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Obama heads to Fla. for 28th fundraiser and to address troops

Updated 2:45 p.m.
By Michael A. Fletcher
President Obama is scheduled to headline a Miami Beach dinner Monday night to raise money for Democratic congressional candidates, continuing a run of intense political activity leading up elections this year and next.

Tickets for Monday night's event range from $500 to $15,200 a ticket. The president will follow tonight's dinner at the Fontainbleau Hotel with a visit to Norfolk, Va., Tuesday, where he will campaign for Creigh Deeds, who is waging an uphill battle in his campaign for governor.

Last week, the president was in Manhattan to to raise money for the Democratic National Committee and Bill Owens, a congressional candidate.

He also campaigned for the 2010 reelection of Sen. Christopher J. Dodd (D-Conn.), attempting to help Dodd "rebrand himself" after a controversy involving his efforts to protect the insurance giant AIG from new federal restrictions on bonuses. In addition, Obama campaigned last week for Govs. Jon S. Corzine (D-N.J.) and Deval L. Patrick (D-Mass.).

By day's end, Obama will have held 28 fund raisers this year. Not counting the upcoming events, the president has raised more than $27.5 million, according to CBS radio correspondent Mark Knoller, who keeps meticulous presidential statistics. Three of the president's events did not report how much was raised.

The money is sorely needed. Not only are Democrats involved in tough gubernatorial races in New Jersey and Virginia this year, but they face a tough fight to hold onto their sizable majorities in Congress during next year's mid-term elections.

Before going to south Florida, the president will address troops at the Naval Air Station Jacksonville, where he is expected to discuss the war in Afghanistan and his process for deciding whether to increase the U.S. troop presence there.

This item has been corrected. It originally reported that Obama would have held 26 fundraisers by day's end, not 28.

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To catmomtx ...

No. We DO remember the previous 8 years.

THAT is why we wanted so badly
a "pragmatic" thinker who would
"change" the way Washington works
and "bring us together"!

Unfortunately, the only thing that has changed is the accent, the color of the skin, the name of the party, and the ideological excuse used for making the same old dumb mistakes.

Does he seriously think it is "bipartisan" if he can win over just one Republican?

If so, virtually everything Bush and Reagan did was "bipartisan" since there were almost always a significant number of "Democrats" going along. (And in the last two of the last 8 years, they included the leadership of the House and Senate!)

Posted by: Karl_Quick | October 26, 2009 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Old saying...
"When the only tool you have is a hammer,
everything looks like a nail."

The only skill Obama has is campaigning,
so every problem is solved with yet another campaign trip.

Posted by: Karl_Quick | October 26, 2009 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Obama is making Bush look good.
- he still can't quit smoking
- he plays far too much golf
- loves to take credit for nothing
- wastes even MORE money than Bush
- not only can't get facts straight...
- ...he forgets what he promised!
- shoots from the hip ("police stupid")
- demands we do more in Afghanistan...
- ..."the war of necessity"...
- ...but "won't be rushed" to reinforce.
- etc. etc. etc.

Does he not realize the MAJORITY of us have employer provided health insurance, which means WE CAN'T "choose" to KEEP IT; OUR EMPLOYER decides the insurer and the level of care, NOW, AND AFTER proposed reforms????

He can't POSSIBLY promise "You can keep it if you like your health insurance!"

Why is it that he has to "consider all options" for Afghanistan... but rushes, without hardly any review:
- the Stimulus bill
- the bloated budget bill
- "his" Health Care "reform" "plan"
- Cap and Trade energy bill
- ...virtually everything proposed...

Rush, rush for some things, but support for our troops in the field, that can wait.

Posted by: Karl_Quick | October 26, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse

WOW, it is really interesting reading the comments here from the right. It's almost as if they don't remember a thing that happened during the previous eight years !! You people are absolutely hilarious and pitiful. Why are you all trying to hold President Obama to a different standard than any other President, espicially Bush?

President Obama has taken non stop criticism since 11/5/08. When Bush faced the same criticism Republicans used 9/11 and the fact that we were at war to keep people in line. Republicans denounced any type of criticism and protest by the people were kept so far away from Bush, he never knew protest existed.

