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Obama’s Latest Jobs Plan: Taxpayer Financed Bus Tour of Battleground States


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.

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  • John B. Hefmier

    Barack Obama, leave the driving to Sarah. 

    • John B. Hefmier

      I missed something!! |^)

  • M_Minnesota

    Maybe they will use this video clip and bump on the Obama Bus tour.

  • puma_for_life

    I liked this piece..thanks Doug.  Don’t you just love it when we become "the folks".  Why, he is just so down home, you know.  Well, as Sarah would say, "Bless his heart".

  • Guest

    I believe him. He thinks about his job—playing golf, going on vacations, kowtowing to dictators and such, eating free of charge wherever, partying hearty, getting big bucks for publishing a book he didn’t write, having people call him ‘Mr. President’. 

    He thinks about Michelle’s job—chowing down on burgers whilst telling the rest of us to cut back, wearing bloody awful dresses made out of big-eyed cloth, wearing expensive $600+ sneakers and shoes, being called FLOTUS.

    After that, Obama goes to sleep. Yeah, baby, the good life!

  • palin45potus

    Let Sarah go Bus-Tour to Bus-Tour with him!  Same state, same time, different city.


    It is amazing how Obama follows Palin.  He is going to claim that he is riding the bus to save money by not flying Air Force One.  I think Joe Biden should  drive the bus, Harry Reid should be the conductor, and charge people to tour the bus, and John McCain should ride in the back of the bus, and just get out of Obama’s way until he needs him for "Bipartisan" support.  This is going to be one hell of a campaign (oops) information tour.  I wonder how many buses they are going to have? If Michael comes with a few friends, Greyhound may see a rise in business. 

    I know this is silly, but I just could not control myself.  Sorry for the nonsense. 

    • azdesertdan

      The One  riding a bus for several hours? I  suspect he will be flying AF1 with his limos to the local airports,  and the bus will pick him up at the edge of the cities.

  • CBDenver

    From the video clip — it is so nice to hear Obama is fighting for our jobs.  Just think, if it weren’t for his laser focus on jobs, unemployment might be up north of 9%.  Oh wait, it is above 9%?  Oh, never mind.

    • Michael_from_Michigan

      Unfortunately, the unemployment rate will be a little higher by this time next year because the President’s economic policies are not working to correct our economy’s suggishness and stagnation!  What is ironic about this unemployment rate is it will not reflect his unemployment after the presidential election in November 2012!

  • Michael_from_Michigan

    This is rich!  Sarah is being mimicked by Bachmann, Pawlenty, and now the President with his "bus tour."  It is amazing how she is impacting the narrative discussed by GOP candidates and their tactics in how they are running political campaigns from bus tours to hairstyles and clothes!  Another example is the latest Air Force commerical uses the phrase "a force for good."  Sarah has described our armed forces using the phrase "a force for good in the world."  For some one not running or who is illrelevent to the political atmosophere, she sure is popular enough to be copied by everyone in the political world running for president!

    • DDJ58

       And notice too how the president used the term "common sense" in his press conference today.
      The Governor rules the day. 2012

      • Min Max

        Exactly, when the opposition begins to pretend to be like you, you know it’s game over.

        The inbreeders in the beltway don’t know it yet, but they’ve already lost.

      • lanahi

        Yeah, but SHE knows what it means.

  • txpappy

    Is there not something Congress can do about this fraud of a President. Where is the FEC, moreover where are the complaints to that worthless agency to try to reign in this tax dollar thief.

     Not only that he and his bunch cannot come up with an original idea. Come to think of it neither can his scuzzy party. This man and his minions are a blight on America.

    BTW Tea Party Tribune has a poll up on who would you want for President. Paul is leading Sarah by 20% to 13%. I know it doesn’t mean alot but let’s try to bring her over the top just for fun. You can vote here.

    Go Sarah/2012 & Beyond

    edit: It is now 31% to 20% with Bachmann sneaking up at 15%. Come on Palinista’s: Do your thang

    • Cathy

      Just voted!

