexes, hence his bitterness especially towards the fair sexes. That said how can anyone be mum when we were out of control waging wars left and right and the out of control use of tax payers money to rebuild these foreign nations infra-structure. Any dime spent in the US is money well spent!

        January 16, 2012 at 6:38 am |
  18. sara

    @biotechdev....We like rich people. Just not the ones who put their feet on the necks of others because they can to become rich. Capitalism is not that! Imagine a society where "vulture capitalism" was the norm

    January 14, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
    • jerry R

      oh really like when obama let the mexican trucker in the country to displace thousands of Ameican jobs and while GM built plants all over the world as hard working Americans bailed out GM and the real invested (bond holders) got the shaft.

      Obama is not your friend...he would certainly like to make you think so.

      January 14, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
      • george

        With half baked facts as this it is the more reason why Obama ought to be your friend. We need to invest more on education so that those wanting as Jerry may have the opportunity to rise off the abyss of uninformed darkness. The mexican track saga is highly exagerated and even then was in the pipeline 2 years before Obama even took office something that Jerry ought to taken up with bush administration. As for the GM and building factories all over the globe was directly conforming to the Bush doctrine of outsourcing. All major corporations wanted a piece of the tax rebate- when they start bussiness outside and GM. was no different. It took Obama to see to it that that practice was tamed and the rest of the story we know quite well. It is no wonder that the US industry and it's affilliate industries rose from the ashes as the phoenix! Need I add that with Obama at the healm the US will see greater days!!

        January 16, 2012 at 7:02 am |
  19. Wes Sorenson

    President Obama because of where we are in the calendar, any improved economic statistics this Spring will not be enough to save a failing presidency. I do not believe that, at this point, even BO's most ardent defenders would attempt to make the case that he has been a particularly strong leader - whether on the stimulus, the budget, health care, the oil spill, Libya, the debt limit, or practically any other subject you can name - he's sought to pass the buck to others while blaming it all on Bush and the do nothing Congress. His comparing himself with 4th best President in History on CBS 60 minutes was the best laugh I've had in a long time. As I see it, at this point Obama has no hope of being reelected on the backs of his record, his personality, or historical trends. Lacking any real record of accomplishment to bring his voters out to the polls, he has only one strategy open to him: he must attack and which he has 1 billion dollars to do it with.

    January 15, 2012 at 12:06 pm |
  20. Wes Sorenson

    It's sad fact of life but true.............Money will buy this election at a cost of 1 Billion Dollars. Obama may get his second term but he won't have the support of Congress for his spending us into oblivion.

    January 15, 2012 at 12:11 pm |
    • george

      Surely should we not have been complaining about out of control war engagements and the OUT OF CONTROL COST of rebuilding those countries inra-structure with americans tax payers money? Any dime spent/invested in the US is money well spent!

      January 16, 2012 at 6:28 am |
  21. Dontbow

    Well im sure he will need it to pay for his 24/7 political channel again. time to drop cable. lol

    January 15, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
  22. KaraOK

    Obama is the One Percent's boy.

    January 15, 2012 at 11:20 pm |
  23. Iamnotfooled

    Obama for the poor and middleclass .
    Romney for the rich.
    Vote accordingly.
    Simple as that.

    January 16, 2012 at 2:45 am |
  24. Sara

    America has one last chance, and it is a very slim one. Americans can elect Ron Paul President, or they can descend into tyranny.

    Why is Ron Paul America’s last chance?

    Because he is the only candidate who is not owned lock, stock, and barrel by the military-security complex, Wall Street, and the Israel Lobby.

    All of the others, including President Obama, are owned by exactly the same interest groups. There are no differences between them. Every candidate except Ron Paul stands for war and a police state, and all have demonstrated their complete and total subservience to Israel. The fact that there is no difference between them is made perfectly clear by the absence of substantive issues in the campaigns of the Republican candidates.

    Only Ron Paul deals with real issues, so he is excluded from “debates” in which the other Republican candidates throw mud at one another: “Gingrich voted $60 million to a UN program supporting abortion in China.” “Romney loves to fire people.”

    The mindlessness repels.

    More importantly, only Ron Paul respects the US Constitution and its protection of civil liberty. Only Ron Paul understands that if the Constitution cannot be resurrected from its public murder by Congress and the executive branch, then Americans are lost to tyranny.
    A d v e r t i s e m e n t
    There isn’t much time in which to revive the Constitution. One more presidential term with no habeas corpus and no due process for US citizens and with torture and assassination of US citizens by their own government, and it will be too late. Tyranny will have been firmly institutionalized, and too many Americans from the lowly to the high and mighty will have been implicated in the crimes of the state. Extensive guilt and complicity will make it impossible to restore the accountability of government to law.

    If Ron Paul is not elected president in this year’s election, by 2016 American liberty will be in a forgotten grave in a forgotten grave yard.

    Having said this, there is no way Ron Paul can be elected, for these reasons:

    Not enough Americans understand that the “war on terror” has been used to create a police state. The brainwashed citizenry believe that the police state is making them safe from terrorists.

