In Pennsylvania, presidential politics hard to ignore
November 30th, 2011
09:34 AM ET

In Pennsylvania, presidential politics hard to ignore

Scranton, Pennsylvania (CNN) – Planning to push for an extension of the payroll tax holiday at a high school in Scranton,Pennsylvania on Wednesday, President Obama is taking his jobs message to a familiar setting. 

Pennslyvania is among the states Obama has visited most as president.  It's no surprise: Pennsylvania's penchant for close elections makes its 20 electoral votes a tempting prize for both parties.  But a win here in November may be particularly important to the president, who could use a bit of breathing room as he faces tough odds to hold some of the Republican-leaning states he won in 2008.

Officially, the White House maintains this is not a campaign trip, but the 2012 overtones will be impossible to ignore when Air Force One touches down in this city that once thrived on the back of the coal-mining industry but now faces an unemployment rate bordering on nine percent – the highest among the state's most populous cities.

Obama has a bit of a complicated history here, having gotten his clocked cleaned by Hillary Clinton in the 2008 Democratic primary before walloping Sen. John McCain eight months later.  Now, the state appears solidly up for grabs: a recent Quinnipiac poll showed him with a razor-thin lead over Mitt Romney, currently the odds-on favorite to win the GOP nomination.

Still, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Monday presidential travel decisions are based on a variety of factors, not least of which is their proximity to Washington.

"There is a concentration of travel in states like Virginia and Pennsylvania because they're close by," Carney told reporters Monday.  "[H]e can't always go to the mountain states or the plain states or the West Coast.  And so I think you do see a concentration in this time zone."

Republican critics maintain Obama has long been campaigning on the taxpayer's dime because he does not have to tap his 2012 coffers for the hefty travel costs unless the trip's purpose is specifically campaign related.  To be sure, Obama has yet to mention a Republican rival during his series of jobs-bill pitches this fall, nor has he pressed directly for his own reelection.

Indeed, the explicit message of Obama's speech Wednesday is the benefits of extending the payroll tax holiday, the $260 billion price tag of which Republicans and Democrats are currently quarreling over how to pay for.  Meanwhile, a Treasury Department analysis released by the White House Wednesday argues the extension will put an extra $1,000 in the average taxpayer's pocket. 

But the line between acting in his official capacity as President of the United States and campaigning for reelection is a blurry one, and it's certainly easy to argue that railing against congressional Republicans in a swing state comes right up to it.

Still, if the argument sounds recycled, that's because it is.  In 2004, Democrats made the same accusations, calling for President Bush to pick up the tab for any travel that carried political overtones.  And in these times, nearly everything a president says is political.

"It also true that we are moving forward in what will be a Presidential election year.so that process is also underway," Carney conceded Tuesday.  "But it is a separate process.  And at this point, because the President faces no primary challenger, and the President has enormous responsibilities as President to fulfill - principally to do everything he can, both legislatively and using his executive authority to grow the economy and create jobs - he is overwhelmingly focused on that task and not on campaigning."


Topics: 2012 Election • jobs • President Obama • The News

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  1. king

    well mr president i doubt if the repubs will give you victory here, because the more the people hurt the best chance they have to take over the whole government. hey i hope these people are ready for alot of tax cuts, even though we are at the lowest in 6 decade. i hope they are ready for a new small lean government, with with hundreds of thousands of middle class workers getting layed off and fired from government jobs. i wonder if the grover norquist no tax pledge will put all the pressure on middle class folks to pay all american bills by sucking up job cuts across the board. i hope small business are bracing with less folks coming in their businesses. i hope mainstreet have the gauls to compete with china and india for american jobs. we may really need to get rid of the middle class once and for all, just to compete with these folks. i wonder what kind of america will we be living in then. i know the independents probably will love this when they put the repubs back into power.

    November 30, 2011 at 10:09 am |
    • steven

      Yep, when people are hurting from bad leadership they should take the government back. this clown, obama, only knows how to campaign on our time and money. He is the biggest joke of our time.

      November 30, 2011 at 11:32 am |
    • Howard

      Verified by Snopes. . .
      http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/youscareme.asp

      Chilling Letter from Procter & Gamble to Obama.
      Who would have thought, and yet many are thinking it.

