Obama is busy running the country. He’s in Washington, the campaign is in Chicago. David Plouffe, the 2008 Obama campaign manager, is in the White House to . . . well, to serve the people.
Do you believe this? Come on, you must. The campaign is ALL THE WAY IN CHICAGO. It would take weeks to walk there from Washington, or even to send a message via bicycle courrier.
The president who promised to do it differently and once mumbled something about being willing to be a one-term president if that’s what it took to do GREAT AND WONDERFUL THINGS is operating the most politicized White House in history. A year and a half out from Election Day.
George W. Bush certainly had his political adviser, Karl Rove, at his right hand for most of his presidency. His aides would tell us one day that they didn’t care about polls, and then read the good ones to us the next.
But Obama might as well paint the letters DNC on the gates of the White House.
Here’s the latest evidence.
Obama this week devoted his weekly address to gas prices – a grave threat to his reelection. He partially caved on drilling, saying he would work to open up new areas for leasing.
And then he went on the attack, where he is comfortable. It’s clear the Democrats are going to defend themselves on the gas price issue by taking Big Oil and bashing Republicans over the head with it.
Finally, the third step we should take is to eliminate the taxpayer subsidies we give to oil and gas companies. In the last few months, the biggest oil companies made about $4 billion in profits each week. And yet, they get $4 billion in taxpayer subsidies each year. Four billion dollars at a time when Americans can barely fill up their tanks. Four billion dollars at a time when we’re trying to reduce our deficit.
This isn’t fair, it makes no sense. Before I was President, the CEOs of these companies even admitted that the tax subsidies made no sense. Well, next week, there is a vote in Congress to end these oil company giveaways once and for all. And I hope Democrats and Republicans come together and get this done.
Of course, just hours before Obama’s weekly address was released, 2012 Campaign Manager Jim Messina sent out a message to the vast Obama campaign email list saying basically the same thing.
I spent this week moving boxes and getting set up in our new campaign headquarters in Chicago, but something happened in Washington that I want to make sure you know about.
The CEOs from the five major oil companies — which together booked $36 billion in profits in the first quarter of 2011 alone — went to the Senate on Thursday to try to justify the $4 billion in tax giveaways they’re receiving this year . . .
When the Senate tries to strip these oil company giveaways, it’s likely that a minority of senators will block a vote from happening. And even if the Senate manages to pass a bill eliminating the giveaways, there’s little chance it will be brought up for a vote in the House.
Here’s why: These five companies are expert manipulators of the money-for-influence game in Washington that the President is working to change. It’s simple math — they spent more than $145 million last year on nearly 800 lobbyists whose job is to defeat bills like this one. The $4 billion they’ll likely get to keep as a result represents a 2,700% return on their investment.
What we can do is build a campaign that will keep a spotlight on issues like this and the fundamental reasons why Washington doesn’t work.
But we have to start building right now. Add your name to our call for a new kind of politics today:
But that’s just the campaign talking. Nothing to do with the White House.
Didn’t you notice? Messina is out in Chicago moving boxes. I don’t think he even remembers where the White House is, even though he was deputy chief of staff there until early this year.