High octane fundraising events in the Big Apple
February 29th, 2012
07:01 PM ET

High octane fundraising events in the Big Apple

President Barack Obama is set to highlight his energy vision during a speech at Nashua Community College in New Hampshire on Thursday. It's a whirlwind visit to the college. In fact the president will only be on the ground in New Hampshire fewer than 3 hours.

Soon thereafter he heads to the Big Apple for the real focus of his trip – fundraising. Like his other recent forays outside of Washington, DC, the president’s "message" event in New Hampshire will be but a prelude to some heavy duty fundraising efforts.

Even as he continues to posture himself as the champion for the middle class, the president will be hob-nobbing with celebrities and industry leaders including big wigs from Wall Street and hedge funds. A Democratic campaign official tells CNN Ralph Schlosstein, president and CEO of Evercore Partners, the big Wall Street investment firm is in fact a host of Thursday's dinner in Manhatten that itself will net the campaign and party at least 2.8 million dollars. In total, the evening's events in New York City will further fill the president's campaign war chest and that of the Democratic National Committee by adding about five and a half million dollars.

The president will attend four fundraising events Thursday afternoon and evening. The first is a reception for about one hundred supporters where ticket prices start at one thousand dollars a piece.

The next two events will be held at the upscale Manhattan department store ABC Carpet and Home, where the president will attend an intimate dinner and a celebrity filled party. The dinner will be served in the restaurant ABC Kitchen, housed within the department store, where Mr. Obama will dine with 80 supporters, each paying $35,800 to attend. The big event will follow in the main portion of the warehouse-like store. Hosted by celebrities Deepak Chopra, Paulette Cole, hip hop mogul Russell Simmons, chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Reshma Saujani and Phil Suarez, the party will be attended by 900 of the president’s supporters who will be entertained by The Roots, a band Rolling Stone Magazine described as having an "organic, hip-hop jazz" sound, musician and composer Ben Folds and indie-pop performer Ingrid Michaelson.

President Obama will make a speech at this event, which will be open to pooled television coverage. Tickets for the gala start at $1000 a piece. The final fundraiser of the night will be at a private New York City residence where about 90 supporters will pay at least $10,000 each for some face time with the president.

Mr. Obama will head back to Washington and the White House late Thursday evening.


Topics: 2012 Election • Fundraising • President Obama • The Buzz • The News

soundoff (100 Responses)
  1. Tubby the Tuba Texas

    More power to you, Mr. President. WE can't let the Republicans destroy the work done by your administration. I can't afford to lose the rest of my retirement like I was with the Republican failed policies. The guys who are rooting to see who can be chosen by the Repugs are truly "Looney Tunes"!!!

    February 29, 2012 at 8:29 pm |
    • jerry

      "the work done by your administration"... 9%unemployment, middle east on fire, doubling of the national debt, crony capitalism(fascism), high gas prices (today administration (energy secretary Leu) said they like high prices), multiple attacks on our constitution...and it goes on and on and on... Seems reasonable we might want to take our country back,

      February 29, 2012 at 9:14 pm |
      • D

        Dude..What planet are you on??

        March 1, 2012 at 8:28 am |
      • John Greene

        I think you are crazy and not thinking. The country was messed up when Mr. Obama took office.

        March 1, 2012 at 10:08 am |
      • Robert

        Billy Joel, sing the answer to this idiot's comments!!!

        "We didn't start the fire"... literally... GW lit the match while Darth Cheney threw gas. They threw that gas on our economy, our troops, foreign countries, the truth... And sorry, but if you buy a house, and the basement is full of asbestos, you go back and sue the a-hole that sold you that house... sorry, but we can't seem to sue GW for his asbestos riddled house called our Government... all we can do is start ripping it out (removing the bush tax cuts permanently), fixing it up (jobs bill to get umemployment back on check), and making sure it isn't in the rest of the house (dodd-frank restricting b.s. trading policies)...

        March 1, 2012 at 10:57 am |
      • mikle

        Obama is the worst president ever. This the fact. What he said about Bust debt and now? What he SAID ABOUT BUSH DEBT AND NOW? WHAT HE SAID ABOUT BUSH GAS PRICE AND NOW. WHAT A CHANGE.i CANNOT WAIT NOV. 2012 SO THIS GAY GO TO CHIGACO.

        March 1, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
      • Txjack

        I agree with jerry.

        The Only work done by this administration is to bring us more in to debt.
        Borrow more from the Chinese, cut back on Medicare and other critical programs.

        Increasing Fuel prices, decreased pay raises for us while they give themselves raises.

        I say let Obama and all the other politicians have the same Health Care program the we have.
        Not the “Elite Package” while we get stuck with their bills and our own.

        Eliminate their retirement packages like almost every other company in the US.

