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  • Obama Plans Birthday Fundraiser One Day After Debt Deadline

    The White House has pegged Aug. 2 as the drop-dead deadline for a debt-limit deal. But deal or no deal, President Obama is heading to Chicago on Aug. 3 for his 50th birthday bash — a pricey fundraiser for his re-election campaign.

    Obama’s campaign began promoting the birthday last week with an appeal to supporters to “bring 50 new people into this campaign for President Obama’s 50th birthday.” Obama’s birthday is Aug. 4. The party will be held the night before at Chicago’s historic Aragon Ballroom.

    Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times reported tickets would range from $50 a person to whopping $35,800 per couple. A concert, possibly featuring Jennifer Hudson, is planned for the afternoon, along with a private reception.

    The news follows Obama’s record fundraising haul of $86 million for the second quarter. That’s already prompted accusations that Obama is more interested in raising money for his re-election than dealing with the debt limit. Now comes news of his birthday party just one day after the administration’s own deadline.

    Keith Koffler observes on White House Dossier that Obama is opening himself to criticism:

    The Republicans may not realize it, but they have an extra point of leverage in the debt ceiling talks: Barack Obama’s birthday.

    It’s on Aug. 4. The president is turning 50. He’s decided to have a quiet celebration with family and a few close friends.


    Instead, the president is planning an extravagant fundraising bash Aug. 3 at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, including a birthday concert teeming with celebrities and – for couples contributing $35,800 – a private dinner with the president. All this just one day after the government is scheduled to run out of cash!

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    14 Responses to Obama Plans Birthday Fundraiser One Day After Debt Deadline

    1. Stirling says:

      Of course he wants this done by his birthday/Fundraiser. It's simailar to prior to Obamacare being passed, where he set a date and ramrodded it thru congress in typical Chicago style politics.. This time he may need to "eat some crow," because the american people actually have some representation in the debate.

    2. Jeff, Illinois says:

      Either Obama should change his birth date . . to some other date or the GOP could help him celebrate in grand fashion by either raising the debt ceiling without stipulation or agreeing to his reasonable offer of minimal tax increases for those who have done enormously well while the middle class has taken a beating thanks to GOP obstructionism.

      • JohnQ says:

        @Jeff Illinois: Are you serious? Do you think raising tax would put us out of debt? Our country is in need to help to balance this budget. Let's not take side here, they should fine a way to lower this debt and not blaming each other. It just shows how much he cares about this country and the American people when the deadline is near and nothing has done, but instead planning a fundraiser/birthday bash.

    3. Jeff, Illinois says:

      Part A

      Everyone knows and has known from the history of this issue, that the debt ceiling MUST be raised. Budget issues are a separate debate. Thus it's only because of the insanity of the Tea Party influence and likely some racism that the GOP has dug in and made a crisis, that shouldn't be. Again for clarity the debt issue in general is an extremely important topic, but not one that should be dealt with as the clock strikes midnight. The president inherited an economic disaster. This isn't about blaming, it's just a reality. No one was / is certain how to pull us out of this mess. The president attempted a stimulus package supported by some leading economists, which successfully helped some industries, others perhaps not as much. Again, this was going to be an extremely difficult economic recovery. The GOP has obstructed every effort of the present administration.

      • Dr, Donnie Smith says:

        Jeff, you know little about finance and economics which is likely because you have your head up Obama's arse…!
        If the debt ceiling is not raised, the earth will not spin out of orbit, the economy will not collapse, seniors will get their checks, Medicare will continue to treat the sick, the stock market will react favorably, our creditors will breathe a sigh of relief because we’ve stopped out of control spending, and some programs and government agencies that are pure nonsense will go dark (hopefully forever), and the progressives will be proven the lairs they truly are…!
        If it is raised, there will be quite a few Senators and Congressmen/women contributing to the unemployment figures… Count on it…!

    4. Jeff, Illinois says:

      Part B

      It's clear again that the debt ceiling must be raised, to maintain as is stated the full confidence of our economic stability. He's only 50 once, and any president would celebrate it. The dates are just a coincidence. The GOP needs to slap the fringe elements in their party and get real . . then take up the long term debt issue in a more responsible sane way. The constant suggestion that the present administration is on spending spree is ridiculous. Again, it inherited two unpaid for wars, a guestionably constructed Medicare Prescription drug plan and an economic crisis . .
      The so called entitlement programs have a long history that most americans fully support. Other social programs have to do with what kind of country we want to live in.

    5. Jeff, Illinois says:

      Part C

      Again the populace opinion is that we will give a helping hand of one kind or another in education, nutritition, employment and a host of other programs. Nobody likes to be subject to more and more taxes, but again let’s get real . . in the past the tax rate for the wealthy was as much as 90% and somehow our nation thrived . . yet now with many tax loopholes the effective tax rate on the wealthiest is less than 25%, so what’s fair is fair. Given that history . . how in the world can the GOP dig in and not accept even the slightest additional tax for the sake of our nation. Look at the numbers, the talking point about so-called taxing the job creators is a fallacy . . more jobs were created in the Clinton years than the Reagan years. And then with the Bush tax cuts, jobs were lost again by the millions at the end of his administration.

      So Mr. President I say celebrate your birthday . . and the GOP needs to do their job and stop this.

      • Dr. Donnie Smith says:

        And tell me all knowing Jeffery, why wouldn't Americans support a system that forces them to pay into it and then not expect to get their money back…?

    6. Bobbie says:

      "birthday" is cover
      funny Mr. Obama mentioned 80% of Americans support him. My stats read100% doesn't!

      • Dr. Donnie Smith says:

        Spot on Bobby…!

      • carol,az says:

        I hear you loud and clear Bobby:
        fact is, probably no one showed up , accept Hollywood .
        Is always about the money after all. Hollywood would do anything to get into the White House, or sneak-in and after that, they can do a reality show !

    7. FED UP says:

      When will Americans wake up and say ENOUGH of all this madness!?

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