      Palin – 40% 272 votes
      Paul – 23% 158
      Bachmann – 12% 79
      Perry – 9% 63

      • txpappy

        Man! Disqus is suckin’ pond water tonight for the fourth time

        Woo Hoo. Way to go Palinista’s You guy’s are the best
        Go Sarah/2012 & Beyond

    • David Zimmerman

      Man…Palin is 41%, Paul is second at about 26%. Nobody else matters. This group responds tx

      • txpappy

        Thanks David – See my response to cathy. Disqus is givin’ me the blues tonight
        Go Sarah/2012 & Beyond

    • palin45potus


    • Guest

      6am thurs:  Palin 45%, Paul 22%, MB 13%.    Keep up guys, let’s make it a blow away! 

    • SaraPFan

      Palin now at 47%. She has 357 votes. Ron Paul trails with 180, a little over half of Palin’s vote. So Tea Party supporters favor Palin.

  • PressingOn

    Monday to Wednesday isn’t much of a tour.  After the few days of roughing it, he’ll certainly be ready for those 7 to 10 days of recuperation in Martha’s Vineyard.

    This stuff is great fodder for next year’s political ads.

    • navak

      I’m sure Michelle has all the lobster diners marked on the map so it won’t be too tough…

    • SaraPFan

      I thought I was the only one who thought his two day jobs bus tour was a little short compared to his Hawaii vacations.

  • Cotton Picker

    Would love it if Governor Palin did an unannounced simultaneous One Nation RV tour in the same locals.  Would be a hoot and drive Obama, dems and LSM absolutely bonkers as she stole his thunder.

  • illegalpointofview

    does Obama have a general idea of when Sarah is jumping and wanted to preempt the monemtum of the second leg of Sarah’s bus tour or an announcement just saying

    this is a very bad idea for Obama there is alot of frustration out there and when Obama is responsible for the hurt people are facing just not a good idea. his bus would be egged in my area

  • mkp03

    Betcha he thought of the bus tour idea after he saw helicopters following Sarah in May.  yeah I bet this tour has been in the planning for a LONG time. NOT!

  • Guest

    Man, Star Parker is eating Juan Williams’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner! She’s a stalwart defender of Conservative principles.

    • SaraPFan

      Link. Was she on his show?

  • Hyman Roth

    Hey, bus drivers and gas station cashiers gotta eat too.

  • serfer62

    Now that’s leadership! Showing the way to meet everyday Americans on a bus tour! Now who woulda thought of that…oh, wait

    • scotgirl1

      Sarah Palin did not invent  political bus tours, she was not the first and wont be the last   

  • SaraPFan

    This is not going to work. People will not be embrace him when he rolls into their town like they did Palin. He won’t be able to handle off the cuff answers to journalist questions about jobs like Palin. How many job summits has he had…without inviting the Chamber of Commerce? I really don’t believe his intentions of the tour since all the lost jobs are due to automation, kiosks and ATMs.

    • navak

      Don’t you think they will set up his tele for his "impromptu" greetings?

    • Betsey_Ross

      He can’t handle off the cuff questions from us peons either.  Remember Joe the Plumber?  Whoever thought that a commoner like Joe and the rest of us understood capitalism?  You know that the batteries on the teleprompter will explode from over use.  I am surprised that his handlers would allow this bus trip.  He just doesn’t do "common" well.

  • IndieDogg

    Sorry, but the notion of Barack Obama on a bus tour just doesn’t fit.

    I see him more on a tricycle.

    • navak

      With his bike helmet…

      • Frederick Villegas

        …goggles and knee pads

        • Marianne

          And the knee pads will be worn over his mom jeans, of course.

  • Guest

    She’s paying him with money people sent voluntarily. He’s paying for his with money that they forced us to give up. See the difference troll?

  • Ceejay

    Sarah loves competition, what about a bus race with Obama to the same cities….kind of like nascar, how long did it take to fill up the bus, etc.  Who got out first.

    Sarah could rally us again…….just kidding, its been a long day and tired.

    Sarah 2012!

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