Well, if President Obama was considering not going to Brazil in order to help conduct the war against Libya from Washington, he’s boxed himself in, because in an op-ed piece today for USA Today, he’s proclaimed he’s on a mission to make jobs.
And if he doesn’t go to Brazil – and then Chile and El Salvador – as scheduled, then he doesn’t care about jobs. Or Hispanics.
But Obama cares, deeply, about jobs and Hispanics. Because without them, he will lose his own job.
But what gets Obama out of bed in the morning to go save and create jobs, what keeps him talking about jobs even as Republicans want to discuss the budget, is that voters are worried about jobs. And as for the weird stop in tiny El Salvador, well, the children of all those Salvadoran immigrants from the 1980s are just now of voting age.
Every poll shows people like jobs jobs jobs. A March 4-7 Bloomberg poll had 43 percent saying unemployment and jobs are the most important issues facing the country, with the federal deficit coming in at 29 percent and the war in Afghanistan – which Obama rarely discusses publicly – at just 7 percent.
A February CBS News poll had “the economy and jobs” at 48 percent, with only seven percent saying the deficit and debt are the top issues.
But why did he shelve immigration reform? Only three percent in the Bloomberg poll list it as the top priority. But it’s a big deal for Hispanics – though they too rate other issues higher – so he must go to Latin America
If you’re not out of a job, you’ve given up looking, or you’re worried you might lost your job or you’re worried someone you care about is going to lose theirs.
So it’s jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs.
Funny he’s going to Brazil to promote U.S. exports. The man hasn’t negotiated a single free trade agreement in more than two years as president, and he’s left the ones Bush negotiated with South Korea, Columbia and Panama to rot on a shelf over at AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington.