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 Aug 30, 2012

Thursday Evening addresses at Republican National Convention

Full program, including speeches by Florida Rep. Connie Mack, Newt and Calista Gingrich, fmr. Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Tom Stemberg and the later speeches embedded below.


Massachusetts Lt. Governor Healey under Governor Mitt Romney

Jane Edmonds, fmr. Massachusetts Secretary of Workforce under Gov. Romney

Olympian medal winners share their views and support of Mitt Romney

Video Bio on Mitt Romney, His Family, and Life

Massachusetts neighbor talks of experience with Mitt Romney - 5 minutes

fmr. Gov. Haley Barbour stops by the NewsHour skybox to talk about two previous speeches and more

Florida Senator Marco Rubio

Clint Eastwood

(During Clint's speech, an audience member yelled a couple times 'Clint, Make my day!' Finally the crowd got him to lead them in that. He got a huge reaction from the crowd his whole, entertaining speech.)

Mitt Romney's Keynote Address


 Aug 29, 2012

Wednesday Evening addresses at Republican National Convention

Sample highlights include: John McCain (starting at 59 minutes), Ohio Senator Rob Portman (at 1:59 hours), Puerto Rico Governor Luis Fortuño (at 2:15), Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty (at 2:29), Mike Huckabee (at 2:38), Condoleezza Rice (at 2:54), New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez (at 3:14), and giving the keynote address, Paul Ryan, at 3:26.

Tuesday afternoon, Aug 28, 2012 - Republican Convention Delegate Vote

Republican National Convention delegate vote for Republican Nominee. Final Tally: 2061 Delegates for Mitt Romney, 202 for all others including for Santorum, Bachman, Huntsman, Rhoemer and Paul.

Tuesday Evening addresses at Republican National Convention


 Aug 26, 2012

Republican Convention Schedule as it currently stands

Original schedule for Monday (before storm cancelled Monday):

Update: Full schedule for Tuesday - Thursday:


Romney, Obama and the birther movement

On August 24, 2012, before a crowd of nearly ten thousand near his hometown in Michigan, Mitt Romney mentioned that he and his wife were both born and raised there.  Then he quipped that no one is asking for his birth certificate (Youtube).

 

The crowd thought that it was funny, the media and Obama and his democrat machinery had a cow (twitchy.com).

 

Ironically, Obama himself has poked fun about his birth certificate, and he has made juvenile jokes about Romney.

 

It should also be noted that Mitt Romney has always stated that he thinks Barack Obama was born a U.S. citizen (a constitutional requirement to be eligible to be president), and he reiterated that after his joke (e.g. see this Washington Post article).

 

But the media, Obama and democratic machinery mud-sling Romney when they can, and they couldn’t resist accusing him of being a “birther.”

 

You see, they have a prohibition against anyone questioning or even mentioning Obama’s birth certificate.  If anyone violates their order of silence, they call them irrational or racist, declaring that only people motivated by racism or who are stupid would question it, and giving them the label of “birther.”  Many think CNN Anchor Lou Dobbs was fired because he refused to back off after CNN’s president declared the network would not cover the topic. (Time.com)

 

Since the main stream media never reports on the issue, but one poll showed only 38% of Americans said Obama was definitely born in the U.S. and another found over half of Republican primary voters had come to doubt its authenticity, and several other polls showed consistently that 1/5th to 1/4th or more of independents and 10% or more of democrats thought he was born outside the U.S., it may be educational to review the history and the impetus for the so-called birther movement.

 

But first it should be noted, that no matter the facts or opinions related to this subject, the next president will be decided by the November 2012 election.

THE HISTORY AND IMPETUS FOR THE BIRTHER MOVEMENT »


 Aug 15, 2012

Obama's 2008 Campaign Co-Chair Endorses Mitt Romney

“Artur Davis, the former Obama campaign co-chair, will be campaigning for Mitt Romney today in Virginia, according to the Romney campaign.

“In Arlington, the former congressman will "discuss Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan’s bold ideas to strengthen the middle class and deal with our long-term debt" ...

