Carney: Yeah, taxpayers will fund the Obama Midwest Jobs Tour

posted at 11:30 am on August 4, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

As I mentioned in the OOTD today, Barack Obama promised a new focus on jobs for about the 15th time in less than three years, shortly after the conclusion of the debt-ceiling deal.  As part of that new focus, Obama plans a bus tour — an unusual mode of travel for an American President, but SOP for a presidential candidate working the crowds to bolster support.  But when White House reporters quizzed press secretary Jay Carney about whether Obama or taxpayers would foot the bill for this whirlwind tour, Carney responded that “the air of cynicism is quite thick,” as CNS News reports:

CNSNews.com asked Carney, “Is that a campaign event or a presidential event?

Carney answered, “Negative. That is an official event.”

CNSNews.com followed, “So it is being funded by taxpayers in battleground states?”

Carney responded, “He’s the president of the United States.”

Another reporter followed up about whether there was a political nature to the trip.

“The air of cynicism is quite thick,” Carney shot back. “The idea that the president of the United States should not venture forth into the country is ridiculous.”

The reporter said, “I didn’t say that.”

Carney said, “No, but you implied it in your question. It is absolutely important for the president – whoever that person is, in the past or in the future – to get out and hear from people in different communities.”

Something’s getting thick, but it’s not the air of cynicism.  Presidents do make appearances throughout the country during their terms; it’s one of the perks of the office, and one reason why incumbent Presidents are so hard to beat in an election.  However, they don’t usually travel by bus.  They normally use Air Force One, which has a standard security profile as well as the capacity to allow a President to perform his job while away from the White House.  In order to accomplish this three-day bus tour of the Midwest, the taxpayers will have to foot the bill for re-inventing the wheel as well as the rest of the costs.

Last year, this wouldn’t have been as big an issue.  That’s because Obama hadn’t officially launched his re-election campaign.  The campaign raised $49 million for itself in the first quarter and another $38 million for the DNC.  Getting in a bus on a jobs tour sounds a lot like preparing the ground for later fundraisers more than a job-related duty.  This is the reason that most incumbents wait for as long as possible to launch re-election campaigns, but Obama and his team wanted to make a run at a billion-dollar haul for this election … and this from the candidate who sang hosannas about public funding of presidential campaigns, too.

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Copycat!!!!!

Suggested names for tour?……

ONE NATION….bankrupt!

Let them eat their Peas!

2012…….SAVE MY JOB!!

I’m from the Government and I’m hear to help!

DOTUS….for you!

THE Stash Wagon!

The Cash Machine!!

DebtPalooza!

PappyD61 on August 4, 2011 at 12:57 PM

The No Balls Tour

faraway on August 4, 2011 at 12:53 PM
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Um,hum,I’d rather clean out the barn.

ohiobabe on August 4, 2011 at 1:00 PM

Shovel ready thickness.

wepeople on August 4, 2011 at 1:07 PM

The Red Shoe Lectures

faraway on August 4, 2011 at 1:07 PM

wait, wasn’t someone else just recently criticized for going on a bus tour?

cpaulus on August 4, 2011 at 1:13 PM

He’ll probably have fundraisers at every stop also.

Cindy Munford on August 4, 2011 at 1:14 PM

…and he’s always going to be the Cash for Clunkers, Shovel Ready, Leading from Behind Pimp.

The carnival just goes on.

Thank you God for Carney.

Schadenfreude on August 4, 2011 at 1:17 PM

This bus tour could be very dangerous for the press following behind…/

d1carter on August 4, 2011 at 1:18 PM

Will Øbama‘s bus have balls on the back?

petefrt on August 4, 2011 at 1:21 PM

“The air of cynicism is quite thick,” Carney shot back.

The nerve of some people: thinking the President might conduct any sort of campaigning that’s less than perfectly ethical…where ever would they get that idea?

BlueCollarAstronaut on August 4, 2011 at 1:23 PM

why is there no HA post on the ‘earthquake’ taking place in the markets right now…this idiot can walk from washington to midwest, as far as I am concerned, or take a bus, or a segway, nobody cares…

jimver on August 4, 2011 at 1:23 PM

The debt ceiling hike won’t even cover QE3. We need a new debt hike fight soon apparently.

U.S. eats up most of debt limit in one day
$239 billion spike uses up 60% of funding OK’d on Tuesday

U.S. debt shot up $239 billion on Tuesday — the largest one-day bump in history — as the government flexed the new borrowing room it earned in this week’s debt-limit increase deal.

