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Published: Saturday, July 26 2014 7:15 p.m. MDT

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Rexburg, ID

Par for the course. The president doesn't run things, they are the face on the camera, but they doesn't run things. If the president was really in charge they wouldn't be spending the tax payers time and money running around the country schmoozing the rich kids. Don't elect the face, elect those standing behind the face. It will help avoid buyers remorse.

Kings Court
Alpine, UT

George W. Bush came under the same scrutiny and was attending a fundraiser while the Hurricane Katrina crisis was unfolding. I think this is common for all politicians. Of course, what kind of crisis really does need the President's attention 100% of the time? What really merits the word "crisis?" To some, everything could be considered a crisis everyday.

water rocket
Magna, UT

The office of President has become a popularity contest, and not a contest of leadership abilities. Obviously both parties need to treat the office of President with more respect ans less expectations for doing a job (fund raising) not really a part of governing.

Sandy, UT

Because no president ever has been involved with fundraising or campaigning for his party.

And our previous president managed to take time off during Hurricane Katrina to celebrate John McCain's birthday.

Moab, UT

The way he has bungled most everything, we and the world are better off if he concentrates on money and golf.

Ogden, UT

Well you can't blame Obama..Fundraising and vacations are about all he does well. A couuminity organizer bought and paid for. A President? A collasal failure!

Thid Barker
Victor, ID

Its the ONLY thing Obama is good at: raising money from fat cat trial lawyers for democrats! Everything else he has done has turned out to be a "phony scandal" or a disaster like Obamacare, his feckless border policy or his destructive foreign policies! What else can we expect from a professional community organizer? Come on people, this is who he is so why act surprised or disappointed? You got exactly what you voted for!

Cleveland , OH

It's not like the president is in a horse-and-buggy, only reachable by fast riders carrying messages written on parchment.

With electronic communications it really doesn't matter where any president is at any moment, they are in as full communication as they would be in the White House.

My larger concern is that it really does not seem to matter which party wins. Oh, there will be cosmetic differences in social commentary and some policies. But we will still be spied on by our own government, we will still fight wars for the oil companies and the enrich the central bankers and arms makers, we will still see the increasing police state.

The real stuff will not change.

Salt Lake City, UT

Seems like there should be legislation passed preventing the sitting president from campaigning for a particular party. I assume the political party reimburses the govt. for some expenses, but US Taxpayers are paying for much of the cost of use of Air Force One and Secret Service protection.

Once a person is elected to President their allegiance should be to the people of the United States and not to a particular party.

Seems like there are more pressing matters going on in the world that are in need of the presidents attention. But Obama is doing what he does best; making speeches.

What in Tucket?
Provo, UT

Campaigning is what this president does. He doesn't know how to manage the office of the presidency. He was just a community organizer. What did he know of foreign policy and the economy other than the drivel of left wing communists and socialists.

Far East USA, SC

As long as $$ play such a big part in politics, politicians will spend a good deal of time and energy raising money.

Rather than carp about fundraising trips and time spent, how about you focus on reducing the need and influence of the $$.

Wouldn't that get to the root of the problem and solve most of the problems that plague our government?

Salt Lake City, UT

Can the title of this article possibly be any more partisan? Please!

george of the jungle
goshen, UT

You don't have to pass an I Q test to be elected.

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

Which day of any President's term is not buried in "crises"? Because we the American people have insisted on it, money is the lubricant of politics. No funds, no mission for any of the parties; ergo, Obama raises funds.

Did George W. Bush raise no funds on "crisis" days? That is, between brush-clearing vacations at the ol' homestead?

Mcallen, TX

I still don't get it!

What does George Bush have to do with anything?

If Bush stole from a bank, does it excuse Obama to do the same thing?

When it comes to responsibility, let Obama stand on his own two feet, and quit using George Bush for an excuse.

Fund raisers, vacation to Martha's Vineyard, and golfing will do nothing to ease world tensions.

Far East USA, SC

"What does George Bush have to do with anything?"

You are missing the point.

The point that people make on issues like this is that previous presidents, including George Bush, have done exactly the same thing. And no one made a big deal of it. Not even the left.

Obama does exactly what his predecessors did and suddenly it's the biggest transgression ever.

In the wise words of Bill Clinton. "It takes some brass to attack a guy for doing what you did"

Alpine, UT

Hurricane Katrina was a natural occurrence of Mother Nature and a domestic issue at that. Whereas the many international crises that have been happening, while Obama continues his fundraising uninterrupted, are either a result of, or could be effected by administration foreign policy.

Not giving those crises more direct attention makes it appear as if Obama doesn't care very much... even though he very well may. In his position, appearances do count, and sometimes very much.

The fact that Obama has been involved with so many more fundeds than any of his predecessors doesn't bode well for him either. It gives his political opponents that much more ammo.

Provo, UT

What hypocrisy--criticize the money in politics while on the trail to get more. All this while traveling (and working?) on the taxpayer's dime. Where is the outrage from the "going green" advocates? The President is not peddling his bike, but using Air Force One to leave a giant carbon footprint (or vapor trail) while chewing out the rest of us for using a car to get to work, etc. I just don't get it...

Mcallen, TX

I don't have the exact figures, but Obama has done about 400 fund raisers to Bushes 200.

However, what George Bush did years ago is irrelevant, and does not excuse Obama.

A good leader makes no excuses, and stands on his own two feet.

Kaysville, UT

Can Mrs. Obama really be proud of her husband's Presidential career for the first time in her life? We live in a strange world of Hollywood made up reviews and politics.

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