“Davis has already made a few appearances for Romney in Virginia and in North Carolina this year.

“Davis, who seconded Obama's nomination in 2008, would be a symbolic get for the Republican...”

Rep. Davis certainly isn't the first democrat to choose Romney.
Here's some other examples:

“In 1992, I was the executive director of the Florida Democratic Party. I managed political operations for the Democrats in one of the largest swing states in our nation.

“Our nominee, Bill Clinton, went on to win the presidency, and he fostered eight prosperous years in our nation’s history...

“Clinton was the type of Democrat I’ve supported my whole life, fiscally conservative while still focused on the needs of the hard-working middle class. Clinton famously declared, “The era of big government is over.” Barack Obama is a completely different kind of Democrat.

“In every challenge that faces our nation, Obama sees a solution that can only come with another government-spending program. He fails to harness the ingenuity of entrepreneurs; instead he actually places obstacles, like burdensome regulation, in front of their path to progress.

“For decades, I have been fortunate to work at the intersection of business and government policy. I have seen firsthand how decisions made by our elected officials can either foster growth or grind our economy to a halt. Perhaps no better Obama policy reflects the extreme level of economic interference than the heavy-handed nationalization of our health care. Instead of expanding choice and free-market opportunities for families, it limits options and place a new tax on individuals.

“With Obama’s failed stimulus program and other reckless spending, the nation’s debt has increased more in his first term than it did during the eight years of George W. Bush’s presidency. This unsustainable spending spree has jeopardized the country’s credit worthiness and could ruin the economy for future generations.

“Worse still, is the Obama campaign's persisting narrative that economic investment is bad or should be punished. Specifically, the attacks on the work Mitt Romney did in private equity demonstrate a dangerous lack of understanding... we want jobs in America, we need to reward and encourage these investments, not make them the basis of hyperbolic attacks.

“Contrary to the failed Obama policies, informed by his experience in the private sector, Mitt Romney has a plan for cutting and capping the government’s spending to bring us balanced budgets...

“I am a Democrat, and I plan to remain a Democrat. But, in this election, I will be voting for the candidate I see best fit to restore our nation to economic greatness. I’m voting for Mitt Romney.” — Barney Bishop, a lifelong Democrat

“One of Nevada's most popular governors was Kenny Guinn. I remember winning a free dinner to the governors mansion in Carson City a few years ago from the Reno radio station KKOH. I arrived a little late, there must of been at least fifty people there. After dinner we were invited on a tour of the governors mansion. I remember being in the kitchen when Governor Guinn came in with his tie loose. We talked about selling Nevada's power plants to out of state interests. That was the plan, he listened to my arguments against it and I remember the state changed their mind three weeks later. My input was not a factor of course, but Governor Guinn listened after a hard days work, and he was nice about it.

“Mitt Romney reminds me of the likable Governor Guinn. Kenny Guinn has endorsed Mitt Romney for President. Kenny Guinn's endorsement carries a lot of weight with this democrat. Mitt Romney might be a republican, he might even be a Mormon...but his last name is not Bush or Clinton. We need a smart person with a fresh perspective and who has the right stuff. Mitt Romney fills that bill. We look forward to meeting Mitt Romney the next time he is in Nevada.”

— Stated July 23, 2007. But that democrat has not changed their mind about Barack Obama or Mitt Romney. They now have this to say:

“Mitt Romney - 45 - Has a Bright Future - We Predict He Will Win the Presidency in 2012 (hey, we had Obama, 44, right) - A Man of Faith, He Will Make a Great President - We Vetted All the Candidates Out - He Has It! 2012 is all Mitt.”

Boston Celtics owner and managing partner Stephen G. Pagliuca (people.forbes.com), who also was a Duke basketball player (WEEI SportsRadio Network) supported Mitt Romney for president.

