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Obama Parries Criticism as Fund-Raising Eats Into His Schedule

Luke Sharrett for The New York Times
President Obama posed for a group photograph in Atlanta on Friday. He appeared at five campaign events during the day.
By MARK LANDLER
Published: March 17, 2012
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ATLANTA — Friday marked another stage in President Obama’s springtime metamorphosis into full-fledged campaigner: his first daylong trip out of the capital devoted solely to fund-raising. He gripped and grinned through five campaign events in Chicago and Atlanta, where the actor and producer Tyler Perry played host to Mr. Obama at his house and television studio.
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The 13-hour “money run” raised at least $4.8 million for the president’s re-election effort — more than $5 million if one counts a fund-raiser in Minneapolis with Michelle Obama.

How presidents use their time inevitably becomes a target for scrutiny and criticism, particularly when a campaign heats up. The White House insisted this week that Mr. Obama still spends “the vast preponderance of his time on his official duties.” But with his schedule increasingly crowded by fund-raisers and speeches that could easily double as campaign rallies, that case is getting harder and harder to make.

Except for a phone call he made on Friday to President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan shortly after midnight, Mr. Obama’s day was dominated by speeches like the one he gave in a hotel ballroom in Chicago, where he told a faithful crowd that he understood “it’s not as trendy to be involved in the Obama campaign as it was back then.”

Later, in Atlanta, Mr. Obama mingled with Oprah Winfrey at a small fund-raiser at the chateau-style mansion of Mr. Perry, where 40 guests paid $35,800 each to attend. The president thanked Ms. Winfrey for her support in 2008, noting that, as with books and skin cream, her endorsement was critical.

On Thursday, in a speech billed as official rather than campaign, Mr. Obama defended his energy policy, mocking Newt Gingrich, though not by name, as a member of the “Flat Earth Society” for ridiculing investments in alternative energy sources like algae. The crowd rewarded him with chants of “Yes, we can!” and “Four more years!”

Even formal diplomatic events, like the state dinner for Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain on Wednesday, have taken on a political cast. The White House invited more than two dozen big-dollar contributors to mingle with the prime minister and a bevy of British stars from the hit shows “Downton Abbey” and “Homeland.”

Mr. Obama has attended 108 fund-raisers since filing his candidacy in April 2011, double the rate of President George W. Bush at a similar point in his re-election campaign, according to Mark Knoller, a CBS News correspondent who keeps track of these numbers.

Republicans have lost no time highlighting that difference and offering back-of-the-envelope calculations to reporters of how much presidential time this amount of fund-raising is soaking up.

“If you assume two hours per fund-raiser, which is conservative, that’s 200 hours, the equivalent of five workweeks,” said Sean Spicer, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee.

The Obama campaign says the president is simply doing what is needed to counter the fund-raising juggernaut assembled by the Republican candidates and their armada of “super PACs.”

Republicans, however, contend that the problem is less their muscle than Mr. Obama’s weakness. Karl Rove, the Republican strategist, wrote in The Wall Street Journal last week that the Obama campaign’s average monthly fund-raising haul of $24 million put it on track to be “hundreds of millions of dollars shy” of its goal of $1 billion.

The $1 billion figure, the Obama campaign counters, exists only in the mind of Mr. Rove; it was never a campaign goal. A spokesman, Ben LaBolt, noted that Mr. Obama had attracted 1.3 million donors by the end of 2011, with an average contribution of $55. The campaign reached the million-donor benchmark twice as fast as in 2008, Mr. LaBolt added.

While the Obama campaign insists that everything is on track, the White House plays down suggestions that it is dwelling on the campaign. The press secretary, Jay Carney, said he had not asked Mr. Obama whether he had watched “The Road We’ve Traveled,” a newly released campaign video. The video was played before Mr. Obama took to the stage in Chicago, and he referred to it in his remarks.

For Mr. Obama’s staff, the creeping transition to campaign mode creates other awkward moments. Traveling with reporters on Friday, Mr. Carney dodged a question about who pays the expenses of flying Air Force One around the country on a trip like this. (According to the campaign, it covers aspects of the trip that are purely political.)

But the White House is acutely sensitive to suggestions that Mr. Obama is not always on the job. It posted a photograph of his previous call with President Karzai, which he made on Sunday from his sport utility vehicle, in front of a recreation center in Chevy Chase, Md., where his daughter Sasha was playing basketball.

“The president of the United States is the president of the United States 24 hours a day, including when he calls foreign leaders in the very early hours of the morning, and on weekends,” Mr. Carney said.

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