Welcome to Round Two of President Barack Obama’s “magical misery tour.” The president today embarked on a little three-day jaunt to important swing states — like, oh, North Carolina and Virginia, both of which he barely won in 2008 — to
campaign for reelection shill for his politically-motivated American Jobs Act.
In fact, he all but admitted that he’s riding “ugly” Bus Force One around town to plead for a reelect. In North Carolina, when enthusiastic supporters chanted, “four more years,” the president politely demurred.
“I appreciate the ‘four more years,’ but, right now, I’m thinking about the next 13 months,” he said. “Because, yes, we’ve got an election coming up, but that election is a long way away and a lot of folks can’t wait.”
Wait — he’s got an election coming up? I’d have never guessed.
I appreciate the “next 13 months,” Mr. President, but what about the — oh, I don’t know — next 13 years or so? Don’t just look past the next reelection, dear leader. Look past your own presidency — past the point when you personally could gain from any policy you implement — to what would actually be best for the country long-term. When will you and those OWS protesters you love so much stop looking for the quick fixes and start implementing the hard solutions?
Even if a second hit of stimulus money would help in the short-term (doubtful, considering what an abysmal failure Porkulus I was), it wouldn’t grow the economy the way solving the debt and deficit crisis would. Do I sound this bell too frequently? It’s beginning to feel like I do.
Of course, calculated denials of political motivations for his America Under the Bus Tour weren’t all the president uttered today. Townhall.com’s Erika Johnsen dissects another lovely little unifying soundbite:
The President has been busily accusing the GOP of being intentionally obstructionist and overly partisan, and had a little gem to add to that sentiment during a stop in North Carolina:
“My plan says we’re going to put teachers back in the classrooms, construction workers back to work rebuilding America, rebuilding our schools. Tax cuts for small businesses, tax cuts for hiring veterans, tax cuts if you give your workers a raise – that’s my plan. And then you got their plan, which is, let’s have dirtier air, dirtier water, less people with health insurance. Allright, so, so far, at least, I feel better about my plan.”
If that doesn’t define both ‘demagoguery’ and ‘partisanship,’ I don’t know what does. I would say that such a line from the President is a dagger to my heart, except that, apparently, I don’t have a heart. I actually want smog to fill the skies and toxins to linger in our wells, and then, when people get sick from said pollution, I don’t want any of them to be able to afford health insurance. Yep, that’s basically me in a nutshell.
But, now, let’s give credit where credit is due: The guy is a brilliant campaigner. In fact, I just wish our guys were as good.
Update: Again, why does the president refuse to do what he knows will actually work? As long as expanded unemployment insurance benefits and infrastructure sound appealing to voters, he’ll keep singing that tune to the detriment of the long-term fiscal health of the nation.