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Obama Uses State of the Union to Raise Cash

If there was any question whether President Obama’s State of the Union address was actually a prettied up campaign speech, Obama himself answered it with an email to supporters just before his appearance asking them to contribute to his campaign.

The email, titled “Before I speak,” was sent by “Barack Obama” through the campaign email system and signed, “Barack.” Here’s the full text:

I’m heading to Capitol Hill soon to deliver my third State of the Union address.

Before I go, I want to say thanks for everything you’re doing.

Tonight, we set the tone for the year ahead. I’m going to lay out in concrete terms the path we need to take as a country if we want an economy that works for everyone and rewards hard work and responsibility.

I’m glad to know you’ll be standing with me up there.

Barack

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Support President Obama. Make a donation today.

The last sentence in the email includes a link that brings recipients to a page where they can make their donation.

Also telling is Obama’s remark that the speech will “set the tone for the year ahead.” When you say to your political supporters that you are setting “a tone,” it seems a pretty clear reference to a campaign theme, not a list of serious proposals that might pass Congress and help the economy.

38 Responses to Obama Uses State of the Union to Raise Cash

  1. I did not watch the so-called SOTU address, however, I am now pumped up to defeat B.O. by getting the truth out. I’m 50-plus and this has been the worst president and administration I have seen and sadly, most people don’t seem to realize it…yet.

  2. Mr. President,
    Sorry I didn’t watch or hear your rhetorical speech. But I can tell you that things will not return to America to be built until you convince labor unions that we can’t build a toy @ $40 a hour that sells for $5. High labor costs and regulations are the real killer.

    Great post Keith.

  3. “rewards hard work and responsibility” is a strange phrase. He also used that phrase in his speech last night when the topic was “fairness”.
    It could just be a hint to the middle class that he will see that they’re “rewarded” by the government in some manner The upper class could see the hypocrisy of a President who doesn’t want to “reward” them, but punish them by raising the tax rate on their income.

    Trying to make sense of the speech is akin to deciphering the Rosetta stone. There’s no way to tell if he’s speaking platitudes or if there is a hidden meaning that will result in some action.

    Every e-mail from the Obama campaign asks for money and that’s OK. What isn’t OK is when the e-mail pretends that it comes from MrO’s computer and he’s personally asking for help.

    • You mean the cutesy “Barack” sign off? Why not a Bibi-like nickname–“Racky” or something? Your bud, your pal–send money.

      I turned to the speech sometimes in the what–3 hrs? (kidding) All I had to see was the pinchy fingers, the “my Republican friends”…and click.

      The WashPost amazingly had a fairly mean fact-check.

    • “rewards hard work and responsibility”

      I thought this was odd, too. I guess he feels he has the government-check crowd, Welfare, etc., in his pocket, so he’s going to pretend to like the middle class now?

  4. Mark Levin read this thing on his radio show yesterday afternoon and commented that this was a first–a president using the State of the Union speech to shill for campaign cash. . .

  5. I agree with all the disparaging remarks so far.
    But I also see the call for higher tax rates on ‘millionaires’ [or in the next reference, ‘billionaires’, like they are interchangeable] is a winner in the election. Repubs should propose to eliminate the AMT on ‘less than millionaires’, and impose it @ sliding to 35% for those over. So in the case of Romney, he pays 15% on his investment income, but has to come up with another 15% to meet AMT. Just a thought…

    • Speaking of Romney, our Gannett paper was pretty slanted–gave his “wealth” lead position–headline said he was in the 1%. Well, the way I read it, at $1.7 million (some say $7 million now), and $3 million, so are Obama and Newt…see how the spin works…it is so aggravating.

  6. After watching this carnival barker for three years, he still looks and sounds like the odd man out! He looks like the guy who was looking for the mens’ room and wandered into the wrong room. He will NEVER be presidential material – he will always be the accidental president! Unfortunately, it’s looking like he will do it again – by default (sigh)!

  7. From the Weekly Standard: http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/havent-we-heard_618462.html

    Seems that the 2012 is nothing more than a rehash of ’10 and ’11. He once spoke of how the economy was in a ditch, seems that his speech writers are in a rut. This clap-trap didn’t fly well the past three years, why the heck does he just keep using the same points over and over.

    Oh, wait I forgot. The left hasn’t had an original idea since . . .okay I need help here, when was the last time the left had an original idea?

  8. Well HRH could raffle off her new frock and pin from last night. The pin cost
    $475 made out of Lucite and the new dress they run between $2-$5 grand!
    She would eat a $100 steak in front of a starving child. We don’t have a
    functioning President just a man with his hand out obscene.

  9. uhhhhh, when has this useless waste of matter EVER proposed or done anything that “… rewards hard work and responsibility”? Quite the opposite.

  10. HE NEEDS THE MONEY AND IF ANYONE IS STUPID ENOUGH TO SUPPORT HIM AGAIN….THEN THEY DESERVE WHAT WE GOT AND WILL HAVE TO LIVE WITH THE PAIN AGAIN AND AGAIN …..! BUT THEN ALL PARTIES DO IT AND THERE IS WAY TO MUCH MONEY SPENT ON ELECTIONS ESPECIALLY THE PAC’S WHO GIVES THEM SHELTER FROM PUBLIC IDENTIFICATION. ALL CORP MONEY SHOULD BE BANDED……IT CANCEL OUT MY SINGLE VOTE AND AMOUNT I AM ALLOWED TO DONATE IF IF WERE TO DO SO!!!.

  11. FURTHER…….I AM UNDER THE IMPRESSION THAT THIS EMAIL WHICH HE SENT AND I GOT ONE MUST BE IN CONFLECT WITH THE AIR TIME “EQUIAL TIME RULE”

  12. i keep getting these stupid messages…to which i invariably reply “resign, you socialist jacka$$” or “quit making a mockery of the office and resign”…then i get an e-mail thanking me for contacting them, to which i reply, ‘stfu, you dullards’…this goes on for hours…perhaps i should report myself to “ATTACK WATCH!”