Today could well mark the moment when the reality sank in that we have a lame duck president on our hands. A mere hour after the catastrophic unemployment report came in, the failed president hopped aboard Air Force One at your expense to attend a mind-numbing six fundraisers.
President Obama will jump-start what looks to be a major June fundraising push with six money events today in Minneapolis and Chicago – the most fundraisers he’s held in a single day since launching his bid for a second term.
Obama is expected to raise more than $7.2 million total for the Obama Victory Fund (OVF), according to figures provided by the campaign.
Flying to Minnesota under the banner of “official business” – an event at a Honeywell factory in a Minneapolis suburb – Obama will quickly turn to politics, lunching with three separate sets of donors at the downtown Bachelor Farmer restaurant, an eatery owned by Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton’s two sons, Eric and Andrew.
The president will first address a group of 100 guests, each paying $5,000 a plate. He then will meet privately with two small roundtables of deep-pocket supporters – one group paying $40,000 per person; the other $50,000 per person, a campaign official said. (The $50k ticket price is the largest for any Obama fundraiser held since the start of the campaign.)
Mitt Romney, meanwhile, pounced on today’s bleak news.
“This week has seen a cascade of one bad piece of economic news after another. Slowing GDP growth, plunging consumer confidence, an increase in unemployment claims, and now another dismal jobs report all stand as a harsh indictment of the president’s handling of the economy,” Romney said in a statement, adding that is is “clear to everyone” that Obama’s policies have “failed to achieve their goals.”
“The president’s re-election slogan may be ‘forward,’ but it seems like we’ve been moving backward,” Romney added. “We can do so much better in America. That’s why I’m running for president.”
White House insiders expressed concern Obama may not have enough time to squeeze in a round of golf this afternoon or the Heat-Celtics game tonight.