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Barack Obama
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Obama's Schedule Draws Criticism



(WBEN) - President Obama is under a bit of fire today, after it was seen that his schedule has him attending a political fundraiser immediately after he speaks at a memorial service for those who lost their lives at Fort Hood.

Just three hours after the President attends a memorial service at Fort Hood, he will attend a DNC event at a private residence in Houston.

Political strategist Carl Calabrese says it can be hard at times to coordinate a politician's schedule so it avoids controversy. "It's always difficult to do that, because if you layer events, and you follow a very solemn, tragic event with a very festive, partisan political event, you're going to run in to criticism," Calabrese said.

Calabrese doesn't think the fallout from Obama's scheduling will last long, but it does provide some ammunition for Republicans looking to attack the President.

Is there a way to avoid the unfortunate scheduling? Calabrese says, of course there is.

"As inconvenient as it might be to the host of that event, if you're calculating the political downside of following a solemn event with a partisan event, you postpone the event. You say to your supporters 'I hope you understand, but it's not proper to come from Fort Hood to a political fundraiser.'"

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