Obama campaign mines gold out west
President Obama leaves the White House Wednesday for a midwest and west coast swing.
February 15th, 2012
03:15 PM ET

Obama campaign mines gold out west

It’s a whirlwind tour for the president this week as he travels west to continue pressing his message about strengthening the nation’s sputtering economy – at the same time he will also press some big money supporters to fill his campaign coffers. In the end, after 8 campaign events in 3 days, the bottom line will be an impressive $8.5 million dollars raised, split between the Obama campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

Mr. Obama starts the tour by focusing his message on keeping jobs in America during a visit to a Milwaukee lock factory Wednesday. But it’s only a 2 and a half hour pit stop. The president then heads to the gold coast of California for some serious fundraising and hobnobbing with some serious star power.

The Foo Fighters, winners of five Grammys this week, headline Wednesday evening’s outdoor campaign event for about a thousand of the president’s Gen44 –or young professional supporters. It’s at the private L.A. home of soap opera producer Bradley Bell and co-hosted by comedian Will Ferrell a Democratic official tells CNN.  Most tickets for this event sold for $250, though some went as high as $500. But the big money comes later in the evening when the president stays for dinner with 80 high rolling donors paying $35,800 each for the pleasure of his company according to a Democratic official.

Thursday it’s breakfast in Corona Del Mar, a neighborhood in the affluent city of Newport Beach, about 50 miles south of L.A. One hundred twenty five supporters will join the president for a meal paying the hefty price of $2500 a ticket. Later Mr. Obama will make his way up the coast to San Francisco. There he will meet with an intimate group of 20 supporters, each paying $35,800 for the privilege.

Later Thursday evening it’s dinner for the president with 70 supporters at a private San Francisco residence, each diner paying the max of $35,800 each. Mr. Obama rounds out his San Fran visit with a campaign event at the Nob Hill Masonic Center. There he will where address a crowd of 2500, each paying an average of $100 a ticket. Rocker Chris Cornell, formerly of Soundgarden and Audio Slave, will provide the entertainment.

Finally Friday it’s back to his day job, as the president once again presses his economic message, this time at the Boeing plant outside Seattle. After a quick tour and speech, he will head off to more fundraisers. There’s a luncheon in Medina, Washington for 65 supporters each paying $17,900. And finally, a big reception at the Westin in Bellevue for about 450 people, each paying a minimum of $1000 per ticket. Local indie folk-pop band Head and the Heart will headline the entertainment.

Mr. Obama will return DC for the weekend.

Topics: 2012 Election • Campaign • President Obama

soundoff (86 Responses)
  1. NOvember 2012

    he has to go where the easy money is...those who don't know better...the wealthy and ignorant hollywood crowd.

    February 15, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
    • Bill in Florida

      You're just jealous.

      February 15, 2012 at 6:17 pm |
      • Dan

        What caught my eye was $250 ticket and the $35,800 per plate. doesn't sound like the middle class that the President says he supports couldn't afford to show up. By design I'm assuming.

        February 16, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
    • Howard

      Interesting how after 3 years of major unemployment, and tax payer money going to millions out of work, for over 2 years each ... as we approach an election, the unemployment claims magically drop.
      In the meantime, my home has dramatically dropped in value, I get half of what I used to at the market, my gas costs twice what it did when obumer took office, America's credit has been downgraded, and obumer wants to borrow, and spend 3 TRILLION more. Wake up !!! ... Read between the lines people !!

      February 16, 2012 at 10:51 am |
      • Joe

        That tin foil hat is cutting off your circulation.

        February 16, 2012 at 11:33 am |
      • Steve

        Phone up Darth Vader & Alfred E. Newman (Cheney & Bush) and their Neo Con buddies and give them a nice big thanks.

        February 16, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
      • Dan Catlin

        If I remember correctly, the summer of 2008, gas prices went over $4.00/gallon, while Bush was still in office.