        If Obama is doing such a great job then why is he hiding him money overseas.
        Claiming Foreign Tax Credit in excess of 1 million.

        http://www.taxhistory.org/www/website.nsf/Web/PresidentialTaxReturns
        The only president in history to claim Foreign Tax Credit.

        And then he is doing fundraising on our tax dollar at our cost.
        So explain that.

        March 1, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
      • The REAL Truth

        OK Txjack – lets respond [rationally] to some of your thoughts.

        "The Only work done by this administration is to bring us more in to debt." – partially true. Any half-knowledgeable economist will tell you there are 2 ways out of a recession. Cut or spend. The Dems chose the latter, given that the former would have caused a recession reminiscent of the Great Depression. Check the facts pls. That is not my opinion.

        "Borrow more from the Chinese, cut back on Medicare and other critical programs." TRUE about borrow from the Chinese, but its the GOP that wants to cut Medicare and other "critical programs" such as SS.

        "Increasing Fuel prices, decreased pay raises for us while they give themselves raises." Increasing fuel prices has nothing to with Obama. Even the OILCO's (exxon) admin that roughly 40% of the price of oil is speculation.

        "I say let Obama and all the other politicians have the same Health Care program the we have.
        Not the “Elite Package” while we get stuck with their bills and our own. Eliminate their retirement packages like almost every other company in the US." Agree 1000%+ – but unless you are merely fishing for Obama negativity, Congress has benefited from this long before Obama took office. It will not change because Congress will not change it. Oh, BTW – they got another 5% pay increase in Jan 2012.

        "If Obama is doing such a great job then why is he hiding him money overseas.
        Claiming Foreign Tax Credit in excess of 1 million.
        http://www.taxhistory.org/www/website.nsf/Web/PresidentialTaxReturns
        The only president in history to claim Foreign Tax Credit." I say SO? It's no more illegal than Romney sheltering his "wealth" from the taxman while its getting a sun tan in the Caymans. How come you're not bitchn about that?

        "And then he is doing fundraising on our tax dollar at our cost. So explain that." Easy to explain. It may have escaped your attention while bashing the POTUS, and come as a bit of a shock to you, but EVERY PRESIDENT does that. Dem or GOP. Have done for ever... Obama should do differently so the GOP can't whine? REALLY?

        On another note, you have displayed an interesting choice of diametrically opposed views in your comment, attributing blame to Obama with issue/items that been in place prior to him being POTUS. Thought I should put some of that in perspective for those of us that can think logically.

        March 1, 2012 at 12:51 pm |
      • Vorps

        9% unemployment? Now you're just lying and making up things.

        If lies and slander, things that will never hold up to the scrutiny of a national debate, is all you Republican'ts have, then I'd say Obama has 2012 in the bag and then some.

        March 1, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
      • truindep

        I agree

        March 2, 2012 at 12:13 am |
      • truindep

        let Obama keep dog what he is doing, if for another four years so be it, and those that voted him in, will be the fools

        March 2, 2012 at 12:14 am |
      • Dan5404

        you had it just before Obama and created the mess Obama has been trying to fix with no help from you people who started it in the first place.

        March 2, 2012 at 12:58 am |
    • JS

      What exactly is Obama doing to help you keep your retirement? Do you understand that retirement plans are invested in private sector companies who Obama want to weaken and raise their taxes. Do you understand that when government says it wants to do something, it needs money to operate/ Where do you think this money come from? Look at all the countries where people depended on government for their financial security, the people are are worried that they won't find these services when they grow old.
      The founders have put a brilliant system where government provides you and me to make it on our own and not need anybody. Obama's vision is the exact opposite. Wake up.

      February 29, 2012 at 10:47 pm |
      • The REAL Truth

        Actually most are not JS. Most retirement plans (IRA, Roth) are self-directed and have restrictions on investment types. IOW – you can't invest in junk bonds with IRA 4. Most 401K plans consist of an ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) where the money (employee and matched) stays with the employer and a couple of other "fund" choices such as Balanced, Growth or Income. That's about it. The money goes where the fund managers want it, not the owners.

        March 1, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
    • Howard

      You've got that wrong tubby ... Obama has destroyed the work of many great patriots, and workers who came before him. Now, he's asking for another term, so he can continue his anti-American crusade, and complete the job of destroying America !!!

      March 1, 2012 at 12:38 am |
      • Name*Liz Carter

        LOL! You're still at it huh Howard? Lord have mercy on him!

