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Obama to Wisconsin Democrats: I’ve Just Been So Busy Lately . . .



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Yesterday:

From the Tuesday edition of the Jolt:

Obama Finally Gives Wisconsin Democrats His Excuse: I Was Busy, Okay?

Reporter from local television affiliate Green Bay (WBAY): “There are a lot of Democrats in the state that have told me they’re upset that you did not come to the state and campaign for Tom Barrett.”

“The truth of the matter is, as President of the United States, I’ve got a lot of responsibilities. I was supportive of Tom and have been supportive of Tom. Obviously I would have loved to have seen a different result.”

Zip at Weasel Zippers can’t believe the audacity of the excuse: “Too busy? He did nine fundraisers in the four days prior to the election. In total Obama hit 13 fundraisers in the 14 days leading up to Barrett’s drubbing by Scott Walker.”

Ace of Spades adds:

I think it’s a little worse than that. Obama actually flew over Wisconsin to go from a Minnesota fundraiser to attend a Chicago fundraiser.

He actually flew over Wisconsin twice, avoiding it both times, in the crucial last days of the recall. At one point, when on the ground, he was 15 miles away from the border of Wisconsin — no quickie rally?

I guess Wisconsin’s airports and helipads and highways were also too busy.

I never know how much to make of a lie like this, because it’s an obligatory lie. Most people would mumble something like this rather than tell the strict truth.

What’s kind of amazing is that the White House books an interview with a television reporter from Green Bay and the president doesn’t have a better answer to this question.

How would you like to be the Obama for America grassroots coordinator in Wisconsin this morning?

UPDATE: Jeryl Bier looks at the president’s remarks from the five days preceding the recall:

June 05, 2012 Remarks by President Obama and President Clinton at a Campaign Event

June 04, 2012 Remarks by President Obama and President Clinton at a Campaign Event 

June 04, 2012 Remarks by President Obama and President Clinton at a Campaign Event

June 04, 2012 Remarks by Vice President Joe Biden at the Cypress Bay High School Graduation Ceremony

June 04, 2012 Remarks by the President on Equal Pay for Equal Work via Conference Call

June 01, 2012 Remarks by the President at a Campaign Event — Private Residence, Chicago, IL

June 01, 2012 Remarks by the President at a Campaign Event — Private Residence, Chicago, IL

June 01, 2012 Remarks by the President at a Campaign Event

June 01, 2012 Remarks by the President at a Campaign Event — Bachelor Farmer Restaurant, Minneapolis, MN

In retrospect, it’s rather amazing that they didn’t even send Vice President Biden.


Tags: Barack Obama , Tom Barrett , Wisconsin


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