        February 16, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
      • davidk

        Perfect GOP fool. Obama inherited Bush's trillions in tax cuts for the rich, Iraq boondogle, Afghanistan boondogle, record deficits, the Great Recession, historic unemployment, Big Bank bailouts, Wall Street bailouts, credit downgrading of our country. Besides, Obama isn't spending anything that wasn't already in the works under the previous administration. Combine that with historic low tax rates for the rich and what does that give you? Historic borrowing and deficits. Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld should be in prison for what they did to this country.

        February 16, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
      • remorse2

        Just like the 2008 election camapign again plenty of BS and lie

        February 16, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
      • James, AL

        Howard, you first need to start with respect. You may not agree with the President Obama's policies, but respect him and the office. You can be as sarcastic as you want, but I have a job and I have friends who are now working, thanks to the "magic". Oh, about your home value, that problem lies squearly on the republicans who failed to properly regulate the housing and financial markets and allowed corrupt practices that caused a collaspe. Thanks to President Obama, we have an administration slowly and prudently, cleaning up the mess. The issue about the gas prices, take a look around, you will notice that our gas is not mined in the USA, which means the president has very little control over it's pricing. The credit downgrade, blame that on your republicans who caused it by fighting to keep a "pledge" they made to "ONE" man, Grover Norquist, go figure. When most economist say that we will need a combination of cuts and revenue (taxes) to make an economic recovery. Be reminded Howard, the deficit is not our biggest problem, jobs are. With a robust jobs market, we can easily wipe out the deficit. So write something to all the republicans and tell them to stop fighting the president and help him create some jobs. They can start by increasing the taxes on the wealthy who, by the way, agree they should pay more..

        I do not know what your issue really is, but we DO have a president who is for the people.

        Obama/Biden 2012

        February 16, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
      • jean2009

        Right Dan..... highest national average gas price $4.21 per gallon August 2008. Locally today it is $3.14.
        Europe is currently paying about $8 per gallon.

        February 16, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
      • ireuel

        Oh that original Joe. The guy just stated the truth and you excuse him of the tin foil hat. Hey Joe hows you hat holding up. Gas is twice the cost, food prices have soared, Health insurance has gone up at a record pace. Most houses have and are still losing value. Plus he just added 5 trillion dollars of debt to the future. He must of kick that can down the road and it ended up on your head.

        February 16, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
      • NAM VET


        February 16, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
      • doc111

        Ha! Joe, that is rich!! I love it!!!

        February 16, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
      • JOE

        at James, Al***Respect is earned, no matter who the hell a person is.

        February 16, 2012 at 6:55 pm |
    • Aviate

      The wealthy? That's Willard Mitt Romney's crowd. Less than 10% of his donors gave under $250 and his campaign is already worried that they've tapped out their backers–except for all that super-secret PAC money coming in multi-million dollar buckets. Too bad for Mitt negative ads will only get you so far... Obama's money, meanwhile, comes primarily from small donors. Because average people know he has their back & the GOP doesn't.

      February 16, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
    • Howard

      At this point in time, obama has gotten away with so much ...
      thanks to the army of obama stooges, who forgive him everything ...
      he's become so arrogant, he doesn't even think he has to worry about the
      appearance of propriety anymore.
      The only thing that keeps obama from COMPLETELY disregarding
      our constitution, or from being a full blown dictator,
      is the upcoming election. If this egomaniac gets reelected,
      there will nothing to keep him from going completely out of control,
      and turning America into a wasteland !!!

      February 16, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
    • garybob

      who's ignorant?

      February 16, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
    • Independent who opened his eyes

      He's the $5 trillion man...of debt

      February 16, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
    • GOBAMA

      NOvember 2012
      "he has to go where the easy money is...those who don't know better...the wealthy and ignorant hollywood crowd"..

