Obama revives Bidenism in fundraising push
June 27th, 2011
12:26 PM ET

Obama revives Bidenism in fundraising push

President Obama’s reelection campaign is ramping up its fundraising push among small donors ahead of Thursday’s second quarter deadline - with a little help from Joe Biden.

The campaign had previously sought to lure donors by entering them in a raffle to have dinner with the president. But if that wasn’t enough of a draw for some on-the-fence supporters, the campaign has now added Vice President Biden’s name to the attendee list.

“We are setting another place at the table for Joe Biden,” Obama announced in web video. “To use one of his favorite expressions, that’s a big deal.”

Sadly, Obama conspicuously left out the key f-bomb modifier that Biden used to make that phrase famous after the health care law was passed last year.

The Obama campaign has said they want to report raising at least $60 million in the second quarter combined with the Democratic National Committee. Obama campaign press secretary Ben LaBolt reports that the campaign has already received donations from 300,000 individuals. That compares to the 180,000 individuals who had donated to the president at this point in 2007.


soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. GOforit

    Now for a new VP and a real chance of getting re-elected.

    June 27, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
    • Greg

      I'm sure the new President will appoint a new Vice President, don't worry.

      June 28, 2011 at 2:18 am |
  2. Liz Carter in Georgia

    You go AMERICANS! You go OBAMA! You go BIDEN! Hold down the Fort, Democratic Party! From the looks of Washingtons' 'Turbulent Congressional Weather' and the Undermining, Treasonistic, Flip-flopping GOP 'Greed Over People' Party 'talking heads', they have put on the US stage as candidates, 'we the people' can't afford another Republican to slime his or her way up into the Whitehouse, ever again! I don't see a Republican worth being there but COLIN POWELL! And the biggoted, greedy rats would give him HELL!

    June 27, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
    • Bob in Pa

      whew, Liz child, thats some potty mouth you have.

      June 27, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
      • jean2009

        If consider that a potty mouth, you sure lead a sheltered life!

        June 28, 2011 at 7:54 pm |
    • John

      Without Repubs who would pay for all the entitlements? The hate that you spew is unreal. BTW, my new thing is to call anyone a racist that doesn't agree with anything Cain says (just like the dems do with "O"). I don't beleive it, but maybe the dems will begin to realize the crap they are spewing when people don't agree with the poor policies of "O" and Biden.

      June 28, 2011 at 6:27 am |
    • Jay in NC

      Colin Powell told us there were WMD in Iraq. He was lying or he was someone's lap dog. Either way it does not show much character. The only reason you support him is because he is black.

      June 28, 2011 at 7:43 am |
      • jean2009

        According to Powell, he was misinformed by the CIA and DIA about the reliability of a defector named Rafid Ahmed Alwan al Janabi's aka "Curveball" who fabricated the evidence of WMD.

        June 28, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
  3. The Other Michael in Houston

    Don't worry Liz, all these so called millions of GOP are more like thousands of GOP voters. They cry the most and scream the loudest. As we did in 2008, we will re-elect President Obama for a second term. The GOP knows it, that is why they are just throwing anyone out there, knowing that in November 2012 they are going to get crushed, again. Colin Powell would be a great choice but he is not willing to succumb to the idiocy of the Tea Baggers, so the RNC will be sure never to let him close to the primaries.

    June 27, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
  4. eunice a

    PRESIDENT OBAMA/BIDEN 2012 GOT MY VOTE

    June 27, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
  5. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The Republicans Tea Party is no more than a separatism hate party in disguise and Americans better recognize it.

    June 27, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
  6. Jay in NC

    Small donors? This is the guy that charges $35,800 a plate to 600 ultra rich friends. Bragged about how he would raise $1,000,000,000 that 1 billion dollars this election campaign. Greedy. Save your money people, it's going to be a bumpy ride.

    June 27, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  7. Alan

    NOT ONE PENNY! American to Obama/Biden and those 8 or 9 Republican wanna bee's – not one penny of donation from us until you in your current positions (1) agree to an increase in the debt ceiling (2) Agree to a FY'2012 Budget. Because if not, come November 2012, we go shopping for anyone but you!

