October 20th, 2009
11:44 AM ET
5 years ago

President Barack Obama, Party Guy

President Barack Obama is in the middle of a two-week period full of fundraisers and campaign events to help out fellow Democrats.
President Barack Obama is in the middle of a two-week period full of fundraisers and campaign events to help out fellow Democrats.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Call him the party guy. President Barack Obama is in the middle of a two-week period full of fundraisers and campaign events to help out fellow Democrats as campaign season enters the home stretch this year.

The president headlines a major fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee Tuesday in New York City. The dinner and the rally at the Mandarin Hotel in Columbus Circle is expected to rake in somewhere between $2 to 3 million, according to a Democratic source. Obama was the main attraction at a similar event for the DNC last Thursday in San Francisco, which a party source says brought in around $3 million.

The two events could help out the national party, which is trailing the Republicans in the fundraising race. As of the beginning of September, the DNC reported $15 million cash on hand, with debt of more than $5 million. The Republican National Committee reported $21 million in the bank, as of September 1, with no debt. On Tuesday, the RNC reported bringing in $8.74 million in September. The DNC has yet to release its September fundraising numbers.

"The White House has already made it clear that it will take an active role in the midterm elections," CNN Political Editor Mark Preston said. "Over the next year, expect to see the president crisscrossing the country to raise money for the Democratic Party and individual House and Senate candidates. There is a lot on the line for the president. He will shoulder some of the blame if Democrats suffer great losses in 2010."


The DNC is event is one of two fundraisers Obama's headlining today. He's also the main attraction at a event for Bill Owens, the Democratic candidate in a special election this November for New York's 23rd Congressional District. A new poll indicates that because of a split on the right, there are Republican Party and Conservative Party candidates in the contest, the Democrats could take over a congressional district they haven't won in generations. The election in the three-way race is to fill a vacant seat that opened up after nine-term Republican Rep. John McHugh stepped down after being confirmed as Secretary of the Army.

On Wednesday, Obama joins Governor Jon Corzine on the campaign trail in New Jersey. The Democratic incumbent is facing a tough re-election this year. Wednesday's event will be the second time the president will stump for Corzine. New Jersey is one of just two states holding gubernatorial contests this year. The other state is Virginia, where the Democratic incumbent, Gov. Tim Kaine, is term-limited and can't run for re-election.

Obama is scheduled to join the Democratic candidate in Virginia, Creigh Deeds, next week. It will be the second campaign appearance with Deeds, who trails his Republican rival in recent polls by 8 to 9 points.

While both races focus on state issues and the candidates themselves, they are also seen as the first test at the ballot box, or referendum, on how Obama's doing as president.

"Obama won last year by boosting turnout among key Democratic groups, including young voters," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "If the Democrats are going to have any success in 2010, they will have to do that again when Obama's name is not on the ballot. This year's elections are an early test of whether that is possible."

The president is also personally helping out Democrats who face tough re-elections next year. On Friday, Obama headlines fundraisers for Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut, both of whom have their work cut out for them to win re-election in 2010. On Monday, the president will be the main attraction at a joint fundraiser for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which are both in better financial shape than the national party and gearing up to assist party candidates in next year's crucial midterm elections.

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soundoff (97 Responses)
  1. Pepou

    I love our President. Period.

    October 20, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  2. Spirit of America

    elections in America have degenerated into auctions.

    October 20, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  3. TangledThorns

    Obama has his priorities... hope he enjoys his steak and weak sauce.

    October 20, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  4. John

    Obama is the Best President Ever.

    Go Obama Go.

    Bush is the Worst President Ever.

    GOP is Gone, Finished and History.

    October 20, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  5. Padraig

    All President's do this. Why shouldn't this one? His problem though is he is the biggest egotist we have had to date. He needs to learn that he works for us and not us for him.

    October 20, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  6. Obama WORST president EVER

    Here's an idea, rather than helping Democrats scam more money from citizens, attacking Fox News, and being an all-around disaster as president, perhaps Obama should come up with some sort of decision on the Afghanistan issue and a jobs creation policy.

    Is that too much to ask? Apparently so for this guy.

    October 20, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  7. NOT THE KINDA GUY TO SAY I TOLD YOU SO, BUT I TOLD YOU SO

    He is an empty suit. Americans are suffering because of his policies. our troops are left hanging while he parties it up. Time to go b-dittty and let the grownups run this country. Be carefull CNN or he will label you a tabloid for telling the truth, just like foxnews

    October 20, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  8. Iaguy

    While I want the president to do well... I can see why Fox News is so aggressive about going after him.