      Only a Redumblican or Tea party fanatic would assert such idiocy! If your not Rich and Wealthy voting for a republican is like the chicken voting for Colonel Sanders!!!

      February 16, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
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        August 1, 2012 at 11:01 pm |
    • Gonfis

      Gas will soon go over $5.00 a galloon, this president stopped the oil pipeline because he wants to depend on shipping millions of barrells of oil from our stated enemies so he can spend lavishily on green energy. He stated before his presidency he needed gas to be above $5.00. He has stopped or has made permitting for new drilling almost impossibe. Are any of you paying attention to what is being done to us by this administration? He's bankrupting us and some you just believe its a Republican thing....................this president is so incompetent it is truly scary, how does anyone follow him?

      February 16, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
  2. george of the jungle

    Any money is much appreciated good job Mr President!!!

    February 15, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
    • Howard

      And, once again we see how Obama, and his academic inner circle, have absolutely no idea of how the economy works in the real world. Its bad enough that Obama's failed policies have cost us a credit downgrade, Trillions in debt, massive inflation, high unemployment numbers, gas which has nearly doubled in price, since Obama got elected, along with a crippled domestic oil production, a decline in home values, a decline in domestic manufacturing, etc. ... and, yet millions of Americans are blindly buying into Obamas ongoing rhetoric about how we need to tax more, and spend more. It's time for Americans to WAKE UP, and kick this fool out of the White House, before he destroys this country, beyond repair !!!

      February 15, 2012 at 8:16 pm |
      • JayCam

        Wow...i had to check the date on this comment...thought this was from 3 years ago... i guess you forgot that there were president's before Obama....but i don't feel like giving history lessons. Inflation, Debt, Credit downgrade have all been inevitable factors from paying for 2 wars that were not funded and tax breaks for high income households...you may not realize this, but the budget for the incoming president's first year (Obama: 2009) is signed off by the former president (Bush).... as far as OIL goes...you must get all your education from Fox news, but OIL prices soared to record highs(more than $4/ gallon)....so far under the Obama administration it's peak has been averaged at $3.10/ gallon....please tell me how gas prices have doubled since Obama joined office...ya...you cannot. and lastly Unemployment and manufacturing.... Unemployment....when Bush left office the unemployment rate was 66% higher than it was when he took office...yes unemployment spiked to above 10%, but if you think this had nothing to do with the deficit that Bush administration left behind you are sadly mistaken....the unemployment rate is down to 8.3% as of this month...which leads me to manufacturing...which under the obama administration has been one of, if not the top reason for job growth due to his policies on bringing back more manufacturing to the US ....something that we lost ALOT of under the Bush administration..... I am sure you will not be mature and probably spout trash talk at me, but that is not my concern .... i am not a democrat...you should just understand that this is not some kindergarten country we live in where everything is black and white....for example Clinton is a big reason for the housing crisis due to his elimination of red lining (red lining: when lenders mark people who cannot afford certain loans)...yes this allowed a lot of people to buy homes, but the banks started gambling and handing out loans to everyone and in return...foreclosures and debt...so don't bother shouting back at me...i don't troll CNN boards to talk smack with people...so i will not be checking every minute to see if i got your attention...but maybe you will do some research before you start spouting nonsense next time .... you have a right to your own opinion and trust my i am not trying to change that. thank you

        February 16, 2012 at 12:03 am |
      • John

        Bush has been gone for over 3 years. Either BO is responsible or he isn't. Gas has almost doubled since BO took office and it is rising.
        Red lineing is something we should be hearing about from the media and we are not. Basically, banks were forced by people like Frank (and other Dems) to give out bad loans. Now these same banks are being forced to pay for what they were forced to do. Big brother at its worse.

        February 16, 2012 at 8:45 am |
      • Trace

        Revisionist history, Faux non news falsehoods, outright lies; either way you are the horse's rear end in your assertions (actually more like the droppings). The only thing you got right is the spelling of the president's last name.

