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Obama: “All I Care About Right Now is Governing”

Speaking at his 18th fundraiser of the year, President Obama Wednesday evening declared without apparent irony that governing the nation is his sole priority.

“Now, I’ve run my last campaign — and Michelle is very happy about that,” Obama said to laughter from well-heeled donors who had assembled at the Miami Beach residence of philanthropist Joseph Blount. “And so what that means is I think you can have confidence that all I care about right now is governing.”

But Obama’s actions would appear to say otherwise.

With the three fundraisers he attended Wednesday – one in Boston for the Senate campaign of Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and two in Miami Beach for the Democratic National Committee – Obama’s total for 2013 already tops the number George W. Bush did for the entire year in 2005.

According to Mark Knoller of CBS News, who tracks presidential political activity, Bush did 15 events in 2005, three less than Obama has already done. Obama has hosted eight fundraisers – more than half Bush’s 2005 total – in just the past two weeks.

The two years are comparable because Bush was also in the first year of his second term and raising money ahead of the following year’s midterm elections.

Obama has been widely accused of failing to put in the hours needed to build relationships with Republicans in Congress while choosing instead to bash them on the campaign trail and try to flip the House to Democratic control.

“It’d be a lot easier if I had a Democratic House and a Democratic Senate,” Obama himself said during his other Miami fundraiser, held at the home of Tom Sullivan, the founder of Lumber Liquidators.

The event at Sullivan’s home included about 50 donors, while the one at Blount’s residence accommodated 175. Donations at the two fundraisers ranged from $1,000 to $32,400, according to a DNC official.

The event for Markey was larger, packing 1,000 people into Boston’s Reggie Lewis Center, though ticket prices were much lower than at the exclusive Miami Beach gatherings.

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60 Responses to Obama: “All I Care About Right Now is Governing”

  1. I’d wager that Dear Leader could pass a polygraph on this subject. In his twisted mind, he IS “governing”

    gov·ern
    [ gúvvərn ]

    have political authority: to be responsible officially for directing the affairs, policies, and economy of a state, country, or organization
    control something: to control, regulate, or direct something
    have influence over something: to have or exercise an influence over something

    He is exercising an influence over peoples’ wallets.

    • Who are these people giving him so much money ? Wouldn’t their donations be better put to use helping the Boston Bombing victims who face millions in getting new limbs and rehab? How about the still homeless Sandy victims, as well as tornado and flood ravaged towns?

      Obama’s excuse is he needs a super majority to get “anything done” is b.s. He’s slapping half the country in the face with his divisive blather.

      • Who are these people giving him so much money ? Wouldn’t their donations be better put to use helping the Boston Bombing victims who face millions in getting new limbs and rehab? How about the still homeless Sandy victims, as well as tornado and flood ravaged towns?

        SNIP
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        Where’s the glory in that?! Who would be the guest speaker? A soldier? Someone who lost her house in one of those icky fly-over states? Get the jewels out of the safe-deposit box and get dressed up for them?

  2. “It’d be a lot easier if I had a Democratic House and a Democratic Senate,” Obama himself said during his other Miami fundraiser, held at the home of Tom Sullivan, the founder of Lumber Liquidators.
    SNIP
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    It’d be the next-best thing to being an emperor or a dictator.

    “This is something I’ve struggled with throughout my presidency,” said Obama. “The problem is that I’m the president of the United States, I’m not the emperor of the United States. My job is to execute laws that are passed.”

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obama-problem-i-m-not-emperor-united-states_701295.html

    More drily, he told a news conference Friday, in relation to the sequester,“I am not a dictator. I’m the president. So, ultimately, if Mitch McConnell or John Boehner say, ‘We need to go to catch a plane,’ I can’t have Secret Service block the doorway, right?”

    http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/285909-new-obama-strategy-taking-no-prisoners

  3. You have to admit that he does a couple of things very well: fund raise and hang out with his Hollywood rock star buddies.

    Governing and leading? Not so much.

  4. Where do you think Lumber Liquidators gets its Brazilian and Santos mahogany, teak and rosewood to fill all those McMansions. But if you are the Gibson Guitar Company and conservative, you get put out of business by the liberal hypocrites.

  5. don’t they see he isn’t?!?!? he is still spending taxpayer money to fly around telling people what he going to do and it’s all lies… he is doing exactly what he needs to do to destroy our great country. wake up! stop paying these people!!!

  6. I am not nearly concerned about the number of fundraisers and golf outings as I am about the number of EOs and future “pardons”.

    • The issues is that he says X, but does Y. His fundraising, golfing, vacation, etc – are symptomatic of what we’ve become.

      A country where the leader can lie and behave like an emperor, w/o an iota of morality or sense of duty and honor.

  7. When is that governing deal going to start? Or is it rude to inquire?

    Anyone else put off by the NSA guy at the hearing–and his “now now my dear” attitude. Could anyone look up a person in the US with that data? He said he knew of no way to do it. Well, HE is a older man, a former general–how about young, technically savvy people, General–could they? Like say that Snowden guy?

  8. Nothing changes — Obama does not govern. An inconvenient truth. He speechifies and lies and slithers his way across the country.

    But he will always be the shameful man who left 4 Americans to die undefended, with nary a finger lifted, in Benghazi. As Roger Ailes said recently:

    I have come to the conclusion that even I don’t care what the president of the United States was doing that night. However, I would like to know what the commander in chief was doing that night.

    • “But he will always be the shameful man who left 4 Americans to die undefended, with nary a finger lifted, in Benghazi. ” – gracepmc

      Agree. That’s what he did and who he is. But, in fairness, he DID ultimately lift a finger…

      The middle one. To us all.

