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.”