        Certainly can't wait for you and your hateful band of GOP/Tea Potty idiots to dry up and slink back to your trailer park dungeons after this Nov. This country has certainly turned the corner and looking to recover, even beyond past greatness....where everybody gets a chance to succeed. We won't mind if you didn't wait until Nov to leave...Good bye and good riddens to your hateful intolerance

        February 16, 2012 at 8:50 am |
      • John

        This country has turned the corner? I do not hate anyone. As I have told you in the past, you obviously do. Take our names off both our post and show it to someone you trust and ask them who the hater is. I am pretty sure they will say you. Fox is the number 1 rated news in the country, even with the main stream news having millions more potential viewers because they are non-cable.
        Tell me exactly what you think I wrote that is "revised" so I can actually address something instead of you just spewing hate.

        February 16, 2012 at 11:32 am |
      • ChrisM

        the GOP/TP has notthing to offer the middle class and the independents dont like any of the GOP candidates. You are your repubs friends will be very sad in November 2012

        February 16, 2012 at 11:59 am |
      • John

        I am an independent. I think the GOP and the Dems are bad for this country. The Tea Party candidates are the only hope the US has to get back America (from China and all the people, in this country and other countries) who think this country owes them something). The Tea Party candidates ran on exactly what they are doing or trying to do. Pelosi, Boener, Reid and their gangs need to get out.
        Did you see the last State Of The Union? These clowns who are supposed to work for us appear to be just having a good time with each other. They need to work, work to get the waste out, work to get the entitlements out, work to remove Obamacare and implement something that keeps the dependent coverage, the not lose coverage aspect of the plan. All this other crap that is going to keep coming up, like the recent abortion issue, needs to be done away with.

        February 16, 2012 at 12:11 pm |
      • DeathStalker

        Fox news the best in the world oh thats rich....

        February 16, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
      • rayquick

        nice hateing bush and rommney supporter i know you sick of that negro being in office but not bush you guys rewarded him a second term.i never supported him i supported bill clinton,al gore and john kerry i dont support republicians never will dont like them hate they guts rather they white or black.

        February 16, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
      • jean2009

        @ John Yes, G W Bush may have been gone for 3 years, but like garlic his debts and the interest on those debts linger and will continue to linger for 10-15 years at the very least.

        The Teapotty is a worthless bunch of self-serving idiots.

        February 16, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
      • amphiox

        The numbers are all clear and obvious to anyone not blinkered by partisan bias. Every single one of Obama's policies and initiatives (that were not obstructed by the GOP Congress) IMPROVED the US economy.

        Every. Single. One.

        It's true Obama hasn't managed to be a god and miraculously fix the whole problem with a snap of his fingers. But every single thing he did has actually made things better. And he could have done even more good, except that the GOP has been obstructing him every step of the way.

        It is 100% perfectly valid to still blame Bush and Cheney for this economic mess. BECAUSE IT IS TRUE. Bush and Cheney BROKE the US economy. Obama has helped it, but hasn't succeeded in completely fixing it. Blame him for not being the second coming of Jesus if you wish, but the one thing he CANNOT be blamed for in any way, is causing any of the current economic problems.

        February 16, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
      • concernedforyou

        Wow! Please stop drinking the GOP Kool-Aid. It's making you stupid!

        February 16, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
      • doc111

        Howard, maybe you should quit now...while you are...

