Yes, they all do it. But one does it more.
President Obama set a record for campaigning while pretending to do official business, heading out to 54 events in 11 presidential battleground states over 42 days since the beginning of the year, according to the Wall Street Journal.
By comparison, George W. Bush held 49 events in 34 days by this time in 2003, “drawing complaints from Democrats,” according to the Journal. The seemingly apolitical Bill Clinton managed only 40 events over 24 days by this time in 1995.
Obama either has mistresses in states like Ohio and Florida or he’s campaigning there. The events are billed as “official business,” but we understand what he’s really after. He rarely finds himself in non-swing states like Texas unless he’s there to raise money. Places like Nebraska, Oklahoma or Alaska are more likely to be visited by foreign leaders.
On two occasions he’s dropped all pretense and actually done campaign-style bus tours.
Asked about the story today, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said, “Move along, nothing to see here.”
Okay, actually he said this:
What happened in 2008 was Barack Obama, then-Senator Obama, expanded the political map dramatically . . .
If you took off the map and said the president of the United States can’t travel to states that are perceived to be battleground states, you would severely limit the capacity of this president and any of his successors to travel anywhere . . .
And if every president, whether it’s President Obama or his successor, or any successor after that, were to simply say, “Oh, I can’t travel to any state that might be contested in the next election,” then the president would have to spend most of his time here in Washington, D.C. And I don’t think that any president should do that.
If you were wondering exactly what “spin” is, well, now you know. Actually, spin is supposed to be somewhat believable, so maybe this is not the best example.