He’s not even trying to hide it.
Although the White House says failed President Barack Obama’s bus tour is part of his official duties as President and, therefore, should be paid for by the taxpayers, the President engaged in clear campaign rhetoric during Monday’s stops.
For a “listening tour,” this stuttering cluster of miserable failure is sure doing a lot of talking.
Stripping off jacket and tie, he fired up his own campaign. Though the three-day bus tour is official presidential business, it takes place in the key 2012 electoral battlegrounds of Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois.
Emerging from the bus for his first event, Obama lit into Romney, accusing the former Massachusetts governor of ditching his commitment to health care reform to run in the conservative GOP primary: “You got a governor who is running for president. … It’s like [he’s] got amnesia.”
He even mimicked Romney: “Oh, this is terrible! This is going to take away freedoms!”
Just to be clear YOU’RE PAYING FOR THIS SHIT. You’re paying for the jet, the bus, the gas, the security so this jackhole can campaign for free.
“They were asked to reduce our deficit, reduce our debt, would you be willing to take a deal where it was $5 of spending cuts for every $1 of increased revenues, who would take it? Everybody said no. They said, ‘How about 10 to 1?’ Ten dollars of cuts for every dollar increase in revenue? Are you saying that none of you would take it — and everybody raised their hand. None of them would take it … that’s just not common sense.
“Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton — the last time we had a balanced budget — all of them understood that you have to take a balanced approach to solving our deficit and debt problems, the same way a family would.”
For good measure, he even took an indirect shot at GOP newcomer Rick Perry, who has said his campaign is based on shrinking government to a nearly nonexistent part of Americans’ lives.
“Don’t buy into this whole notion that somehow government doesn’t do us any good,” Obama said. “Government protects us. Government is what built the interstate highway system. Government is what put a man on the moon.”
The interstate system was authorized in 1956. A man went to the moon in 1969. Has government done anything of note in the past 40 years?