WHY would a sitting president need to raise more money for a re-election campaign than the original one?!
For the 2008 presidential election, the Obama campaign raised nearly $750 MILLION!! Given Obama's current approval ratings (46% as of January 15, 2011), the number of stalled or broken promises over the first half of his term, lack cost-effective bills most notably the failed 2009 Stimulus Bill , and ignoring the wishes of the American public to repeal ObamaCare (which have been consistently above 52% since being signed into law in March 2010, etc.
Do you really think attempting to raise a BILLION DOLLARS will is the most prudent or effective approach to take given the above citations or a complete waste of time and money that will likely result in further dividing citizens?!
Lastly, WHY, if he is so deserving of the title, would Obama even need to raise so much money?! You would think he wouldn't need to spend nearly as much as the first time around, and simply let his presidential track record speak for itself...oh, wait, I think I just answered my own question!! :o)
"Obama’s team is running into resistance in at least one key fundraising hub — New York City, where some of Obama’s biggest 2008 backers have bitterly protested last year’s passage of financial reform legislation and what they perceived as an unfair bad-mouthing of bankers during the debate."
"In 2008, the president raised $745 million and became the first nominee in modern history to decline public funding and finance his campaign entirely with private money.
Simply duplicating that record-breaking sum would be a feat, particularly when Obama’s candidacy won’t be softly wrapped in the inspirational and historic themes of his first race, but he’ll run on an ambitious record of legislative accomplishments – victories that haven’t yet been embraced by his liberal base but have energized his Republican adversaries."
"Daniel Loeb, founder of the Third Point Management hedge fund, wrote a scathing December rant to fellow Obama Wall Street bundlers – fundraisers who tap their own networks of friends to drive cash to the campaign — suggesting the perfect holiday gift for each of them: A book about battered wives who can’t leave their abusive husbands.
“I am sure, if we are really nice and stay quiet, everything will be alright and the President will become more centrist and that all his tough talk is just words,” Loeb wrote. “I mean when I am alone with him – at $30,000 a plate fund raisers – he’s really nice and once I got invited to the White House!”
It seems a certain group took issue with Meg Whitman (R-CA) wasting $142 million of her OWN money in her bid to become California's next governor, and in doing so was (according to the left) labeled hypocritical in her claims to be fiscally conservative.
That said, IF (and that's a big "if") Obama successfully raises that much money, if not more, will his re-election campaign spending be conveniently overlooked by those who desperately want to see him serve two-terms, regardless of the detriment a second term poses to this country, or do they not care if they are labeled hypocrites?! Pie-in-the-sky dreams aside, can this country REALLY afford it?!
If they don't have a problem raising money for campaigning, why can't they do the same to pay for their entitlement programs? More stepping over dollars to pick up dimes.
It wasn't as hard in 2008 as it will be in 2012. All he had to do was not be Bush. He didn't have a track record, and by careful steps to vote mostly 'Present' he didn't seem to have much of an opinion either. Now that the people see what this man is made of and what he considers a sound decision, he will have a much harder time trying to court the supporters again. The romance of 'making history' has come and gone. The honeymoon is over.
Answer by QuinnMae at 3:32 PM on Jan. 15, 2011
Answer by NotPanicking at 4:10 PM on Jan. 15, 2011
Answer by DSamuels at 4:06 PM on Jan. 15, 2011
Answer by Carpy at 3:47 PM on Jan. 15, 2011
Answer by NotPanicking at 4:12 PM on Jan. 15, 2011
Republicans ignored the will of the American public They wanted the health care bill to go further
What planet did you just zoom in from exactly? I think it was the other way around, but that is how the 1984 newspeak goes. Now that it is said, it is fact. Amazing, really!
I want to know this. Is PBO just a professional campaigner? Has there been one day in his tenor as Senator or pres. that he wasn't campaigning? Are we in for the same 24 month campaign we had last time? Lord, I hope not. I can't take another 2 year presidential run.
Answer by jesse123456 at 5:32 PM on Jan. 15, 2011
Answer by DSamuels at 4:11 PM on Jan. 15, 2011
Answer by Carpy at 4:27 PM on Jan. 15, 2011
Answer by gemgem at 5:30 PM on Jan. 15, 2011
Answer by Carpy at 5:02 PM on Jan. 15, 2011