        February 16, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
      • JayCam

        John, i keep hearing claims that Obama has doubled gas prices...i gave you facts and numbers...not claims...give me facts and i will respect your answer and maybe respond to it accordingly...also Dems did not FORCE anyone to do anything...stop playing political games with your words......the elimination of red lining was like a parent giving a kid a bowl of candy and saying you can eat as much as you want...what do you think the kids going to do? Ya the Democrats FORCED Banks to gamble on loans to increase their profits and pad their pockets....doesn't make sense...but i agree it was a mistake...using the word FORCE is like talking about BIG GOVERNMENT...i never thought that regulating and keeping a watchful eye on the business we bailed out with tax dollar money to ensure they do not screw us over again BIG GOVERNMENT...i always saw it as responsible government....but the GOP knows all right? so i guess that's what it is right? not...................do your research and get back to me

        February 17, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
      • JayCam

        hahaha actually never mind responding...after reading further down and seeing your comments on Fox News ...i need no more explanation...top rated news network HAHAHAHAHAHA thanks for making my day

        February 17, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
    • remorse2

      The president must loved the poor Poverty is at its highest and there are too many poor people already

      February 16, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
  3. cali girl

    At least this is actual voters and suporters who can go. There is no dirty 11million drop from Vegss mafia to collect.
    Keep plugging away my President of the United States.

    February 15, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
    • Lizzie

      Not like all the money he received from the Palestinians.

      February 15, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
      • Bill in Florida

        So, you;re not aware that donations cannot be made by non-Americans? I think you better do a bit of reading before you respond again, else somebody might confuse you with Sarah Palin or Michele Bachmann.

        And besides, the President enjoys huge support from Jews.

        February 15, 2012 at 6:19 pm |
      • jean2009

        The President, or any candidate for that matter, cannot accept campaign donations from foreign sources.

        Are you totally ignorant, or just ignorant of campaign finance laws? This includes foreign corporations, governments, political parties, associations, partnerships, citizens, and immigrants to the United States who do not have a "green card".

        February 16, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
      • amphiox

        Non-Americans can, however, contribute however much they want, anonymously, to SuperPACS. And there is no way to monitor it, or even know how much or from whom. And you can thank your Bush-appointed Supreme Court partisans for this.

        February 16, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
  4. F-Gingrich

    Boy, the Prez has some cool friends. Not like all those trailer trash country "stars" you see Fox try to pass as celebrities.

    February 15, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
    • Howard

      Yeah ... Obama has some cool friends ... Jeremiah Wright ... Bill Ayers ... Louis Farakhan .
      While lame brains like you are impressed with trite, shallow, insignificant points like Obama's celebrity friends,
      Obama is running America into the ground. God help us, if people who lack judgement, and any
      sense of priorities, like you, have any say on the future of America !!!

      February 15, 2012 at 8:15 pm |
      • Trace

        ...aww How-wee (the petulent fool that you are), we detect a not of fear, anxiety and frustration. To bad oh vapid one. I don't think all your recall of the past has much standing here in 2012. The names you are bringing up were so 2008...LOL Remember you tried to us that against candidate Obama, and what did that get you and your band of idiot knuckle draggers....oh that's right....a 54% electoral victory for Obama.

        Keep trying genius with these names, it may get Obama a 65% re-election win.

        I just love how these GOP/Tea Potty morons continue the same practices, looking for different results....as predictable as diaper rash, but not near as easy to cure. Truly it is evident, there is nothing this country could ever do to fix stupid.

        February 16, 2012 at 9:01 am |
      • John

        More hate from you??? petulent fool, knuckle draggers, morons, stupid. You are showing your true lib colors. I feel sorry for you. It must be a difficult life you are living.

        February 16, 2012 at 11:42 am |
      • ChrisM

        John, the GOP/TP has notthing to offer the middle class and the independents dont like any of the GOP candidates. You are your repubs friends will be very sad in November 201

        February 16, 2012 at 11:57 am |
      • John

        Chris, I think the GOP and the Dems are bad for this country. I support the Tea Party and what they stand for. I am not a repub, but I think BO will be voted out, especially if gas is at $5+ a gallon.

        February 16, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
      • amphiox

        John, if you support the Tea Party then you are evil.

        And there is no more polite word to describe it accurately available in the english language.

        February 16, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
      • C-Lo

        @ amphiox–

        Please tell me what is evil about supporting fiscal responsibility vs. gluttony, self determination vs. gov't reliance, individualism vs. collectivism, freedom vs. big brother?

