Mr. President in the neighborhood

Bill Ritter's daily take on the news.

March 1, 2012 1:07:14 PM PST
So what kind of relationship is it when candidates only come to a city to raise money?

You have to pardon New Yorkers if they feel a bit like an ATM when it comes to politics. Oh sure, I suspect the peeps who hold these big-bucks-per-person fundraisers feel like big-shots-on-campus when candidates for President or even the President himself shows up at your apartment with a few dozen 1-percenters.

But the rest of us have to put up with all the what's the word?, complications from the candidate's visit especially when the candidate is the President.

Right now, the folks who work and live around the ABC complex are dealing with the complications.

Pres. Obama is here today, and by here I mean on our block, not for long, but long enough to raise a ton of money. His 4 visits here, 7 hours from Air Force 1 touchdown to take off, are expected to raise more than $5 million. The fundraisers today will bring to 100 the number of money-pitch events the President's held for his re-election proof that the old adage of money being the mother's milk of politics still rings true.

Much of the money he's raised comes from New York City where Democrats far outnumber Republicans. The conventional wisdom is something like 5-to-1.

Of course none of the money the President raises here ? or precious little of it ? will be spent here. It's not like New York is up for grabs in November ? so you'll likely not see too many newspaper or TV or radio campaign ads from either side come fall.

But folks in the tri-state are accustomed to that.

It's the gridlock and street closings that it's hard to get used to.

We'll have the latest on the President's visit here, tonight at 11.

Also at 11 and continuing with the green-stuff theme from above we take a closer look at money. More specifically where to put the money you've been able to save.

The uncertain economy has more people thinking about this spending less (which may be hurting the recovery) and trying to save more. Tonight, our Lucy Yang digs deep into the subject and comes back with some very specific suggestions. And the biggest money saving tip ? has to do with spending money! You'll understand what I mean when you watch Lucy's story.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Meteorologist Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast, and Rob Powers at spring training camp in Florida with the night's sports. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa and me, tonight at 11.


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