How does Obama have time to campaign and be on TV with so many issues going on?

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  1. izettl profile image94
    izettlposted 6 years ago

    How does Obama have time to campaign and be on TV with so many issues going on?

    I've just been wondering how Obama allocates his time between business and campaigning. With turmoil overseas and problems in the U.S, I get a little upset seeing Obama on the Late Night Show or on TV shows. I'm thinking he has better things to do, but is it typical for presidents to place so much emphasis on campaigning? It seems that's all he does now.

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    Old Poolmanposted 6 years ago

    Laura, we all have to set priorities when it comes to our available time, and it looks like Obama has made the campaign his number one priority.  I can't fault him for this, and I suspect that many of his adviser's are just as glad he is out on the campaign trail while they deal with the serious problems we face today.  I would not wish to be in his shoes right now with all the highly important decisions that need to be made concerning the Middle East and all the protests.

    1. izettl profile image94
      izettlposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Concerning all the major issues right now, I guess that's why I started womdering why he's on various TV shows just for publicity.

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      shruthishreegandiposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      what??????he doesnt do things for publicity,all he did is to make his people happy.!!!

  3. AlexDrinkH2O profile image77
    AlexDrinkH2Oposted 6 years ago

    He is obviously more interested in getting reelected than governing and he has been behaving like this for months.

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      jh720posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      What is there to govern right now? Congress is in recess yet again....they are the ones who pass laws, not the president.

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    ahorsebackposted 6 years ago

    He doesn't ! Nor does any President !  Or any politician for that matter .  But thats okay .....they get paid anyways !

  5. pagesvoice profile image84
    pagesvoiceposted 6 years ago

    During an election cycle all incumbent presidents are out on the campaign trail. Regardless whether you are pro Obama or not, every president hits the radio, television and any and all other means of communicating their message to the masses. A president is constantly in the loop, via their inner circle, regarding what is happening both domestically and internationally. They must master the art of multitasking and quite frankly, I don't know how anyone can accomplish all of the tasks at hand. It is easy to Monday morning quarterback, but I wouldn't want the job of president, for all the tea in China.

    1. izettl profile image94
      izettlposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      No I wouldn't want to be president either, but in a regualr job when faced with many things to do at once, I would just prioritize and being on TV would never come before taking care of the bigger things.

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      shruthishreegandiposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      though he is in campaign his concentration is only on serving for the nation ,which makes him to do both!!!!!!!!

  6. peoplepower73 profile image94
    peoplepower73posted 6 years ago

    Even as we speak there are three destroyers steaming towards Libiya.  And drones overlooking all the areas in turmoil in the mid-east.  He was able to go to a press conference roast and take out Osama Bin Laden at the same time. What do you want him to do stop his campaigning and what do you expect from him as far as the mid-east turmoil goes on between now and election time? Do you think just because he is campaigning, he doesn't have people on the job?

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      Old Poolmanposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Keep in mind he didn't have to strap on his guns and go with the Seal Team to take out Bin Laden.  All he had to do was give his OK.  So it was entirely possible for him to do both the roast and the mission at one time.

    2. peoplepower73 profile image94
      peoplepower73posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      He also doesn't have to be on the bow of one of those destroyers that are steaming to the middle east or fly the drones.

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      Old Poolmanposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I guess I don't get the point of your last comment.

    4. peoplepower73 profile image94
      peoplepower73posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      He doesn't have to be on those ships that are off the coast of Libya, he just has to command the operation and continue his campaigning.

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      Old Poolmanposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Obama doesn't plan missions.  He doesn't even attend security briefings.

    6. peoplepower73 profile image94
      peoplepower73posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Old Poolman: And how do you know that?

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      Old Poolmanposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Because he never even served in the Military and would not have a clue how to do it.  Thankfully, he has advisers for that.

  7. duffsmom profile image61
    duffsmomposted 6 years ago
  8. Attikos profile image77
    Attikosposted 6 years ago

    Obama hasn't a clue what to do about matters of state, but he knows how to campaign. That's what he does. It's what he always has done, nothing else. What should we expect now?