    Liberals, progressives, and the left-wing oppose Ron Paul, claiming that “he would abolish the social safety net, privatize Social Security and Medicare, throw the widows and orphans into the street, abolish the Federal Reserve,” etc.

    Apparently, liberals, progressives, and the left-wing do not understand that privatizing Social Security and Medicare and destroying the social safety net are policies that many conservative Republicans favor and are policies that Wall Street is forcing on both political parties. In contrast, a President Ron Paul would be isolated in the White House and would never be able to muster the support of Congress and the powerful interest groups to achieve such radical changes. Moreover, Ron Paul has made it clear that a welfare-free state cannot be achieved by decree but only by creating an economy in which opportunity exists for people to stand on their own feet. Ron Paul has said that he does not support ending welfare before an economy is created that makes a welfare state unnecessary.

    Candidate Paul cannot take any steps to reassure Americans that he would not throw them to the mercy of the free market, because his libertarian base would turn on him as another unprincipled politician willing to sacrifice his principles for political expediency.
    If libertarians were not inflexible, candidate Paul could endorse Ron Unz’s proposal to solve the illegal immigration problem by raising the minimum wage to $12 an hour, so that Americans could afford to work the jobs that are taken by illegals.

    Economist James K. Galbraith is probably correct that Unz’s proposal would boost the economy by injecting purchasing power and that the unemployment would be largely confined to illegals who would return to their home country. However, if Ron Paul were to treat Unz’s proposal as one worthy of study and consideration, libertarian ideologues would write him off. Whatever liberal/progressive support he gained would be offset by the loss of his libertarian base.

    Why can’t libertarians be as intelligent as Ron Unz and see that if the Constitution is lost all that remains is tyranny?

    In short, Americans cannot see beyond their ideologies to the real issue, which is the choice between the Constitution and tyranny.

    So we hear absurd accusations that Ron Paul, a libertarian “is a racist.” “Ron Paul is an anti-semite.” “Ron Paul would favor the rich and hurt the poor.”

    We don’t hear “Ron Paul would restore and protect the US Constitution.”

    What do Americans think life will be like in the absence of the Constitution? I will tell you what it will be like, but first let’s consider the obstacles Ron Paul would face if he were to win the Republican nomination and if he were to be elected president.

    In my opinion, if Ron Paul were to win the Republican nomination, the Republican Party would conspire to refuse it to him. The party would simply nominate a different candidate.

    If despite everything, Ron Paul were to end up in the White House, he would not be able to form a government that would support his policies. Appointments to cabinet secretaries and assistant secretaries that would support his policies could not be confirmed by the US Senate. President Paul would have to appoint whomever the Senate would confirm in order to form a government. The Senate’s appointees would undermine his policies.

    What a President Ron Paul could do, assuming Congress, controlled by powerful private interest groups, did not impeach him on trumped up charges, would be to use whatever forums that might be permitted him to explain to the public, judges, and law schools that the danger from terrorists is miniscule compared to the danger from a government unaccountable to law and the Constitution.

    The reason we should vote for Ron Paul is to signal to the powers that be that we understand what they are doing to us. If Paul were to receive a large vote, it could have two good effects. One could be to introduce some caution into the establishment that would slow the march into more war and tyranny. The other is it would signal to Washington’s European and Japanese puppets that not all Americans are stupid sheep. Such an indication could make Washington’s puppet states more cautious and less cooperative with Washington’s drive for world hegemony.

    What America Without the Constitution Will Be Like

    In the January 4 Huff Post, attorney and author John Whitehead reported on the militarization of local police. Some police forces are now equipped with spy drones. Whitehead reports that a drone manufacturer, AeroVironment Inc., plans to sell 18,000 drones to police departments throughout the country. The company is also advertising a small drone, the “Switchblade,” which can track a person, land on the person and explode.

    How long before Americans will be spied upon or murdered as extremists at the discretion of local police?

    Recognizing the privacy danger, if not the murder danger, the American Civil Liberties Union has issued a report, “Protecting Privacy From Aerial Surveillance.”https://www.aclu.org/files/assets/protectingprivacyfromaerialsurveillance.pdf

    The ACLU believes, correctly, that liberty is threatened by “a surveillance society in which our every move is monitored, tracked, recorded, and scrutinized by authorities.”

    The ACLU calls on Congress to legislate privacy protections against the police use of drones. I support the ACLU because it is the most important defender of civil liberty despite other misguided activities, but I wonder what the ACLU is thinking. Congress and the federal courts have already acquiesced in the federal government’s warrantless spying on Americans by the National Security Agency. The Bush regime violated the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act many times, and all involved, including President Bush, should have been sent to prison for many lifetimes, as each violation carries a 5-year prison term. But the executive branch emerged scot free. No one was held accountable for clear violations of US statutory law.

    The ACLU might think that although the federal executive branch has successfully elevated itself above the law, state and local police forces are still accountable. We must hope that they are, but I doubt it.