''As a Managing Partner and Chairman of the Basketball Committee, Pagliuca has focused on enhancing the development and improvement of the Celtics basketball operations. [The Celtics are 17 time World Champions.] Mr. Pagliuca also serves as a member of the NBA Board of Governors and the NBA Competition Committee... He is currently the Chairman of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children [MSPCC], Chairman of the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation, Co Chair of the Inner City Scholarship Fund and serves on the international board of The Right To Play, a worldwide children's development group that utilizes Olympic athletes to promote children's health and safety. He is also a Trustee of the Bain Capital Children's Charity.'' (nba.com)

Ironically, Pagliuca, who was born in Brooklin, NY as the grandson of an Italian immigrant shoemaker, is a democrat who ran for the democrat nomination for Kennedy's senate seat in 2010. "Though a progressive and big donor to Democrats, he has contributed to the Republican campaigns of Mitt Romney, his former boss." (wsj.com)

When challenged in the democrat debates, candidate Pagliuca refused to express any regrets for supporting Romney. When asked if he could do it all again, he refused to say he would not support Romney again. (Because a Bush supporter gave Pagliuca $300,000 for the MSPCC children's charity, Pagliuca said he felt obligated to make a donation to Bush's primary campaign, and that was a mistake, but indicated that it was no mistake to support Romney.)

Stephen Pagliuca lost to Martha Coakley in the democrat primary, who then lost to Scott Brown (who also supported Mitt Romney for president) in the general election.

Editor's note: Although a very small sample, I have corresponded thru this website with absolutely wonderful people who are democrats who say they are supporting Mitt Romney vs. Barack Obama, as well as absolutely wonderful people who are independents who are also siding with Romney. Mitt has some universal appeal and people are concerned about the dangerous course the current government is taking. Although the polls show a tight race, often with Mitt Romney behind, the sense I'm getting is that Mitt Romney will pull off a victory.

Related:

Statements liberal dem Rocky Anderson has made about Mitt Romney »

Reactions of dems to Romney (they fear he'll win but are often impressed) »


 Aug 11, 2012

Mitt Romney chooses Paul Ryan as his running mate

“They will appear together Saturday in Norfolk, Va., at the start of a four-state bus tour to introduce the newly minted GOP ticket to the nation...

“In a statement issued Friday night, Romney's campaign would say only that the running mate would be revealed at 9 a.m. EDT at the Nauticus Museum. Berthed at the museum is the USS Wisconsin – which offered a hint about Romney's choice.

“Before Romney's team issued the statement, all signs seemed to point to Ryan, the seven-term Wisconsin congressman...

“The Wall Street Journal, in an editorial on Thursday, praised Ryan as a strong choice for Romney: "The case for Mr. Ryan is that he best exemplifies the nature and stakes of this election. More than any other politician, the House budget chairman has defined those stakes well as a generational choice about the role of government and whether America will once again become a growth economy or sink into interest-group dominated decline." ...

“The tour will take Romney through four must-win states in as many days: North Carolina, Virginia, Florida and Ohio. All are battlegrounds where Obama won in 2008.”


 Aug 6, 2012

Lech Walesa Endorsed Mitt Romney

In the 1980s, during the height of the cold war, when people generally believed the Soviet Union could at best be contained, and the thought of eastern Europe becoming free and the Soviet Union falling was unimaginable, a brave shipyard worker named Lech Walesa started a fight behind the "Iron Curtain", which was called Solidarity.

After Russia had taken over eastern Europe there had been some popular movements within some of those countries to become free and independent. In neighboring Hungary, in the 1950s, people had fought tanks with stones, and suffered horrible massacres. In the 1980s all hope for freedom had long been lost, so it seemed.

But this brave man organized a solidarity against Communist Poland at risk of life and imprisonment-- and won!

He soon was elected President of the newly freed Poland, and then one by one the other satellite states of the Soviet Union started to fight for and achieve independence and freedom. Eventually the Berlin Wall was torn down and East Germany was united with a free West Germany, Hungary gained its independence and became a democracy, and so forth. Soon even the people of Russia rallied for freedom and the Soviet Union fell, giving even the Russians a new found freedom and democracy (although Putin has been systematically taking that freedom back away).

Lech Walesa became a national and world-wide hero. Seeing this play out first-hand on the news, he is one of the people I most greatly admired from my youth.