        March 1, 2012 at 1:39 am |
      • BeverlyNC

        Bush destroyed this country, ran up the debt, lied about Iraq, murdered our soldiers for a lie, and brought down our banking system, then bailed the criminals out with our money. Now this group of Republicans have sought to destroy what was left just to play a sick game to defeat President Obama. That makes these Republicans traitors of the People and of the nation. They have obstructed every piece of legislation for jobs, recovery, infrastructure, housing help for defrauded Americans, and tried to destroy our education system, Medicare, healthcare, SS, and have demeaned the unemployed and the poor. All the while they were working for corrupt corporations who were sending our jobs overseas and the elite rich like the Koch brothers oil barons who own the Republicans.
        President Obama has created more than 3.7M jobs, saved the auto industry, created healthcare for all that ended the abuses of the private insurance companies, helped defrauded homeowners, put regulations on the banks so they cannot bring down our country again, ended the Iraq War, got Osama, brought down 3 dictators in 9 months with not American solider in harms way, the stock market is the highest ever, businesses are doing very well (yet the Republican so-called "job creators" have not created any jobs – just enriched the execs with obscene bonuses), and President Obama has never stopped fighting for ALL the People and for what is best for all of us.
        President Obama is the true leader, the one with real values, intelligence, solutions, and proven success. He is the People's President and he WILL be re-elected in a landslide along with a whole new Democratic Congress. The People will be first again, not corporations.
        President Obama is running for re-election with full disclosure – unlike Republicans taking secret corporate money

        March 1, 2012 at 1:39 am |
      • John

        Beverly, it will take our next president several years to fix what BO has done. Therefore, for the first 3 (and maybe longer) years of the new presidency anything that doesn't go right will be BO's fault. Unemployment is higher than when he got into office, gas has doubled, the middle east is literally exploding, halft the country and the cathloc church is sueing the federal governmnet, people are dieing from this administrations gun running/walking program,and I can go on. The big one is people are starting to realize they are being pushed into governmnet medical care because of costs of their own plans. WOrking people of America are angry with BO's policies.
        BO is a true community leader. As commander and chief he prefers to follow.

        March 1, 2012 at 7:46 am |
      • Txjack

        @Beverly

        You are giving Obama credit for things that were already in Motion when he took office.

        3 dictators in 9 months? What news channel have you been watching?
        Created 3.7M jobs? In what country India and China.. It was not here in the US.

        He has done nothing but try to rip apart anything that was good and working.
        Let Obama have the same healthcare as the rest of us and see how well he likes it.

        He is a leader alright. The leader of the greedy and anti-american morals.

        You say he is running for re-election with full disclosure.

        Then why is it that his first official act as president was to seal all of his school records from elementrary all the way through college?

        The only disclosure he has made are the TAX records. Because it’s law.

        So why is it that he is claiming Foreign Tax Credit?
        The only president in history to claim Foreign Tax Credit.

        If he is so American as you say..

        http://www.taxhistory.org/www/website.nsf/Web/PresidentialTaxReturns

        He is a liar and a thief!!

        March 1, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
      • The REAL Truth

        @John – you are so far off base its laughable.
        "Beverly, it will take our next president several years to fix what BO has done. Therefore, for the first 3 (and maybe longer) years of the new presidency anything that doesn't go right will be BO's fault. "
        Flip this the other way round and what you get is – it will take our next president several years to fix what Bush has done. Therefore, for the first 3 (and maybe longer) years of the new presidency anything that doesn't go right will be BO's fault.
        See how nice that now sounds. I spun it a little differently, and lo and behold here we are, at exactly that juncture.

        March 1, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
      • Emmy Skaddittle

        and now your candidate romney is propose a tax change that will add 3 trillion to the debt

        March 1, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
      • Dan5404

        Too late, Bush already did that.

        March 2, 2012 at 1:01 am |
    • Howard

      Obama's demonizing of oil ,and promotion of 'green energy' is just a smoke screen for shifting billions of dollars and enormous power, to Obama's campaign contributors. In addition to the payback he gets from 'green companies', for our tax dollars that he sends their way ... millions of average American citizens are being fleeced as well. Obama counts on P.T. Barnum's observation, that there's a SUCKER BORN EVERY MINUTE !!! ... and, there are plenty of liberal suckers who contribute heavily to the Obama campaign. If Obama gets a second term, this country is DOOMED.

      March 1, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
      • The REAL Truth

        Oh Howard dear, you are always good for a laugh. It's so sad that you have obviously been living under a rock for some time now. Even if what you stated was true, ya thunk the GOP doesn't do the same? What about the multi-billion $$ no-bid contract to KBR – that violated all the Federal Procurement laws – that just happened to be a subsidiary of a company that the Veep was former CEO of? How's that any different.
        It don't care that you "FEEL" like you do, but for every reason you spout for justifying why Obama should go, I can counter with a corresponding reason why the GOP should also stay away. Lets embrace the FACTS, with open discussion and lose the kool-aid sound bites. It makes you look stoopid and unde-du-mucated.

        March 1, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
    • ThatsIt21

      Too bad he couldn't put this much effort into doing the job he was elected to do. Campaigner in Chief.

      March 1, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
      • James, AL

        No, he has given greater effort to the job we elected him to do. Have you seen the DOW, or jobs numbers, or greeted soldiers from Iraq, or read about Bin Laden, or heard the discussions on tax reform, or got a small increase in your pay check; all of that was because our president was doing his job. I could go on but I think you get my point.

