Politifact: Yes, Obama Went on Fundraising and Golf Orgy While Jobs Council Never Met

Posted by on Jul 21, 2012 at 2:57 pm
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After careful examination they have no choice but to conclude it’s nothing but truth.

For statistics on Obama’s golf and fundraising activities, we turned to the RNC, which provided us with an Excel spreadsheet it had compiled internally. We then double-checked the RNC’s work.

There is no official tally of the president’s daily activities. There is one tally that’s unofficial but widely respected — compiled by longtime CBS News correspondent Mark Knoller.

The RNC offered links to news accounts to back up Obama’s 10 golf outings in the past six months, and they confirmed golf outings on the dates cited by the RNC count.

The go on to point out Eisenhower racked up 800 rounds of golf in his two terms to help diminish Obama’s mere 100-plus outings, as if that means anything. Well, it does mean Eisenhower was clearly a golf junkie.

As for fundraising events, the RNC provided dates and locations. However, we were able to check this list using two sources.

The White House’s archive of presidential speeches and remarks offers chronological links to transcripts of the president’s comments at every public appearance he makes. Many, though not all, fundraising events are included in this archive.

Meanwhile, to track events that were closed to the media — and thus wouldn’t be included in the archive of speeches and remarks — we relied on our personal archive of White House pool reports, which are the dispatches written by journalists covering the White House several times a day and distributed to all members of the White House news corps. These pool reports will typically mention that the president is attending a fundraiser even if the event is closed to the media.

Using these two sources, we were able to confirm virtually all of the fundraisers cited by the RNC. In only three cases were we unable to verify fundraisers cited by the RNC using these sources. This doesn’t mean that these three events didn’t happen; we just couldn’t find pool reports that specifically backed them up. However, even if the actual number of fundraisers in the last six months turned out to be 103 rather than 106, we won’t quibble — the number would be close enough for us to consider it accurate.

All told, we rate the claim True.

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