        Or are you referring to the ongoing leftist mischaracterization that those who espouse these traits are automatically racists, because that's the tag the left has placed on an entire group because of a faction of idiots who hold both beliefs?

        Let's rephrase and say that you as painting an automatic hate-filled picture of someone based on the types of comments John has posted, must be evil as well for supporting the left who supports killing babies. Not necessarily what I'm accusing you of, but utilizing your logic for a quick mirror check.

        February 16, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
      • doc111

        Howey, you should really stop. You are making yourself look bad. Maybe you will get more traction on the Fox site.

        February 16, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
      • Name*Liz Carter

        Yeah Howard....he certainly does have 'cool' friends, just like 'Dubbya' did. His whole administration was 'cool'. The main 'cool' ones CHENEY, Rove, Rumsfeld and the Keaton Five! John McCain's old club!

        March 1, 2012 at 9:42 pm |
  5. kerpluk01

    35k for dinner with the President. It better be a dinner that one will never forget. I don't care how much money I make, paying 35k for dinner is silly no matter who the attendees are. I do find it humerous that people complain about how much money CEOs on Wallstreet make but when this type of article is written nothing is said for the buy in for a plate – a plate that will never been seen again once it enters the belly. I frankly could careless how much he charges for dinner, the higher the cost the more valuable Obama thinks he presence is worth. All politicians cater to their base, rich base mind you. I am far from being a liberal; therefore, I could careless how much money these people make a year as long as they do it legally. If these people can afford to pay this fee, I do not think any liberal should be complaining how much any CEO makes b/c these people dinning w/ the messiah make just as much.

    February 16, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
  6. Corneliusone

    Boy, Mr. President does have some nice friends all over the country. At the end of the day, Gov. Romney won't be able to complain of "envy" because he will be the one envying you. I don't have the kind of money to attend any of your high price events but I give you the one little thing I have, my heart.

    February 16, 2012 at 12:15 pm |
  7. Corneliusone

    Yet, I will never condemn Gov. Romney for his success. In fact, as long as he did everything legally, he should be commended for being a true and successful capitalist. I however wish he can tout the number of children he has helped through college, hospitals he has built or donated money to for research and cure, money he has donated to cancer cure, eradication of polio with the Rotary International, etc... All I heard was money he endowed to his sons and grandkids. If he has done any of these, then his campaign has been ineffective for not touting them.

    February 16, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
  8. NnUnion

    Glade this Joker will be mandated out of office by next year.

    February 16, 2012 at 12:30 pm |
  9. Ron

    I'm an Independant who has voted Democrat many times because I felt they we the best person for office. I will not be voting for Obama in November. He is contiunually trying to change this country away from what has always made it great. I don't believe that he cares about America.

    February 16, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
  10. remorse2

    You cannot argue with success.BS and lie were flyng in the 2008 election campaign and it is that time again for the 2012 election.Hope the voters learned thier lesson well.

    February 16, 2012 at 12:51 pm |


    Go easy on the Kool-Aid now! Its likely to kill you!

    February 16, 2012 at 1:05 pm |

    I voted for Obama in 2008 but now I have reservations...

    That is... reservations to see President Obama's second inagural address on Capitol Hill! Hahahahaha! Hahahahahah! Hahahahaha! Hahahaahaha! Four more years baby! Obama/Biden 2012!

    February 16, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
  13. ART

    No doubt this Howard character is one of 1% or just one of the real ignorant peolple who swollows that Rethuglican cool-aid

    February 16, 2012 at 1:13 pm |

    Blah blah blah! The wheel's off your trailer! Obama's the greatest President in US history! Obama/Biden 2012!

