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Obama and Bill Clinton Raise Over $2.1M in a Night

by Keith Koffler on April 29, 2012, 10:22 pm

President Obama and Bill Clinton were expected to collect more than $2.1 million at two fundraisers Sunday evening, each at the home of former DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe in the wealthy Washington suburb of McLean, Virginia.

The fundraisers are the second time in just days the Obama 2012 campaign has put the star power of Clinton to use. Friday, it released a video in which Clinton praises Obama for deciding to take out Bin Laden.

The video and the huge sum amassed this evening suggest Clinton will play a key role in the Obama campaign.

More than 500 supporters were expected were expected at an initial reception for which ticket prices started at $1,000 a head. Afterward, the fundraising got serious, as 80 well-heeled donors paid $20,000 apiece for what amounted to a $1.6 million dinner.

Obama, seemingly oblivious to the criticism that has attended his use of Air Force One for fundraising and luxurious vacations, said he will miss the jet when he leaves office.

From the press pool report:

POTUS jokes that Air Force One is one of the perks of being president, and that Pres Clinton misses it. “I’ll miss it too,” he says. Woman in crowd shouts, “But not yet!” drawing loud cheers.

Clinton offered up some of the truth fudging he is remembered for:

Pres. Clinton: “If you go back 500 years, whenever a country’s financial system collapses, it takes between five and 10 years to get back to full employment.” POTUS, Clinton says, “is beating the clock, not behind it.”

The financial system of the United States suffered some blows but of course never collapsed.

Obama took to his familiar theme of blaming Bush for problems, cracking that “Hillary and I have spent the last three and a half years cleaning up after other folks’ messes.”


Stephen C. April 29, 2012 at 10:28 pm

What next, as I’m shaking my head back and forth, a roast of the POTUS, emceed by a Henny Youngman ( b.March 16, 1906 – d. February 24, 1998) impersonator.

Stephen C. April 29, 2012 at 10:37 pm

Pres. Clinton: QUOTE “If you go back 500 years, whenever a country’s financial system collapses, it takes between five and 10 years to get back to full employment.” POTUS, Clinton says, “is beating the clock, not behind it.”
What the H E double hockey sticks is he talking about?
Someone ask Mr. Bill What financial system was in effect during the 1500′s? And who kept the data on employment? Please explain Mr. Hilary Rodman(sic) Clinton. Was it rape and pillage or massacre the villagers in order to garner their riches that led to the recovery in 5 to 10 years?

Susan April 29, 2012 at 10:50 pm

If you believe the flat earth no growth environazis in the EPA, they “find the first five guys they saw and crucify them”. Makes the rest of the capitalists a little more malleable to government occupation.

Stephen C. April 29, 2012 at 11:06 pm

Indeedy I agree

Car in April 30, 2012 at 9:13 am

I was scratching my head over that as well. They think we’re STUPID.

Susan April 29, 2012 at 10:45 pm

Have you no shame Bill Clinton? This poser was laughing about your wife “drunk texting” him last night, but that doesn’t prevent you from grovelling for cash for him. You two deserve each other…

Lizzy April 30, 2012 at 4:40 am

They have not now or ever been husband and wife in traditional way. I
sometimes wonder what their vows were? I doubt it had anything to do
with love and fidelity. They are business nothing more and will do whatever it takes to get what either wants morals play no part IMO.

Quintis Arrius April 29, 2012 at 11:46 pm

It is amazing the number of people who line up to give this guy money.
Tomorrow, I will go to work, and try to help patients who are really getting down to deciding the basics: Food, gas, shelter, medicine in a juggling act. And people are throwing down 20,000 dollar markers?
It is, in an odd way, a high compliment to this country that we have people with fat wallets (regardless how they got theirs BTW) who can still exercise free will to continue to support a person who by his past actions, hold these same people in contempt. Most, I suspect, would wish he were a nicer person.

Robin H April 30, 2012 at 7:52 am

You hit it. The dems have contempt for the rich as well as the poor. They think the rich are all crooks and the poor are too stupid to improve themselves. Yet they continue to vote for them.

Jeff April 30, 2012 at 1:02 am

Bill was just there for the secret service hooker program

Mike C April 30, 2012 at 4:46 am

Still blaming Bush? How tired.

nlynch April 30, 2012 at 7:11 am


Shofar April 30, 2012 at 7:16 am

Fundraisers 13 and 14 for April.

gracepmc April 30, 2012 at 9:22 am

Oh, I thought they raised it at the Press Corps shindig!

Holly April 30, 2012 at 5:37 pm

According to a report in the Daily Rash, a few months ago Bill Clinton accused President Obama of stealing Hillary’s iPad. Looks like they were able to work everything out.

James Walker May 1, 2012 at 8:13 am

What to do when your light is fading? Bring in the old torch to help out. This shows that the Obamagic is gone. Kaput. The election between government dependents and government funders is still a long way away and already the Clintonistas are O’s last great hope. Maybe there is hope after all.