      By Lou Pritchett, Procter & Gamble

      A LETTER FROM A PROCTER AND GAMBLE EXECUTIVE TO THE PRESIDENT

      THE LAST SENTENCE IS THE MOST CHILLING
      Lou Pritchett is one of corporate America’s true living legends – an acclaimed author, dynamic teacher and one of the world's highest rated speakers. Successful corporate executives everywhere recognize him as the foremost leader in change management. Lou changed the way America does business by creating an audacious concept that came to be known as "partnering." Pritchett rose from soap salesman to Vice-President, Sales and Customer Development for Procter and Gamble and over the course of 36 years, made corporate history.

      AN OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA Dear President Obama:

      You are the thirteenth President under whom I have lived and unlike any of the others, you truly scare me.

      You scare me because after months of exposure, I know nothing about you.

      You scare me because I do not know how you paid for your expensive Ivy League education and your upscale lifestyle and housing with no visible signs of support.

      You scare me because you did not spend the formative years of youth growing up in America and culturally you are not an American.

      You scare me because you have never run a company or met a payroll.

      You scare me because you have never had military experience, thus don’t understand it at its core.

      You scare me because you lack humility and 'class', always blaming others.

      You scare me because for over half your life you have aligned yourself with radical extremists who hate America and you refuse to publicly denounce these radicals who wish to see America fail.

      You scare me because you are a cheerleader for the 'blame America ’ crowd and deliver this message abroad.

      You scare me because you want to change America to a European style Country where the government sector dominates instead of the private sector.

      You scare me because you want to replace our health care system with a government controlled one.

      You scare me because you prefer 'wind mills' to responsibly capitalizing on our own vast oil, coal and shale reserves.

      You scare me because you want to kill the American capitalist goose That lays the golden egg which provides the highest standard of living in the world.

      You scare me because you have begun to use 'extortion' tactics against certain banks and corporations.

      You scare me because your own political party shrinks from challenging you on your wild and irresponsible spending proposals.

      You scare me because you will not openly listen to or even consider opposing points of view from intelligent people.

      You scare me because you falsely believe that you are both omnipotent and omniscient.

      You scare me because the media gives you a free pass on everything you do.

      You scare me because you demonize and want to silence the Limbaugh’s, Hannitys, O'Reillys and Becks who offer opposing, Conservative points of view.

      You scare me because you prefer controlling over governing.

      Finally, you scare me because if you serve a second term I will Probably not feel safe in writing a similar letter in 8 years.

      Lou Pritchett
      *
      *
      This letter was sent to the NY Times but they never acknowledged it.
      Big surprise. Since it hit the Internet, however, it has had over 500,000 hits.

      November 30, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
      • jean2009

        Howard the troll.
        Read my response on the POTUS Day Ahead: the Netherlands.

        November 30, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
      • Moelips

        This dude scares me. He's had his chance to make millions if not billions, and now someone wanted to make it easier for the low and middle class a chance to live that dream, he's coming out with this nonsense? Please!!!!he probably has his accounts sheltered, over seas with homes where the he visits on a dime. So, spare me....what this 1%er has to say comes out like Charlie Brown's teacher.....blah, blah, blah.....wonk, wonk, wonk. We had to deal with Bush for 8 years, now its time to give someone else a shot at fixing 8 years worth of damage.

        November 30, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
      • Ramble On

        TL, DR: "I'm afraid of Obama!"

        You and the REST of the Republicans, I'm sure.

        November 30, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
      • A-Ron

        This man sounds like a twit. "i'm scared of this that and the other thing." it's any wonder how he sleeps at night. You GOP-tards have knack for the melodramatic.

        November 30, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
      • Jill-IN

        This post is totally bogus. Lou Pritchett was NOT a P&G high ranking officer or one of the World's foremost change management experts or a living legend as you put it. You have cut and pasted from articles you have read. It is true that Snopes verified that he wrote these things – that's all.