    February 16, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
  15. Jerry

    I simply love the posts spewing hate at Fox News. The fact is that, in part, America owes a debt of gratitude to Fox News. They have been the guardians that have kept the present administration from completely destroying America. Whether some of Obama's Spiked Cool Aid drinkers will admit it or not, Fox News has had a big impact in exposing the stupidity and behind the scenes dealings (taxpayer contributions for political contributions/favors (Solindra, etc., etc.?!) this president and his moronic administration have undertaken.

    Wake up America. Don't expect the "dolers" to do anything different at election time. It's REALLY up to us, the working class.

    America, don't let this clueless president BUY the 2012 elections AGAIN!!! Stand up, be unafraid and vote your mind.

    February 16, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
  16. jsmoulder

    Hob nob with the rich, that is what he is good for. He is not good at being President that is for sure. I don't care what any of you dems say, Obama is worthless.

    February 16, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
  17. Geoffrey

    When does the President have time to run the country with all his fundraising (travel courtesy of the taxpayer) and campaigning?

    February 16, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
  18. James

    The 50% approval rating is a crock -

    February 16, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
  19. Aces Full

    It's embarrassing how hard the left leaning media is trying to prop up Obama, they will never talk about what he is really about:

    Bill Ayers, Van Jones, Jeremiah Wright, Francis Fox Piven, Andy Stern, International apology tour, 2,000 page health care bill that took a year to pass only after bribing his own party members, redistribution of wealth, social justice, collective salvation, blame Bush and Republicans for everything, divisive class warfare rhetoric while he becomes a multi-millionaire in office and takes more campaign cash from Wall Street than anyone else, extensive Union cronyism, 9% unemployment, credit downgrade, Jon Corzine as his top financial advisor, Solyndra and Siga Technologies – the “put the Community Organizer in charge to see what will happen” experiment is done.

    February 16, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  20. jean2009

    Obama-Biden 2012-2016

    February 16, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
    • Wes Sorenson

      If that happens we will become Greece in two years.

      February 16, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  21. Ed Godard

    I thought the limit for individual contributions was $2,500 per person. How then do they charge $35,800? If we can't count on Obama to follow the rules, and certainly the spirit of the rules, who can we count on to do so? It's an appalling amount of money.

    February 16, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
  22. Bud Wisbey

    Let me see here, gasoline was $1.83 on Jan. 19th 2009, now today Feb. 17th gasoline now $3.63 a gallon. In 2008 real unemployment 5%, now real unemployment 19%. In 2008 home values stable. 2012 home values in the dumpster. Wages now are not going up. 49% of the people in the United States are on welfare. Only 161 million people work in the country. Total population in the United States is 312 million. 312-161=130 million on welfare. United States total debt (Social Security, health care, borrowed debt 17.1 Trillion, total long term is 77.2 Trillion. Your wanna be president stated he will have paid down the debt in half by 2012, your president lied, he has tripled the debt. And you people want me to vote for this wanna be president, I wouldn't vote for him if you paid me 1 million dollars in gold. By the way, the U.S. dollar will be worthless in very short time. I know you don't care, you have your EBT card. The U.S. dollar will not be the worlds reserve currency thanks to your wanna be president. All you people on welfare should be working if you are breathing and able to walk. All you people on welfare were from parents that were on welfare, and they showed you the way to the free-dumb way. Your to lazy to work because your to good, you would rather live in the flea bag apartment or your roach hotel room watching Jerry Springer & cnn, msnbc, than make something out of yourself. Then wake up the next day around noon and do the same thing all over again. The democrat party spit on the Vietnam vets when they came home, all of these men & women are hero's. Go back and look in the ark's. The democrat party is not your grandpa's democrat party. Back then democrats worked for a living. Today 75% are on welfare. Today the democrat party are a bunch of communists, if this pissed you off then you have a chance to make something out of our self, if this doesn't piss you off your future is at a dead end, and the end is always near. And for all of you welfare people, don't have a good day, because i'm paying for you to lay on your big butt. I know you don't care about anything, just so you have everything free. What if you welfare people, and I include you people getting your 99 weeks of unemployment which is welfare. Because I'm paying for it. What if you awoke around noon and turned on cnn & msnbc and found out all welfare would be cut to Zero. And the government statement is your on your own, we have can't borrow any more money from China, because China has cut the United States off from borrowing. What will you do ? The credit rating before your wanna be president was AAA since credit ratings began, not now. Thanks to your wanna be president. The United States is now a 3rd world country, thanks to your wanna be president. Remember if your on welfare, don't have a good day. Because i'm paying for you. You want to know. Who am I ? I started with nothing, just like you. I worked my butt off, and made good choices in life. I got out of bed every day and went to work, because I didn't want any person helping me. I wanted to make it on my own. Life is very short and your to busy watching TV. What a waste. One of these days, the 3rd of the month will be gone.

