To paraphrase someone famous, At some point, you’ve raised enough money.
President Obama’s decision to go on a whirlwind West Coast fundraising tour while facing so many foreign policy crises is so incomprehensible it even has Democratic allies who stand to benefit from the loot he picks up scratching their heads.
“I think the world would very much respect his increased attention on this matter,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said of one of the many overseas problems Obama faces.
I wanna tell you something. The issue is not just – as many in the press are suggesting – the symbolism, the “optics,” the need for a president to look serious and resolute during tough times. The problem is substantive.
I do not for a moment believe that the president is as focused on world affairs and the demands of his job while he’s schmoozing donors and hopscotching around the West Coast as he would be were he in the Oval Office or the Situation Room, assuming he’s there without Beyonce and Jay-Z.
The president doesn’t just arrive at these fundraisers, speak, scoop up checks and leave.
He presumably has to do some preparation so he knows who he is going to be hitting up for money. And then he has to do some amount of glad handing.
For example, last night at the home of Hollywood producer Shonda Rhimes, the president made a little speech and then spent 90 MINUTES hanging out. Ninety minutes. We don’t know what he was doing because the press was shoveled out of sight following the remarks.
Total roundtrip time from Obama’s hotel in Los Angeles to the fundraiser at Rhimes’s pad was nearly three hours.
Now let me ask you who are working, or who are retired and surely remember your workdays: How often did you have the ability to create a three hour hole in your day? How much work would you have gotten done that day?
And it’s not like this is a president who gets up early and knocks items off his to-do list like some champion self-starter.
The RNC jumped all over the Obama’s MIA status with a skillfully made ad. I’m sure it will resonate with Americans wondering why their president isn’t putting country before politics.