On the heels of an inspiring, unpartisan speech to veterans, Obama headed to another room in THE VERY SAME BUILDING to unleash his inner attack dog at Republicans and raise a half million dollars.
Here’s a helping from the pool report by Peter Baker of the New York Times.
“That is the choice in this election – the choice is whether we want to go forward or we want to go backwards to the same policies that got us into this mess in the first place. Now it would be one thing if the Republicans had seen the error of their ways.” He went on to describe various ways they could have gone into the wilderness to repent.
“But that’s not what happened,” he continued. “It’s not like they engaged in some heavy reflection. They have not come up with a single solitary new idea to address the challenges of the American people. They don’t have a single idea that’s different from George Bush’s ideas. Instead they’re betting on amnesia. That’s what they’re counting on’ they’re counting on that you all forgot. They think they can run the okee-doke on you.” (Check the transcript, but “okee-doke” is what it sounded like from the cheap seats.)
They’ll run the okee dokee and they’ll do the Hokey Pokey and they’ll turn themselves around. So that’s what it’s all about. And let me remind you, “the choice is whether we want to go forward or we want to go backwards.”
DID SOMEBODY ACTUALLY, WHILE CONSCIOUS, WRITE OUT THE PHRASE, “the choice is whether we want to go forward or we want to go backwards?” And think to themselves, “This will be good. This will show them.”
Here’s a tidbit from another of Peter’s pool reports on the trip.
A person who insisted on being identified as a “Democratic source” came over to inform your pool that roughly 200 guests are forking over anywhere from $1,000 to $10,000 apiece for a total of $500,000. The person said she could not explain why that highly sensitive information has to be anonymously sourced in this era of transparency except to say that her organization, which we’re not allowed to identify either but can be safely assumed to be in some fashion or another Democratic in orientation, will not allow her to be on the record and will not itself to be identified either.
I have no firsthand information on the matter, but this person is, I assure you, a White House official, prompting Baker’s admirable consternation and irony.
The earlier, statesmanlike speech makes the trip a business expense and defrays the cost of getting Obama to the fundraiser. Of course, Bush did the same thing.