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.
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.