Obama Hits The Campaign Trail And “Feels Your Pain”

The Neverending Campaign took to the road Monday

With just 50 days to go before the midterm elections, President Obama took his economic message to a Virginia suburb, telling a local family and small-business owners that the policies his administration has put in place will lead to a more solid future.

“I have never been more confident about the future of our economy if we stay on track and we deal with some of these long-standing problems that we haven’t dealt with in decades,” he said, his sleeves rolled up in the afternoon sun. “If we do those things, there’s no reason we can’t succeed.”

This reminds me more of the man-made global warming issue, where if we don’t do X, something will happen 50-100 years from now. With Obama, it’s “if we do this and this and this, our economy might be saved at some unknown time in the future.” Meaning he will take credit when a Republican Congress saves his bacon.

In the fenced in back yard of John and Nicole Armstrong’s one-story brick house in Fairfax, Obama touted his 19-month record — including overhauls in health care and financial regulation. Borrowing from his campaign playbook, Obama staged the event before an intimate and partisan audience of about 30 people.

How sad is that, that Obama has to still pull this kind of stunt? But, I supposed it is understandable, after his disaster of a press conference last week.

Over the last week, in large rallies and during a rare news conference, Obama has stepped up his public focus on the economy and has hammered Republicans for obstructing his agenda. At this outdoor event, derided by Republicans as a “garden party,” Obama fielded softball questions on topics such as stem cells, historic preservation and small-business lending.

Of course he spent time slamming the GOP. Partisan attacks are all he knows. If he had any actual real world experience, he might have looked to build consensus, to work to bring people together as his campaign promised, but when the rubber met the road, he just expected everyone to automatically follow, like they did when he was a community organizer. I guess no one bothered to explain that that mode only works among groups that all have the same group-think.

Good news, though. He feels your pain. The Washington Post apparently thought the line made Obama look bad, so they avoided it. Not so from The Hill

President Obama told a small crowd in Fairfax, Va., on Monday that he would stand in the hot sun with them and “feel their pain.”

And then he spoke to them in his typical professorial manner.

Crossed at Pirate’s Cove. Follow me on Twitter @WilliamTeach. Re-Change 2010!

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