President Obama next week will make a rare departure from the campaign trail to speak in a real, live, actual Red State that he can never win, heading to Kansas to talk about the economy and bash Republicans.
From the White House.
On Tuesday, December 6, President Obama will travel to Osawatomie, Kansas where he will deliver remarks on the economy. The President will talk about how he sees this as a make-or-break moment for the middle class and all those working to join it. He’ll lay out the choice we face between a country in which too few do well while too many struggle to get by, and one where we’re all in it together – where everyone engages in fair play, everyone does their fair share, and everyone gets a fair shot. Just over one hundred years ago, President Teddy Roosevelt came to Osawatomie, Kansas and called for a New Nationalism, where everyone gets a fair chance, a square deal, and an equal opportunity to succeed.
The White House house has been under fire recently for Obama’s constant campaigning, amid stories that he has made more appearances this year in swing states than either George W. Bush or Bill Clinton did during the year prior to their reelection efforts.
That this trip to Kansas might be a response to such criticism – and not a long-scheduled event – is apparent from the hasty announcement, which just came out this morning. The White House is normally able to unveil the entire schedule for the following week the Friday before, and did so yesterday while saying it wasn’t ready to announce Tuesday’s events.
But, before we give him too much credit, let’s note that Osawatomie is only about 30 miles outside of Kansas City, Mo., and the appearance will certainly be picked up by the city’s local news outlets. Missouri is a crucial presidential swing state, and Obama will need to get the vote out in urban areas like Kansas City to win it.
Obama’s mother’s family is also from Kansas, perhaps making the choice a little more palatable to the president.