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What They Are Saying … About Obama’s ‘No Plan, Just Politics’ Debt-End Bus Tour

What They Are Saying … About Obama’s ‘No Plan, Just Politics’ Debt-End Bus Tour

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Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.
 
 August 17, 2011
What They Are Saying …
 About 
Obama’s ‘No Plan
 ,
 Just Politics’ Debt 
-End Bus Tour 
______________________________________________________________________
NO ONE BOUGHT THE WHITE HOUSE’S CLAIM THAT THE BUS TOURWASN’T PURELY POLITICAL
 
MSNBC’s Chuck Todd:
 
“You could fool me.
I mean it feels like a campaign trip. It certainly walks like one, it 
quacks like one.”
 
(MSNBC’s
,” 8/16/11)
 
CBS News’ 
Mark Knoller:
 
The trip and events have all the characteristics of a campaign swing, but WH billsit as official and taxpayers pay all the costs.
(Mark Knoller, Twitter
 
,8/14/11)
 
The Associated Press:
 
Though classified by the White House as an official presidential trip, the tour's first day had the distinct feel of a campaign excursion.
 
(Jim Kuhnhenn, “Obama Sets Tone For Governing, Campaigning At Beginning Of Three
-Day Midwest Tour
,
,8/16/11)
 
 
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 AP:
 
Obama's rhetoric had a campaign pulse as well.
 
(Jim Kuhnhenn, “Obama Sets Tone For Governing, Campaigning At 
Beginning Of Three-
Day Midwest Tour,” 
,8/16/11)
 
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
 
“[A]
n unusually partisan address for an official White House visit 
…”
 
(Eric Roper,
Obama Talks Jobs, Jabs At GOP
,
,8/16/11)
 
USA Today:
 
The White House says President Obama's bus trip is a non-campaign event, but that hasn't stopped him from making his most extended comments yet on the Republican presidential field.
(David Jackson,
Obama Goes After Republican Candidates On Taxes
,” 
,8/16/11)
 
 
USAT:
 
His toughest question may have come from a young girl who asked,
Why Cannon Falls?
 
 Iowa and Minnesota are states critical to his re-election effort 
an answer the president sidestepped.
(Richard Wolf,
Obama Defends Government 
,
,8/15/11)
 
 
USAT:
 
“Still, the trip had stark political overtones.”
(Richard Wolf,
Obama Defends Government 
,
 
,8/15/11)
 
The New York Times:
 
While the White House billed all this as a presidential visit, the line between that anda campaign event is fine: loudspeakers blared standard Obama campaign anthems by U2 and Brooks &Dunn.
 
(Mark Landler, “Obama Tries To Reclaim Momentum With Midwest Bus Tour,”
 
8/15/11)
 
 
NYT:
 
On Monday, he became a road warrior, kicking off a three-day bus tour of the Midwest that provided him campaign-style opportunities to strike back at Republicans in a region vital to his re-election.
(Mark Landler, “Obama Tries To Reclaim Momentum With Midwest Bus Tour,”
 
8/15/11)
 
 
NYT:
 
“The president’s itinerary is giving him a homespun backdrop for his hard
-edged message
…”
(Mark Landler, “Obama Tries To
 
Reclaim Momentum With Midwest Bus Tour,”
8/15/11)
 
 
NYT:
 
For a trip conceived as an economic tour, the choice of stops was curious.
 
(Mark Landler, “Obama Trie
s
To Reclaim Momentum With Midwest Bus Tour,”
 
8/15/11)
 
Chicago Sun-
Times’ 
Lynn Sweet:
 
If President Obama flew Air Force One to Minnesota, Iowa and Illinoisthis week for town hall meetings on the economy, it may have been harder for Republicans to argue the tripwas political and should have been paid for out of campaign funds. But Obama took a bus, and a bus isassociated more with retail campaigning, thus opening the door for the GOP complaints.
(Lynn Sweet, “Jay Carney:Bus Tour Not A Political Trip, ‘Doing What Presidents Do,’” 
,8/15/11)
 
 Slate
’s
John Dickerson:
 
The president is on a political bus tour which he says isn't a political where he willtell Republicans to stop behaving politically.
(John Dickerson,Twitter,8/15/11)
 
Politico:
 
White House press secretary Jay Carney bridled at the notion that the three-day bus tour, which
traverses three battleground states Obama won in 2008, had anything to do with the fact that he’s struggling
to maintain support in those states ahead of the 2012 contest.
(Julie Mason, “Rebranding Obama's Buscapade,” 
,8/15/11)
Reuters:
 
“The unmistakable campaign style of 
the trip will help Obama, a Democrat, test his organization
and grassroots support as the Republican presidential field begins to take shape.”
 
