There seems to be a mystery afoot. Why did President Obama travel to Arkansas for the first time just yesterday?
Beats Jay Carney:
Q There are folks in Arkansas who are wondering why it took the President so long to come to their state, which he will do this week. Can you just comment on why it took a long time for President Obama to get there? . . .
MR. CARNEY: Again, I don’t even know how to respond to that, except to say the President is focused and will be focused when he visits on Wednesday on the families of victims and on the first responders, and on the efforts underway to help Arkansas rebuild.
Well I can help. I know how to respond to that.
BECAUSE HE HAD NO CHANCE OF WINNING ARKANSAS AND THERE WAS NO POLITICAL REASON FOR VISITING.
Why does everyone dance around things in the briefing room? Both Carney and the reporter who asked the question know damn well why Obama hasn’t been to Arkansas once – and to Ohio about 50 times. But neither will reference the reason.
It took a tornado that killed 16 people, including a baby, for Obama to finally acknowledge that Arkansas is part of the union.
After tornado, Obama puts politics on pause in Arkansas, headlined a New York Times piece on the visit.
Really? I don’t think so.
Arkansas’ sitting Senator, David Pryor, is one of the red-state Democrats up for reelection and endangered this year, and he’s been distancing himself from Obama. But I wonder if Obama really would have stopped in Arkansas for the three hours he did if he thought it would hurt Pryor.
After all, the Times itself notes a recent poll putting Pryor up by ten points over his opponent, GOP Rep. Tom Cotton.
And Pryor, who appeared with Obama, got to play the role of the man who shepherded the president to the state bearing tons of federal aid.
Said the president:
The people of Vilonia and all the other towns devastated by the storm understand there’s a lot of work that remains to be done, but I’m here to remind them that they’re not doing this work alone. Your country’s going to be here for you. We’re going to support you every step of the way.
Politics informs everything Obama does. Because power informs everything he does. Because power is what he needs to achieve his agenda. And his agenda is paramount, because that’s whats going to make life better for everyone in the long run, he believes.
It’s typical lefty reasoning. The ends justify the means. And nothing can interfere.