Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Obama's 4 weekly fundraisers beat Biden and Michelle who only held 2 each

After hosting a Blues Concert at the White House last Tuesday night, the President spent the majority of his time making public appearances. Jetting across the eastern corners of the United States for campaign purposes, Mr. Obama covered the Florida region while the Vice President blitzed New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and North Carolina.  Michelle Obama's role was to push the campaign in Ohio. These one day junkets not only raised cash, but the VP pledged another $500 million to community colleges contingent on his reelection.

By Friday, the President was back in DC, conferring with and entertaining Democratic Governors. During those 7 days, he did manage to spend 2 one-half hour sessions being briefed, and meeting with his senior advisers. Additionally, he found time to hold meetings with Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt of Denmark, Mr. Geithner, and Mr. Panetta.

Below is a summary of the activities of the President, Vice President, and their spouses during the past week.

Today, Tuesday - February 26, 2012
  • Obama delivers remarks at United Auto Workers conference in Washington Marriott Wardman Park.
  • Biden meets representatives of the Council of Religious Institutions of the Holy Land.
Monday - February 25, 2012
  • Obama, Biden, Michelle and Jill speak at the National Governors Association. President Obama attended a campaign event at the end of the afternoon in the Jefferson Hotel, in DC.
  • The Bidens hosted a Black History Month reception at the Naval Observatory
Sunday - February 24, 2012
  • The Obama's and Biden's hosted the annual White House black-tie Governors dinner.
Friday - February 22, 2012
  • Obama attends the Democratic Governors' Association meeting.
  • VP Biden and wife Jill deliver remarks at Davidson County Community College in North Carolina as part of a bus tour, and pledge $500 million of taxpayer dollars in spending.
Thursday - February 21, 2012
  • Obama flies to Miami, tours the Industrial Assessment Center and delivers remarks to University of Miami students and faculty. After, Obama delivered remarks at a campaign event at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Florida. and then spoke at another campaign event. Next, he flew to Orlando and attended a third campaign event with Vince Carter.
  • Michelle flew to Cincinnati Ohio and held her own set of fundraisers. She held one in the ballroom, and one at a private reception.
  • Biden flew to Manchester, NH and attended a campaign event. When done, he traveled to Providence RI and attended another campaign event.
Wednesday - February 20, 2012
  • Obama, with wife watching, spoke at the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Later that afternoon, he and his wife hosted a reception honoring the groundbreaking of this new museum.

Here is a CNN video of Mrs. Obama's arrival in Cincinnati.

And, just for fun, here is a video of the Education Secretary Arne Duncan who played in an NBA Charity game last week. This must have really broken President Obama's heart!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

8 Fundraisers for Obama, 2 for Biden, skiing in Aspen, and swinging with the blues

The activities of the traveling trio were rather strange last week. Vice President Biden was given the responsibility of entertaining Chinese Vice President Xi. He did this by starting the week in DC and ended it in California. In between, Biden attended two mid-west campaign events. The whereabouts of VP Xi during the campaign events were not made public, which leaves us to wonder if our U.S. Vice President was fundraising for the Chinese government as well.

To divert attention, the President very openly took to the skies on Air Force One and devoted his week to attending 8 separate campaign events. On the way back, he stopped in Everett Washington and toured a Boeing Production Facility. Do you think he was placing an order for a new Air Force One? Or perhaps arraigning to have one delivered to China?

The activities of Michelle Obama were directed at greeting guests at the White House. However, we know know that she spent the holiday weekend in Aspen Colorado skiing with the girls, and is the featured guest at a luncheon fundraiser today.

However, both Mr. and Mrs. Obama coordinated their travels in order to host a Black History Month music celebration tonight. Here is a summary of their weekly activities.