        March 1, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
    • get real

      yeah don't want to destroy the 5 tillion in debt Obama gave us, the "acutal" elevation in unemployment (apple to apple compare), and the control the federal government is exerting over our freedom of religion. That would suck.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
  2. Joey

    When you continue to rake in $35,800 for a plate how can you possibly relate to the 99%?

    February 29, 2012 at 9:13 pm |
    • Mike D

      Im sorry. Im sure he could have had it at McDonalds so that you could afford a seat.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:12 am |
      • Melissa

        Hahahah! That really made me laugh at loud. Good one.

        March 1, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
    • bigman

      The fact of the matter is, rich people have much more influence in elections becuase of all the green they have. If they dont support you, they will spend unlimited amounts of money to oppose you and influence the general public to see you in a negative light. If you dont have the money to fight back you lose. If you lose your no longer in office. If your no longer in office you can't help the 99% because you no longer in a possition to help. Believe me when I say I understand what you are saying. But at the same time you have to understand that President Obama is not doing this becuase he neccessarilly wants to, but because he has to, so that he can stay in office and fight for you.

      March 1, 2012 at 9:07 am |
    • Emmy Skaddittle

      please, how much is it a plate romneys fundraisers? Santoums? its all the same, you cannot fault the president for raising money for his campaign its part of the job

      March 1, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
  3. abnguy

    So much for the party of the people. President Obama is raking in the money from Wall Street again and the liberal elites.

    February 29, 2012 at 9:18 pm |
    • OD

      Yeah...All you 1%-ers contribute your 'fair share'... (to my re-election campaign coffers, that is). What a hypocrite. If he'd worked as hard at governing as he's worked on the stump the past two years to get himself re-elected, we would all be in better shape.

      February 29, 2012 at 10:17 pm |
    • Mike D

      So you're complaining that he's as bad as the Republicans that do the same thing?

      March 1, 2012 at 3:13 am |
      • John

        Absolutely. Something a lib would never do i.e. admit that BO is one of the Washington gang that is bringing this country down a rat hole. BO just seems like a nicer guy than the repubs.

        March 1, 2012 at 8:47 am |
      • The REAL Truth

        @John – so give me an example of what the 4 prior GOP presidents did – other than give away $850+ BILLION to wealthy bankers, get us into 3 wars lengthy wars, cause the deaths of many 1,000's of US soldiers, cause corporations to "cost cut" and send our jobs to the cheapest labor market, yada, yada, yada.
        What does the middle east being in turmoil have to do with the Obama? Oh wait, you want him to get out of your life but want him to fix everything everywhere else. Wow, hypocrisy abounds here.
        The Catholic Church is sueing because Obama "attempted" to enforce a Federal Law ( which BTW was passed under a GOP controlled Congress) that CLEARLY mandates that ALL EMPLOYERS (of which the CC clearly "IS") provide the required coverage. They disagreed. He offered a rejected compromise. What happened to separation of church and state.
        "people are dieing from this administrations gun running/walking program" ? Are you even aware that the program you are referring to was put in place by Dubya's adminstration?
        I have no issues with your and other right-wing opinions, but please DO SOME FACT CHECKING before you spout this type of stuff... it's make you look real stoopid!

        March 1, 2012 at 11:47 am |
      • Joey

        Marx D, you're saying he's doing the same thing as the very party you hate?

        March 2, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
    • Emmy Skaddittle

      as opposed to raking it in from big oil and republican fat cats?

      March 1, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
  4. dave

    Yeah! The President is collecting millions of $$ from people who don't want to contribute to the government through taxes but have no problem contributing to campaigns! I wonder how much taxpayer $$ they will get as a return on their investment!

    February 29, 2012 at 9:23 pm |
    • Letsjustmakesense hereOK

      Dave....the millionairs that are contributing to Obama's fundraising ARE do so with the full knowledge that he wants to raise there taxes !!! Just how ignorant can you be to make such a stupid comment?

      March 1, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
    • Letsjustmakesense hereOK

      Dave....the millionairs that are contributing to Obama's fundraising ARE doing so with the full knowledge that he wants to raise their taxes !!! Just how ignorant can you be to make such a stupid comment?

      March 1, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
    • The REAL Truth

      Four more years to fix the GOP mess ? Pretty good ROI in their eyes. LOL

      March 1, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
  5. yolanda

    If Obama could/would lead as effectively and as energetically as he campaigns, the US would be a much better place. Alas, he doesn't/cannot. Maybe next time he graces NY with his presence, he'll honor the REAL people by spending time with them, rather than sucking up to the 1% he spends so much time bad mouthing........

    February 29, 2012 at 9:32 pm |
  6. Jim

    Right, the real focus on his trip, that's why he's taking the time to stop by a college. Maybe the fundraising is required thanks to the out of control super pacs while the college stop was something he was actually interested in and took the time out of his day to do.

