Skip to comments.Shocking Huffington Post Headline: 'Obama Begs Donors: Send More $$$'
Posted on 07/01/2012 9:29:56 AM PDT by Kaslin
Here's a headline you likely never expected to see at the perilously liberal Huffington Post: "Obama Begs Donors: Send More $$$."
The sub-headline below the picture was just as shocking: "Phones Donors From Air Force One... Call Caught On Tape... Issues Warning: GOP Will 'Run Congress And The White House.'"
The link directed readers to a Daily Beast article titled, "President Obama Asks Campaign Donors to Send Him More Money."
Author Lloyd Grove teased, "President Obama sounded weary and maybe a tad worried late Friday during a rambling conference call with campaign donors whom he repeatedly begged to send money—and send it now."
This certainly wasn't what one would have expected from a President that supposedly won a tremendous victory the previous day having his landmark healthcare legislation declared constitutional by the Supreme Court.
Yet as many conservative commentators pointed out including yours truly, this wasn't close to the conquest his fans in the media claimed.
Judging by his pleas in this audio tape sent to the Daily Beast by an Obama donor, the President and his campaign know it:
The majority on this call maxed out to my campaign last time. I really need you to do the same this time,” the president said in a highly unusual (and presumably legal) fundraising pitch from Air Force One on his way back to Washington from Colorado Springs, where he’d been assessing the terrible damage caused by uncontained wildfires. A special phone on the government aircraft is dedicated to political calls that are paid for by the campaign.
I’m asking you to meet or exceed what you did in 2008,” he continued. “Because we’re going to have to deal with these super PACs in a serious way. And if we don’t, frankly I think the political [scene] is going to be changed permanently. Because the special interests that are financing my opponent’s campaign are just going to consolidate themselves. They’re gonna run Congress and the White House.”
Maybe this call took place after Americans for Prosperity and American Crossroads each created and started running ads Friday pummeling the President for his signature healthcare legislation now being a tax on the citizens, something he promised the people wasn't the case before it was passed.
“In 2008 everything was new and exciting about our campaign,” said the President. “And now I’m the incumbent president. I’ve got gray hair. People have seen disappointment because folks had a vision of change happening immediately. And it turns out change is hard, especially when you’ve got an obstructionist Republican Congress.”
The President then complained about being out-fundraised by Mitt Romney last month, and that the GOP Super PACs are likely to continue to give the former Massachusetts governor the edge.
Those on the call were warned he couldn't wait for contributions later in the year because ad time could already be gobbled up in key markets.
“We are going to see more money spent on negative ads through these super PACs and anonymous outside groups than ever before," Obama said. "And if things continue as they have so far, I’ll be the first sitting president in modern history to be outspent in his reelection campaign.”
Does that sound to you like a man the media claimed was dancing in the White House in the midst of a post-ObamaTax ruling victory lap?
Despite what happened last week, Obama ia in big, big trouble.
These people are running your country.
Thanks for not caring. :)
In truth, Romney is raising more money and that means there will be more ads out. What took place last week is going to fade over the course of the summer.
It’s amazing how easy it is for demagogues to shake down liberals.
Here’s an example of a use of Huff’n’Puffpo that I find acceptable.
5 Great Gifts to Send Obama in Lieu of Cash Contributions
(Not losing our humorous outlook...)
I’m curious why any one finds this shocking.
People can speculate all they want, but the guy who raises more money usually wins the general election.
Obama outspent McCain 5 to 1 in tv ads in the final weeks of the 2008 elections but now he’ll be the one getting carpet bombed out of existance.
If Obama is not ahead by at least 10 points by September he is toast.
He said “Most of you maxed out” in 2008 then says he wants them to give at least or more this time. I’m sure he does and I’m sure many of them will. Campaign law? What campaign law.
Can this man legally call donors from Air Force One? Isn’t that a illegal campaign violation of using his WORKPLACE to do CAMPAIGNING?
Big Media will do their part in their daily headlines, news broadcasts, comedy programs “I can see Rusha from muh house!”, and as debate moderators.
They will be in full CYA mode for Obama and the Democrats.
Why doesn’t Obama just tax penalize those refusing to give him campaign donations, I mean everyone has to pay their fair share, right?
This just tells me the left would be just as happy to have either one of them in the White House
obama can get bent.
I seem to remember the libs making a big kurfuffle about Bush making phone calls in the WH for donations and they had a cow...
Is not AF1 the defacto oval office in the air?
Wow! Just like Obama I guess my husband also found that tee times have gone up.
Need the cash, bro!
I’m sure Obozo will reimburse the gov’t (us!) for these campaign expenditures...not.
Suddently my email is full of garbage from this administration (from Michelle to Messina, the begger-in-chief and God knows who else) BEGGING FOR MONEY...and I’m a registered Republican and everyone knows I hate obummer. What gives? Have they no shame?
I’m guessing that the lion’s share of these donations are being quickly transferred to an overseas bank. I believe that the Obamas will leave the US when his term in office is up. Isn’t that what corrupt despots do?
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