Somehow though President Obama is held to a different standard. President Obama is supposed to let his critics say and do anything and any response from him is deemed as trying to shut people up. If President Obama uses the same tactics that were used during the Bush administration, he is somehow doing something wrong, think czars. No one had a problem with the secrecy in the Bush White House did they. Cheney works on the energy problem and we had $5.00 gas and had no idea who he spoke to to come up with the policy. Republicans now want to whine that the current administration is somehow not transparent enough. When anyone spoke out about Bush's policies , Republicans whined that the other side was listening and too much information was released. When President Obama tries to do the country's business now everyone just has to know what he is doing and make decisions for him. The list goes on and on to show the right hypocrisy. Shame, shame, shame.....

Posted by: catmomtx | October 26, 2009 9:18 PM | Report abuse

By the time Bush had been in the office this long, there was a gaping crater in New York where the Twin Towers used to stand. But he'd taken a lot of vacations; he was on track to rival Ronald Reagan for being out of the office. You will never be able to compare the work ethic of Bush and Obama, sorry. Bush was intellectually lazy, tightly scripted, and more intersted in telling fart jokes than running the country. That's why we're slowly crawling out of a mess on so many fronts. Good thing we elected someone who was willing to roll his sleeves up and work.

Posted by: barbarian_horde | October 26, 2009 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Hillary08, your BO man killed the CIA, don't you remember? He and his ilk have spent many more dollars and can not blame anyone but themselves for the mess we have in this country. And it is a MESS with BO and the dems on the way to USA bankruptcy. If you can not see it, you are blind.

Posted by: annnort | October 26, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

If I were BO, I would be very afraid to go to Florida, and alot of other places right now! But Florida has alot of old folks and Jews. Wonder where he is going to dig up enough people to go to a fund raiser? They are problably flying in the Union thugs.

Posted by: annnort | October 26, 2009 4:45 PM | Report abuse

End the Republican created wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Republicans bilked America out of trillions in war and military spending and have impoverished and bankrupted our country. Get a clue, America has become a military state and the greedy, mentally ill Republicans and their partners in crime, the contractors they feed want more. We need to end the insanity, hunt terrorists through intelligence and stop these huge wars we can not afford.

Posted by: Hillary08 | October 26, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

3 years and 2 months left.

Posted by: KBlit | October 26, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Has POTUS handed a noose to his enemies within?


The emergency declaration gives federal agencies draconian powers that allow bureaucrats to suspend the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. See:

There is strong evidence of fierce resistance and opposition to President Obama and his administration within certain powerful quarters of the bureaucracy, especially among Bush-Cheney holdovers that investigative reporter Seymour Hersh refers to as "leave-behinds" tasked with a mission.

The concern is that a multi-agency coordinated action program may be the front for an ideologically-driven secret war against this President, and democracy itself.

My fear is that the Obama administration, with his emergency declaration, may be handing the noose to those who seek to execute a seditious plan to undemocratically seize power, at the expense of personal liberty and constitutionally guaranteed rights -- including the right to refuse to be inoculated by government fiat.



• Deposed Honduras President Manuel Zaleya confirms the essence what unjustly targeted citizens worldwide -- including this journalist -- have been reporting for years...

...military, secret security, and intelligence services of many nations, including the U.S., silently assault and torture "targeted individuals," including those regarded as "dissenters" or slandered as undesirables, with debilitating, health-degrading, "slow-kill" electromagnetic microwave and laser radiation weapons systems -- said to include a nationwide installation disguised as cell towers.


OR (if link is corrupted): RE: "Gov't Tortures" and "Gestapo USA."

Posted by: scrivener50 | October 26, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Just another note on Obama.

In 9 months, Obama has played golf 24 times. The same number of times GW Bush played golf - after nearly 3 years in office.

The verdict is in - Obama is indeed Jimmy Carter, without the work-ethic and even less spine.

