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April 07, 2013

Obama's California fundraising trip irks left and right

Obama's California fundraising trip irks left and right

Obama returned to Washington Thursday afternoon from a Democratic fundraising tour in San Francisco that included appearances at four high-dollar private fundraising events and garnered criticism from Washington Republicans and progressive activists alike.

Fury at the President’s Bay Area junket focused on environmental issues, Obama’s comments on the appearance of California’s attorney general, and wasteful hobnobbing with billionaires as the economy is grinding to a halt and labor force participation has plummeted to its lowest rate since 1979.

Obama kicked off his fundraising swing with two events for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) in two of San Francisco’s wealthiest communities.

Obama appeared Wednesday at a $5,000-a-head cocktail reception at the $5.8 million Sea Cliff, San Francisco home of investor and environmental activist Tom Steyer and his wife Kat Taylor, a philanthropist who serves on the board of directors of organizations including the Insight Prison Project, which runs programs inside San Quentin Prison that seek to transform the lives of “those impacted by incarceration” through “emotional literacy” programs and yoga.

“We’ve been able to reduce carbon emissions in this country … (and) address one of the biggest challenges of our time — and that is climate change,” Obama said in his remarks at the Steyer fundraiser, noting that he has made his environmental accomplishments despite an “aggressive agenda” by Republicans.

“We’ve got more work to do in terms of dealing with climate change and making sure that we’ve got an economy that is energy-efficient,” Obama added.

Obama has yet to make a decision on whether he will approve the planned Keystone XL pipeline, which Steyer, a onetime top prospect to replace Energy Secretary Steven Chu, adamantly opposes. Steyer has recently funded attack ads against Democratic Massachusetts Senate candidate Stephen Lynch, who supports the pipeline.

Obama later appeared alongside House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi at a $32,500-per-person fundraiser at the home of billionaire Gordon Getty, the son of the late oil billionaire J. Paul Getty, while hundreds of anti-Keystone protesters held signs and demonstrated near the event.

“I’d guess pretty much everyone here voted for Obama,” said one anti-Keystone activist who protested the Obama fundraiser. “But he’s not representing us. He just doesn’t have the political will.”

The Republican National Committee released an ad Wednesday entitled “Billionaire Row,” which excoriated Obama for campaigning against the top one percent during the 2012 election, and appearing at billionaires’ fundraisers after his victory.

Obama spent Wednesday night at the Intercontinental San Francisco hotel, where the 2,000 square foot presidential suite has a starting rate of $3,500 per night.

Obama took off Thursday morning for Atherton, Calif., where he appeared at two more DCCC fundraisers. Air Force One landed at Menlo Circus Club, where the president was greeted by approximately 100 more anti-Keystone activists before quickly taking off in his motorcade for the fundraisers.

Obama appeared at the Atherton hills home of Medley Partners Managing Director Mark Heising, where tickets cost $32,400, and then the Atherton home of Levi-Strauss heir John Goldman, where tickets ranged from $1,00o to $20,000.

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Wild Thing's comment.................

It would be so wonderful if every time Obama does anything there would be a big reaction of disapproval at what he does and says. It would take the left being upset of course but it would be awesome to see it happen.

Posted by Wild Thing at April 7, 2013 02:50 AM


We're on the brink of war with a madman armed with nuclear weapons and this SOB is fundraising at high dollar events. But then, it's probably best he's away and not screwing things up.

Posted by: BobF at April 7, 2013 08:10 AM

Maybe on one of these absolutely self serving trips the royal throne aboard AF One will malfunction and blow his ass out at 40,000 feet.

Posted by: TomR,armed in Texas at April 7, 2013 12:06 PM

These trips on which the *THE*RULER* electioneers for his agenda and for Social Democrat candidates-on our dime- is beginning to offend me more than the endless vacation trips enjoyed by *THE*RULER* , Moochell Hussein Ubama , and by Presidaughters Mali and Sharia. The vacays are "conspicuous consumption " while the Demorats promote "conspicuous austerity" through sequester in order to embarrass the right. That is bad enough but I am more sick of my tax dollars being spent to promote candidates and agendas which I oppose. What is wrong here ?

Posted by: Willy at April 7, 2013 06:26 PM

I agree TomR oh and if lil' kimche kim wants to test his nukes, he should aim one at 1600 while o-hole is in the closet with the SS's Holder.

Posted by: cuchieddie at April 7, 2013 07:09 PM