The Everlasting CampaignPosted by chris on Apr 27, 2012
This week, President Obama declared to his supporters and followers on Twitter that he is preparing to hold the “first” rallies of his reelection campaign. While there is nothing inherently special about a President stating that he will be hosting campaign event during an election year, the fact is that the President has been campaigning since the day that he was elected in 2008.
In fact, since he officially filed for reelection a year ago, Obama has made over 60 trips around the United States on Air Force One, of which nearly half included big-dollar celebrity-studded fundraisers. Just last month, the Campaigner-in-Chief stopped in Atlanta to attend three separate fundraising events with Hollywood celebrities and $35,800 per plate dinners.
Many of President Obama’s trips have taken him to states such as Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, Colorado and many others that are among the “swing states” that are expected to play a pivotal role in our elections come November. It is not that the president should not take trips, but the taxpayer should not be forced to pick up the tab for his political rallies under the guise of “official business.”
Shouldn’t the President – who is attending fundraisers that generate money not only for him, but also for the Democratic Party – have his travel expenses funded by his own Party? Considering that the White House recently launched a website on the ethics of individuals in government – which includes data on campaign financing – I think it is time for our Campaigner-in-Chief to start reviewing his own ethics. We have grown tired of this hypocritical talk in Washington, and we look forward to having our voice heard this November.