While Americans may feel more comfortable when President Barack Obama is not inWashington, D.C. trying to raise taxes while thinking up onerous, job-killing regulations,a new book on the Obama administration will give statistical evidence that Obamashould rightfully be called the nation’s “campaigner-in-chief.”
As the Daily Mail reports, the book, The Rise of the President’s Permanent Campaign,written by Naval Academy political science professor Brendan J. Doherty, reveals that Obama visited thebattleground states of Indiana, Florida, Colorado, and Arizona in his first month in office. He is the only president in the last 35 years to visit every battleground state in his first yearin office.
The book, which will be published in July, also notes that “Obama has already heldmore re-election fundraising events than every elected president since Richard Nixoncombined.”
Just yesterday, Obama raised more than $2 million at a fundraiser in Northern Virginiawith Bill Clinton. The fundraiser took place at the home of Terry McAuliffe, a prominentDemocrat and Clinton “money man.”
And these fundraising numbers do not include lavish fundraisers put together by hisfriends in Hollywood and the Washington, D.C. liberal establishment on his behalf, which he does not attend.
Last week, in an interview with Breitbart News, Chairman ReincePriebus said the RNC would be investigating whether Obama’s official trips are nothingmore than taxpayer-funded campaign events.
According to the Daily Mail, the RNC filed a formal complaint with the GovernmentAccountability Office soon after Priebus’s interview with Breitbart News.
Of course, these statistics are damaging to Obama because they reveal, in numbers,a president who campaigned on changing the culture of Washington and ended upsuccumbing to some of its worst aspects. Obama’s perpetual campaigning — and lack ofactual governing and managing — may also explain why government agencies such asthe GSA have taken even more liberties since Obama was elected.