    The militarization of local police has received some attention. What has not received attention is that state and local police are also being federalized. It is not only military armaments and spy technology that local police are receiving from Washington, but also an attitude toward the public along with federal oversight and the collaboration that goes with it. When Homeland Security, a federal police force, comes into states, as I know has occurred in Georgia and Tennessee, and doubtless other states, and together with the state police stop cars and trucks on Interstate highways and subject them to warrantless searches, what is happening is the de facto deputizing of the state police by Homeland Security. This is the way that Goering and Himmler federalized into the Gestapo the independent police forces of German provinces such as Prussia and Bavaria.

    Homeland Security has expanded its warrantless searches far beyond “airline security.”
    The budding gestapo agency now conducts warrantless searches on the nation’s highways, on bus and train passengers, and at Social Security offices. On Tuesday January 3, 2012, the Social Security office in Leesburg, Florida, apparently a terrorist hotspot, became a Homeland Security checkpoint. The DHS Gestapo armed with automatic weapons and sniffer dogs demanded IDs from local residents visiting their local Social Security office.http://www.dailycommercial.com/News/LakeCounty/010412shield

    Thomas Milligan, district manager for the Social Security Administration office, said staff were not informed their offices were about to be stormed by armed federal police officers. DHS officials refused to answer questions asked by local media and left with no explanation at noon, reports infowars.com.

    The DHS gestapo justified its takeover of a Leesburg Florida Social Security office as being an integral part of “Operational Shield,” conducted by the Federal Protective Service to detect “the presence of unauthorized persons and potentially disruptive or dangerous activities.”

    One wonders if even brainwashed flag-waving “superpatriots” can miss the message. The Social Security office of Leesburg, Florida, population 19,086 in central Florida is not a place where terrorists devoid of proper ID might be visiting. To protect America from the scant possibility that terrorists might be congregating at the Leesburg Social Security office, the tyrants in Washington sent the Federal Protective Service at who knows what cost to demand ID from locals visiting their Social Security office.

    What is this all about except to establish the precedent that federal police, a new entity in American life, the Federal Protective Service, has authority over state and local police offices and can appear out of the blue to interrogate local citizens.

    Why the ACLU thinks it is going to get any action out of a Congress that has accommodated the executive branch’s destruction of habeas corpus, due process, and the constitutional and legal prohibitions against torture is beyond me. But at least the issue is raised. But don’t expect to hear about it from the “mainstream media.”

    Americans in 2012, although only a few are aware, live in a concentration camp that is far better controlled than the one portrayed by George Orwell in 1984. Orwell, writing in the late 1940s could not imagine the technology that makes control of populations so thorough as it is today. Orwell’s protagonist could at least have hope. In 2012 with the erasure of privacy by the US government, protagonists can be eliminated by hummingbird-sized drones before they can initiate a protest, much less a rebellion.

    Never in human history has a people been so easily and willingly controlled by a hostile government as Americans, who are the least free people on earth. And a large percentage of Americans still wave the flag and chant USA! USA! USA!

    The Bush regime operated as if the Constitution did not exist. Any semblance of constitutional government that remained after the Bush years was terminated when Congress passed and President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act. One wonders how the National Rifle Association, the defender of the Second Amendment, will now fare. If there is no Constitution, how can there be a Second Amendment? If the President, at his discretion, can set aside habeas corpus and due process and murder citizens based on unproven suspicions, why can’t he set aside the Second Amendment?

    Indeed, it is folly to expect a police state to tolerate an armed population.

    The NRA is very supportive of the police and military. Now that these armed organizations are being turned against the public, how will the NRA adjust its posture?

    Many NRA members, pointing to the “Oath Keepers,” former members of the military who pledge to defend the Constitution, and to police chiefs who support the Second Amendment, believe that the police and military will disobey orders to attack citizens.
    But we already witness constantly the gratuitous brutality of “our” police against peaceful protesters. We witness military troops all over the world murder citizens who protest government abuses. Why can’t it happen here?

    If you don’t want it to happen here, you had better figure out some way to get Ron Paul into the Presidency and to get him a cabinet and subcabinet that will support him.

    Meanwhile, the police state grows. On January 4, 2012, the Obama regime announced by decree, not by legislation, the creation of the Bureau of Counterterrorism which will among other tasks “seek to strengthen homeland security, countering violent extremism.” http://newsok.com/obama-launches-bureau-of-counterterrorism/article/feed/332475

    Take a moment to think. Do you know of any “violent extremism” happening in the US?
    The regime is telling you that it needs a new police bureau with unaccountable powers to “strengthen homeland security” against a nonexistent bogyman.

    So who will be the violent extremists who require countering by the Bureau of Counterterrorism? It will be peace activists, the Occupy Wall Street protesters, the unemployed and foreclosed homeless. It will be whoever the police state says. And
    there is no due process or recourse to law.

    January 16, 2012 at 6:29 am |