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- June 23, 2011

Obama Heads To The Big Apple For A Round Of Celebrity-Studded Fundraisers While Americans Are Desperate For Economic Leadership From The President

OBAMA HEADS TO NEW YORK CITY FOR THREE FUNDRAISERS TONIGHT 

First A $35,800-A-Plate Dinner With A Group Of Wall Street “Fat Cats.” “President Barack Obama is returning to New York for the fourth time in as many months, heading to Upper East Side and Midtown for fundraisers Thursday. A $35,800-a-head dinner packed with Wall Streeters will welcome the president at Chef Daniel Boulud's East 65th Street restaurant, Daniel, according to the Daily News. Though the dinner is aimed at bankers, hedge fund managers and private equity investors, there remain questions as to whether Obama can still curry favor with financial industry execs after calling them ‘fat cats’ and blasting their bonuses.” (Amy Zimmer, “President Obama Returns to Manhattan For Fundraisers,” DNAInfo6/21/11)

Then He’ll “Hobnob” With Donors At The LGBT Leadership Council's Gala Hosted By ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Star Neil Patrick Harris. “Obama is also going to hobnob with another group of potential donors that night — members of the LGBT elite. As New York lawmakers continue to debate legalizing gay marriage, Obama — who signed the law to repeal the ban on openly gay service members — is expected to be the keynote speaker for the annual LGBT Leadership Council's gala at the Sheraton on Seventh Avenue and West 53rd Street. ‘How I Met Your Mother’ star Neil Patrick Harris will host the event.” (Amy Zimmer, “President Obama Returns to Manhattan For Fundraisers,” DNAInfo6/21/11)

Finally He’ll Round Out The Evening With Whoopi Goldberg At A Special Obama Re-elect Performance Of “Sister Act.” “Just a block west from the Sheraton, Obama will be getting a boost from Whoopi Goldberg. The Tony-nominated Broadway musical ‘Sister Act,’ produced by the comedienne, is taking a night away from its normal run to help raise money for Obama's re-election campaign, Huffington Post reported.” (Amy Zimmer, “President Obama Returns to Manhattan For Fundraisers,” DNAInfo6/21/11)

BUT WHILE OBAMA IS BEING SERENADED WITH “FABULOUS, BABY!”  AMERICANS WILL STILL BE DEALING WITH A MUCH-LESS-THAN FABULOUS ECONOMIC REALITY 

76 Percent Of Americans Think The Economy Is Stalled Or Is Getting Worse. (Bloomberg News National Poll, 1000 A, MoE 3.1%, 6/17-20/11)

  • “Gas Prices Are Higher, Grocery Prices Are Higher, Transportation Prices Are Higher. … The Jobs Situation Nationwide Is Very Poor” “‘Gas prices are higher, grocery prices are higher, transportation prices are higher,’ says poll respondent Ronda Brockway, 54, an insurance company manager and political independent who lives in a suburb of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. ‘The jobs situation nationwide is very poor.’” (Mike Dorning, “Poll: 44% Of Americans Worse Off Under Obama,” Bloomberg6/22/11)

44 Percent Of Americans Are Worse Off Than They Were When Obama Took Office, Another 21 Percent Are Only “About The Same.” (Bloomberg News National Poll, 1000 A, MoE 3.1%, 6/17-20/11)

55 Percent Of Americans Think American Children Will Have A Lower Standard Of Living Than Their Parents Do. (Bloomberg News National Poll, 1000 A, MoE 3.1%, 6/17-20/11)

One In Three Likely Voters Think They Will Be Poorer Next Year. “More than one in three likely voters expect to be worse off when they go to the polls a year from this November, a somber fact for President Obama’s reelection campaign, while just 25 percent believe they will be better off, according to this week’s The Hillpoll.” (John T. Bennett, “The Hill Poll: Many Voters Expect To Become Poorer,” The Hill6/6/11)                                                                                                                                                              

AND OBAMA MAKING LIGHT OF THE DISMAL ECONOMIC SITUATION SHOWS JUST HOW OUT OF TOUCH HE IS

Obama Dismissed The Rise In The Unemployment Rate In May By Saying “There Are Always Going To Be Bumps On The Road To Recovery.”  (President Obama, Remarks by the President to Chrysler Workers in Toledo, Ohio, 6/3/11)

Obama Has Stopped Receiving A Daily Economic Briefing. “At some point during the first two years of his administration, President Obama stopped receiving the daily economic briefing that he requested when he took office.”  (Sam Youngman, “Daily Economic Briefings Disappear From Obama's White House Schedule,”The Hill, 6/6/11)

  • Former Press Secretary Robert Gibbs: Obama “Felt It Was Important That Each Day He Receive The Most Up-To-Date Information As It Relates To The Economy.” “The President asked that this be added each day to his schedule, as the country is in the midst of an economic crisis and an economic emergency.  And he felt it was important that each day he receive the most up-to-date information as it relates to the economy, as we put together an economic reinvestment and recovery plan, as well as future financial stability packages, to ensure that our economy gets moving again.” (Press Briefing by Press Secretary Robert Gibbs,12/2/09)

While In Durham, Obama “Cracked Wise” About The Jobs His Stimulus Was Supposed To Create. “While meeting with his Jobs and Competitiveness Council today in Durham, N.C., President Obama cracked wise about one of his administration's early catchphrases. Remember ’shovel-ready projects.’ Those were construction projects in the 2009 stimulus bill that were supposed to get moving right away -- but jobs council members told Obama today that some got held up because of elaborate government regulations and permitting procedures.” (David Jackson, “Obama Jokes About ‘Shovel-Ready Projects,” USA Today6/13/11)

  • President Obama: “Shovel-Ready Was Not As Shovel-Ready As We Expected.” (President Obama, Remarks In Durham, N.C., 6/13/11)

“Mired In Economic Worry, Americans Are Growing Gloomier About Where The Country Is Headed And The Way President Barack Obama Is Leading It.” (Jim Kuhnhenn, “AP-GfK Poll: Slow Recovery Weakens Obama,” The Associated Press6/22/11)

57 Percent Of Americans Disapprove Of Obama’s Handling Of The Economy. (Bloomberg News National Poll, 1000 A, MoE 3.1%, 6/17-20/11)

57 Percent Of Americans Disapprove Of Obama’s Job Performance When It Comes To Creating Jobs. (Bloomberg News National Poll, 1000 A, MoE 3.1%, 6/17-20/11)

61 Percent Of Americans Disapprove Of Obama’s Handling Of The Budget Deficit. (Bloomberg News National Poll, 1000 A, MoE 3.1%, 6/17-20/11)

“Those Signs Of Economic Pessimism Aren’t Helping Obama’s Reelection Bid.” (Jennifer Epstein, “Poll: 3 In 10 Sure They'll Vote Obama,” Politico6/22/11)


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