    June 27, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
    • Greg

      Why should they raise the debt ceiling? The claim that it will cause us to default on obligations is a lie. Spending too much will cause us to default on our obligations. Unless there is a binding agreement to shrink the federal government, reduce spending and limit entitlements there is no reason to increase the debt ceiling.

      June 28, 2011 at 2:16 am |
    • jean2009

      Raise the debt ceiling, rescind the Bush era tax cuts (that alone would cut the deficit in half by 2020), and yes we will need to address entitlements but not by pulling the rug out from under those least able to endure cuts.

      GW Bush raised the debt ceiling 7 times and kept right on waging unfunded wars. Why should the less fortunate have to singularly be the only ones required to carry the full burden for his many blunders. After all, they are not the ones who profited the most...those who profited greatly would be the rich and the war profiteering business corporations.
      That should be were the bulk of the funds come from.

      Yes, they may pay a higher tax rate, a higher state tax rate...but in a lot of cases they don't pay as much local taxes as the local homeowner. Those who profit the most should pay the most....and that would not be the minimum and low wage earner which is exactly the people Repugs want to tax.

      If they want to leave embargo and tax their merchandise as it comes back into this country. We are still the 800 lb gorilla in the world.

      June 28, 2011 at 12:49 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        You say "GW Bush raised the debt ceiling 7 times and kept right on waging unfunded wars." Barry is now doing the same thing, and you agree with it. President Bush was wrong and so is Barry.

        June 28, 2011 at 8:50 pm |
  8. William Liberal

    The only way Obama get a second term is to fight to keep Social Security and Medicare. I am willing to bet
    he will sell both programs out for an increase to the debt ceiling.

    FYI MR PRESIDENT WE SENIORS VOTE IN EVERY ELECTION.
    GOOD LUCK GETTING THE ELECTED AFTER YOU FEED US
    TO THE WOLVES.

    June 27, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  9. maikl

    This man,Biden,look's always sleepy. We going to wake him up in 2012,with exit sign.

    June 27, 2011 at 9:51 pm |
    • jean2009

      You are so stupid, you don't recognize when people are facing the sun for the cameraman. Everyone, even those in the background have their eyes squinted.

      Or, did you want to make some comment and couldn't think of anything intelligent to say?

      June 28, 2011 at 8:00 pm |
  10. Roger

    You couldn't PAY ME to have a meal with these clowns! There's not enough Pepto-Bismol made to get me through it

    June 28, 2011 at 12:08 am |
  11. Greg

    Obama is a slighter more charismatic Jimmy Carter. He will be remembered as an ineffective leader, but a decent man. It's not his fault he bit off more than he could chew. He wasn't prepared for the job and it has showed. Even his supporters know that his chance at re-election isn't promising if he isn't able to drastically change the economic course he has charted. speaking of Carter, he left an economic situation very similar to Reagan when he was voted out of office. In the time Obama has had, Reagan was able to bring the country back to it's feet. His policies gave us the longest peace time economic growth the nation had ever seen. Obama failed to use that example. Instead opted to follow Roosevelt's lead, which economists now say prolonged the Depression. As we all know it was WWII that actually ended the Depression, not the failed policies of increased government spending and entitlements.

    June 28, 2011 at 2:31 am |
    • jean2009

      Having lived it Reagan left a bigger mess than Carter...it took working people years to recoup from his mess.

      As for the ineffective part....NO!

      Health Care Reform....did you see that the Federal Appeals Court has upheld the contested insurance mandate today?
      Did you know...Theodore Roosevelt talked about National Health Care, in 1905.
      John Adams signed the Marine Health Services Act, in 1798. (There is your founding father)
      Franklin Roosevelt proposed national health legislation.
      Richard Nixon and Ted Kennedy (Nixon/Kennedy Health legislation) tried to pass a bill when Nixon was president.
      It is basically the bill Mitt Romney passed in Massachusetts...and the same bill passed by Obama.
      Clinton tried to pass National Health Care.
      Obama not ineffective...he got it done!