      It’s still up, by the way…

      • NO HILARY WAS IN CHARGE OF THAT OPERATION AND IT IS A WAR SCENE TO WHICH THEY COULD HAVE DECLINED TO GO INTO WITH OUT TROOPS OR PROPER GEAR. HIS CABINET AND ADMINISTRATION CONSISTS OF HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE, HE IS NOT TO BLAME FOR ANY REASON OR PROBLEM OR ISSUE BECAUSE, HIS JOB IS SIMPLE TO VETO STUFF OR NOT. HE GOES ABOVE HIS CALL OF DUTY WITH THOUSANDS OF HELPFUL SPEECHES THE MOST PRESIDENT’S WOULD NEVER DO BECAUSE IT IS VOLUNTEER WORK. HE WORKS TEN TIMES AS HARD AS ANY OTHER PRESIDENT EVER DID IN THIS U.S.A EVER. YOU CAN GOOGLE ME AS ‘CINNAMINJANETBERRY’ HE WORKS, WORKS, WORKS ALL THE TIME TO MAKE THINGS BETTER FOR US. NO PLACE IN THE WORLD DO THEY HAVE IT LIKE WE DO.

      • WHY DON’T YOU GO TO LIVE IN CHINA OR SIBERIA or even SYRIA WHERE THEY WANT TO KILL EVERY AMERICAN JUST BECAUSE THEY THINK WE ARE SPOILED? YOU SEE, IT’S TOO BAD THAT YOU DON’T REALIZE THAT EVERY COUNTRY IN THIS WORLD IS OUT TO RAPE THE U.S.A AND USE US AS SLAVES. TOO BAD THAT YOU DON’T SEE OUR RIGHTS AS NECESSARY ALSO TOO MANY OF OUR PEOPLE HAVE DIED IN WAR. YOU NEED TO WAKE UP! JOIN DEMS.
        YOU CAN GOOGLE ME TOO. cinnaminjanetberry

    • The Root is linking an article from the Huff Po on how Obama misled the Hip Hop community into supporting him.

      Here’s one line: “Perhaps, having constructed narratives of themselves as street-savvy entertainers, they are reluctant to admit they’ve been hustled by a Harvard-educated law professor who’s got better game than they do.”

      Interesting perspective “in black and white”.

  9. The voters of Massachusetts really are a living advertisement on the dangers of inbreeding. I heard OJ Simpson tried to get his murder trial moved to Boston where everybody’s DNA is the same. Suicide by voting has been raised to an art form in Massachusetts.

  10. THIS NOTE POST IS A BUNCH OF MOST LIKELY NOT TRUE AT ALL BECAUSE PRESIDENT OBAMA IS VERY VERY FRIENDLY AND WARM SO THAT IS WHY ALL OF HIS PEOPLE INVITE HIM TO FUNDRAISERS BUT I DONATED 25 DOLLARS AND HE SHOWED UP. TO OUR MEETING. HE GOES TO THESE KIND OF MEETING TO HELP PEOPLE NOT TO GET MONEY AND HE IS THE GREATEST PRESIDENT IN THE UNITED STATES EVER IN ALL THESE SMALL AND IN ALL GREAT MATTERS TOO, NO JOKE, HIS WORK IS VERY DEEP AND HE IS SO SMART, INTELLIGENT AND HONEST THAT I KNOW GOD ALMIGHTY IS WITH HIM. YOU SHOULD TRY TO READ HIS LIST OF LEGISLATION, NEVER HAS A PRESIDENT LIKE HIM BEEN SO SUCCESSFUL IN HELPING MILLIONS OF PEOPLE, HE DOES A GREAT JOB AT HIS JOB AS POTUS, NO JOKE! MOST PEOPLE LOVE PRESIDENT OBAMA BECAUSE HE IS A VERY GOOD PERSON ALL DAY LONG EVERYDAY. HE WORKS, WORK, WORKS ALL OF THE TIME TO HELP ALL KINDS OF PEOPLE. OUR CURRENT PRESIDENT AND ALL DEMOCRATS OFFER THOUSANDS OF MEETING WITH g.o.p BUT THEY REFUSE TO ACCEPT ANY MEETING. WE EVEN HAVE A NEW GROUP THAT THEY g.o.p CAN COME TO TO VOICE THEIR CONCERNS AND GET HELP BUT THEY REFUSE TO STOP BEING RACISTS. OUR NEW GROUP IS ‘ORGANIZING FOR ACTON’, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO JOIN BECAUSE IT IS A NON-PARTISAN GROUP.

    • Typical moonbat liberal. In person they never listen and are incapable of any kind of intelligent discourse but instead resort to shouting out their mindless communist propaganda non-stop thereby drowning out the other person. It appears that when posting a comment on site, THEY LOCK THE CAPS ON THEIR COMPUTER AS A CYBER FORM OF SHOUTING OVER ALL YOU DUMMIES OUT THERE WHO JUST WON’T ACCEPT THE FACT THAT DICTATOR OBAMA IS THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST AND CAN DO NO WRONG! CinnaminJaneBerry, I will inform you calmly in lower case that you are a complete idiot who has obviously surrendered your capacity for free and independent thought. Too bad, but your a lost soul.

  11. “Governing”??? Is that what he said? I bet you could to a word search going back to every public utterance Obama has ever made, and this intransitive verb would never show up. It’s as far removed from his vocabulary as it is from that of Sharpton and Jesse Jackson Sr. It doesn’t exist. He must have been on drugs last night.