Posted by: pgr88 | October 26, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

October 26, 2009

Conservatives Maintain Edge as Top Ideological Group

PRINCETON, NJ -- Conservatives continue to outnumber moderates and liberals in the American populace in 2009, confirming a finding that Gallup first noted in June. Forty percent of Americans describe their political views as conservative, 36% as moderate, and 20% as liberal. This marks a shift from 2005 through 2008, when moderates were tied with conservatives as the most prevalent group.

Changes among political independents appear to be the main reason the percentage of conservatives has increased nationally over the past year: the 35% of independents describing their views as conservative in 2009 is up from 29% in 2008. By contrast, among Republicans and Democrats, the percentage who are "conservative" has increased by one point each.

As is typical in recent years, Republicans are far more unified in their political outlook than are either independents or Democrats. While 72% of Republicans in 2009 call their views conservative, independents are closely split between the moderate and conservative labels (43% and 35%, respectively). Democrats are about evenly divided between moderates (39%) and liberals (37%).

2010 & 12 Cannot Come Soon Enough!!

Posted by: FraudObama | October 26, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse


You are so funny. Be nice to your prez. He's scared enough as it is.

Posted by: tjmlrc | October 26, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

"Now watch this punt!"

Posted by: JSmitan | October 26, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Now is the time to support our honorable President and throw the neoconservative and religious fundamentalist hypocrites out of office for good!

The protectors of insurance lobbyist payments and campaign bribes are counting on YOU being distracted.


Posted by: onestring | October 26, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

As reported by less-biased organizations, Obama is truncating his usual 3-hour session to discuss strategy for Afghanistan by an hour and fifteen minutes, so that he can leave early to be on time for the fundraisers. Priorities, y'know.

Posted by: CapnRusty | October 26, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

The leftist A hole better hurry and get that money from the gullible messiah class envy nitwits.
It's going to dry up when they realize there is no free lunch, and our economy, security and health care have been destroyed by this arrogant POS and his incompetents.
After that, they'll probably join in the insurrection.

Posted by: LarryG62 | October 26, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Conservation? What conservation? I'm the POTUS.
I fly whenever I want for whatever reason I want and the carbon footprint be dammed!
Don't talk to me about setting an example! I've got campaigning to do!!

Posted by: tjmlrc | October 26, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Dubya was much too busy taking naps, working out in the WH gym, appointing his incompetent pals to important jobs and ignoring the warning signs of impending terrorist attack on American soil to help his fellow Republicans, not that they wanted his bumbling non-star power.

Yep, three years and two months until President Obama begins his second term. And no matter how many horrible things you say about him, Sarah Palin will never ever have sex with you and Glenn Beck will never be your friend. Give it up.

Posted by: greyK | October 26, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

The stopover at the Jacksonville Naval Air Station is just an excuse for the excuse of using Govt. owned aircraft and personnel. Every politico does it.

"Change you can believe in." The "Change" being that this administration is deliberately bankrupting our country to "change" it to the outdated and discredited socialist USSR 80 years of misery.

Posted by: marine2211 | October 26, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

26 fund raisers in 9 months and 6 days. How many gallons of fuel has this peripetic president used? Is the DNC paying for the use of Air Force One? Has Al Gore calculated the amount of carbon emissions left by this insanity?

Obama doesn't want to govern - he wants to campaign.

Posted by: marine2211 | October 26, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

No Blue State , no red state only united state.

No blue money or red money only US $$$.

All air no principle. All campaign no governance.

Wow! What a change!!!

Posted by: VoterfromIL | October 26, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

No decisions on:
1. Afghanistan.
2. Health care.
3. economy.
4. where to take his wife for lunch next.

and he takes off to raise more money. What is he thinking?

3 years and 2 months left.

Posted by: KBlit | October 26, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

And in the same first 9 months in which Obama has held 26 fund-raisers, Bush had 6 and Clinton had 5.

Barry is not "politics as usual" - he's put "politics as usual" on steriods and made it extreme. That's the Chicago Way!

Posted by: pgr88 | October 26, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Why does he even bother to leave the White House, all he needs to do is have the Demolcratic congrdes pass more legislation to allow them to grab what ever momey they
haven't commited already. Their tax program is nothing more than a massive grab of private wealth for their socialist

Posted by: jmsmaxwell | October 26, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

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