      Who went back to square one and restarted the investigation that finally bagged Osama bin Laden? Obama not ineffective.

      Did you chart the course that caused this economic mess...NO! FYI it took working people about 20 years to recover from the Reagan failed trickle-down supply-side Robert Taft economic theory of how to destroy America. It will take a while but things have been put in place that will help the recovery...now if we would just rescind the Bush era tax cuts things would improve quicker.

      Considering all the road-blocks put in his way by this congress I would rate him as anything, but ineffective.
      He is more like the Energizer Bunny that keeps on keeping on...against those who say NO.

      Obama- Biden 2012

      June 29, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
  12. Liz Carter in Georgia

    FYI, If there came down to the two men, Barack Obama and Colin Powell, I'd still vote for Barack Obama, OK? I named Colin Powell as a good GOP candidate because he's knowledgeable and experienced on GOPs self-serving inter-workings. He knows their interests and concerns don't lie with the middle class/poor, and I believe he'd be bold enough to fight the CONS on it and change that arrogant, greedy abuse they're willing to lodge upon the majority of the American people, who elected them to serve them!

    June 28, 2011 at 10:16 am |
  13. Liz Carter in Georgia

    About your racist accusation that I'd support him only because he's black, in all of my voting life, I guess I voted for all of those others because they were white, huh? Ooops...maybe it was that I never had or choice until now...could it be that after GWB, I decided that I DID want change? I'm a Democrat. I would've voted just as quickly for HILLARY, a Dem/woman, had she not stepped down and told us all to get behind OBAMA. Oh, and yessiree! I sure WAS going to vote for OBAMA rather than BUSHs' McCAIN!

    June 28, 2011 at 10:44 am |
  14. John

    Liz – I have seen quite a few posters take your comments as racist. You may want to step back and take a look at what you are posting before you post it. While you are at it, take a look at Cali. It is a fine example of what happend when Libs are in total charge. It is time for us all to change our voting status to Ind. People say the rich repubs don't pay their fair share. They pay a higher federal tax rate, higher state taxes, higher local taxes and, because they make more money, they naturally pay more into the governmnet because they make more. Many of the very rich people have the option to simply leave the country and pay nothing into our system. The dems seem to forget all of this when they spew their hate and other garbage. Just as Cali is now finding out, the people who pay into our overblown governmnet can simply move leaving no one to pay for even the basic needs of the truly needy.

    June 28, 2011 at 11:40 am |
  15. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Oh, and about your evil, dismissive remark that COLIN POWELL was either a liar or a lap dog; if either of those ensenuations were true, who was he lying for? Who was he being lap dog to? The corrupted REPUBLICAN PARTY! Cowboy Bush and the rest of his range hands! LOL! At least he had the integrity, conscious and gumption to step down from that blatant miscarriage of power under the GOP Bush Administration, who seemingly swooned the Democratic Congress into signing on with them! That must NEVER happen again!

    June 28, 2011 at 11:41 am |
    • Jay in NC

      You will never hold a black man responsible for his actions. With you it is always, he lied for a white man, or a white man made him do it. I am sick of your blatant racism. I have grown to realize, after 100s of post, that you are evil and will never grow as a person. You are stuck in your 1950s way of seeing the world.

      You know, when a plant stops growing it dies, the same with people. Our minds have to keep growing and learning or we too will die.

      June 28, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
    • John

      Liz, here is a question for you. How many people in "O's" Administration were in the Bush Administration? If you knew the true answer you may not be talking down to them.
      You seem to be saying Dems don't think for themselves – they just follow blindly whomever is in charge. I think many of us would agree with that – kind of like "we must pass the bill to find out what is in it".
      By the way, you seem to look down on "range hands". Do you think you are better than them?

