President Obama had himself a very good day today. First his reelection campaign announced that they raised another $70 million and then the president got to take a jab at Fox News.
First the fundraising numbers from Obama For America:
– In the third fundraising quarter of this year, 606,027 people donated to this campaign—even more than gave in the record-breaking previous quarter.
– Those people gave more than 766,000 total donations—98 percent of them $250 or less, at an average amount of $56. That’s more than twice as many donations than we had at this point in the historic 2008 campaign.
– We are focused on building infrastructure that will help us win in 2012. And each quarter we set a combined goal for the campaign and our allies at the Democratic National Committee. We far exceeded our goal of $55 million this quarter between the two organizations. Great work.
– Together, Obama for America and the DNC raised more than $70 million. And it all happened during a summer when the President was focused on doing the job he was elected to do—a summer when we had to cancel a series of fundraising events and ask everyone to dig a little deeper.
Here is the press conference video from Mediaite:
Here is the transcript from the White House:
PRESIDENT OBAMA: All right. We’re going to start off with Ed Henry. Where’s Ed?
Q Thank you, Mr. President. I appreciate it.
President Lee, I wanted to start with you, one question each. First, when you mentioned North Korea, what concrete steps do you think the Obama administration has helped to contain Kim Jong Il?
And, President Obama, I wanted to get your first reaction to the Iranian terror plot. Your Secretary of State called it a dangerous escalation. What specific steps will you take to hold Iran accountable, especially when Mitt Romney charged last week, “If you do not want America to be the strongest nation on Earth, I am not your President — you have that President today”?
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, I didn’t know that you were the spokesperson for Mitt Romney. (Laughter.) But let me just talk about the plot in particular. We have a situation here where the Attorney General has laid out a very specific set of facts. What we know is that an individual of Iranian-American descent was involved in a plot to assassinate the ambassador to the United States from Saudi Arabia. And we also know that he had direct links, was paid by and directed by individuals in the Iranian government.
Obama went on to talk about Iran and the plot, and he never once acknowledged Mitt Romney. For all of the gloom and doom media coverage about Obama the president had a nice day. Obama showed that his base is strong and motivated by more than tripling the amount of money raised by his nearest Republican challenger, and he can never go wrong with the base by taking a jab at Fox News.
Henry’s question was ridiculous given that Obama was holding joint press conference with the president of South Korea, and his attempt to elevate Mitt Romney to be the same level as the sitting President of the United States deserved to be laughed at. Ed Henry got busted trying to make the news instead of reporting it.
It seems that every day the American people are served a steady diet of the Obama is doomed narrative from a mainstream media that has realized that race for the Republican nomination is a total dud, so they are desperately trying to create a close 2012 General Election. Because of the angry mood of the electorate, the 2012 election may be a contest decided by an electorate that is torn between blaming the Republicans and blaming Obama.
Obama is raising oodles of campaign cash and leading all of his challengers in the polls, and as the icing on the cake he gets a slam in on Fox News. This is something that you won’t hear from the talking head pundits, but President Obama actually had himself a pretty good day.