This on a day when it was announced the first quarter GDP hit a staggeringly horrific -2.9%. Plus, with the Obama administration in freefall and drowning in scandal, what message does hitting the fundraising trail send?
President Obama will make the first in a series of trips across the nation to meet ordinary Americans who have written him about their struggles and concerns when he travels to Minnesota on Thursday.
The summertime campaign-style travel, which comes as focus is intensifying on the coming midterm elections, will see the president tour communities and hold town-hall meetings on his domestic agenda.
The trips should allow Obama to earn free media exposure in states where he can help assist incumbent Democrats facing reelection such as Minnesota, where Sen. Al Franken is seeking a second term this fall and will travel to his home state with the president.
Free media exposure? Goodness knows this guy has spent so much time out of the spotlight it’ll be nice to see him gets some exposure. Nobody keeps a lower profile than Obama, huh?
While in Minnesota, Obama will meet with a woman named Rebekah, a mother who wrote the president in March about her economic hardship. During his two-day tour through the state, Obama will share lunch with Rebekah and travel with her to a town hall event and a “number of local stops.”
“The President chose to highlight Rebekah’s story because it is representative of the experiences of millions of Americans: While our economy’s made a comeback, too many middle class Americans are still stretched too thin and the President knows there’s more work to do,” said a White House official.
More work would presume he’s done some work, which clearly isn’t the case. Alas, Obama will get some time also to squeeze in his most urgent priority, watching sports:
“It’s my understanding that based on the schedule, the way the schedule is laid out for tomorrow, the President will be on Air Force One tomorrow,” Earnest said. “So for most Americans, you’re on an airplane, you’re disappointed that you’re not going to have a chance to watch television, [but] when you’re the President of the United States, it’s one of the rare opportunities that you actually have to be around the television.”
Rare opportunities? Really, Joshy?