This past June 29, Breitbart.com, the Ã¼ber-conservative website ran a lead article with the screaming headline OBAMA CAMPAIGN CELEBRATES INDEPENDENCE DAY . . . WITH FUNDRAISER IN PARIS. In the piece's snarky opening paragraph, blogger Ben Shapiro wrote:
Apparently tiring of US soil as a source of campaign dollars, the Obama campaign is headed overseas -- with its celebrity friends in tow. The European Obama campaign starts next week in Paris on July 4 with a reception organized by various fundraising heavy-hitters. Independence Day fundraisers in Paris -- now that's a flag-waving campaign!
After attacking the president for what he termed his "European-style healthcare plan" which "Americans . . . see as a massive net negative sucking our coffers dry," blogger Shapiro concluded that "[Paris] . . . may be the only place Obama can still find cheering throngs."
Of course, it goes without saying that President and Mrs. Obama were absolutely not going to Paris for the 4th of July.
Within hours of Shapiro posting his article, the Los Angeles Times ran a piece on the president's Independence Day schedule, which had been easily gleaned from the White House website: "On Wednesday, he will host the traditional Independence Day celebration for members of the military and their families. on the South Lawn of the White House. And anyone who had cared to check out the White House website for July 4 could have read the president's remarks to the assembled picnic goers.
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