President Obama will be embarking on a three-day bus tour later this month to tout job creation. The tour will take place from August 15 to the 17th (a Monday to Wednesday).
"[Obama] looks forward to talking to the folks about growing the economy, creating jobs," Jay Carney said at his daily White House press briefing.
Carney got testy with the press after he was asked if this event was being paid for by the Obama 2012 campaign or by taxpayers. Answer: The latter. Transcript below:
Reporter: "Is that a campaign event?"
Carney: "Negative, it is an official event."
Reporter: "So, it will be funded by taxpayers?"
Carney: "He’s the President of the United States."
Yes, he is. And, apparently, the most transparent and ethical President in the nation’s history believes it’s one of the perks of his office to have taxpayers help finance his re-election campaign with a bus tour through, coincidentally I’m sure, key battleground states in the Midwest. After today’s $238 billion increase in the federal debt (courtesy of the debt-ceiling deal), the government’s got money to burn for this important public purpose…and plenty left over for those August Social Security checks Obama threatened to withhold.
I’m curious where Obama got the idea for the bus tour. Could it be…? Nah, of course not. Governor Palin surely doesn’t live rent-free in his head. The idea for the bus tour had to come from Tim Pawlenty, right? On second thought, though, Obama did borrow Governor Palin’s idea to use Twitter after being "miffed" by her success on the social networking site:
President Obama’s decision to hold a Twitter Town Hall was an about-face for the commander-in-chief who only months ago in private conversations with aides would scoff at the 140-character social media format for its lack of depth and sophistication, according to sources with knowledge of those conversations.
In particular, Obama would get miffed at the news media for picking up the Twitter comments made by ex-GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. “He complained that ‘They hang on her every word and report it without even questioning her directly,’” one informed source said this morning, quoting the President.
Will the media refer to his bus tour as a "rolling menace"? Who knows. What I do know, however, is that those lucky "folks" who attend the
campaign rallies "official events" along Obama’s taxpayer-financed bus tour will be regaled by inspirational rhetoric touting his laser-like focus on creating jobs. It will probably sound something like…this:
Got it. The first thing he thinks about when he wakes up in the morning and the last thing he thinks about when he goes to bed at night is jobs. The nation’s 9.2% unemployment rate, presumably, is indicative of his thoughtfulness. To be sure, there’s one job Obama does think about all the time: His own.