“Mitt Romney picked up support today from Nobel Prize winner Lech Walesa, as the former president of Poland essentially endorsed his candidacy...

“Romney is visiting Poland at the invitation of Walesa, who at times has had a fractious relationship with President Obama.

“Obama has been criticized for reversing a Bush administration decision to develop a missile defense system in Poland.

“In June, the president apologized to Poland for referring to a World War II-era "Polish death camp" ... Obama [claimed that he] meant to say "Nazi death camp." ”

“Fresh from a warm embrace from iconic Polish leader Lech Walesa, Mitt Romney will wrap up a three-country trip overseas... He was greeted in Gdansk by crowds that swarmed in the streets...

“ “Poland and many other countries will certainly do their best to help the U.S. restore its leadership position,” said Walesa, a former president of Poland who last year refused to meet with the visiting Obama.

“ “After our conversation I am quite confident that you will be quite successful in doing that,” Walesa assured Romney. “Individuals who have struggled all our lives really favor the kinds of views and perspectives that you share.”

“He repeatedly said he wished Romney success.

“ "I wish you to be successful because this success is needed to the United States, of course, but to Europe and the rest of the world, too. Gov. Romney, get your success – be successful,” Walesa said emphatically.

“Romney visited memorials at Solidarity Square at the gates of the Gdansk shipyard, and Westerplatte, where Germany invaded Poland in 1939. Each site has enormous importance in this country: Protests at the shipyards in 1980 triggered the Solidarity movement, which eventually led to a free Poland, and the Polish military held off the Germans at Westerplatte for a week before being overwhelmed...

“On Tuesday, Romney plans to visit historic sites in Warsaw and address an audience at the University of Warsaw that includes Polish officials and foreign policy experts.”


Obama retentlessly Negatively Campaigns

Unable to provide a positive argument for reelecting himself, Obama mud-slings:

“ “I know that sometimes modern campaigns aren’t pretty to watch, because basically so much of it involves millions of dollars on television,” Obama told his audience at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh today.

“ “Most of the ads are negative,” Obama said, “and at a certain point people get discouraged and start feeling like nobody in Washington is listening to what’s going on to ordinary folks all across the country.” ...

“The way the president told it today, it sounded as if the Republicans are responsible for the tenor and volume of it.

“Of the 68,443 ads that Obama has run on TV (local broadcast, national network & national cable) in the 30-day period ended July 2, 52,016 had an “anti-Romney message” — 76 percent of the total, according to New York-based Kantar Media’s CMAG, which monitors campaign advertising...

“So Obama’s been running heavily negative lately.

“ “Over the next four months, you’re going to see more money spent than you’ve ever seen before, more negative ads,” Obama told his audience today...

“Obama’s ads ran three times as frequently as Romney’s (23,815)...”

“While the Obama camp has reportedly spent four times that of Romney on TV spots, the margin is a bit smaller online.

“Since each campaign launched in Spring 2011, Obama for America spent $26.9 million on digital ads through May 2012, including text messages, according to ClickZ Politics analysis. That's 3.5 times Romney's $7.6 million. In 2011, Obama's online ad expenditures merely doubled Romney's.

“A recent Associated Press report stated Obama for America has spent $100 million on TV ads thus far, while Romney has spent just a quarter of that...

“In April and May Romney dropped around $2.4 million on digital ads. Meanwhile, Obama's reelection campaign piled on with $7.5 million in online ad spending in that time, more than three times that of Romney...

“Together with the Republican National Committee's $104,000 in online ad spending thus far, Romney and his national party counterparts spent $7.7 million on digital ads through May...

“Obama and the DNC's online ad spending combined totals $28.8 million through May.”

SCARBOUROUGH: “One of the numbers that really jumped out at all of us around the table was the question on who was the more negative, who's running the more negative campaign, and almost by a two-to-one margin, the respondents said the Obama campaign was running the more negative campaign than the Romney campaign.”

