Look, as the President of the United States, sometimes you're gonna have to travel. You're going to have to get in a plane and fly to another state and say some presidential stuff in front of a bunch of out-of-work factory workers. It's just the way it is. It's a simple fact of life.
And if, by chance, those some –or most, or maybe all — of those places to which you simply have to go happen to be in swing states that you will need to carry in November to win reelection, is that your fault?
Some Republican legislators seem to think so…
In a letter to the Government Accountability Office from RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, the committee requested an investigation into Obama's recent travel – including trips this week to Iowa and North Carolina – alleging those trips were more political than official.
The White House and Obama For America, the president's reelection campaign, go to great lengths to distinguish between official and campaign activities, as do elected officials and their reelection efforts at various levels of government.
But Obama's recent speeches, the RNC said in the letter, were "events widely reported to be equivalent to campaign rallies." The committee's case sees supporting evidence in a list of the states Obama has visited this month, including the general election battlegrounds of Florida, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina and Ohio.
Hey, I'm not saying that the president's recent schedule seems somewhat fishy, because it's totally not. I'm just saying that somebody totally else might be tempted to say that the president's recent schedule seems somewhat fishy.
But, I'm certain that Obama's spokespeople have immaculate explanations for anything that anybody might be tempted to maybe think…
Carney seemed offended by q's about whether electoral factors in POTUS travel sked (FL last week, OH + MI this week, NC, CO, IA next week).
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) April 20, 2012
(via Washington Free Beacon)
Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images
Tags: Barack Obama, Colorado, Corruption, Florida, Iowa, Jay Carney, Michigan, Money, North Carolina, Ohio
Be careful out there, citizens. Especially if you're planning on holding peaceful Republican Party meetings in supposed strongholds of civilization like Denver, Colorado.
By all accounts, you're likely to run up against roving bands of Ron Paul supporters…
In Colorado on Saturday morning, video correspondent Kelly Maher videotaped a meeting of the Denver County Republican Assembly. When a group of Ron Paul-pledged delegates arrived, she told The Daily Caller, things got crazy — and Coloradans may have caught a sneak peek of Republican events to come later this year…
"The Ron Paul chair here went around the GOP chair and committed $900 worth of security from the Denver Police," she warned. "And now they’re sending out strategy emails on how to ‘shanghai’ the assembly."
If you look very closely as the bottom left corner of the screen at the 0:52 minute mark, you can see Piggy being smashed by a boulder.
Tags: Colorado, Primaries, Republicans, Ron Paul
Life is full of awkward moments. That moment when you wave at someone and they don't wave back. That moment when you say "Fine, thanks" to a stranger saying, "Hello."
That moment when you're Governor of Colorado John Hickenlooper, introducing your Lieutenant Governor, Joe Garcia, at a childhood literacy event attended by about 40 children and an assortment of "fuzzy mascots" at a Denver elementary school and refer to him as a "rising sex star"…
Hickenlooper: "Now I get to introduce that rising sex star…(awkward laughter)…symbol. I mean, symbol – not star."
(Continued awkward laughter)
"This might go down as one of my most difficult press conferences in the history of the office."
And so it was ordained that in March of 2012, the Democratic Party's long-running symbol, the donkey, was at last displaced by the awkward turtle.
Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images News/Getty Images
Tags: Colorado, Education, John Hickenlooper
Hot on the heels of a Santorum trifecta comes Twitter's best reactions…
If Rick Santorum becomes our nominee – it will be the first really significant evidence I've seen that the Mayans might be right about 2012.
— Meghan McCain (@McCainBlogette) February 8, 2012
BREAKING: Ann Romney tells heckler, "My husband can't f@*king throw the ball and catch it at the same time!" — Philip Klein (@philipaklein) February 8, 2012
Tags: Al Franken, Colorado, Jesse Ventura, Keith Ellison, Meghan McCain, Michele Bachmann, Missouri, Mitt Romney, Primaries, Rick Santorum, Sports, Twitter, Wisconsin