      June 28, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
      • jean2009

        Maybe it would be easier, if it was easier to appoint replacements, and have approval for those appointments in an orderly fashion. Not months of wrangling to fill seats with new people.

        Do you really think the Repugs are going to approve enough replacements, to push the appointees it took 8 years for them to put in place out of a job?

        June 28, 2011 at 8:09 pm |
  16. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Oh You can be sick all you want! The truth always makes some people sick. I wonder if you'd be sick if I was going down the same road you and John are on? Claiming every road this administration takes to try to lift the nation is the wrong one; spinning it negatively and insufficient. If I sat back agreed, and played into your evil sarcastic quips about the President, his family and everything OBAMA related, would you get sick then? I doubt it! There'd be no problem at all! It'll never happen, Misters!

    June 28, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  17. Liz Carter in Georgia

    John, I really don't care what the many posters think. I know I'm not racists and only the ones who are seem to be the ones who're complaining. That let's me know they are well aware of what it is. They know it when they hear, read it or see it, and they're either ashamed of it, or are in big denial when being called out on it! The only thing they can do is turn around and call me a racist for daring to point it out. Oh,

    June 28, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
  18. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Jay, You're the one who brought race into this conversation. I said I thought Colin Powell would've been a good Republican candidate. You said I would only be supporting him because he was black! I responded to that claim. You jumped out at me with the lie saying I always say 'he lied for a white man, or a white man made him do it'! You called him a liar or a lap dog! I asked you for whom? The GOP and the tricked Democratic Congress; Are those 'white' bodies of gvmt? You must look at them as so, racist!

    June 28, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  19. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Where was I being racist? You and John need to re-read my posts. I'd like to call them 'fair & balanced', but true! The American 'racist' plant may have died, but the diehard root is still in the 'ground' pushing out new sprouts! It hasn't died yet! With pockets of people like you and others on this blog, who rather deny it's existance as part of the covert, hateful, antagonistic, mistreatment of this president and his genuine efforts to fix the long term problems in this nation, that root will never die!

    June 28, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  20. Liz Carter in Georgia

    You're such an intelligent lady. You're one of the most studied, and learned political watchers on here! You 'take no prisoners' and you lay it on out here just like it is. You're for right....not wrong; no matter who or what it is! I appreciate you and as I've said before, my knowledge is always enhanced by reading YOUR posts. Thankyou for your empathy and gracious understanding of my views; So glad someone sees what I'm trying to show! I just know 'it' when I see it too! Thanks for having my back, Jean.

    June 28, 2011 at 9:45 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Jean thinks that money paid into SS accumulates interest. That when someone pays into the system for 45 years their money is locked away in a secure investment. Fact, the money comes in , gov. borrows more, pays the money out.

      June 29, 2011 at 10:49 am |
      • jean2009

        Jay, you can quit blowing smoke anytime:

        It doesn't matter what the government does with, or how it uses the money; it is still due to the persons who paid into the system. Technically it is: The Social Security Trust Funds...plural...which are Old-Age and Survivors Insurance (OASI) and Disability Insurance (DI). Backed by United State Government treasuries.

        The funds are managed by the Treasury Department and the numeric average monthly interest rate earned on assets for 2010 was 2.760% and the combined interest rate for both OASI and DI Trusts for 2010 was 4.642%

        There is interest earned and interest paid! Plus the money coming in is currently more than money paid out...and this has to be adjusted every so often to keep it that way.

        All of this can be checked out at Social Security Online – Trust Fund Data ...FAQ's
        Before you speak you should bone up on the subject.

        June 29, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
  21. Liz Carter in Georgia

    I agree! He is an Energizer Bunny alright. His obstructionists are trying to stop him at every turn! However, he just keeps coming back. GO OBAMA! The roadblocks are being placed before him because they don't want anything to happen good or positive under his watch! They don't care about Main Street period. Next to trying to make sure the rich stay rich, their lives' ambitions are to make sure he's viewed ineffective, to insure the chances of him being a one term President. Bottomline! Nothing else! Evil!

    June 30, 2011 at 3:04 am |