        November 30, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
      • Boopme from Graham

        You may fool the FOX viewers with this bull s&*%, but not many educated scholars. You should have gone to FOX'S webpage for this crap and not waste my time with this crap on an educated site. Please crawl back in your make believe world where GWB was a hero and Obama is a terroist. When you wake up Obama will be re-elected and all of you t-baggers heads will have exploded fom racial rage. Peace

        November 30, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
      • Eileen Goodyear

        Howard, I would love to share this message on facebook. Let know if this can be done, and if so, please direct me. Thank you

        November 30, 2011 at 6:06 pm |
    • Jersey Bill

      Draft Hillary now, else GOP landslide in 2012.

      November 30, 2011 at 12:49 pm |
      • Moelips

        Bill, even if Hillary doesn't run, I implore you to stick with Obama. Still, BY FAR, the best choice given what the repubs have to offer. They are all NUTS.

        November 30, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
  2. jean2009

    Obama-Biden 2012

    November 30, 2011 at 10:27 am |
    • steven

      nobama -n- bidin OUT 2012, lol, that is the only way to save this country.

      November 30, 2011 at 11:26 am |
  3. Jill-IN

    The Republican DO NOTHING Congress fails to put anything on the floor for an up or down vote related to improving the economy, the Jobs Bill, or anything to do with helping the American people .... UNLESS they are the very very rich. That is what they are all about – love the very rich. AND, as Mitch McConnell has said, they will do everything they can to deter and stop the President from being our President – so that he is in office only one term. They have set themselves above the person we the people elected to be our President. They think, and act, as if they are the president. What do they care about our country and the people – not much!

    November 30, 2011 at 10:46 am |
    • steveo

      1. The first part of your statement is absolutely wrong! The GOP did forward bills to the Senate, Harry Reid is sitting on them.

      2. I know what McConnell said and the truth to the matter is if Obama is a one termer, that wil be up to us to decide. McConnell gets one vote just you and me. He was a knuckle head for saying it but has no power to enforce it or not, we do!

      3. You can apply your last sentence to the lot of them, on both sides!

      November 30, 2011 at 11:09 am |
      • jean2009

        I went online and read those bills...Thank you Harry Reid for not letting Republicans gut the EPA.

        November 30, 2011 at 11:52 am |
      • steveo

        Jean2009,
        I appreciate the fact you resaerched for youself, most people don't! I have said before those bills all have something to do with oil and drilling, notice I have never defended these bills just pointing out that bills have been sent up!

        November 30, 2011 at 12:00 pm |
      • 2cents4free

        steveo, what's in the bills is more important than the act of forwarding them. Forwarding unproductive bills is the same as doing nothing.

        November 30, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
      • steveo

        2cents4free

        steveo, what's in the bills is more important than the act of forwarding them. Forwarding unproductive bills is the same as doing nothing.
        ------
        No doubt!

        November 30, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
      • jean2009

        HR 872 Would allow pesticides, fungicides, and rodenticides to be dumped without permit in the nation's waterways. Hello Rachel Carson!
        HR-910 Would strip parts of the Clean Air Act
        HJ Res 37 Would prohibit internet providers from managing content on their own networks and has so many attachments some of which could gut the 14th amendment.
        HR 2012 guts the remainder of the Clean Water Act
        HR1315 Does away with consumer protection, and could actually put us back in the situation that caused the 2008 meltdown of credit institutions.
        HR 2401 Guts the EPA
        HR 2681 Stops any EPA efforts to clean up the Cement Industry dumping into our waterways.
        HR 2250 Guts more of the Clean Air Act
        HR 1230 stops oversight of off shore drilling
        HR1229 removes oversight from off shore drilling
        HR 2021 More deregulation of off shore drilling
        HR 1938 pertains to KeystoneXL30

        Many of these bills sound like people bent on turning us into pollution paradise...if Republicans think cutting regulations that make us safe is the only way we can produce jobs; then Republicans are not using their heads or working hard enough to provide a reasonable way to create jobs.

        Now on a final note...forwarding fundamentally bad and harmful bills, then talking them up as job creators is the standard Republican tactic. People really need to review what is in the bills, before saying Harry Reid is holding them up, with the implication that he is holding up jobs just for spite. Haven't you stopped to think that a self-serving bill written by a congressman who has been bought by some lobbyist may be a disaster for the American people?