    February 29, 2012 at 9:46 pm |
  7. Dan, TX

    If Obama were doing this and the republicans weren't, I suppose someone might have a right to complain about Obama. If your general complaint is that there is too much money in politics, I agree. If you are attacking Obama specifically and not the republicans then I can't have any respect for your opinion.

    February 29, 2012 at 9:47 pm |
    • abnguy

      Two points, when has Santorum hosted a 30000+ plate event? The reason so many are reacting over the President doing this is it smacks of hypocrisy, like many of his decisions he says one thing then does the complete opposite.

      February 29, 2012 at 10:24 pm |
      • OD

        I guess the wealthy can pay their 'fare share' to Obama's re-election coffers...30K.

        February 29, 2012 at 10:56 pm |
      • John

        The problem is, as it was w/Bush, there are laws against a sitting president campaigning on our dime. These guys give a speech for a half hour then campaign for the rest of the trip and it is considered a "campaign trip paid for by us".

        March 1, 2012 at 8:51 am |
      • USA

        Who is Santorum ??....President, current senator, Reps, or anything??...His nothing...ZERO to compare with President of United States.

        March 1, 2012 at 9:46 am |
  8. cali girl

    Thanks to tubby and Dan, words spoken so true.

    February 29, 2012 at 10:20 pm |
  9. JS

    This man can campaign, raise funds, advocate but definitely not presidential material. He is too one sided and rigid to be the president of the whole country, the president of all the people. A president is supposed to be able to work with the opposition and unite the country. This president can't do that. He needs to go.

    February 29, 2012 at 10:41 pm |
    • The REAL Truth

      He's needs to go get another 4 yrs to clean up the mess the last GOP Congress left us with..

      March 1, 2012 at 11:59 am |
      • ThatsIt21

        That's what he said the first time, and look at us now.

        March 1, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
      • Emmy Skaddittle

        They left a BIG mess

        March 1, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
    • The REAL Truth

      NO president can work with a "do-nothing" opposition party whose sole stated goal is to ensure he is a one term president. Should I repeat that again for clarity? OK.
      ** NO president can work with a "do-nothing" opposition party whose sole stated goal is to ensure he is a one term president. **

      March 1, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
    • Setan

      I don't think CNN does April Fools. It's interesting toguhh, I don't really know his music, but in the past four or five years I've seen snippets of his reality show and he really seems like a family guy. He's not a bad fit for Mormons.

      April 2, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
  10. Name*Liz Carter

    I agree with Tubby, Dan as cali girl does. However, what is really going on? Unless I'm terribly mistaken, I believe ALL Presidents have come out and solicited money from donors anyway. So why is this Presidency any different? And the GOPers/TEApartyers need to shut their everloving mouths, what with all the money they've got floating all around! My goodness!

    March 1, 2012 at 1:35 am |
    • Joey

      He said he would be different, remember?

      March 1, 2012 at 5:06 am |
    • John

      SO let me get this right – you are making a blanket statement that all GOPers and Tea Party people are rich with a bunch of money "floating around"? It is quite the statement given the guy you support is going to raise and spend a billion dollars. Given past posts I have seen from you it doesn't surprise me, but it is quit hypocritical – like many of the other comments you have made.

      March 1, 2012 at 6:47 am |
      • Name*Liz Carter

        Hypocritcal? I asked what was the difference in President Obama out fundraising when every other former President did? I never blanketed my statement saying every Republican had money floating all around either! I said Rebublicans just like you and many other refer to 'Libs' or 'Democrats' when you are bashing us and Obama. John, has anyone ever come back at you trying to question your usage of Libs and Dems as a blanket statement, meaning ALL, when you are trying to put down a point? I don't think so! Are you all jealous that after all of your perpetual animosities, put-downs, denigration, beration, hate-driven comments against him, he is even still able to collect from donors...not to even speak of the amounts of money? They must not have been paying any mind to what your squabblings! LOL!

        March 1, 2012 at 9:14 am |
  11. Scott

    Maybe if he would spend more time fixing things, rather then fund rasing this country might improve. Thanks Obama for the price of gas going up. Thanks for taking more money out of my paycheck that I work for. Perhaps your friends in the Drug Catels, who you supply guns to will contribute to your campaign.

    March 1, 2012 at 6:22 am |
    • The REAL Truth

      OK. I've seen Obama blamed for a whole host of things, but the price of gas? REALLY? I mean REALLY? What part of Dumbville do you live in? Since the last GOP led Congress allowed OIL to become a "commodity", the price of gas has been driven by speculators out for an easy, fast buck.
      The price fluctuates because refineries use JIT (Just In Time) deliveries – nothing is stored for any length of time as the price could drop just as easily and their profit (read – greed) margin would be impacted.
      So how is Obama responsible for that? Legislation to change the laws would be blocked by the "do nothing" GOP controlled House – who need to keep their "handlers" happy.

