The Campaign Spot

Obama’s Fundraising Conference Call . . . Aboard Air Force One

In the first Morning Jolt of the week, a disturbing report of how Chief Justice John Roberts changed his mind on the Obamacare decision, a lengthy discussion on the state of the modern thriller (inspired by Brad Thor’s upcoming novel, Black List), and then this bit of Obama fundraising news:

Obama Has Yet to Find a Circumstance That Doesn’t Require More Campaign Fundraising

Relax, my fellow Americans. We’re in the very best of hands: “President Obama sounded weary and maybe a tad worried late Friday during a rambling conference call with campaign donors whom he repeatedly begged to send money—and send it now.”

The president’s 18-minute pleading—a recording of which was provided to The Daily Beast by an Obama contributor—hardly sounded like a man doing a victory lap after Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling upholding Obamacare, as the Affordable Care Act has come to be known. Or, for that matter, like a candidate who has been beating his Republican opponent in recent polls of key battleground states.

Rather, Obama sounded like a dog-tired idealist forced to grapple painfully with hard reality. “In 2008 everything was new and exciting about our campaign,” Obama said. “And now I’m the incumbent president. I’ve got gray hair. People have seen disappointment because folks had a vision of change happening immediately. And it turns out change is hard, especially when you’ve got an obstructionist Republican Congress.”

Colorado fire evacuee Michelle Malkin notices what he was flying back from: “Never let a wildfire (or a post-wildfire sightseeing trip flight back home!) go to waste.

Noel Sheppard wonders, “Does that sound to you like a man the media claimed was dancing in the White House in the midst of a post-ObamaTax ruling victory lap?”

Because that’s why the taxpayers provide the president with a state-of-the-art airplane with every technological advance available: to ensure his fundraising from 30,000 feet goes without a hitch.