Friday, October 31st, 2014

Romney, RNC correct about Obama golfing, jobs meetings

The Republican National Committee used a graphic and a video to blast President Barack Obama for spending more time golfing and fundraising than meeting with his jobs council.
The Republican National Committee used a graphic and a video to blast President Barack Obama for spending more time golfing and fundraising than meeting with his jobs council.

Mitt Romney and the Republican National Committee have double-teamed on the charge that President Barack Obama has spent his time unwisely over the past six months.

"In the last six months, he has held 100 fundraisers, and guess how many meetings he has had with his jobs council?" Romney said in a July 18, 2012, campaign event in Bowling Green, Ohio. "None. Zero. Zero in the last six months. So it makes it very clear where his priorities are."

A subsequent RNC graphic charged that Obama had golfed 10 times and held 106 fundraisers over the past six months.

We checked the jobs council’s own web page and found that it cites four meetings so far -- Feb. 24, 2011 at the White House, June 13, 2011 in Durham, N.C., October 11, 2011 in Pittsburgh, and Jan. 17, 2012 at the White House -- making that part of the claim accurate.

Meanwhile, using White House speech archives and press pool reports, we were able to confirm at least 103 of the 106 fundraisers -- close enough for us to rate the overall statement True.