      March 1, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
      • Ivan

        Do you really read the new or just post on bl;ogs.

        George Saros help put Obama into office.

        Now Obama lends $2 Billion Petrobras a Brazilian Oil company owned by Saros.

        Why have there NOT been any hearings into the huge jump in gas process?

        At least when Bush was President there were hearing and the process went down.

        March 1, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
      • The REAL Truth

        @Ivan – naw, I don't read or check FACTS or anything.. I jsut blog to annoy idyuts like you :)
        "George Saros help put Obama into office.
        Now Obama lends $2 Billion Petrobras a Brazilian Oil company owned by Saros.
        Why have there NOT been any hearings into the huge jump in gas process?"
        --------------------------------
        Did you mena huge jump in gas price ?
        Obama has nothing to do with the price of gas. Do some research. So he authorized a loan to Petrobras. Did you know the FED lent $2 BILLION to BMW while we were bailing out GM(which has been pad back with interest in less that 2 yrs BTW). I guess not.. head stuck in the sand. Talking of which, the FED was lending multi-billions to Bank Of Bahrain (67% owned by Gadaffi BTW) while our Navy was assisting the "rebels" liberate Libya. Not one US life lost on that escapade. Guess you'd blame Obama for even being there right?

        March 1, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
    • Scott

      The Real Truth reads nothing, he is like all the other lost little sheep that follows Obama. He believes what ever he is told. He does not have the intellect to realize the truth, I feel sorry for people like him.

      March 2, 2012 at 4:55 am |
  12. FedUp

    With or without the Presidential seal? If he stayed in the White House and actually worked once in a while, the US might be in a better position.

    March 1, 2012 at 9:09 am |
    • bigman

      Last time I checked things were getting better. Unemployment is decreasing ever month, the auto industry in booming, the dow is up, two wars are winding down, 30 million more americans will have access to healthcare, President Obama has outstanding record of foreign policy. Granted we may not be exactly were we want to be as nation but we better be glad we are not still where we were . People need to be patient. It takes time to correct 8 years of bad policy, and fiscal irresponsibilty. Most of Obama time in office he has been trying to cleanup the MESS republicans created to get this country back on track, despite the fact they have been fighting him tooth and nial at every turn.

      March 1, 2012 at 9:25 am |
  13. edmundburkeson

    Obama's occupation of Wall Street looks much different than the movement he claims to support. He has put aside his differences with with big money to get a big handout. He never ceases to find new ways to polarize American society. In that respect his mother and grandparents trained him well. I find a paralell here with someone unexpected – Newt Gingrich. Newt has trouble, for different reasons, working with the loyal opposition. Obama not only has trouble with the loyal opposition, he has trouble working with his own party when they have control of both houses and the white house. For this reason alone, I think he and the Democratic Party need to admit that he is a failed leader. This is also the reason that voters should say "No, we can't" support him in the next election.

    March 1, 2012 at 10:07 am |
    • The REAL Truth

      Edmund – what good for those goose is good for the gander. Why is it when Reagan, the Bushies and other GOP Presidents do the same thing it's OK, but not for the current POTUS. Exactly what is it that he has done that has "polarized" American Society. The "class warfare" crap the right is "blaming" on Obama is just another smoke/mirror spin. The only warfare that is occurring is the GOP being bought by their wealthy handlers (1%) who wish to maintain the status quo so they can continue raping the country. The 1% are paying the lowest tax rate in history (top rate is 34%) and many are making their $$ from Cap Gains – which is a 15% rate. Nothing illegal, but they don't pay their "fair share". If I had millions of investment $$, I'd be happy to take a 15% nominal rate, but I have a REAL job (thankfully) and my nominal rate starts at 28%. Is that fair? If that's "class warfare" bring it on baby!
      28% of $100k leaves me a whole lot less to live on than 34% of $5 million. Do the math Bubba!

      March 1, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
      • Ivan

        @ The REAL Truth

        Once again do you not read the news.

        Obama to lower the TAX rate for the BIg Corps even more.

        It was even on CNN..

        When other presidents were in office we had high paying jobs, lower gas prices.

        Now when Obama is in office we have job but low paying jobs.

        More imports from China and very high gas process.

        So read the new once in a while

        But no matter what we say "in your eyes Obama can do no wrong".

        You either been drinking his koolaid too long or you just don’t know any better.

