FUND RAZ­ING

The Washington Times Daily - - Politics - BY JEN­NIFER HARPER

Pres­i­dent Obama has just hosted his 100th fundraiser in less than a year, ac­cord­ing to a count by the ever-vig­i­lant Re­pub­li­can Na­tional Com­mit­tee, which has tracked the phe­nom­e­non across mul­ti­ple news re­ports. The com­mit­tee has done all the math to re­veal that if Mr. Obama spends an av­er­age of two hours at each event, that equals 200 hours — or “five work weeks.”

The com­mit­tee also notes cer­tain events have not reached the 100 mark dur­ing the same time pe­riod, point­ing out the pres­i­dent made 55 speeches on the econ­omy, met 25 times with sec­re­taries of de­fense Leon E. Panetta or Robert M. Gates, and held 22 meet­ings each with Trea­sury Sec­re­tary Ti­mothy F. Gei­th­ner and Sec­re­tary of State Hil­lary Rod­ham Clin­ton.

Mr. Obama also held 11 town halls and five news con­fer­ences, de­liv­ered three speeches on en­ergy and three on hous­ing, and held two joint White House meet­ings with con­gres­sional lead­ers of both par­ties. Oh, and there were zero meet­ings with the anti-deficit su­per­com­mit­tee.

“While Obama was out on his fundrais­ing blitz, Amer­i­cans suf­fered the con­se­quences,” the com­mit­tee pro­claims in ret­ro­spect, adding that the un­em­ploy­ment rate has av­er­aged 9.2 per­cent, and the na­tional debt has in­creased by $1,194,586,498,473.80 since the pres­i­dent’s fundrais­ing push be­gan. at white­house.gov/eastereg­groll.

But wait. This year’s spe­cial-edi­tion sou­venir eggs are also for sale; they’re pur­ple, blue, green, orange — plus a com­mem­o­ra­tive red “Bo” egg fea­tur­ing the first dog’s paw print. A sin­gle egg is $7.50, a set is $30, all “crafted from Fsc-cer­ti­fied U.S. hard­wood in a fes­tive gift box.” The Na­tional Park Foun­da­tion, the of­fi­cial char­ity of Amer­ica’s na­tional parks, is the ac­tual egg pur­veyor here.

And a state­ment for those who won­der about the money: “The Na­tional Park Foun­da­tion pro­duces and sells the of­fi­cial White House Easter Egg to help sup­port the an­nual White House Easter Egg Roll on the White House South Lawn, which is one of our coun­try’s nearly 400 na­tional parks,” the or­ga­ni­za­tion says. See de­tails here: easter.na­tion­alparks.org.

WHITE HOUSE

The White House is sell­ing spe­cial-edi­tion sou­venir eggs ahead of its Easter Egg Roll on April 9. A sin­gle egg costs $7.50 while a set is $30, and the com­mem­o­ra­tive red egg fea­tures the first dog’s paw print.

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