Somehow, from somewhere, a bright political strategist on the president’s reelection team has come up with the idea of sending Obama out in a bus on Midwestern roads in two weeks, just like real Americans, or real Americans who can still afford a short summer road trip.
The spectacle of a passing politician’s bus and waving citizens provides grand visuals for TV during the usually slow summer news days. The president of the United States might even happen upon a curbside lemonade stand operated by surprised children who deserve the kind of future he has in mind for all Americans. And more of that.
Not so good visuals of the trailing motorcade of press buses, Secret Service SUVs, SWAT team vans and communications cars. Nor the angry motorists stalled nearby because the highway and every on- and off-ramp has been closed by uniformed motorcyclists wearing large guns.
But a presidential bus tour could help refresh the image of this poll-plagued Democrat a year before his renomination for POTUS.
For weeks now Obama’s only been seen at a pompous lectern lecturing members of Congress about the need to raise the national debt limit so he can make new “investments” in America’s future and avoid default.
Or he’s been seen reminiscing about the good old disastrous days of 2008 with Windy City poobahs who dropped $35,800 each to say they had dinner with the president.
Or Obama could not be seen in closed-door meetings with union leaders, who really liked the $787 billion stimulus plan but don’t like any of this spending cut talk. As one result, Obama’s job approval has never been lower.
So, on Aug. 15-17 he’ll set out from somewhere and go somewhere else in a bus. You wouldn’t announce your itinerary until the last minute either if you had Republicans itching to buy critical billboards along the route. And compute how few miles per gallon your big bus gets