The debt subject to the statutory limit shot way past the old cap of $14.294 trillion to hit $14.532 trillion on Tuesday, according to the latest the Treasury Department figures, which are released on the next business day.

That increase puts the government already remarkably close to the new debt limit of $14.694, which means one day’s new borrowing ate up 60 percent of the $400 billion in space Congress granted the president this week.

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Spathi on August 4, 2011 at 1:28 PM

Does he really want to expose himself to audiences that he can’t control? This could really backfire on him if he keeps getting greeted by protests, signs hanging from overpasses, etc. I predict that this tour will end abruptly, after a fairly short time, with a sanctimonious statement about taxpayers money and carbon footprint concerns. The real problem will be the footprint on his tuchus, courtesy of the less than impressed.

smellthecoffee on August 4, 2011 at 1:29 PM

Maybe he can film it and show it on TV – call it the Maniacal Misery Tour.

LODGE4 on August 4, 2011 at 1:29 PM

He better not let a Republican drive that bus…they’ll put it in reverse and head over a cliff!

How does a bus tour generate jobs???????????

bridgetown on August 4, 2011 at 12:55 PM

It doesn’t. It is meant to generate VOTES.

scalleywag on August 4, 2011 at 1:31 PM

Something’s getting thick.

That’s what she said?

nickj116 on August 4, 2011 at 1:31 PM

How does a bus tour generate jobs???????????

bridgetown on August 4, 2011 at 12:55 PM

well, 2 o3 3 bus drivers (jobs saved :-)…

jimver on August 4, 2011 at 1:37 PM

Well all those people who are worried that Obama may “throw them under the bus” better start taking the threat literally now.

AverageJoe on August 4, 2011 at 1:37 PM

Wonder if he will be sitting in the back wearing his bike helmet.

nwpammy on August 4, 2011 at 1:37 PM

I bet it’s a bus that LOOKS like a Chevy Volt!

search4truth on August 4, 2011 at 12:57 PM

I’m sure it’ll run on biodiesel, right? Maybe they can economize further by picking up used oil from M’chell’s fast food runs.

slickwillie2001 on August 4, 2011 at 1:43 PM

So is there going to be a bus, or will he just be carted around in the limo, and we just to pretend its a bus tour?

tommer74 on August 4, 2011 at 1:55 PM

Obama’s political advisers are sounding this alarm to any liberal donor who will listen, worried that their own biggest contributors are growing complacent. But its been hard to re-create the magic of 2008 — which just might be Obama’s biggest problem.

Schadenfreude on August 4, 2011 at 1:56 PM

“He’s out of bullets, he’s out of arrows, he’s looking for stones on the seashore. And it shows that he may want to have a jobs agenda, he may want to do a pivot — there’s nothing left in the cupboard. He did a huge Keynesian gamble, and it failed.”

Schadenfreude on August 4, 2011 at 2:00 PM

ObamaBus pimped out with a “Baby on Board” sticker, a big AARP ad on the side, and an “I Left the Golf Course for this?!” bumper sticker.

Oh, and one of those fake tiger tails hanging outta the tank.

ziggyville on August 4, 2011 at 2:13 PM

Does he really want to expose himself to audiences that he can’t control?

smellthecoffee on August 4, 2011 at 1:29 PM

Good question. Also, who knows what his handlers will stage. Should be interesting.

petefrt on August 4, 2011 at 2:13 PM

Where is this bus made I wonder? Would the MSM even point that out if it were made in a foreign country while going on a “jobs” tour here in the U.S.? Also, I’m assuming the security measures on this bus are extensive. Disastrous though the man is to our country, he is POTUS and needs suitable protection.

Yakko77 on August 4, 2011 at 2:13 PM

Will the bus travel downhill only? Or have they discovered a way to make bullshit roll uphill?

Naturally Curly on August 4, 2011 at 2:15 PM

So now are we going to get a GM, Ground Force One vehicle?

I see it being about 15% longer than a standard motor-coach with a center-line ridge loaded with tracking secure satellite links, a mini-war-room, full bath (inc. shower) + staff bath, armor panels, a MONSTER engine yielding about 1 mile per gallon if we’re lucky having to push an insanely heavy vehicle. Let’s add on running boards and rear and front platforms for mounted Secret Service.

YET. . . my SUV is evil.

So how much is R&D and production going to cost on our new Ground Force One Presidential Campaign “Get out with the little people” vehicle.

Jason Coleman on August 4, 2011 at 2:16 PM

How “Green” will the bus be? Think of the planet!!!!

