Unprecedented: Obama has Held More Campaign Events than the Previous Five Presidents...Combined

Toby Harnden reports on the campaigner in chief:

The figures, contained a in a new book called The Rise of the President’s Permanent Campaign by Brendan J. Doherty, due to be published by University Press of Kansas in July, give statistical backing to the notion that Obama is more preoccupied with being re-elected than any other commander-in-chief of modern times.

Doherty, who has compiled statistics about presidential travel and fundraising going back to President Jimmy Carter in 1977, found that Obama had held 104 fundraisers by March 6th this year, compared to 94 held by Presidents Carter, Ronald Reagan, George Bush Snr, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush combined.

Since then, Obama has held another 20 fundraisers, bringing his total to 124. Carter held four re-election fundraisers in the 1980 campaign, Reagan zero in 1984, Bush Snr 19 in 1992, Clinton 14 in 1996 and Bush Jnr 57 in 2004.

Barack Obama's extreme campaigning smacks of desperation. Weak in the polls, presiding over a dismal economic performance, detached from the everyday concerns of Americans and largely uninterested in the details of the job he holds, the president lives up to the slogan Mitt Romney has pinned to him: Obama isn't working. His policies aren't working and he literally isn't doing his job because he's too busy on the campaign trail. He's campaigning in an unprecedented and frenetic way, just to hang on.