Presidential birthday bashes are nothing new, but in the wake of a months-long debt battle and in the midst of an economy barely chugging along, some see President Barack Obama’s Wednesday birthday celebration coming at a terrible time.
“We’re nearing a double-dip recession. We’ve lost 125,000 jobs here in Illinois just since he took office,” Illinois GOP chairman Pat Brady said Tuesday.
Mitt Romney tweeted a campaign video painting a dreary picture of Chicago’s economy and the message, “@BarackObama celebrates his 50th bday & collects $35,800 checks but IL is struggling due to his failed policies.”
Still, there will be plenty of prominent Democrats who will find it in their schedule — and their pocketbooks — to attend the festivities.
And there’s no secret that the event at the legendary Aragon Ballroom in Uptown is a campaign fundraiser.
Tickets for Obama’s birthday celebration range from $50 for the concert to nearly $36,000 per person for a private dinner with the President.