Of course, the White House didn't describe it as campaigning. They said it was a "listening" tour. To Barack Obama, "listening" apparently means speaking to crowds about how none of our economic problems are his fault, and placing the blame mainly on Republicans. He forgot to mention that for 2 years his party had complete control of the US Government, and was able to pass his stimulus bill.
Apparently, the American public was quite unimpressed. According to Gallup, his approval hit a record low. But that wasn't the only problem. On a tour that was touted to specifically address American jobs, the administration ordered buses made in...Canada
WASHINGTON -- President Obama is barnstorming the heartland to boost US jobs in a taxpayer-financed luxury bus the government had custom built -- in Canada, The Post has learned.Ed Morrissey asks why they couldn't have ordered buses made in this country.
The $1.1 million vehicle, one of two that Quebec-based Prevost sold the government, has been tricked out by the Secret Service with state-of-the-art security features and creature comforts.
Why not use a manufacturer based in the US? I’m certain that Complete Coach Works in California could use the work, for instance, or North American Bus Industries in Alabama. Setra USA manufactures its buses in Greensboro, North Carolina, a key state that Obama could easily lose in 2012. Wouldn’t a $2.2 million buy there have turned a few heads? For that matter, Obama could have bought them from Motor Coach Industries and picked them up in his home state of Illinois at the start of his tour.Why did Obama go on a bus tour anyway? He's got Air Force 1. He can fly into wherever he wants to do his campaigning, er, I mean listening. White House press secretary Jay Carney explains.
"The president needs to get out in the country and meet with real folks in real places," he told reporters aboard the Air Force One flight to Minnesota. "And as you know, a plane this size is hard to get into small communities."
Ah. Well, that certainly makes sense, doesn't it? The President wanted to go to smaller communities. Kinda nice. So he had his Canadian buses made so he could ride them in security from stop to stop.
Except, he didn't. He actually did fly AF1 from town to town, and even the buses were flown from town to town.
Apparently President Obama only rode the buses for a couple of miles at a time, spending the rest of the time flying from community to community in Air Force One. What’s more, the buses were flown from stop to stop as well. It’s normal practice for the President’s entire motorcade to be loaded up on cargo planes and flown from destination to destination. The buses were just a new part of that motorcade.Because you can't get a 747 into those small communites, you know.
Obama's fake bus tour about jobs but without a jobs plan reminds me of his ridiculous Greek columns in Denver. He's all about image, and very short on substance.