Dear Mr. President
Did you miss President Obama's most recent fundraising stops at Manhattan’s Plaza Hotel and the home of actress Sarah Jessica Parker, co-hosted by Vogue Magazine Editor Anna Wintour? One event was hosted by the Democratic Senate Majority PAC which accepts "unlimited donations." The second was for $34,000 per person to rub elbows with Ms. Parker and other celebrities. How ironic that Obama comes to the Big Apple at a time 7 percent of New Yorkers are out of work (with another 7 percent who have just given up looking resulting in a real unemployment rate of 14 percent). Is this the "Change we can believe in" (Obama's 2008 campaign promise)?
This most recent visit to NYC resulted in disrupting travel for thousands of New Yorkers. Obama continues to enjoy building up his "frequent flyer" mileage with his dozens of political campaign fundraising events. Each trip on Air Force One costs taxpayers a fortune for logistics and secret service protection. We are stuck with the tab for police and traffic support.
No previous president has spent so much time away from Washington to participate in a record number of fundraising events than Obama.
"Do as I say, not as I do" applies to Obama and Congressional Democrats. Bash the wealthy with one hand, but get the big bucks with the other hand. Those in attendance included the usual 1 percent crowd along with Wall Street, lobbyists, trial lawyers, real estate developers, Hollywood celebrities, special interest groups, millionaires and the Pay for Play crowd. At those prices, the 99 percent working or middle class people from the Rockaways were hard to come by, except in the kitchen or serving. I couldn't afford the price of a ticket, but was willing to park limousines, check coats or bus tables. What is that tired old refrain about the Democratic Party being the friend of the working and middle class, while those nasty greedy old Republicans are the wealthy big buck fat cats? It seems like Obama prefers hanging out with the 1 percent.
With all the current crises, including the spike in illegal border crossing, veterans not being treated, illegal IRS investigations along with civil wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, one would think the president would spend more time at work. President Obama reminds me of the famous Mad Magazine character Alfred E. Newman. He was famous for saying "What, Me Worry" with a big smile on his face.