On Thursday morning's "Today Show" on NBC, President Barack Obama's continued aloof stance toward the serious international conflicts of our time and his insistence on jetting across the country for fundraisers became the subject of a news report that focused on the stark criticism from members of his own party.
The video package accompanying the report included an appearance by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) saying, "I'm not going to tell the President what to do but I think the world would very much respect his increased attention to this matter."
The 2-minute report also featured the latest cover of Time magazine with the headline: "Cold War 2, the West is Losing" as well as stark criticism from Rep. Peter King (R-NY) who said that "President Obama should be showing leadership, not raising money."
NBC News did note that President Obama passed on a scheduled appearance on Jimmy Kimmel this week, suggesting that this was a move designed to show that he was "sensitive to sending the wrong message."
Meanwhile, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, even Obama's fundraisers aren't going so well as they note "donor fatigue" is setting in:
President Obama hit the Bay Area for a fast cash-and-grab fundraising drive Wednesday, but there were signs that even in one of the nation's most reliable Democratic ATMs, donor fatigue is setting in.
There was no listed price for tickets for Obama's morning appearance at a roundtable in San Francisco for the House Majority PAC - the type of intimate gathering for which admission is usually $32,400 per person, the legal maximum. Some donors said tickets had been offered for a deep discount.