    1. izettl profile image94
      izettlposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I was wondering if I was the only one thinking Obama does an awful lot of campaigning and TV shows for pubicity. I don't watch a lot of TV but stuck turned on the other day and him and his wife were everywhere on various shows, not a press release..

  9. FIS profile image76
    FISposted 6 years ago

    Beats me but then again, I've asked this question about every president since I started paying attention back with Richard Nixon.

    I remember my Republican parents and Grandparents complaining that they expected Eisenhower to be a truly great president but were disappointed because all he ever did was play golf. As a student of history I've since learned that Eisenhower as a "do nothing" was pretty much a public facade and that behind the scenes he truly was a great president.

    Unlike many, I was never a fan of Ronald Reagan, I went to school near DC in those days an unlike many, I still remember the homeless encampment that set up in the park across the street from the White House during his recession and when he threw most federally supported mental patients out in the street. There were a lot of rumors in those days that he wasn't really in charge.. that he was befuddled and that his advisers really ran things. Turns out he really was very much in charge though no one seemed to know it at the time and, no one remembers that homeless colony anymore. A friend of mine had a cartoon of Santa Claus going over his list and bringing up members of his cabinet and staff. They were all adjudged naughty and federal crimes they were accused of were brought up. But when the elf read Reagan's name off the list, he was judged to be nice. The Elf seemed shocked that all his advisers could be naughty and the man himself could be nice. Santa just said "he seems so nice." 

    It's all a matter of perception and what you see on TV. Nobody who isn't there really knows what's going on or how much time is being devoted to anything. How much you see someone on TV during a campaign has almost nothing to do with what is really going on.

    1. izettl profile image94
      izettlposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Many of the presidents have been misrepresented and who knows how much they can take credit for. presidents in past have been on tV but  Obama on Late night Jay Leno TV show- first president to be on there. It's like he's selling himself.

    2. pagesvoice profile image84
      pagesvoiceposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Sorry Izetti, but in order to stay relevant in an ever changing world of communication, if Obama wasn't on those shows someone else would be. I guess a staged and prerecorded show on Kelly Live was okay for Willard and Ann? Come on.

  10. bubbawayne profile image59
    bubbawayneposted 5 years ago

    No matter who's in office, or where they are, the ability to run the white house is right at their fingertips. Even when he's playing golf, he's probably near Air Force I, which has a command center enabling him to do the same thing as if he were back at the office.
    If you'll notice, whenever and wherever he's walking, there's someone near his side with a black bag. Inside that bag is all he needs to communicate with whomever he needs to talk to.. as well as being able to declare nuclear war if need be.

    He has people with him that are in constant communication with many departments.

    Just as G.W. Bush was notified immediately on 9/11 while he read to school kids.

    No matter where they are, they are still in full control..

  11. StandingJaguar profile image76
    StandingJaguarposted 5 years ago

    Any president, including Obama, has a ton of people working for them, processing information, and creating his schedule. An hour on Late Night doesn't stop him from working at his mobile command center to and from the show. If the president didn't come on TV or the internet every once in a while, people would wonder what the heck he was doing. To be relevant in this day and age, you must have a presence on TV and the internet. He has time to do it because an entire staff sets it up, and he just has to show up, then back to work.

  12. dontaytte profile image75
    dontaytteposted 5 years ago

    That's because he knows how to multi task, unlike bush was who sat there at a school while the world trade center was burning trying to figure out if he should move or not.

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      Old Poolmanposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Your kidding right?  Where on earth did you get this information?  I would be genuinely interested in your source as this is the first time I have heard this.

    2. dontaytte profile image75
      dontaytteposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Just watch the video when he got the information and how he sat there

    3. Attikos profile image77
      Attikosposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      He showed great poise. The demwits made a political smear of it, and like much lower grade political propaganda it stuck in the minds of some as a fact. The retardicans tend to let such lies speak for themselves. It's a mistake. They take root.

  13. profile image48
    jh720posted 5 years ago

    Every incumbent president has juggled campaigning with their current responsibilities as President. We just notice it more in the era of tv and mass media.

  14. atotsm profile image60
    atotsmposted 5 years ago

    Romney is chosen, so Obama would be re-elected without any difficulties.


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