        November 30, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
      • Jill-IN

        The GOP's crappy bills weren't worth putting on the FLOOR – period!

        November 30, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
      • steveo

        @Jill,

        Will you feel the same when the tables are turned?

        November 30, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
      • steveo

        jean2009,

        Haven't you stopped to think that a self-serving bill written by a congressman who has been bought by some lobbyist may be a disaster for the American people?
        -------–
        Yes I have Jean2009! Truth is I have thought that when lobby-bought Dems do the same thing! Unless you think the Dems are not paid off as well! In fact, how many bills do weactually think are not self serving?

        November 30, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
      • jean2009

        @Steveo.... so I take it after all your palaver you didn't read the bills.
        And frankly it is very telling that you can't respond to the damage these bills will do if passed. I hope Harry Reid keeps on holding them-up in the Senate.

        November 30, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
      • Trace

        @steveo,

        I try so hard to make sense out of what you post, but yet again, it leaves me confounded. You constantly say that the GOP has put ideas forward for job growth, when in reality the bills are always of the same "supply side, trickle down, tax cut, fossil fuel job, corporate welfare" variety.

        HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF PRAGMATISM? You seem educated, but you continue to intimate the GOP / Republicans are working to improve the economy. THEY ARE NOT! A person would have to blind, deaf, and flat out ignorant to think that is the case. Its called politics before country. I do agree with you that both parties are doing it, but the Dems are not subject to the wims of corporate masters like the Koch Brothers or unconstitutional pledges to lobbyists, like Grover Norquist. I personally wouldn't want my government representative beholding to someone other than me, and that's the stark difference and contrast in the two parties. When you finally get around to acknowledging that, you might be able to explain your critique of both...but by then You'll sound silly trying to assign an equal amount of guilt in the current congressional gridlock.

        Let's be real Steveo.....I do not think there is a rational person anywhere that could possibly believe we should pursue the same policies to improve the economy, that got us in the mess in the first place.

        Is that what you are saying?

        December 1, 2011 at 9:31 am |
      • steveo

        Trace,

        I have acknowledged the fact that taxes may have to be raised. I have also said, it should NOT be the first option! Any agreements to any lobbyist is flat out wrong! I have said that! The Koch brothers nor Norquist are elected officials but neither is George Soros (who has been awfully quite lately).

        Both Parties have placed poltics above country as evidenced by te Super committee's failure! One side wants to gut the military and the other ent-itlements. One side wants to raise taxes and the other doesn't! As long as both parties keep fighting like streetgangs, we all lose.

        As you are a die hard lefty, you are hard pressed to credit the right for anything just like those hard core righties, who cannot credit the left for anything. I fully understand your reluctance to blame the left for much. Kinda like Jean2009 posting how the Graham, Leach, Bliley Act (in her option) had destroyed the economy, yet she ALWAYS forgets to add that a Democrat signed it into law!

        Common sense demands if that act destroyed the economy. So di dte law, once again signed by a Democrat president. So in my view they are both culpable. The GOP fronts bills they KNOW the Dems won't support and the Dems front bills they KNOW the GOP and BOTH parties sprint the the media to plead their cases and wag their fingers at the other guy!

        If you were honest you wil recognize BOTH parties are failing, however you want to split the blame is up to you. As for me 50-50 but on a good day 49-51! and on a really good day 51-49!

        December 1, 2011 at 11:43 am |
    • Michael

      If you want to see "do-nothing" please take a look at how well Obama passes a budget when he has a majority of Dems in the House and Senate for 2 years. That is a great illustration of leadership.

      The problem with most of you people is that you pick a team and defend them to the death. Meanwhile, they rape you blind. Wake up and realize both Republicans and Democrats have acted as an oligarchy for decades. It's time to get out of voting along party lines.

      November 30, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
      • Trace

        Wow...you must have missed the high school class called Political Science. Duh!!! The President doesn't write the budget, that's a function of congress. Granted, congress can elect to adopt the president's budget, but its not automatic.

        Lastly, if you haven't noticed, we have gridlock in congress...there are three equal branches of government...duh...and neither can ram through a budget until we get past this next election. We have GOP/Tea members that are scared of Grover Norquist, and blue dog Dems that are scared of a backlash from conservative constituents in their districts.