Yakko77 on August 4, 2011 at 2:16 PM

Since he IS campaigning and he has received MILLIONS in campaign donations from his flock, why doesn’t he use this money to well… Campaign? Why as a US taxpayer do I have to pay for his campaign when I personally can’t stand what he stands for?

SGinNC on August 4, 2011 at 2:17 PM

My collie says:

Rust belt patriots finally know what to do with all those pink-slips that they’ve been receiving over the past 3 years — viz. wall-paper his bus with them.

CyberCipher on August 4, 2011 at 2:20 PM

Curious will the media attack Obama if he refuses to give interveiws and forces them to chase him down the highway dangerously ?

William Amos on August 4, 2011 at 2:27 PM

Pretty safe to assume he’ll be calling Republicans and Tea-Partiers terrorists, hostage-takers, radicals and extremists on this non-campaign tour.

sleepy-beans on August 4, 2011 at 2:36 PM

My modest prediction is that this will be the first of many many campaign events that we will be paying for.

Obama has no shame.

blue13326 on August 4, 2011 at 2:45 PM

This bus will go in circles – it only turns hard left.

faraway on August 4, 2011 at 12:11 PM

This brought tears to my eyes as I laughed so hard I almost threw up.
LMAO!

Badger40 on August 4, 2011 at 2:54 PM

Obama has no shame.

blue13326 on August 4, 2011 at 2:45 PM

No liberal ever has.

Badger40 on August 4, 2011 at 2:58 PM

PappyD61 on August 4, 2011 at 12:57 PM

How about:

Deep Hole With Gold Shovels tour?

OnlyOrange on August 4, 2011 at 3:05 PM

I look forward to hearing about the Obama caused traffic snarls as the secret service closes down roads so nobody can do a drive by on the POTUS.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on August 4, 2011 at 3:07 PM

The Venture Forth Capitalist Tour… FIFY

Pres Obama will be looking for money from people who are willing to “invest” in his 2nd term in the interest of generating a return through an eventual realization event*. You know, ambassadorships, diplomatic assignments, cabinet positions.

*Wiki

chrisknits on August 4, 2011 at 3:14 PM

How about

“Give Peas a chance”

skatz51 on August 4, 2011 at 3:27 PM

jimver on August 4, 2011 at 1:23 PM

Excellent question. The market has been dropping like a rock.

The political class in D.C. must be so proud.

INC on August 4, 2011 at 3:34 PM

The Magical Misery Index Tour. See it Live…Bring your Unemployed friends…and don’t forget your TEA Party signs!

redwhiteblue on August 4, 2011 at 4:24 PM

1. How can a bus move with so many old friends stuck under it?
2. Will it drive into a ditch at any point?

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on August 4, 2011 at 5:13 PM

There may have been a whiff of cynicism in the air, but it was completely overpowered by the smell of horsesh!t.

SukieTawdry on August 4, 2011 at 5:39 PM

I don’t know if the question was asked earlier… But will Obama be taking the Big Bus or the SMALL BUS on this whirl wind Mid-West tour.

USMCDevilDog on August 4, 2011 at 6:07 PM

I don’t know if the question was asked earlier… But will Obama be taking the Big Bus or the SMALL BUS on this whirl wind Mid-West tour? All fixed.

USMCDevilDog on August 4, 2011 at 6:12 PM

Greyhound 1 ??

Caper29 on August 4, 2011 at 7:04 PM

“The air of cynicism is quite thick,” Gee, I wonder why. Color me suspicious but he’s going to all this effort for a 3 day tour? Maybe we should dub this the SS Minnow 2.

Kissmygrits on August 4, 2011 at 8:10 PM

Getting in a bus on a jobs tour sounds a lot like preparing the ground for later fundraisers more than a job-related duty.

Ah, but it is a job tour; his own job, that he’s trying to keep. Maybe the American people will finally throw him under that already huge and over-crowded undercarriage of his bus (metaphorically of course you silly libs, oh, and you too Secret Service).

Big John on August 4, 2011 at 9:45 PM

“This is the reason that most incumbents wait for as long as possible to launch re-election campaigns, but Obama and his team wanted to make a run at a billion-dollar haul for this election”

Anyone think Obama and his team want a billion-dollar haul cuz they have no intention winning and are just looking for a billion-dollar payday?

DSchoen on August 4, 2011 at 11:17 PM

From the mouth of an idiot

MATTHEWS: We’re talking about the president who just announced today, the White House did, and we’ve conveyed, Alex and Jon, that he’s going to get in a bus and drive around the Midwest. And he is vulnerable in that bus to — I would think to picketing, and shouts from the crowd.

DSchoen on August 4, 2011 at 11:27 PM

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