AXELROD: “Partly, Joe, that's because the Romney campaign and their -- and their friends in the super PAC world have just spent tens and tens of millions of dollars specifically on spots accusing Obama of running a negative campaign. So I'm not surprised to see those numbers jump a little.”

SCARBOROUGH: “So it’s not your negative ads, it's their negative ads accusing you of being negative that has caused --”

AXELROD: “I think that had an impact on the numbers.” (MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” 7/25/12)

ABC News’ with Jonathan Karl—

“KARL: ‘Turn on the T.V. in one of these states, and you'd think the election was next week. A bombardment of political ads, the vast majority brutally negative.’

“OBAMA: ‘Most of the ads are negative and at a certain point, people get discouraged and start feeling like nobody in Washington is listening.’

“KARL: “That's right. Over the past month, Obama's own campaign has run its ads more than 68,000 times, nearly 80% of them attacking Mitt Romney. Negative and loose with the facts. Take this Obama ad.

“OBAMA AD: ‘Romney's never stood up to China. All he's ever done is send them our jobs.’

“KARL: ‘But that's not true. Romney's former company Bain Capital may have invested in companies with operations in China, but there is no evidence that they shipped any U.S. jobs there under Romney’s leadership.’”(ABC’s “ABC World News,” 7/9/12)”

“Barack Obama has made his mistakes as a politician and as a president, but here is one thing he indisputably did right: pummel Mitt Romney with a volley of attack ads once Romney sewed up the Republican nomination... As far back as August 2011, Obama’s political hit men were signaling the inevitable to Politico: The president, "resigned to running for reelection in a glum nation," had little choice "but to run a slashing, personal campaign aimed at disqualifying his likeliest opponent." ...

“ "What ever happened to hope and change?" asked Bob Schieffer of CBS News. He apparently forgot that even the sainted Obama hope-and-change campaign of 2008 spent heavily on negative ads—more than the McCain campaign did...

“The serious questions raised by the early Obama ads are not whether they were too much but too little: Was waiting until May behind the curve? Are the ads vicious enough to inflict lasting damage? ... Given the anemic employment numbers... Obama is embarking on one of the roughest political races in memory...

“An effective attack ad doesn’t require strict accuracy... It has to land a punch as propaganda, not journalism...”

“The Obama campaign committee spent a tremendous amount of money in June, at a rate of nearly $2 million per day, according to federal elections filings submitted over the weekend.”


Obama grossly out of Touch

And he seems to be lying or exaggerating to make his dismal record seem better:

Obama's Claim:

“And most of all, I would wake up every single day, EVERY SINGLE DAY, and spend every waking hour, thinking about you, fighting as hard as I knew how for you!”


Reality:

“Obama played the 100th round of golf of his presidency Sunday, spending nearly five hours at the Beverly Country Club in Chicago with two friends...

“Bush played 24 rounds of golf during the first two years of his presidency, but then, six months into the war in Iraq, decided to stop. "I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal," he said in an interview in 2008 with Yahoo and Politico.com.

“During President Bill Clinton's 18 days of summer vacation in 1995 that took him to Wyoming, Hawaii and California, he logged over 71 hours playing 273 holes (roughly 15 games) of golf.”

Of Course, Pres. Obama quickly surpassed that, playing his 101th round of golf months ago:

Obama's Claim:

“We tried our plan — and it worked.”

Reality:

“Gross domestic product expanded at a 1.5 percent annual rate between April and June...

“Consumer spending was the weakest in a year...

“The economy needs to grow at a rate of between 2 percent and 2.5 percent to keep the unemployment rate stable.”

“WASHINGTON -- New claims for unemployment benefits rose sharply last week to 386,000, the biggest jump in more than a year... amid an avalanche of other data that show the economic recovery is stuck in low gear.

“Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke this week delivered a downbeat assessment of the recovery as pressure builds on the central bank to take more action to stimulate growth.”

Obama's Claim:

Reality:

GOV. ROMNEY: “The context is worse than the quote. The context, he says, you know, you think you've been successful because you're smart, but he says a lot of people are smart. You think you've been successful because you work hard, a lot of people work hard.

