Originally posted at American Thinker blog
In an effort to raise awareness for Wounded Warriors, former President George W. Bush took a 62-mile Texas mountain bike ride with combat soldiers wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.Â Current President Barack Obama doesnâ€™t have the luxury of leisurely bike rides. Obama has â€œbetter things to do,â€ like laying to rest birth certificate controversies and exposing the â€œsillinessâ€ ofÂ â€œcarnival barkers.â€
Lucky for the President the missing birth certificate showed up in time for him to move on to more pressing issues, such as â€œhelping his pal Oprah Winfrey wrap up her syndicated talk show in style.â€ Three years after being elected, Obama and Michelle chatted with the talk show queen free of the â€œsideshowâ€ distraction of having to prove the President is eligible to hold the most powerful office in the world
While G.W. spent days bonding with American heroes, Obama did â€œbetter stuff.â€Â Referring to the birther controversy, Obama saidÂ â€œWeâ€™ve got big problems to solve, and Iâ€™m confident we can solve them, but weâ€™re going to have to focus on them, not on this.â€
It appears that one of the more pressing problems Obama is concentrating on is raising a billion dollarsâ€™ worth of billboard, television ad, and backup Teleprompter re-election campaign money! Since becoming a re-election candidate, â€œObama has embarked on an aggressive inaugural fundraising tour that included three events in Chicago â€¦ and six events in two days last week in Los Angeles and San Francisco.â€
To hell with $4 a gallon gas prices, the debt ceiling, Middle East wars, unemployment, and a humongous deficit. Such minutia was placed on the back burner as Obama headed to New York City to jam up the Big Apple and attend three Democratic fundraising events. â€œObama 2012â€ galas were â€œscheduled across midtown Manhattan, includingâ€¦at the home of financier and former New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine and â€¦ at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel.â€
â€œAttendees at both events were asked for the maximum contributionâ€”$35,800, a Democratic official said. The first $5,000 goes to the Obama campaign, with the rest to the Democratic National Committee.â€
Continuing with his â€œbetter stuff to doâ€ trek to New York, Barack will leave the Waldorf-Astoria and head to a â€œconcert-style event at the Town Hall Theater where, in honor of Americaâ€™s native son, hip-hop band The Roots will entertain the President and a throng of youthful supporters.
With Obamaâ€™s entourage clogging up Park Avenue, G.W Bush and a troop of injured soldiers probably got through a 62-mile bike ride and parked the Cannondales in less time than it took for NYC commuters to make it nine miles by car to College Point, Queens. After two days of raising money and his Presidential profile, â€œBetter things to doâ€ Obama was not â€œdue back at the White House until the wee hoursâ€ of the following day.
Meanwhile, former President Bush said his â€œthree-day ride on the desert trails of Big Bend National Park, on the US-Mexico border in southwestern Texas, was â€˜real cool, unbelievable.â€™â€
While Barack Obama was busy doing â€œbetter things,â€ Tour de France champion/cancer survivor Lance Armstrong, 15 wounded soldiers, some with prostheses, joined the 64 year-old former president on the final leg of the bicycle ride
Far from the glitzy set of Oprah and light years away from Park Avenue, while Obama was busy doing â€œbetter things,â€ G.W. expressed heartfelt appreciation for the bravest among us, saying â€œAs a commander in chief, it was my decision to put them in harmâ€™s way in the first place. I feel a special bond toward them and I want them to know Iâ€™ll never forget them.â€