Vacationing President Obama is hosting his 401st fundraiser Monday night on Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., continuing his record-setting pace that has had him collecting checks from donors at events on average every five days since becoming president.
When reporters showed up at the ocean-front home, the White House pool report noted that a singer was belting Stevie Wonder's, "Signed, Sealed, Delivered,' I'm Yours."
For the president, the obligation was a sign that even while he is taking some time off to golf and relax with his family, the business of raising money for his embattled party is endless. He should do well, since many of the party’s elite also vacation on the island.
According to calculations from the Washington Post and Republican National Committee, the fundraising pace has picked up, with the president hosting seven party fundraisers in just the last 25 days.
By comparison, former President George W. Bush hosted 173 fundraisers in his first term and 155 fundraisers in his second term.
The RNC Monday distributed a critical note of the president’s cash grab. “In just six years, Obama has held 72 more fundraisers than George W. Bush hosted in all eight years as president. In his first term alone, Obama set the record for attending more fundraisers than any other president in modern history,” it said.
The president has endeared himself to the party for hosting the typically closed-door fundraisers. He has helped build out the bank accounts of Democratic Party operations at a time when some candidates don’t want to be seen with him — and never complained.
It has opened him up to criticism about spending too much time raising money, but insiders said that it is important to the president that he especially keep his party in control of the Senate.
The GOP expanded its criticism of the president’s fundraising, creating a petition for supporters to sign demanding that the president return to Washington and his work desk.
“This Fundraiser-in-Chief is busy playing golf, hosting ritzy fundraisers, posing for photo-ops, and playing golf again. Obama was elected to be Commander-in-Chief — not Fundraiser-in-Chief. Tell Obama: stop fundraising, start doing your job,” said the petition.Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at email@example.com.