Honestly, this is tawdry.
President Obama, to paraphrase HIS OWN FIRST CAMPAIGN VIDEO released a few months ago, has a job to do and should be leaving politics alone right now.
It’s fine that he raises money at this point. He has every right to try to amass the war chest that he will need to get himself reelected. In politics, money talks, and BS walks. Actually, BS has a lot to do with getting elected too.
But his remarks, even at his fundraisers, should not be campaign speeches. And, particularly while out on official business, he should not be waging a campaign.
Even if it’s fake official business.
It’s obvious to everyone that Obama’s Midwest jaunt is a campaign bus tour. Obama’s remarks yesterday made this clear.
The latest outrage is that Obama is engaging two of the GOP frontrunners, Rick Perry and Mitt Romney. The president sat down with Wolf Blitzer today and coyly clobbered them both.
Asked to respond to Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s assertion that members of the armed services would prefer a commander in chief who served in the military, Obama said presidential candidates have “got to be careful” about what they say. But as Perry just got into the presidential race, Obama said, he will “cut (Perry) some slack” for the moment.
Regarding former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s remarks that “corporations are people,” Obama conceded that corporations play a critical role in the generation of wealth but stressed his disagreement with some conservatives over the closure of tax loopholes benefiting certain major corporations.
“If you tell me that corporations are vital to American life, that the free enterprise system has been the greatest wealth creator we’ve ever seen … that I absolutely agree with,” Obama said. But “if on the other hand you tell me that every corporate tax break that’s out there is some how good for ordinary Americans … then that I disagree with.”
The president should simply refuse to talk about the GOP candidates until next spring. It’s just undignified for him to be attacking this early. And it puts him in the frame of mind where for the next year and two months, he’ll be making decisions based on what his political hacks – and Romney’s and Perry’s – are thinking.
He’d do better politically and for the country if he’d just be president. Responding to every peep out of the Republicans is amateurish self indulgence.