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Just More Words: A Strategy About Nothing

- April 5, 2012

Obama Wanted To Run Against A “Do-Nothing” Congress But Today’s Signing Sends Opposite Message, Leaving Obama Nothing

OBAMA WAS TRYING TO RUN FOR RE-ELECTION AGAINST A “DO-NOTHING CONGRESS”

Obama Wanted To Be Like Harry Truman And Run Against A “Do-Nothing Congress.” OBAMA:“You know, in 1948, Harry Truman campaigned across this country, making the case against the do-nothing Republicans in Congress. Right? For the last 2 years, Harry has been dealing with the do-nothing Republican leadership in the Senate, just like Harry Truman.” (President Barack Obama, Remarks At A Fundraiser For Senator Harry Reid, Las Vegas, NV, 7/8/10)

President Obama: “If Congress Does Something, Then I Can't Run Against A Do-Nothing Congress.” OBAMA: “And so, Bill, the question, then, is, will Congress do something? If Congress does something, then I can't run against a do-nothing Congress. If Congress does nothing, then it's not a matter of me running against them; I think the American people will run them out of town because they are frustrated, and they know we need to do something big and something bold.” (President Barack Obama, Press Conference, 10/6/11)

BUT TODAY, HE SIGNS THE JOBS ACT OFFICIALLY ENDING YET ANOTHER CAMPAIGN STRATEGY

“President Barack Obama Plans Thursday To Sign Into Law A Bill That Aims To Make It Easier For Small Companies To Raise Money From Investors. The House Voted Last Month To Send The Bill To Obama For Final Approval.” (Ronald D. Orol, “Obama To Sign JOBS Act Thursday,” The Wall Street Journal’s “Market Watch,” 4/3/12)

TODAY’S EVENT COMES AFTER MONTHS OF HIDING OTHER BILL SIGNINGS SO AS TO KEEP HIS CAMPAIGN STRATEGY INTACT

While “Slamming Republicans In Congress For Obstructionism And Inactivity,” Obama Has Failed To Acknowledge Bipartisan Congressional Accomplishments.  “That announcement may seem routine enough, but it came amid grumbling from Congressional Republicans that the president had been intentionally signing bills with no fanfare, while he was slamming Republicans in Congress for obstructionism and inactivity.” (Jonathan Weisman, “Bill-Signing Ceremonies? Oh, My!,” The New York Times’ “The Caucus” Blog, 3/28/12)

Obama Has Refused To Hold Public Bill Signing Ceremonies Since November Of Last Year. “President Obama next week will perform a function of his office that he has eschewed since November: signing legislation in public and in the presence of the lawmakers who helped pass it.” (Jonathan Weisman, “Bill-Signing Ceremonies? Oh, My!,” The New York Times’ “The Caucus” Blog, 3/28/12)

Obama Canceled A Public Signing Of The Bipartisan Free Trade Deals With Colombia, South Korea, And Panama For A Solo Signing In Front Of Reporters Instead. “To Republicans, the most egregious omission came back on Oct. 21, when Mr. Obama signed free trade agreements with Colombia, South Korea and Panama, after years of negotiations and final votes carried largely by Republicans. The White House had initially scheduled a signing ceremony in the Rose Garden, but plans were canceled in favor of a signing for photographers only. The White House blamed scheduling issues. The president did find the time to place congratulatory calls to Colombia’s president, Juan Manuel Santos, and Panama’s president, Ricardo Martinelli.” (Jonathan Weisman, “Bill-Signing Ceremonies? Oh, My!,” The New York Times’ “The Caucus” Blog, 3/28/12)

Obama “Opted Not To Broadcast” The Bipartisan “Four-Year Reauthorization Of The Federal Aviation Administration.” “The list goes on. Mr. Obama quietly signed a four-year reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration on Feb. 14 after 23 short-term extensions and a two-week partial shutdown of the agency. Democrats had hailed the bill as a major jobs creator that could revolutionize air travel by goosing a new aviation navigation system called NextGen. The White House opted not to broadcast those points.” (Jonathan Weisman, “Bill-Signing Ceremonies? Oh, My!,” The New York Times’ “The Caucus” Blog, 3/28/12)

Obama Failed To Hold A Public Signing For The “Crowd Pleaser” Bill That Would “Expedite Airport Security Screening For Members Of The Military.”  “On Jan. 3, Mr. Obama signed several laws, including a real crowd pleaser that requires the Department of Homeland Security to find ways to expedite airport security screening for members of the military. That might seem like a minor law, but the White House in November had pulled out the stops for a bill to encourage the hiring of war veterans, called the VOW to Hire Heroes Act, even inviting an embattled Republican, Senator Scott P. Brown of Massachusetts, to the signing.” (Jonathan Weisman, “Bill-Signing Ceremonies? Oh, My!,” The New York Times’ “The Caucus” Blog, 3/28/12)

Obama Also Refused To Hold A Signing For The “Hard Fought” Bipartisan “Reauthorization Of Intelligence Operations.” “Also on Jan. 3, the president signed a pipeline safety law, the Belarus Democracy and Human Rights Act, and a hard-fought authorization of intelligence operations. Representative Mike Rogers, Republican of Michigan, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said he was still baffled about why there was no signing ceremony for the intelligence law. ‘It was important because it was bipartisan,’ he said. ‘It brought people together on a national security issue.’” (Jonathan Weisman, “Bill-Signing Ceremonies? Oh, My!,” The New York Times’ “The Caucus” Blog, 3/28/12)

LEAVING OBAMA AGAIN WITH A CAMPAIGN ABOUT NOTHING

Obama Is “Unlikely” To Decide Upon His Campaign Message Until The GOP Has A Nominee.  “Winning The Future. Greater Together. We Don’t Quit. They may not be official but those are all phrases that could in one form or another be candidates to become President Barack Obama’s re-election slogan. Advisers say a fresh slogan to replace the winning ‘Change we can believe in’ mantra of 2008, is unlikely to appear before Obama knows who his Republican opponent will be and starts big campaign travel swings, likely in the spring or summer.” (Jeff Mason, “Barack Obama Moving On From Hope And Change,” Reuters, 2/20/12)

  • “His Campaign Posters Now Say Simply, ‘Obama 2012.’” (Jeff Mason, “Barack Obama Moving On From Hope And Change,” Reuters, 2/20/12)

Obama Has “Only Sketched Out A Vague Agenda For His Next Term.” “The funny thing about all this is: Obama himself hasn’t said he’ll do any of it. In his speeches — over the first few months of his re­election campaign — the president has only sketched out a vague agenda for his next term.” (David A. Fahrenthold and Peter Wallsten, “Obama Allies, Foes Speculate On A Big –And Hypothetical – Second Term-Agenda,” The Washington Post, 3/4/12)


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