President Obama was in Ohio again Wednesday for the 437th time of his presidency.
Okay, it’s not that often, but I lost count at 25. He’s also been to Florida 384 times, or something like that.
What a difference a new job makes. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, a former top reporter, seemed to deny – he didn’t quite deny it, but he left the impression he was denying – that Obama goes to places like Ohio and Florida because they are swing states.
It was one of those moments in the White House briefing room, not too terribly uncommon, when the neither the press secretary, his aides, nor any of the journalists present believe what the press secretary is saying. And yet we all sit there and play along and hope for door prizes after the game is over.
Here’s what he said, according to a partial transcript by Politico. I didn’t write the quotes as I was attempting to get my jaw back up off the floor.
Let me be clear, some of the states you’ve declared battleground states had never been won by a Democrat before … But that’s a battleground now … it is impossible for him to appropriately do his job … if he is guided by that kind of narrow view of what is a battleground state or a safe state . . . He’s president of all the people, of all the United States and will travel accordingly.
Narrow view? The only one here with a narrow view is Obama, and it’s directed south to Florida and west to Ohio.
Carney also noted Obama had traveled to Oklahoma and Nebraska. Once, I think.
Probably Jay has to say this, or it would open the White House to potential legal problems with Congress or with someone who cares about taxpayer-funded presidential campaign travel. Carney noted previous presidents did this too, which is true, though not the the extent Obama did, as Jake Tapper of ABC News pointed out today.
And Obama promised . . . change.