        March 1, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
      • Emmy Skaddittle

        Ivan: the republicans want a lower tax rate for corp, where have you been

        March 1, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
      • The REAL Truth

        @Ivan – news? Of course I read the news, it's why I'm posting here. As was pointed out by Emmy, it's the GOP that wants a lower corp. tax rate! But you probably got your information from Faux News.
        Yes, "When other presidents were in office we had high paying jobs, lower gas prices." that is true. But get real.. most manufacturing (Steel, Textiles, etc) has gone the way of competitive global markets – IOW not in the US. Technology and anything that can be electronically delivered is/has gone the same way. The was happening long before Obama took office. And I suppose Faux News is telling you high gas prices are Obama's fault. Right! High gas prices are due to the Bush administration passing legislation that let his buddies use OIL as a commodity, spot markets and ICE. Even Exxon concedes that 40% of the price of a barrel of oil is [today] caused by speculators, not supply/demand.
        So please, I don't care that you don't like (want to replace) Obama, but please have the decency to back up your blather with some FACTS, not regurgitated sound bites.

        March 1, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
      • Txjack

        Looks like none of you Obama Sheep read the news.

        Obama wants to lower Corp taxes from 35 to 28%

        http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/23/business/economy/obama-introduces-plan-to-cut-corporate-tax-rate.html?pagewanted=all

        http://articles.latimes.com/2012/feb/22/business/la-fi-obama-corporate-tax-20120223

        http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/domestic-taxes/211945-obama-to-propose-28-percent-corporate-tax-rate

        That is how Obama got elected he got people to vote who can not read.

        March 1, 2012 at 6:28 pm |
  14. george of the jungle

    The repos can't stand the fact that the president can raise money too. When the repos do it it is just fine.Super pacs are ok for the repos. Raise all you can Mr President so be can beat these clowns come November. Jerkk off and friends are blowing the same hot air blog after blog. Obama /Biden 2012 Keep the money coming .

    March 1, 2012 at 11:07 am |
    • mikle

      HOW CLOWN CAN BEAT CLOWNS? HE IS THE BEST CLOWNS IN USA HISTORY. WHERE IS CHANGE, WHERE IS YES WE CAN? WHERE, WHERE? NOBODY NOT EVEN TALK ABOUT ANY MOORE.

      March 1, 2012 at 12:43 pm |
      • The REAL Truth

        @ mickle – "NOBODY NOT EVEN TALK ABOUT ANY MOORE"
        ------------------------
        True. Really tough to get anything done when the opposition party has one goal in life, which is to ensure you are a one term President. As a country we place way too much emphasis on what the POTUS can and cannot do. They receive blame for all our ills and no credit for the success. Under Obama 70% of Al-Queda's leadership is gone including OBL. We are out of Iraq – you remember the 2 little "wars" there that the Bushies got us into. We are attempting to get out of Afghanistan. The Dow is at it's highest level ever and the economy is growing. Is it perfect? No. Will it be? No.
        It takes 5 miles to slow and turn a large oil-tanker. How long does it take to turn around a collapsed economy, huge unemployment (on its way there when Obama took office) and financial mess?? Idk, but I guarantee you, no GOP President is going to get it done any faster. Heck, if you think they are going to "fix" the mess they caused, I've got some oceanfront property available in AZ for ya!

        March 1, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  15. Disgusted Independent

    It is shameful and a dereliction to one's duty to have Mr Obama playing golf 71 times this year; going to fundraisers 100 times this year; and flaunting his Christianity while going to church 3 times in his entire Presidency and waging war on Catholics. We do not have a President in this country, and have not had one in 3+ years. It is a national disgrace. What bothers me even more is that Mr Obama just lies to our faces. He touts his comprehensive energy reform, and yet he has done more to set us back 10 years in trying to find energy independence. It is very very disheartening. Immigration reform is nowhere despite Obama's promises to Latinos. Obama's promised transparency in government has morphed into a dark impenetrable shroud of darkess, deceit, and lies. Obama's economic record: deficit up; debt up; # of annual budgets passed as required by the Constitution – NONE; jobs down; housing market down; oil exploration – down; credit rating – down; US dolla -r down; death toll in the Mideast – up. Partisan politics under Obama's watch – way way up; blame placed on others for Obama's failings – Way way up. Even the moderates in the Senate (Lieberman and Snow and others) are leaving and electing not to run given the horrendous actions and attitude of Reid, Pelosi, and Obama. Obama has been nothing short of an embarassment and a national disaster. I would take ANY GOP alternative – ANY as opposed to let Obama wreak havoc on us for another four years. The job Obama should run for is Captain of an Italian cruise ship -

    March 1, 2012 at 11:58 am |
    • Emmy Skaddittle

      you would keep him chained to his desk 24 hours a day 7 days a week and still moan that he isn't working hard enought. A lot of business is done on the golf course and fund raising is just part of the job.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
    • The REAL Truth

      @disgusted – how many times a year did Dubya go to Crawford? I don't care that he did, nor that Obama played golf 71 (if that's an accurate number) times. The point is that you will pick on ANYTHING to put Obama in a bad light.
      At least he didn't rat out on a CIA operative (which is treason BTW) or illegally got war with another nation (under false pretenses) or have daddy get him into the Natl Guard so he didn't have to go to Nam. The new crop of candidates are just as bad – 5 kids who have avoided the military. Typical "silver spoon" types.. You want them dictating your life? Go ahead and waste your vote then. nyuk, nyuk.

