Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Because it would be unseemly in this disastrous economy for Barack Obama to admit that his highest priority is now campaigning for the 2012 election, he is instead saying that "I really want to figure out a way where I can spend more time outside of Washington listening and learning and engaging with the American people."
Because, you know, this president combines great humility with tremendous respect for the opinions of the American rabble.
Except when they express their opinions by casting votes against his policies. Or telling pollsters that they don't like what he's doing to the economy, healthcare, and the country. Or when they gather in huge numbers on the National Mall in Washington D.C. to ask for fiscal responsibility and a return to the principles of our founders.
Rather, Barack Obama will go forth among the common people and seek listening and learning opportunities in places like liberal colleges and, just to provide real diversity, other liberal colleges. And then he'll drop in on Iowa to ask if the voters there would like higher federal corn subsidies and, perhaps, backrubs...and he will humbly listen and learn from their responses while trying very hard not to jut his chin into the air.
According to Whitehouse adviser Valerie Jarrett, "when he took office, because of the crisis that was presented to him, he had to spend almost every waking hour in Washington."
Granted, many of those waking hours were spent golfing and playing basketball, but still...it sucks for a listening, learning, man of the people to stay in Washington, which is clearly no place for a president to be during a crisis. This being the case, Hope n' Change is glad to hear that Mr. Obama will finally be able to get out of town.
Between vacations, of course.