Pleading on Air Force One Perpetuates Perceptions of Panic

Early yesterday I heard on the radio that Mr. Obama was begging people to donate to his campaign in a rambling conference call initiated by him on Air Force One. The person reporting on it said those attending the call said he sounded “weary” and “desperate.”

Ten days ago, I posted “Why Mitt Romney will Beat Barack Obama in the Cash Race” in which it had been reported that Mr. Obama — by the end of April — had already held more fundraisers, as an incumbent president, than all five of his predecessors combined!

Every incumbent president has an enormous advantage over any challenger for all the obvious reasons; it is why no incumbent president has ever raised less campaign cash than his challenger. Never. And remember, presidential fundraising is a form of voting.

Yesterday, The Telegraph published an article titled, “US election: Barack Obama begs donors for more as Mitt Romney rakes it in” that started off:

In a phone call from Air Force One, the President reportedly told a group of top donors “I can’t do this by myself” and urged them to open their cheque books to “meet or exceed what you did in 2008″.

Noting that most had “maxed out to my campaign last time,” Mr Obama told them: “I really need you to do the same this time,” according to a leaked transcript.

Despite holding a narrow lead over his rival, the president informed the supporters that his ability to campaign and broadcast advertisements in key battleground states such as Florida and Ohio directly depended on their generosity.

Details of the call emerged days after Mr Obama warned supporters that he would be “the first president in modern history to be outspent” by his opponent unless donors upped their contributions.

Following is the most interesting quote I heard on the radio this morning. Why is it that when we hear or read almost anything in which Obama is being quoted, he refers to himself? From patting himself on the back for ordering the raid on Bin Laden to his poor circumstances as noted here? Is this one a case of whining again or basic narcissism?

“In 2008 everything was new and exciting about our campaign,” Mr Obama said, according to a recording of the call obtained by The Daily Beast, a news website. “And now I’m the incumbent president. I’ve got grey hair. People have seen disappointment because folks had a vision of change happening immediately. And it turns out change is hard.”

Change is hard for the person that has never been a leader or change agent. Mr. Obama is just now discovering, after 44 months, that change is difficult? This quote just above is nothing short of pathetic. Whining — Pathetic — Self-centered. Oh, the poor man; he has grey hair.

Sheldon Adelson, a casino tycoon who last month gave Restore Our Future $10 million (£6.4 million), has pledged to spend “whatever it takes” to kill Mr Obama’s “socialist agenda”, friends have said.

As I heard about Mr. Obama’s begging for money on Air Force One, I started doing some basic calculations to try and guess how much each $1,000 of money raised cost the taxpayers in AF1 fuel, salaries and benefits of Air Force and Secret Service personnel, etc. I wish there was some way we could vote Mr. Obama out of office much sooner than November 6th. I can only dream.

In the meantime, we must all work as hard as we can to bring about a huge result that first week of November! Every person’s effort in grassroots work will have a cumulative impact that will be enormous. Never forget that. Every little bit helps. Just do it. Never quit — never.

Contrast Mr. Obama’s pathetic quote above with the fact that Mitt Romney has been a change agent and a strong leader for well over 35 years. Do you think Mitt Romney has ever complained about change being difficult? Need I say more?


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5 Responses to Pleading on Air Force One Perpetuates Perceptions of Panic

  1. AfricansforRomney says:

    Obama is a sell-out. hehehehe… May be he’s broke b/c of mismanaging the campaign money like he does bankrupting the nation.
    How about PACKING Mr Prez instead of begging? I’m in for Packing :-)

  2. LDEI says:

    It’s true that Obama is in panic mode. Even screw ups by the GOP won’t save Obama. Obama has taxed the lower and middle classes with expiration of Bush Tax Cuts, Printing Money, and Obamacare (according to the Supreme Court). Tax and spend is all he knows how to do. AND he is involved in a coverup that makes the NIXON third rate burglary look like child’s play. Conspiracy to commit First Degree Murder, First Degree Treason to name a few. OR why not hand over the documents.

  3. Susan says:

    A president has a mighty advantage. He is privy to all pertinent information and can manipulate events to coincide with his campaign. True, some things are beyond even this president’s grasp.

    It is difficult to unseat a president especially one that uses the media as his personal cheerleading group. He has immediate access to the MSM and can sit for interviews that make him look charming and so, so caring. It is all theater.

    How any person could run for president and think for one single second, that the job isn’t hard makes me shudder. I would think using the bathroom would be about the only possible quiet moment and frankly taking a vacation would be out of the question, at least for me. Give me a day or two at Camp David to revive the spirits and then it is out working hard again.

    This president seems to have a lot of time to play golf, vacations, but mostly campaigning. I have just never seen anything like it. Nobody loved the spotlight like Bill Clinton, but Obama has him beat by a mile.

    I don’t understand the lack of budgets, the lack of frequent press conferences, lack of meetings with cabinet members, and the refusal to see that as president he represents all groups even conservatives. He might not like it, but to ignore half the nation will be at his peril.

  4. Kristen says:

    It won’t be over until January 20th.

  5. Annette S says:

    “People have seen disappointment because folks had a vision of change happening immediately. As it turns out change is hard”.

    So Obama….then you admit that your policies haven’t worked? Maybe you are out of touch with reality. You looked upon those forces representing the center and the right as leading our country down the wrong path. Really? So you, a former community organizer and Chicago styled politician is going to lead the way to a government controlled economy. A government economy that picks winners and losers. A government that turns it’s back on the hard working business owners who create jobs and wealth for our country. Unemployment is now 8.2% of a shrunken national work force. Manufacturing companies are slowing down on expansion and hiring. Get a clue Obama! Could it be that you don’t understand how to grow our economy. You want the economy to be under your control and your allies. You have no faith in those who actually create the wealth. We don’t need narcissism in the White House, we need a president who wants the government and the private sector to be allies. Romney 2012!!