“This is an ideology which says hey, we're all the same here, we ought to take from all and give to one another and that achievement, individual initiative and risk-taking and success are not to be rewarded as they have in the past. It's a very strange and in some respects foreign to the American experience type of philosophy. We have always been a nation that has celebrated success of various kinds. The kid that gets the honor roll, the individual worker that gets a promotion, the person that gets a better job. And in fact, the person that builds a business.

“And by the way, if you have a business and you started it, you did build it. And you deserve credit for that. It was not built for you by government. And by the way, we pay for government. Government doesn't come free. The people who begin enterprises, the people who work in enterprises, they're the ones paying for government. So his whole philosophy is an upside-down philosophy that does not comport with the American experience...”


Obama's Claim:

“We will not rest until we are succeeding in generating the jobs that this economy needs.” — Pres. Obama, November, 2009

“I'm not going to rest. My administration is not going to rest, in our efforts to help people who are looking to find a job.” — Pres. Obama, March, 2010

“The president has been working on the economic recovery every day that he has been in office... the president has been focused on jobs, he works on jobs every day.” — Whitehouse spokesman, March, 2010

[You will get] “an unrelenting, unyielding, day-by-day effort from this administration to fight for economic recovery on all fronts.” — Pres. Obama, April, 2009

“We do have a jobs emergency. Pres. Obama promised an unrelenting, unyielding day-by-day effort by this administration to fight for economic recovery on all fronts. [He has] a relentless commitment to jobs creation.” — Whitehouse Spokesman, Dec 2009

“We've been working on jobs the whole time.” — Pres. Obama, December, 2009


Reality:

As of one year ago:

“Since taking office, President Obama has taken 10 "vacation" trips of lengths from 2 days to 12. They total all or part of 61 days. His "vacation" starting today is #11. These numbers are separate from his 20 visits to Camp David spanning all or part of 48 days.”

“With much of the East Coast still struggling to recover from recent storms that cut power to millions of residents during a heat wave, President Barack Obama is wrapping up a comfortable vacation in Camp David. He was not too busy to visit the scene of wildfires in swing-state Colorado--and make some fundraising calls from Air Force One en route--but he somehow could not muster the strength to address the state of emergency closer to home.”

“On Thursday, he and his family are heading off to Martha's Vineyard, the island off of Massachusetts. They'll be staying at a 28-acre retreat called Blue Heron Farm for about 10 days...

“Among recent presidents, Bill Clinton took the least time off -- 28 days.”

“Accounting for trips out of Washington for several days, the total number of vacations Washington Secrets tabulated is 16... Not included were Camp David visits or trips like the first family’s New York City date night in May, 2009.”

“The total cost (based on what is known) for the 17-day vacation roundtrip vacation to Hawaii for the President, his family and staff has climbed to more than $4 million.”

“As many Americans continue to struggle to find work, forgoing Christmas presents and vacations this year as a result, Barack Obama is headed to Hawaii on Friday for his 17-day long, $4 million vacation courtesy of taxpayers. The Hawaii Reporter breaks down the numbers by category...

“Out. Of. Touch. Remember, Ronald Reagan stayed in Washington D. C. for Christmas so his security staff could be with their families.”

“President Obama appears to be mostly taking the week off, making a rare sojourn at Camp David through Tuesday before celebrating the Fourth of July and then heading out on the campaign trail...

“Obama found time for 33 fundraisers in June and campaigned widely, sometimes returning to the White House after Midnight and then sleeping in the next day...

“But it’s hard to see why he would head to Camp David for a long weekend – he’s been there since Saturday – if his goal was to focus on matters of State. And the Thursday and Friday campaign romp will be of the type from which it’s the least easy for him to conduct business – a barnstorming bus tour.”

“Blue collar Democratic voters, stuck taking depressing “staycations” because they can’t afford gas and hotels, are resentful of the first family’s 17 lavish vacations around the world and don’t want their tax dollars paying for the Obamas’ holidays, according to a new analysis of swing voters.

