Don’t worry. We’re in the best of hands

Obama wants to pivot:

President Barack Obama is launching a push to extend tax cuts for the middle class, as he seeks to shift the election-year economic debate away from the dismal jobs market and toward the issue of tax fairness.

Yea, I bet he wants to change the subject. Perhaps he can fire up those occupiers again. They’re mostly unemployed, so he could really use their anger against the greedy 1% to deflect from the horrible economic outlook.

Mr. Obama’s re-election campaign also plans to use Washington’s tax debate to ramp up its criticism of Mr. Romney. The campaign and its Democratic allies have slammed the presumptive GOP nominee for not releasing several years of tax returns and for having some of his money in offshore bank accounts.

The strategy is aimed at portraying Mr. Romney, whose personal wealth could exceed $250 million, as disconnected from middle-class voters.

Quick reminder – Obama hasn’t actually gone on any Greyhound bus vacations lately. There have been 16 family vacations since they took up residence at the White House.

— President’s Day 2012, Michelle and the girls go to Aspen to ski.
— Christmas 2011, the first family goes to Hawaii for an extended vacation.
— Summer 2011, the family visits Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., for the annual beach break.
— June 2011, the first lady, her mother and daughters travel to South Africa and Botswana.
— President’s Day 2011, the first lady and first daughters travel to Vail to ski.
— Christmas 2010, the first family goes to Hawaii.
— August 2010, post-BP oil spill beach trip to Panama City Beach, Fla.
— August 2010, Obama travels to Chicago alone for a weekend 49th birthday bash (and fundraiser).
— August 2010, the first lady and daughter Sasha travel to Spain for a mother-daughter vacation.
— August 2010, the family spends summer vacation in Martha’s Vineyard.
— July 2010, the first family goes to Mount Desert Island, Maine.
— May 2010, the first family takes a four-day trip to Chicago.
— March 2010, first lady and daughters spend spring break in New York City.
— Christmas 2009, the family goes to Hawaii for the winter break.
— August 2009, everyone heads to Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Canyon for a short vacation.
— August 2009, the first family takes its first vacation from the White House at Martha’s Vineyard.

The Obama’s have lived as if they had $250 million in personal wealth for the last three-and-a-half years.

But never mind that. Obama wants to focus on fairness now, because his performance on jobs has been an abject failure. And with taxmaggedon just around the corner, what’s a president to do ?

His plan? Reelection. At any cost.

The only jobs plan that has any chance of passing the House and Senate before the election is a bill to cancel all tax increases in 2013. With White House support, this would fly through the House and Senate and eliminate one major antigrowth headwind, as even some Keynesian economists and the Congressional Budget Office are telling the President.

The dilemma for the White House is that calling off next year’s tax increase would undercut Mr. Obama’s re-election theme of redistributing income. His liberal base has become so obsessed with the politics of envy that it is demanding higher taxes no matter the economic or political costs.

That tax cliff appeals to his base.

So what is the President doing today? What does he do everyday? My husband says I’m obsessed, but White House Dossier is my supplier so I don’t see myself going cold turkey any time soon:

10:45 am || Receives the Presidential Daily Briefing
11:15 am || Meets with senior advisers
2:00 pm || Participates in interviews with local TV anchors from New Orleans; Manchester, New Hampshire; Louisville, Kentucky; Miami; Raleigh, North Carolina; Davenport, Iowa; Milwaukee; and Las Vegas.
4:15 pm || Attends a fundraiser; The Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Washington
5:20 pm || Attends a second fundraiser; The Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Washington

As Keith says, two hours – tops – of work.

Quick review:

He was at Camp David from June 30th until July 4th. He had a few “special appearance” on the 4th, then he campaigned on the 5th and 6th. On the sixth he flew out again for another weekend at Camp David.

And now? He’s campaigning again. The rest of the week looks like pretty much more of the same.

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6 Comments on “Don’t worry. We’re in the best of hands”

  1. Jay in Ames Says:

    The news networks in IA are all atwitter about the upcoming visit. Did you know his appearance at Kirkwood Community College is sold out?

    Sold out? Is it a rock concert? I didn’t have to pay to go see Sarah Palin in 2008. She got money out of me, anyway.

  2. Car in Says:

    Oh good lord. Humn … now this is funny. Lots of stories about how the tickets were scooped up w/in 24 hours. But this:

    Campaign aides declined to say how many tickets were available for the venue.

    This is funny too:

    They’re calling it a “grassroots event”. LOL

    During the “grassroots event” at Johnson Hall at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Obama will outline his “plan to build an economy that is grown from the middle out, not from the top down, where everyone has a fair shot to succeed and plays by the same set of rules,” according to a campaign news release.

    I’m trying too look up the capacity for “Johnson Hall” and i’m not finding any numbers.

  3. Car in Says:

    Bahaa haaa haaa … it’s like a high school-size basketball area.

    no wonder it 1) sold out in 24 hours, and 2) they’re not releasing the numbers.

    It’s fine and all for him to speak at a small venue. But let’s not brag about the excitement, and how quickly the tickets sold out. LOL

  4. Car in Says:

    Area – arena

  5. Jay in Ames Says:

    You probably have bigger high schools in Detroit than Kirkwood. I’m sure of it, actually.

  6. Car in Says:

    LOL. YOu know, it’s fine. Just don’t brag about selling it out.

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