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Obama’s Schedule Suggests He Thinks He’s Doing Fine

From the Tuesday edition of the Morning Jolt:

Andrew Sullivan’s Panic Level Is Elevated from Orange ‘High’ to Red ‘Severe’

I know you’re probably no fan of reading Andrew Sullivan most days, but when he’s in full meltdown mode… well, pretty fun once he flips out about the sudden, dramatic reversal in the Pew poll:

I’m trying to rally some morale, but I’ve never seen a candidate this late in the game, so far ahead, just throw in the towel in the way Obama did last week – throw away almost every single advantage he had with voters and manage to enable his opponent to seem as if he cares about the middle class as much as Obama does. How do you erase that imprinted first image from public consciousness: a president incapable of making a single argument or even a halfway decent closing statement? And after Romney’s convincing Etch-A-Sketch, convincing because Obama was incapable of exposing it, Romney is now the centrist candidate, even as he is running to head up the most radical party in the modern era.

How can Obama come back? By ensuring people know that Romney was and is a shameless liar and opportunist? That doesn’t work for a sitting president. He always needed a clear positive proposal – tax reform, a Grand Bargain on S-B lines – as well as a sterling defense of his admirable record. Bill Clinton did the former for him. Everyone imaginable did what they could for him. And his response? Well, let’s look back a bit:

With President Obama holed up in a Nevada resort for debate practice, things can get pretty boring on the White House beat right now. Pretty boring for Obama too, apparently. “Basically they’re keeping me indoors all the time,” Obama told a supporter on the phone during a visit to a Las Vegas area field office. “It’s a drag,” he added. “They’re making me do my homework.”

Too arrogant to take a core campaign responsibility seriously. Too arrogant to give his supporters what they deserve. If he now came out and said he supports Simpson-Bowles in its entirety, it would look desperate, but now that Romney has junked every proposal he ever told his base, and we’re in mid-October, it’s Obama’s only chance on the economy.

As I said, Democrats are finally seeing the same guy we’ve been seeing for at least four years.

“I see Andrew Sullivan is his usual circumspect, untortured self,” observes Patrick Ruffini.

Remembering that Sullivan was one of those folks utterly convinced that Trig Palin was not really her mother’s son, Mollie Hemingway reminds us, “If you didn’t figure out [he] was deranged during the height of his uterus-spelunking era, I have no sympathy for you now.”

But hey, Obama’s taking those core responsibilities seriously now, right, Keith Koffler of White House Dossier?

Obama Schedule || Tuesday, October 9, 2012

by Keith Koffler on October 8, 2012, 9:17 pm

9:25 PT || Departs San Francisco 4:20 pm ||

Arrives Columbus, Ohio 5:00 pm ||

Delivers remarks at a campaign event; Ohio State University, Columbus 7:15 pm ||

Departs Columbus, Ohio 8:40 pm ||

Arrives White House

And how did Obama spend Sunday and Monday?

He came; he spoke; he fundraised. And now he’s heading to Kern County. President Barack Obama graced Los Angeles Sunday and Monday during a quick trip to raise funds for his re-election campaign.

Taking place before two Sunday fundraisers was an exclusive event at the Beverly Hills home of DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, who co-hosted a $40,000-a-plate soiree at George Clooney’s L.A. home in May. About a dozen people attended Sunday’s “thank you event for a small group of donors” who contributed high amounts to his campaign, said press secretary Jennifer Psaki, according to City News Service. Former president Bill Clinton joined Obama for the intimate gathering.

Obama then headed east to Downtown L.A.’s L.A. Live to rock with supporters, including Jon Bon Jovi, Jennifer Hudson, Earth, Wind & Fire, Stevie Wonder and Katy Perry, at the “30 Days to Victory” concert. Following the tunes, Obama did not sing, rather he spoke for 22 minutes to the crowd of about 6,000 concert-goers, highlighting his accomplishments, such as ending the Iraq War, lessening America’s role in Afghanistan, health care legislation and the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” He also reminded the crowd why he’s running for a second term as president: “The last thing we can afford right now is four years of the very same policies that led us to the crises in the first place.”

During his post-concert speech, Obama also praised Sunday’s musical acts and ribbed himself for his lackluster and heavily criticized performance at Wednesday’s presidential debate: “They just perform flawlessly night after night. I can’t always say the same.”

Maybe Sullivan’s panic is well-founded. Is this the schedule of a man who realizes how much he just hurt his own reelection effort? Does this regularly-scheduled concert-Hollywood-fundraiser-one-swing-state-rally routine suggest Obama takes responsibility, recognizes he needs to improve, is going to come out with fire in his eyes next week?


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