“ “They view everything through their own personal situation and if they can’t afford to do it, they can’t enjoy it, they don’t like Obama using their tax dollars to benefit himself,” said pollster John McLaughlin. “In this case, they see him as out of touch.”

Perhaps President Obama's biggest vacation of all is this one:


Obama's Claim:

“Now is the time to jump start job creation.” — Pres. Obama, Feb. 24, 2009

“I'm not interested in taking a wait and see approach when it comes to creating jobs. What I'm interested in is taking action right now... Right now! We've been working on jobs the whole time.” — Pres. Obama, December, 2009

“We now have to pivot and focus on jobs and growth. My singular focus over the next two years ... jump starting the economy so that we actually start making a dent in the unemployment rate.” — Pres. Obama, December, 2010

“President Obama will move the economy forward on his own. He knows that we can't wait.” — DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz


Reality:

“Jay Carney is known to give some quote-worthy comments while standing behind the podium in the White House briefing room. And his performance yesterday might be the best this summer...

“REPORTER: On the Jobs Council, obviously they‘ve reported to haven’t met formally or publicly for six months. Why is exactly is that? ...

“CARNEY: No, there‘s no specific reason except that the president’s obviously got a lot on his plate.”

Yes, things like this $40,000 a plate fundraiser dinner:

“Barack Obama has now held more fundraising events than the last six presidents combined, leading to his opponents coining the derisive nickname “Campaigner in Chief”.

“He frequently combines the events with his official duties, which allows his re-election campaign to defray the President’s travel costs by charging part of them to the public purse...

“The intimate dinner at the house of Sarah Jessica Parker and her actor husband Matthew Broderick banked about $2 million, with 50 people paying $40,000 each to attend.”


Obama's Claim:

“The American people did not send us here to think about our jobs, they sent us here to think about theirs.” — Pres. Obama, September, 2010

“They want us to start worrying less about keeping our jobs, and more about helping them keep their jobs.” — Pres. Obama, February, 2010


Reality:

The only job Obama seems focused on saving is his own job--

“President Obama will attend six fundraisers today in Maryland and Pennsylvania, a series of cash collection events that bring his total number of fundraisers held for his reelection bid up to 160, according to figures maintained by CBS News’ Mark Knoller.

“That, again according to Knoller, is more than double the 79 events that President George W. Bush had held at this same time in the 2004 presidential race.

“On average, one can reasonably say attending a fundraiser takes two hours out of the president’s schedule...” [equaling 320 hours or 8 work weeks]

“Obama has managed to take things to a whole new level. According to statistics compiled for a book to be published this summer, the president has already set a record for total first-term fundraisers — 191 — and that’s only through March 6. Measured in terms of events that benefit his reelection bid, Obama’s total (inflated in part by relaxed fundraising rules) exceeds the combined total of George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter.

“It’s not just the gatherings officially categorized as campaign events. To a greater extent than his predecessors, Obama has used the trappings of his office to promote his reelection prospects even while handling taxpayer-funded business...

“Obama was the first commander in chief in at least 32 years to visit all of the presidential battleground states during his first year in office. He has kept that pace, devoting nearly half of his travel to 15 swing states that account for just over a third of the population.

“The election is still six months away, but it’s increasingly difficult to distinguish Obama’s political events and speeches from the official ones.

“This was the case on Monday, when he spoke to a group of trade-union leaders at the Washington Hilton. The event, the morning after he and Clinton made a joint fundraising appearance, was ostensibly an “official” speech to the AFL-CIO’s building trades section. But it was a campaign rally in everything but name...

“He is erasing the already blurred lines between campaigning and governing. During his “official” speech to the union group Monday, he hailed Tim Kaine as “the next United States senator from the great commonwealth of Virginia,” and his partisan speech spurred audience members to shouts of “Vote ’em out!” and “Gotta throw ’em out!”

“ “Not everything should be subject to thinking about the next election instead of thinking about the next generation,” Obama said of the Republicans. “Not everything should be subject to politics.”

“He should follow his own advice.”

MORE EXAMPLES OF OBAMA OUT OF TOUCH »