    February 16, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
  23. PeteH

    Gee... I wish I could mine gold using someone else's money. I guess that's the exclusinve domain of the president, welfare bums, and illegal immigrants...

    February 16, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
  24. NAM VET


    February 16, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
  25. RGreg

    Typical republicans, they don't want to hear the data. When they have no arguments they resort to insults and nonsense. The numbers are there for all to see, except for the republicans, that after 8 yrs of republicans policies and practices we ended up in a recession and a job crisis. The same republicans that are now in congress "fighting for the american people, balancig the budget, etc. etc. " Where were Boehnier and McConnel when they Bush was giving tax breaks to the rich and sending our armed forces to Iraq?

    February 16, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
  26. Ben

    I gues now that Obama has a Super PAC and it looks to be the largest of them all, they will be okay according to the media and the "progressive" left.

    February 16, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
    • mochica

      He was against them, but now he has to compete with them in order to win reelection. He's not stupid.

      February 16, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
  27. ThatsIt21

    I wish I could take a week off and go self promote myself on the taxpayers dollar.

    February 16, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
    • Ankush

      actually I think people do uorpspt the killing of those actively engaged in organized terrorism- batter than torture.I'm not that concerned with what Bush did except that Obama is judged by not doing what they expected Bush to do which is totally bizarro.re: Obama tax policies verses Republican tax policies.How can you possibly justify the Republicans policies of fighting two wars and refusing to pay for them?how can anyone call themselves a fiscal conservative and then make excuses about willingly incurred debt?re; OBL location?so you blame Obama for taking 2.5 years and Bush gets a free ride for doing nothing even though he knew he was there?this is the kind of blame Obama first logic, we are seeing.It's not good enough that Obama did what Bush did not/would not do it's that it took too long .the only thing wrong with the analysis is the convoluted logic of those who blame Obama for taking too long to do what Bush never would do. . AND these folks VOTE a really scary prospect.Looks like most anti-Obama folks actually sign on to the Neo-Con approach to foreign diplomacy eh?

      March 2, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  28. brandon

    How can they donate $35k? The maximum campaign donation is $2,500 for 2012. That's illegal!

    February 16, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  29. carlos

    pure and simple pure jelousy from the REPUBICS.....

    February 16, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  30. mochica

    So many people in this blog are criticizing Obama for fundraising with wealthy people. I thought Republicans loved wealthy people- job creators aren't they?

    February 16, 2012 at 6:05 pm |
  31. joeincognito

    Listen to you all you idiots fighting over these traitors in the 2 party dictatorship. Your brainwashed jerks. You really think obama or bush works for the people? Just in case you haven't noticed the central banks have taken over this country! The central banks own our political system which is why our elections are rigged! Get your heads out of your asses and stop standing up for the 2 party dictatorship who is robbing the people blind of their freedom, rights, and country!

    February 16, 2012 at 7:03 pm |
  32. Church

    After Rupert and his son go to jail, maybe some of this Faux News hate rhetoric will subside.

    February 17, 2012 at 5:09 am |
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