(Alister Bull, “Obama Embarks On
Campaign-
Style Midwest Tour,
 
,8/14/11)
 
Forbes:
 
And with the 2012 campaign already under way the trip will surely take on a campaign feel at 
times ...”
(Erica Werner, “Obama Ditching DC To Mingle With Voters,” 
 8/15/11)
 
The Hill:
 
“In nakedly political terms, Obama spoke repeatedly about challenging Congress in next year's
elections if they refuse to compromise with him on the economy, and he took thinly veiled swipes at his
Republican opponents.”
(Sam Youngman, “Unleashed From Washington, Obama Declares War On House Republicans,” 
8/15/11)
 
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The Hill:
 
“While the White House insisted in the lead up to the tour that the trip was about official
business because Obama was talking to Americans, the president was clearly talking to voters. Withhis sleeves rolled up, tie missing and campaign cadence on full display, Obama appeared to be in total
campaign mode.”
 
(Sam Youngman, “Unleashed From Washington, Obama Declares War On House Republicans,” 
8/15/11)
CNN:
 
“[A]t times, the event also took on a touch of the political rally Obama's political opponents said it was.”
(CNN Wire Staff, “Obama Knocks Politics, Calls For Growth On Three
-
Day Midwest Bus Tour,” 
8/16/11)
MN Resident Tom Lietha:
 
“Most of what he talked about was what I would call campaigning. … Myimpression was (it was) a little bit being able to hear from the constituency and mostly campaigning.’”
(Mark 
Fishenich, “Thing Film President Attended Obama Event,” 
 8/16/11)
OBAMA KEPT TO CAMPAIGN RHETORIC RATHER THAN
COME UP WITH A REAL JOBS PROGRAM OF HIS OWN
 
Reuters:
 
The White House says the president is on listening tour to hear from Americans about theeconomy and to talk about how to boost jobs and hiring. There are no plans for a major policy speech to roll
out new initiatives for growth.”
 
(Alister Bull, “Obama Embarks On Campaign
-
Style Midwest,” 
 8/14/11)
 
McClatchy:
 
“But White House officials say they don't expect Obama, who met Friday at the White House
with business leaders, to roll out any new plans or deliver a major economic policy speech on the trip
.”
(Lesley
Clark, “Obama’s Bus Tour An Effort To Connect With Everyday Americans,” 
 
 , 
8/14/11)
 
MSNBC’s Chris Matthews:
 
“Town halls are fine but the President 
needs to do, I think, more.
He’s going to
have to take on Republicans, come up with a real jobs program of his own.
(MSNBC’s
,” 8/15/11)
 
 
Matthews:
 
“It’s one thing for Sen. Clinton … to go on a listening tour. Here’s the guy
who has beenPresident of the United States for three years. To go listen to people?
… It doesn’t seem to be the right 
move right now. It seems like action would be more appropriate.
 
(MSNBC’s
,” 8/15/11)
 
 
Matthews:
 
“It Baffles Me.”
(MSNBC’s
,” 8/15/11)
 
Former White House Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers:
 
“[I] t would be better if he had a
big proposal that he was going out 
to sell.”
 
(MSNBC’s
,” 8/15/11)
 
Dubuque Telegraph Herald:
"We don't need your attention as much as we need your leadership. We need apresident who won't tell the people what they want to hear but a leader who tells us what we need to hear."
(Editorial, “Welcome, Mr. President,” 
,8/16/11)
 
The Washington Post 
:
 
Obama, who arrived in a spe
cial black armored bus, didn’t announce any new ideas,
but he repeated calls for pairing measures to tame the deficit with efforts to boost the economy.
(Zachary A.Goldfarb,
“Obama Kicks Off Midwest Bus Tour With Harsh Words On The Economy,” 
,8/16/11)
 
Cannon Falls, MN Resident John Newton:
 
For me, he came into a bad situation and maybe just made it worse
I would like to see him take more of a leadership role
.”
(Nicole Norfleet, “Cannon Falls Residents Grab Tickets To SeeObama,” 
,8/15/11)
 
Des Moines Register:
 
“For a Midwestern bus tour billed as a rolling conversation about the rural economy,President Barack Obama didn’t spend much time in Decorah today talking about agriculture issues.”
(Jason
Noble, “Obama In
 
Iowa: Not Much Ag Talk In Decorah, But He Did Get A Packet Of Seeds For Michelle,” 
8/15/11)
NO WONDER HE NOW NEEDS TO CAMPAIGN IN THREE STATES HE WON IN 2008

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