Americans on both sides of the political aisle agree on an increasingly smaller number of things. One of those things is a recognition that President Barack Obama loves to campaign and deliver speeches.

Obama chose to spend time today delivering a speech at a toy company in Hatfield, Pa., on the pending “fiscal cliff.”

President Barack Obama is taking his case for avoiding a potentially unsettling “fiscal cliff” to the Philadelphia suburbs, employing campaign-style tactics in hopes of mobilizing public support for his plan to hike taxes on the wealthy. The trip comes amid signs of impatience in the negotiations between Republican leaders and the White House.

Obama was scheduled to go to Hatfield, Pa., to pressure Republicans to extend existing Bush-era tax rates for households earning $250,000 or less, while allowing increases to kick in for those with incomes above that threshold.

White House officials believe Friday’s trip will build momentum for the president’s case, even as Republicans describe it as an irritant and an obstacle to fruitful talks. The White House said Friday that Obama will insist on higher taxes for the top 2 percent of earners during his Pennsylvania trip and that he would cast Republicans as an obstacle to a deal. Republicans have said they are open to new tax revenue but not higher rates.

The speech itself was full of theatrics.

But with our country more than $16 trillion in debt, some Tweeters say it is time for Obama to quit campaigning and start governing:

Giving speeches is easy. Governing? Reaching across the aisle, dealing with the loyal opposition, and having to compromise? That’s hard, and it is something that Obama has not shown a willingness to attempt in any office he has held from the Illinois state legislature to the United States Senate to the White House.

Democrat, Libertarian, or Republican … we all want leadership from the President.

Sadly, it doesn’t appear to be on the horizon of the “eternal campaign.”

  • my preciousss!!

    he will soon campaign to abolish Presidential term limits, i tell you.

  • David Isler

    You see what’s happening, don’t you? The ground game can be for more than political campaigns. Prepare for a tsunami.

  • Lisa Dean

    In my opinion Obama is being a President the exact way his experience has taught him. Working people into a frenzy by constant speeches/campaigning against the evil Republicans/Conservatives/Tea Party. He’s still a community organizer only he’s getting paid a bigger salary, living in a bigger house with the ability to have tax payers pay for all their desires. Oh, and he was given a new title President of the United States.

  • Michelle

    He keeps a list of who’s naughty or nice? Great. So in addition to many things this narcissist thinks he is, he adds Santa Claus to the list.

    • Ariadnea

      He has a kill list and a naughty list. I wonder what’s next? I hope he does not mistake or interchange, or God forbid merge the naughty list with the kill list.

    • KansasGirl

      Limbaugh nailed the Santa Claus bit, didn’t he?

  • Joe W.

    Y’all get what you vote for, don’t you?? Enjoy the Obama depression everyone….

    • Michael Hampton

      How funny that consumer spending is up over last year and the consumer confidence level is up over 13 percent. Hmm. The housing market is growing. I just sold five penthouses in only 5 weeks. So when does the depression start? Oh! After the tea party morons decide to stage more political drama about the debt ceiling and then cost the taxpayers another 1.3 billion dollars.

      • Joe W.

        Just keep yer liberal eyes open, Mikey… spending on credit cards is just like the gubbermunt, sonny. Does not mean the economy is healthy. It is anything BUT, and, if you were honest, you would admit it. But, alas. You are a moon bat liberal. You do not know HOW to be honest. Don’t say you were not warned, Pea Brain.

      • KansasGirl

        Lol. Are you a writer for “The Onion”?

  • Zaguy2

    Why is Obama campaigning on about the Fiscal Cliff? Because Republicans are just sore losers. They don’t want to do anything for the economy, jobs, or Obama. Since the elected legislators refuse to budge he is taking the case to the people. Because he can.

    Just as Clinton inherited an economy on the rise, Obama inherited one on the downswing, the worst in 4 generations but he should have had that fixed in 5 months? Has any other president had to put up with so much obstruction? No, filibusters have set records, not even close to the next highest time period.

    “Obama is not a citizen.” Well, yeah, he is.

    “Obama is a Muslim.” No, he isn’t. But its not supposed to matter anyway.
    “Obama is a socialist.” More than you maybe but real Socialists think he has fallen well short and its not like we don’t already have a multitude of systems that could be described as socialist in design.

    “Obama is going to take our guns.” I honestly haven’t heard a whimper and depending on what was proposed, would be one of my lines in the sand. Even had an NRA caller admit that its all bull but “Its my job.” I was a member for a long time before they started that crap.

    Remember way back in 2005 after Bush “won” re-election. He claimed a mandate on something he never mentioned in the campaign…..handing Social Security over to Wall Street.

    He went on a campaign style road trip to try to invoke his “mandate”……..the people sent him home with his tail between his legs. Bush never recovered from that debacle.

    • mike_in_kosovo

      Obama inherited one on the downswing, the worst in 4 generations

      Wow, talk about a literal demonstration of America’s failed school system. Are you *really* that stupid, or just parroting something from Dkos or Moveon?

      he should have had that fixed in 5 months?

      Nobody’s said that…except you. Makes a nice strawman to argue against, I suppose.

      Reagan’s recession was worse than this one, and we were out of it in 3 years. What’s Zero’s excuse, besides blaming Bush, ATM’s, tsunamis etc etc etc?

  • Leigh Tauber

    Remember, this is the President who skipped all his security briefings

  • Bowdoin81

    Obama said the most important lesson he learned in his first term was that he can’t change Washington from inside. From now on, he will do all his negotiating away from the table, out amongst his peeps, who (with the media) will put pressure on the GOP. Republicans have to find a tactic to neutralize this.

  • mhojai

    You’ve heard the adgage that “it’s better to keep one’s mouth closed and be believed and idiot, than to open it and remove all doubt?”
    He’s done that, so everyone with a brain cell knows he’s a complete doofus, so, if he stays in DC, he’s afraid we’ll see the obvious, that he’s so incompetent at anything but reading a teleprompter, we might just ask for our money back from his salary!

  • GaryTheBrave

    January 21, 2017: Obama, shackled from head to feet, being put into the Federal Prison van and taken to a holding facility until he is arraigned on charges of treason, usurpation, embezzlement, and abuse of power. That’s my dream.

  • Brett McMicken

    he can do whatever he wants, including fiddling while the country burns. he has a sycophantic media that will report him as a messiah no matter what he does and his faithful hordes of ozombies who believe he IS a messiah.