Today, Tuesday - February 21, 2012
  • President and Michelle host a celebration of blues music for Black History Month. Attending will be music legends and contemporary major artists.
  • Michelle is featured guest at The Obama Victory Fund fundraising luncheon at the Mayflower Hotel.
Monday - February 20, 2012
  • Michelle and daughters return from Aspen
Sunday - February 19, 2012
  • Michelle and daughters skiing in Aspen.
Saturday - February 18, 2012
  • Michelle and daughters on an Aspen ski vacation.
Friday - February 17, 2012
  • Obama speaks at campaign event at Nob Hill Masonic Center, San Francisco. Then he flies to Everett Washington, tours & speaks at the Boeing Everett Production Facility. Next he attends two campaign events (one at Westin Bellevue Hotel). Lastly, he flies back to DC
  • Michelle and daughters depart DC and flew to Aspen Colorado for a ski vacation.
  • Biden entertains Vice President Xi in California
Thursday - February 16. 2012
  • Obama delivers remarks at campaign event in Corona Del Mar, CA. After, he flew to San Francisco, and attended two campaign events
  • Biden attends two campaign events in Albuquerque New Mexico
Wednesday - February 15, 2012
  • Pres leaves DC and flew to Milwaukee Wisconsin. Toured and spoke at Master Lock. Then flew to Los Angeles CA and appeared at 2 campaign events

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Let's pay our fair share for carrots, contraception, and campaigning

The highlight of the past two weeks is that President Obama remained in the Washington DC area. He spent much of his time working the the 2013 Budget, attacking religious freedom by trying to force Catholics to create moral sins, ignoring Syria, and degrading Republicans.  He has also refrained from speaking about Fast and Furious or why he and Holder have failed to proceed with Guantanamo trials. Nor did President Obama explain to the country why he must increase the national debt by $1.6 trillion dollars and how that jeopardizes our economic stability.

However, during these 14 days, he has only attended 3 campaign events and VP Biden attended 3 as well. The White House travel tasks were delegated to both Michelle Obama and VP Biden who were jetting across the country pretending not to be campaigning as they spoke at various affairs. Here's a look at the trio's major activities during this period.

Today Tuesday - February 14, 2012
  • Obama & Biden meet with and Chinese VP Xi. Later, Obama will be interviewed by regional television outlets.
  • VP Biden & Clinton have lunch honoring VP Xi and Chinese officials. At night, the Biden's host a dinner for Xi and his delegation.
Monday - February 13, 2012
  • Obama delivered his FY 2013 Budget to students at Northern Virginia Community College.
  • Michelle & President Obama award 2011 National Medals of Arts and National Humanities Medal

Saturday - February 11, 2012
  • Michelle "Lets Move" Tour ends in Orlando Florida. First she's at Northland Church in Longwood, then at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Walt Disney World.
Friday - February 10, 2012
  • President Obama attends campaign event, and announces revised contraception coverage.
  • Michelle was in Dallas TX where she taped a "Top Chef" appearance in which she was a judge.
Thursday - February 9, 2012
  • Biden spoke at Ohio Newspaper Association Convention in Columbus OH
  • Mr. Obama welcomes Prime Minister Mario Monti of Italy. Afterward, he delivered remarks at a campaign event.
  • Michelle began a 3 day, 4 state "Lets Move" tour. Her first stop in Des Moines Iowa. Then, she flew off to Little Rock Air Force Base in Arkansas. For dinner, she appeared at the Olive Garden in Fort Worth TX.
Wednesday - February 8, 2012
  • Obama attended the Democratic Senate Caucus Retreat
Tuesday - February 7, 2012
  • Obama viewed science projects and delivered remarks at the White House Science Fair
Monday - February 6, 2012
  • Biden and Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter appeared at Florida State University. After,  Biden then attended 2 campaign events in the afternoon.
Friday - February 3, 2012
  • Mr. Obama talks about the economy at Fire Station 5 in Arlington VA. Once done, he attended an afternoon campaign event.
Thursday - February 2, 2012
  • Obama delivered remarks at National Prayer Breakfast where wife Michelle and  VP Biden attended
Wednesday - February 1, 2012
  • Michelle Obama appeared on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." Next, she spoke at a Democratic National Committee luncheon in Los Angeles.
  • VP Biden delivered remarks at American Seating Company factory in Grand Rapids MI. Then he's was off to a campaign event.
  • Obama talked about the economy at James Lee Community Center in Falls Church VA.

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