I'm not as dumb as I look, you know. Also, when and why did governments start confusing taxpayers with ATMs?
President Obama has Tour Buses Flown to Stump Speeches
by Ben Howe
President Obama has been touring all over the midwest these past few weeks, giving speeches to crowds of fans, anxious to hear what’s next on his agenda. One could be forgiven for believing that these are less about pushing the president’s current agenda, and more about launching the reelection campaign, however this is a charge that the administration adamantly denies.
But there is a very simple reason that this is viewed as more of a campaign effort. Boasting bulletproof windows, five inch thick doors, and it’s own oxygen supply, the President has made the rounds for these speeches in a multi-million dollar bus, dubbed “The Beast” by it’s critics. There’s been no shortage of opinions from people and pundits on this bus and how having the President tour around the midwest in a caravan of cars and seated on a tour bus sends the message that he is on the campaign trail and using taxpayer dollars to do it.
It appears however, that this might not be the case. According to some sources he hasn’t really been riding these buses much at all. They say, he’s been flying them.
Apparently President Obama only rode the buses for a couple of miles at a time, spending the rest of the time flying from community to community in Air Force One. What’s more, the buses were flown from stop to stop as well. It’s normal practice for the President’s entire motorcade to be loaded up on cargo planes and flown from destination to destination. The buses were just a new part of that motorcade.
But why wouldn’t the presidential limousine have sufficed? Or one of the other armored vehicles that routinely travel with the President? Apparently because the President wanted the imagery of a bus. And buses are what he got.
So good news America! If these reports are true, then not only do you get the pleasure of having a $1.1 million dollar bus carting the President around to “enlist” voters to fight for his reelection, but you get to marvel at the hypocrisy of an administration hell bent on destroying industries with carbon footprints too large for comfort, while they themselves are flying entire caravans of SUVs and buses in giant 747s flanked by fighter jets.
All so the president can travel a couple of miles per stop with the image that he’s on the ground with the people when in reality, he couldn’t be more detached from them, their problems, or this continually declining economy. You couldn’t ask for a better metaphor.
This is pretty damn funny, or else its really sad. Kinda depends on how you want to look at it.
Obama promised so much to so many but has delivered so little to so few. This will be his legacy.
Chief among Obama’s many flaws: he has no idea how to be a leader of people. Strike one. And you can’t fake it. Strike two. Which could still work if he knew what he was doing. Which he does not. Strike three. Yer Out!
President Obama’s post-Labor Day policy speech on job creation will include “some reasonable ideas that can have a tangible impact,” his spokesman says.
Those ideas and others are being considered by the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, whose leaders — General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt and American Express CEO Kenneth Chenault — spoke by phone with the president Wednesday.
“There will be some ideas that the president will lay out in this speech … new ideas,” Earnest said. At the same time, he said, Obama is not “backing away” from proposals he has pushed in the past, such as a public-private infrastructure bank to jump-start highway projects, and free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama.
The spokesman said Obama is constantly “dismayed” by Republicans’ charges that his economic proposals are intended for political consumption.
And this is the second time it has been downgraded.