Obama’s hitting the reset button in Cleveleland today

Today, in campaign news:

President Obama will use a speech in Ohio today effectively to hit a reset button on his re-election campaign, following a stretch of bad economic news and messaging missteps that have shaken Democrats’ confidence and caused some allies to sound the alarm.

Uhmn … ok. So the message is to ignore all the horrible economic news that’s been coming out lately, and how much of that may have been a result of Obama leadership for the last three-and-a-half years. Let’s all focus on moving forward.

At a community college outside Cleveland, Obama will seek to frame the economic debate with presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney, casting the November election as a stark choice rather than a referendum on his record. He will also warn that a President Romney would doom the middle class.

*cough* Obama hasn’t exactly been focused like a laser beam on the job situation and the plight of the middle class. He cared more about Obamacare. And for the last year, he’s done little more than campaign; proposing a jobs bill that had no hope in passing, and focusing (like a laser beam) on contraception and gay rights.

“Gov. Romney and his allies in Congress believe that if you simply take away regulations and cut taxes by trillions of dollars, the market will solve all our problems on its own,” said a campaign official describing the arc of Obama’s speech. “The President believes the economy grows not from the top down, but from the middle class up, and he has an economic plan to do that.”

Well, let’s hear it, big boy.

. But he’s now under pressure to articulate it more convincingly and broadly, as polls show a tightening race headed into the summer with many swing voters still making up their minds about the Republican nominee.

What is his plan, besides the “jobs bill” and more stimulus? Hiring more teachers and firefighters isn’t going to do a THING for my family, and we have a difficult time paying the employees we HAVE, so the idea that we’d get a tax break for hiring more is just stupid.

Some Democrats, pointing to recent focus groups and polling data, worried publicly this week that Obama’s pitch on progress in the economy isn’t resonating with voters in key states, leaving him politically vulnerable and at risk of appearing out of touch.

You mean, telling us it’s getting better – when most of us aren’t really experiencing improvement – isn’t working? Who should we believe, Barack or our lying eyes?

And they say he has presented detailed legislative proposals that would immediately put more workers back on the job.

“The problem here isn’t the President’s campaign staff and message he’s put together, it’s the economy that he inherited and is working hard to fix,” said former White House aide and senior Priorities USA strategist Bill Burton.


It’s apparently a problem of messaging, though. Obama didn’t know, when he made the above statement, how DEEP the hole was Bush – and do nothing Congress – made for him.

With slim chances the nation’s economic picture will improve dramatically by November, strategists say Obama must more forcefully convince voters that Romney is an unacceptable alternative in the Oval Office, regardless of their personal financial situations.

So, even if you’ve been out of work for six month, or two years, just know that Romney will be WORSE.

“We’re at the beginning of this message season. They’ve got plenty of time to develop messages with the electorate and they do have a plan that’s going to move the electorate through stages of understanding about Mitt Romney,” he said.

“What they’re doing now at this stage in the evolution is spending a lot of time talking about Mitt himself and his bad ideas. The way they’re going to explain Mitt’s bad ideas is by his embrace of the [Rep. Paul] Ryan budget plan. That’s where this is headed,” he said.

What they’re also doing is spending a LOT of time fundraising.

From June, so far- all from White House Dossier:

(Friday) June 1:
1:15 pm CT || Speaks at a fundraiser; Bachelor Farmer Restaurant; Minneapolis, Minnesota
1:50 pm CT || Attends a fundraiser; Bachelor Farmer Restaurant
2:25 pm CT || Attends a fundraiser; Bachelor Farmer Restaurant
3:20 pm CT || Departs Minnesota
4:20 pm CT || Arrives Chicago
6:10 pm CT || Speaks at a fundraiser; Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, Illinois
7:25 pm CT || Speaks at a fundraiser; private residence, Chicago, Illinois
8:55 pm CT || Speaks at a fundraiser; private residence, Chicago, Illinois

(Monday) June 4th:

4:35 pm|| Arrives New York City
5:20 pm || Speaks at a fundraiser, private residence
8:25 pm|| Speaks at a fundraiser; Waldorf Astoria
9:35 pm|| Speaks at a fundraiser; New Amsterdam Theater
11:20 pm || Departs New York City

(Wednesday) June 6th:

11:45 am PT || Arrives San Francisco
12:20 pm PT || Attends a fundraiser; Landmark Tower, San Francisco
2:15 pm PT || Delivers remarks at a fundraiser; Julia Morgan Ballroom, San Francisco, San Francisco
3:15 pm PT || Departs San Francisco
4:20 pm PT || Arrives Los Angeles
7:15 pm PT || Delivers remarks at a fundraiser; Beverly Wilshire Hotel; Beverly Hills, California
8:55 pm PT || Delivers remarks at a fundraiser; private residence; Beverly Hills, California

(Thursday) June 7th:
10:20 am PT || Makes remarks at a fundraiser; private residence, Los Angeles
11:20 am PT || Departs Los Angeles

(Friday) June 8th:

5:10 pm || Attends a fundraiser; Jefferson Hotel, Washington

(Tuesday) June 12th:

11:45 am || Departs the White House
1:20 pm || Speaks at a fundraiser; private residence, Owings Mills, Maryland
2:35 pm || Attends a fundraiser; Hyatt Regency, Baltimore, Maryland
3:45 pm || Attends a fundraiser; Hyatt Regency, Baltimore, Maryland
4:45 pm || Departs Baltimore
5:20 pm || Arrives Philadelphia
6:10 pm || Attends a fundraiser; Franklin Institute, Philadelphia
7:45 pm || Attends a fundraiser; Franklin Institute, Philadelphia
9:05 pm || Attends a fundraiser; Franklin Institute, Philadelphia
10:20 pm || Departs Philadelphia

(Wednesday) June 13th:

4:40 pm || Attends a fundraiser; W Hotel, Washington

(Thursday) June 14th:

6:45 pm || Delivers remarks at a fundraiser at the home of Sarah Jessica Parker
9:55 pm || Speaks at a second fundraiser; The Plaza Hotel

Not even half-way through the month. You can see what Obama is focused on right now, and it sure hell isn’t the concerns of the middle class.

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5 Comments on “Obama’s hitting the reset button in Cleveleland today”

  1. Car in Says:

    There have been two non-fundraising days on “work days”.

  2. Jay in Ames Says:

    What, you want him to give up his weekends? There’s gotta be “me” time in there, h8r!

  3. Car in Says:

    Plus, the “me time” he squeezes in on the weekdays when he’s been working “extra” hard.

  4. krow8803 Says:

    hey Car in, if you believe what the WON is trying to peddle, i have a unicorn fart factory deal i can sell ya /sarc

  5. Car in Says:

    Shit, Krow, I hardly believe ANYTHING he says.

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