A DAY LIKE ALL OBAMA DAYS - AT 8:40 A.M. ET: Andrew Malcolm, at the L.A. Times's Top of the Ticket, courteously presents us with the president's schedule today. It reads like the president's schedule most days, which is part of Mr. Obama's problem:
Now that he's called Kanye West a "jackass" -- unofficially, of course -- President Obama forsakes the sedentary business of governing again today to head back out on the campaign trail, which is more fun anyway in his profession...
...Today he's on the road again. He'll make three stops -- one in Ohio and two in Pennsylvania, including his newly-adopted favorite city of Pittsburgh. In Ohio, the president will talk economy with auto workers and, as he did Monday in New York, likely profess that he sees more signs the hard times are truly ending.
Not an easy argument for anyone to make, even if they are eloquent, with unemployment still above 9%. And the anxiety and fears almost palpable among many.
Malcolm quotes a new Washington Post- ABC News poll that cannot be bringing joy to the lonesome traveler on Air Force One:
The results show only 51% approve of the....
...freshman president's handling of the economy while an even worse 39% approve of his job addressing -- or not addressing -- the gargantuan federal deficits projected way out past Obama's two terms and into Sarah Palin's first.
Ah, just the sound of that.
Nearly 60% of Americans, according to the poll, are worried over job losses and pay cuts in coming months. This is not usually fertile ground for acceptance of the kind of major, ill-defined, costly changes that Obama seeks to impose in so many areas.
Someone tell the White House. Their e-mail must be down because they're not getting the message.
But the president will see some nice scenery today, like every day. I wonder if he's put pictures on the Oval Office desk yet.
September 15, 2009