As if to emphasize the full politicization of his presidency, President Obama will immediately follow his Jan. 24 State of the Union speech with a three day campaign swing that will take him to five presidential battleground states.
All presidents head out the day after the State of the Union to talk about all the wonderful things they proposed to Congress. But of course, Obama has to take it a bit further.
George W. Bush in 2004 spent two days traveling to three states. Obama will be leaving Jan. 25 and returning Jan. 27 after stops in Iowa, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, and Michigan.
And in case you weren’t completely sure of the political nature of this, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, and Michigan each have primaries in February.
The Obama campaign has been seeking to pump up the vote in the meaningless Democratic primaries as a means of creating excitement for the campaign while also stealing some of the limelight from what is mainly a Republican show.