Rather than bother with the messy business of face-to-face negotiations with Republicans over the looming fiscal cliff, Barack Obama has chosen to take Air Force One up to the Philadelphia area today to talk at another adoring crowd.
Because no one’s had enough campaigning yet?
Obama craves speeches to select crowds, as we wrote here. On cue, someone yells they love him. He loves them back. No interruptions. No impertinent House Majority Leader challenging his arrogance. And Obama need make no concessions to them.
The Democrat will just recite the same stuff off the same teleprompter that he’s been saying for months about taxing the rich more, protecting the middle class from the very deal he made to protect them before and let’s talk about spending cuts next year maybe perhaps.
Air Force One costs about $181,000 per flight hour. Much cheaper to send a DVD up there. But that wouldn’t get Obama video clips on cable TV this afternoon and evening, which he thinks puts PR pressure on Republicans to cave on higher tax rates before el presidente takes his three-week Hawaiian vacation.
In other words, four years after Obama so sincerely promised to change the harsh, noisome ways Washington does — and doesn’t — do business, he hasn’t really changed anything.