      March 1, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  16. Ivan

    Raise money at the Taxpayers cost?
    He is nothing more than just a thief. Just like his buddy Bill Clinton.

    Like TXJack says why is he claiming Foreign Tax Credit?

    March 1, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
    • Emmy Skaddittle

      Just like every other president who ran for a second term, republican or democrat.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
  17. Corey

    2 million dollars in funds... for what? So we can keep the same, ineffective government in place to abuse the same powers and waste the same money? 2 million dollars... the ammount of starving children that could be fed with money like that, and they're spending it on a fucking campaign!

    March 1, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
  18. OBAMA2012

    tx jack.......your ignorance is showing AGAIN. With you having constant diarrhea of the mouth you would be wise to invest in mouth wash. It just chaps your a** that you wouldnt make a pimple on BO half black a**. this is what your stupid comments are all about. You cant stand it that he isnt a white old goat such as yourself running this country. you probably live in a ratty trailer and drive yourself nuts target practicing everyday because youv'e convinced your ignorant self that the government is out to get you. You are the boogy man indeed and in desperate need of psychological help.

    March 1, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
    • Txjack

      There you go again.
      Just name calling

      You say stupid comments..
      Have you once come back with an intelligent reply?

      Nope. Nothing factual to bring to the discussion.

      Just outright name calling.

      Now who is the Ignorant one.

      March 1, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
  19. Txjack

    If you are so full of Obama then answer these 2 questions:

    – why is it that his first official act as president was to seal all of his school records from elementary all the way through college?

    – why is it that he is claiming Foreign Tax Credit? The only president in history to claim Foreign Tax Credit.

    March 1, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
    • Emmy Skaddittle

      please readjust your tinfoil hat

      March 1, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
      • Txjack

        another very smart response

        March 1, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  20. OBAMA2012

    tx jack......where was Bush's school records????? Why did Bush claim Foreign Tax Credit??? You need to provide you school records because i think you drop out in 5th grade. Your mama is ignorant for givinig birth to your biggoted a**.

    March 1, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
    • Txjack

      Ok here we go yet again.
      People never know how smart or dumb you are until speak.
      Sounds like you are describing yourself.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
    • Txjack

      First I have a Masters in Electrical Engineering.

      What about you ?
      A GED from name calling school.

      Second Bush never claimed a Foreign Tax Credit.
      Look at his tax record in the link.

      Third Bush and all other presidents had made their School and other records available

      March 1, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
      • The REAL Truth

        @Txjavk – "Third Bush and all other presidents had made their School and other records available"
        ---------------------------------
        Uh no! They didn't. Remember a certain military record of Dubya's that was WELL hidden until it was "discovered". The TX Air Natl Guard issue that allowed him to avoid going to Nam.
        see here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_W._Bush_military_service_controversy

        March 1, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
      • Txjack

        They were not sealed by the president himself within the 1st week in office..

        All were made available upon request.

        March 1, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
      • The REAL Truth

        @Txjack – They were not sealed by the president himself within the 1st week in office..
        All were made available upon request.
        --------------------------
        True – no need to seal records that don't exist – until dug up.
        Besides he wouldn't have remumbered where they were anyway. Still working on getting his signature down.

        March 1, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
      • njmoderate

        Seems like if they can't give you a reasoned answer they have to say he was GB was dumb. Too bad we may never know haw smart BO was...according to his released records.

        March 2, 2012 at 6:52 pm |
  21. daris

    But you see you're just upset that he can do it all raise funds for his election and run this great country with missing a bet. I so proud of him and the job he started he want to completed . Even with some of this fellow american fighting him tooth and nail not because he doing a poor job no god forbid if that was the case. One he's a democrats and two he's an man of color sad but oh so true. Close you're eyes and imageine if he was white. Would you be screaming how great he is?

    March 1, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
    • Txjack

      WHAT!!

      He has missed every beat.

      The economy is in terrible shape the worst in Decades.

      All he is doing is talking rhetoric and putting up his thumb like Bill Clinton.

      “yes we are in Great shape. So let’s borrow more money from the Chinese.”
      “See we are in great shape”

      Are you that clueless or just another Obama sheep ?

      March 1, 2012 at 6:22 pm |
  22. Al

    It's easy to see he likes the rich when they are giving him money.

    March 1, 2012 at 9:19 pm |
  23. njmoderate

    Do the work that you got elected for. 15 vacations in three years! There are people hurting out here, and a ll he can do is have drinks with professors and cops, call law students nd go to fundraisers! Is this the change we voted him in for!

    March 2, 2012 at 6:48 pm |
  24. njmoderate

    Do the work that you got elected for. 15 vacations in three years! There are people hurting out here,

    March 2, 2012 at 6:49 pm |