Happy Birthday Mr. President, fundraising style
August 3rd, 2011
01:49 PM ET
3 years ago

Happy Birthday Mr. President, fundraising style

Washington (CNN) - President Obama will head home to Chicago Wednesday for birthday-themed fundraisers.

One thousand five hundred people are expected at the historic Aragon Ballroom Wednesday night, according to Katie Hogan, deputy press secretary for Obama's re-election campaign. Attendees paid a minimum of $50 per ticket, which will flow to the Obama Victory Fund, a joint account with the Democratic National Committee and the Obama re-election campaign.

Entertainment for the event, on the eve of the president's 50th birthday, will include rock band OK Go, Jennifer Hudson and Herbie Hancock.

The president will attend a 100-person dinner before the larger event. Individuals spent up to $35,800 for a ticket, $5,000 of which will go to the Obama campaign. The remainder of the funds will go to the DNC.

Prior to the fundraisers, the president will hold video teleconferences in 1,100 birthday house parties across the country set to last between 10 and 15 minutes. In addition, top Democrats and campaign officials will host seven "surrogate fundraisers" throughout the country, according to Hogan.

Wednesday's events are the first held by the president during the third fundraising quarter. His last event on June 30th was in Philadelphia.

Republicans jumped on the string of events, accusing the president of playing politics amid rough economic times.

In a conference call with reporters, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said the president's leadership has been nonexistent, "unless of course it's taking the initiative to raise campaign cash."

"The fundraiser in chief is back in Chicago doing the one thing that he's really good at and that's raising money to save his job," Priebus said according to a transcript provided by the RNC.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney released a video Wednesday morning in-step with his campaign message that "Obama isn't working." The nearly minute-long spot highlighted the rise in unemployment and drop in housing prices in Chicago since Obama took office.

The White House announced a Midwest bus tour on Wednesday to refocus the president's attention on the U.S. economy, one day after he signed legislation to raise the nation's debt ceiling.

- CNN's Alexander Mooney and Kevin Bohn contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • DNC • President Obama
soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. RJWTimes Bradford England

    Happy birthday to the president. Obama2012!!!

    August 3, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney released a video Wednesday morning in-step with his campaign message that "Obama isn't working." The nearly minute-long spot highlighted the rise in unemployment and drop in housing prices in Chicago since Obama took office.
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    Romney has not worked or held a real job in years. (Neither have any of the other candidates, except for Bachmann and Huntsman)

    The economy was tanking *before* Obama took office, and housing was just beginning to go through the death throes of a the most aggressive contraction and correction that this country has ever seen.

    The average middle class worker can no longer afford to buy a house. In fact, most can barely afford to prepare for retirement, much less buy a house. The Great Recession began in Dec. 2007, and ended in June 2009, which was 3 months after the Stimulus was passed.

    August 3, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  3. ConservaFASCISTS/ConservaTERRORISTS

    $50 isn't much. That's true grassroots suppport. I'd like to compare the President's fundraising to the so called front runner in the Mittness Protection Program. Willard's cash is going to dry up real quick trying to defend all of his flip-flops.

    August 3, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  4. The Other Michael in Houston

    First off, Happy 50th Mr. President. Second, you Republicans hate it when the President can do more than one thing at a time. So what he is raising money, he is allowed to do that. And Mr. Romney, the housing market and the economy crashed in 2007, which is why their are so many in Chicago who lost their jobs and houses. But of course, we wont let facts get in the way of a good lie. It's so funny to see you Republicans act like 2000-2008 did not exist in American history. Let's see here, Wall Street crashes, Banks crash, money was not given to businesses to continue to operate, businesses have to close, loss of jobs, cannot pay mortgage due to loss of jobs, loss of house. See how easy that is Flopney!

    August 3, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  5. Jennifer

    Well, I'm so relieved his pesky job isn't getting in the way of his partying.

    Where's that "hard pivot to jobs", Mr. President? And how many times have you promised us a pivot to jobs? 12? 15?