    I mean, during the Primaries/Caucus I knew when he exercised, where and what he ate for lunch/dinner (hell, why not his BM's..)...everything but who he was or what his track record reflected (ooops..'present').

    Again, want him to do well but let's get back to the real news. Campaigning is over... let's get to work, Mr. President.

    October 20, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  9. Fitz in Texas

    DISGUSTING.....while so many do without these filthy rich Democrats enjoy the life that many of us could only dream of.

    October 20, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  10. Robin

    Barack Hussein Obama, token Campaigner in Chief.

    When his political career crashes and burns, maybe the Donald will give him the chance to be on Celebrity Apprentice.

    October 20, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  11. cate

    gosh, I do hope Ted Turner does come back to clean what used to be a viable and good station into something more honest! I mean you got Campbell Brown, whose husband was one of the architects of the Iraqi war, taking her talking points from her husband though every now and then she will get away from that for a little while, so she can say she is fair (she shoudl go over to Fox Network)..then there's Lou Dobbs, need I say more? Rick Sanchez, I don't know what to make of him and on and on we could go...guess what, just cause the Pres. isn't in his "Oval Office" every minute of the day, he does continue to work..and what egg on the R's faces do we see today when we find out that our Pres. hasn't made a decision on Afghanistan due to the fraudulent election!!!! Pres. Obama is smart like a fox and will come out on the winning end...just keep tuning in :-)

    October 20, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  12. David

    Is it any wonder why our taxes are rising, our morals deteriorating and our American culture disappearing??? We desperately need a president and a Congress who understand that THEY work for the people...not the other way around! Mr. President...stop partying and start acting to reduce government spending and empower people to make their own life decisions using their own hard-earned money!!!

    October 20, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  13. S Callahan

    The only thing the President should be crisscrossing right now is his fingers...did I get it right on the stimulus...did I get it right on the buyouts...did I get it right on the car deals, house deals.....did I get anything right...and now ...will I get it right on Afghanistan......

    Time is the teacher on this.....

    October 20, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  14. Greg in MO

    I seem to recall "change" as a campaign theme not "more of the same" that was used against McCain. I guess he messed that up too and went back to the same politics. On those grounds, the "Bush did it too argument" is decimated. I guess some would allow Obama to get away with perjury if a previous president did also.

    October 20, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  15. MD

    I find it really interesting that my original remarks didn't get posted on this blog yet all the negative mail made it through.

    Could you all please just give the man a break. Every President is different and he simply will not be spending the majority of his time in office down in Crawford Texas.

    By the way, does anyone remember the hundreds of RED ball gowns Nancy Reagan owned and wore. Frankly, I lost count. What I can tell you though is, she was never at a party (fundraiser) alone. Some talk dark hair gentleman was with her every single time...

    October 20, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  16. mark

    Get back to work obummer!

    October 20, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  17. Patrick

    All Presidents of the US should be banned from participating in campaigning for anything but their own reelection. It was wrong when Bush did it and it's wrong when Obama does it.

    October 20, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  18. Cheryl

    According to the latest polls, support for President Obama is rising. That is a truer reflection of how Obama is doing than some of the ridiculous comments in this blog.

    These pitiful people posting 50 times a day in here cannot expect to be taken seriously when it is obvious they express the same degree of outrage day in and day out over every single thing the president does. I guess they never heard the story about the boy who cried wolf.

    All they prove with their incessant harping is that they are bitter about their failed lives and looking for someone else to blame.

    October 20, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  19. Victim of Democratic greed

    He's got no time to deal with Afghanistan, unemployment, the economy, health care................but plenty of time to party! Heck what could be more important to Obama then campaigning?

    October 20, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  20. andy

    Obama the party guy!!! Oh how CNN loves him. He should be trying to fix the mess he has this country and quit campaigning. We are headed in a thousand different directions with no leadership at the top. Obama can't even make the decision to save our troops by sending the help they need. Yes, he is too busy "partying" to run the country.

    October 20, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  21. Wise Latina

    I thought you were referring to all of the partying that has been reported at the White House in recent months. Nero fiddled, and Obama hip hopped, and the results are exactly the same in both cases...

    October 20, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  22. aware

    Pray for the equivocating narcissist!

    October 20, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
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