U.S. President Barack Obama's involvement in the reelection campaign will increase as the year progresses, but for now the vast majority of his time is still devoted to official duties as the president, the White House said Thursday.
Responding to reporters questions that Obama is spending increasingly bigger percentage of his time on political events such as fundraisers, Jay Carney, the White House spokesman, said Obama "certainly has been having political events, and he is participating in that way in his campaign," but the share of political events take up is "minimal."
Carney said since the formation of the reelection campaign, Obama's involvement in it has "steadily but very gradually increased," noting since the president does not need to engage in primary battle, he has "therefore being able to focus the vast majority of his time on official duties, and he'll continue to do so for as long as possible, within the confounds of the general election campaign creates."
Obama is yet to face a unified Republican party, as the GOP primary battle is far from over. Except for fundraisers, he hasn't engaged in much public political events, leaving the work to the campaign and surrogates such as Vice President Joe Biden, who delivered a speech earlier in the day at a campaign event in Ohio.