    August 3, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    In a conference call with reporters, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said the president's leadership has been nonexistent, "unless of course it's taking the initiative to raise campaign cash."
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    Fund raising via Cisco is pretty innovative. Must have gotten Reince pretty riled up that he didn't think of it first. Now Obama is being criticized for "not working" by the same Republicans who are not in Washington working. Typical.

    August 3, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  7. PhD

    Happy Birthday Mr. President!

    August 3, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  8. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Let's all be grown ups and put politics and hate aside and say "HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR. PRESIDENT" and if you can't, I'll say it for you "HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR. PRESIDENT".

    August 3, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  9. thomas

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR PRESIDENT !

    All the best on your 50th , you made it to HALF TIME !

    Your a great father and an inspiration , as a 50yr old father myself I say this !

    You have my vote in 2012

    August 3, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  10. astro24102

    Our President is the eternal Fund Raiser....the continual campaigner......Its really too bad that he couldn't campaign for a job for so many families out there struggling! Its more important for him to be in office rather than solve problems!

    August 3, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  11. Praa

    For all of the RNC's bitching and Mitten's cribbing and Bachmann's hallucinations, the President raised record amounts of cash in the last filing even when comparing to all the candidates put together. Agreed the debt deal was bad, but there really is no alternative on the GOP side to govern. Mittens cam out on Monday against the debt ceiling when passage looked safe. So did Tpaw and Bachmann. The classic one was Bachmann wanting to " see" a show of hands amongst Iowans over a phone call against the debt ceiling and her adviser reminding her that she was not on video phone and could not see the hands.

    August 3, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  12. Rick McDaniel

    Giving any money to this candidate.......is simply encouraging the demise of the US as an entity.

    August 3, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  13. maikl

    Yeee, what about people who don't job and can't celebrate DOB. Where is YES WE CAN and promise change? The worse president ever.

    August 3, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  14. Captain Awesome

    $35,800 per ticket?! So obama gets to party with the rich? What happened to the party who claims to care about the common man? I wonder how many homeless people who have lost their jobs and their homes in this obama economy were invited? Oh that's right, they're probably the servants at this event.

    August 3, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  15. Sandy

    I'm going to a campaign house meeting for Obama tonight. Everyone get off your rump and organize and help get Obama reelected and get the tea party out of our government. Get involved! We are the reason the tea party got elected by not voting in 2010 (although I did vote), the polls were deserted in 2010. Not this time!

    August 3, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  16. HunterPSU

    Wow what does 38 thousand bucks buy now? 38 thousand...why would someone pay that and what do they expect. B.O. more of the same president.

    August 3, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  17. gale

    of course what he wants for this country is not working. you the republicans and tea party people always say no to anything, he puts on the table to help this country.! how stupid do you think we are. we will show you how stupid in nov of 2012~

    August 3, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  18. CA Dream USA

    Happy Birthday Mr. President, good to see you can still smile after giving into the hostage taking Confederate Tea Party of Terrorist

    August 3, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  19. 100% ETH

    Didn't he Celebrated few weeks ago?? Or is he celebrating the Law he currently signed??

    August 3, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  20. SecedingfromTexas

    Happy Birthday, Mr. President!

    August 3, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  21. DagnyTag

    Spends all of his time villifying "millionaires and billionaires" but has zero issues taking their campaign contributions. Self righteous, arrogant, hypocrite. He is the most anti-biz, anti-capitalism, anti-profit, anti-private sector president in US history.

    August 3, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  22. Abdi

    Obama 2012!!

    August 3, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  23. larry

    She needs to say something to get CNN to quote her and CNN is more than willing to help her out. I wouldn't be surprised if CNN pays her under the table....for ever stupid comment she makes.

    August 3, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  24. Done With You All

    Photo op for the true TERRORIST against the American Dream, the people of America need to hold obama for treason.

    August 3, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  25. ABM

    My birthday wish for him is RE-ELECTION! Put the smackdown on the GOP again and show everyone that holding the American people hostage for political purposes is no way to govern. I also wish for the demise of the gorver pledge and the filibuster (or limitations on it). GOP obstructionism over the will of the people must end.

    August 3, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
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