President Barack Obama turned 50 on Thursday, having celebrated with donors in Chicago on Wednesday night. Also on Wednesday, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney’s Presidential campaign released a video criticizing the former Senator from Chicago, saying Obama’s policies have not helped the city at all.
“Titled ‘Obama isn’t Working,’ the video focuses on the economy of Chicago, asserting that the city’s unemployment rate is up 48 percent and home prices are down,” read a blog for The New York Times. “The 50-second video shows bleak-looking pictures of empty storefronts in the city and ends — like many of Mr. Romney’s ads — with Mr. Obama saying, ‘If I don’t have this done in three years, then this is going to be a one-term proposition.’”
The video can be viewed below.
“With the debt ceiling debate now behind him, President Obama is turning his 50th birthday into a massive, nation-wide campaign event and fundraiser, complete with a lavish bash in Chicago tonight and related fundraisers around the country,” read a blog for White House Dossier, which discussed Wednesday’s early events as laying the groundwork for a “national celebration.”
“Then the real fun begins at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, where guests will pay from $50 to the maximum donation limit of $35,800 to attend an initial party and fundraiser featuring about 1,000 guests. Performers will include Jennifer Hudson, Herbie Hancock, and the band OK Go,” the blog read.
“A separate party in the Rose Garden Thursday, the day of his actual birthday, cannot by law be money-related — at least not directly.”