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Obama Disses Both Boehner and McConnell in One Stroke

President Obama’s decision to travel next Thursday to the failing Brent Spence Bridge in Cincinnati is a remarkable slap at both House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell at the very moment Obama says he is trying to work with the GOP leadership to pass a jobs bill.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney announced the trip during today’s briefing, calling the bridge “functionally obsolete” and in “need of so many significant repairs.” Obama will showcase the bridge as an example of the work projects that can be targeted by his American Jobs Act proposal.

The bridge connects Cincinnati with Covington, Kentucky, making Obama’s highlighting of its disrepair bad public relations for both McConnell – the Republican senator from Kentucky – and Boehner.

While not within Boehner’s Eighth Congressional District, it’s just a few miles away, and the television coverage from local Cincinnati news outlets of Obama’s visit will be beamed directly into populous area’s of the Speaker’s district.

The clear effort to put Boehner and McConnell on the spot comes just six days after the president’s trip last Friday to the Richmond district of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, where Obama launched his effort to sell the American Jobs Act outside of Washington.

Carney denied that the White House had chosen the bridge to slight the Speaker.

It’s a bridge that’s in great need of repair. It’s a bridge that’s relatively easy to get to from Washington. It’s a bridge — you know, it’s a bridge that…

It’s Obama second trip to Ohio, a key presidential swing state, to promote his jobs plan.

Well, What a Bad Idea This Was

With unemployment at 9.1 percent and the White House and Congress supposedly busy closing the deficit so our Treasury notes don’t head toward junk bond status and our economy doesn’t descend into Hellenic-style Hell, is this really what Americans want to see? Our leaders joshing it up in the clubhouse?

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How ostentatiously tone deaf are these people? Golfing. And for what? To satisfy some kind of frat boy wager between President Obama and Speaker Boehner?

I don’t care if you can get on a public course for $12. Golf is perceived as – and so often is – the sport of the Lexus set, the retired, and the leisure minded. Doing it every weekend, as Obama does, is a middle finger sent skyward to the many in this economy who are struggling to eat decently. And the sight of the four of these characters putting away in their goofy country club outfits is indeed a reflection of Nero fiddling.

The transparency White House apparently isn’t even giving out the scores. From the pool report:

This was provided on background from the White House with approval from the Speaker’s office:

The foursome had great time and really enjoyed playing golf at Joint Base Andrews today. The President and Speaker Boehner teamed up to beat the Vice President and Governor Kasich. The match was won on the 18th hole – the President and the Speaker won $2 each.

After finishing their round, the President, Speaker Boehner, the Vice President and Governor Kasich went to the patio of the clubhouse where they enjoyed a cold drink, some of the U.S. Open coverage and visited with service members.

On background, I’ll just tell you that I’m so glad they had a great time.