        Maybe it would be a good idea for you to check how you missed that "High School Poli Sci" class before posting utter drivel.(?)

        December 1, 2011 at 9:39 am |
  4. MTATL67

    Congressional Republican screamed and yelled "No increase in revenue". They screamed and yelled "Cut spending" but now they want to increase taxes and keep spending. It appears that they are continuing to pursue the obstructionist agenda started by Sen. McConnell.

    November 30, 2011 at 10:47 am |
    • steveo

      Being honest means we cannot afford to take anything off the table, to include tax increases. Shouldn't be the first prioiritybut not taken off te table either! I do hope spending gets under control because we are quickly losing it (treasure and status) , as a nation! Sadly there does not seem to be any will do make the hard decisions as proven by the falure of the Special Committee!

      November 30, 2011 at 11:39 am |
    • jean2009

      No they just want to make efforts to undo the coming cuts to their pet programs...without doing anything for the middle class.

      November 30, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  5. steveo

    1. Republican critics maintain Obama has long been campaigning on the taxpayer's dime because he does not have to tap his 2012 coffers for the hefty travel costs unless the trip's purpose is specifically campaign related. To be sure, Obama has yet to mention a Republican rival during his series of jobs-bill pitches this fall, nor has he pressed directly for his own reelection

    2. Still, if the argument sounds recycled, that's because it is. In 2004, Democrats made the same accusations, calling for President Bush to pick up the tab for any travel that carried political overtones. And in these times, nearly everything a president says is political.
    ---------–
    These 2 statements pulled directly from this article highlights the juvenile behavior of modern day politics. In paragraph 1 the GOP is complaining about using tax payer funding on these trips that everyone know is poltically tinged. Personally, i don't care as Air Force One is a perk of being the President. That is just how it is. As the article states the line official travel and campaigning is blurry!

    Paragraph 2 highlights that fact the the DEMS filed the same complaints when Bush was in office. We need some grown ups, who place country first in Congress! We used to have statesmen and woman, now we are stuck with politicians! Everyone say it with me....ON BOTH SIDES!

    Now before any of you who "blindly follow the DEMS whether they are right or wrong" reply, re-read what I have as paragraph 2. The DEMS do the SAME things they fuss at the GOP for doing and vice versa! And you really wonder why I'm moderate? Really?

    November 30, 2011 at 11:03 am |
    • jean2009

      I would suggest reading: "George W. Bush and the Permanent Campaign Trail" by Emily Jane Charnock...Public Purpose Vol. III which pointed out that the state of running for president while holding the office of president is pretty much a necessity, and there is not other way to do it.

      It also wouldn't hurt for everyone to understand that the part of any trip that is solely Presidential Campaigning is paid for from campaign funds. However, in the case of every president, the Secret Service has the job of security for the president.

      Which makes it very strange, that I do not hear people protesting that Hermain Cain is currently receiving Secret Service protection; which hourly costs taxpayers something. Or, the fact that two black coaches were purchased for the campaign...one of which will be used for the opposing candidate because travel, in and of itself, causes a need for security and protection.

      I heard no one complaining that George W. Bush, and previous presidents, traveled in the same way...for the sake of truth, It could be said that G. W. Bush was reading "My Pet Goat" at a campaign stop.

      November 30, 2011 at 11:44 am |
      • steveo

        Shockingly enough, I agree with you. Folks are whining for no good cause. Yet as the article points out BOT sides have done it the past, do it now and the chances are pretty good they will do in the future. You are right "it could be said G.W.Bush was reading 'My Pet Goat" at a campaign stop. It could also be said , he was reading to school children. Something Presidents do on occasion!

        November 30, 2011 at 11:54 am |
      • jerome

        Ijean, I would suggest pulling your head out of your derriere

        November 30, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
    • David86952

      I speak only for myself, but what angers me is that the President is campaigning rather than doing his job!

      I'm not even talking about campaigning for his re-election. He is campaigning on a message against the republican congress instead of working to fix it. Things are so bad in Washington that it has rendered it frozen at a time when action is needed!

      I understand that the Executive and Legeslative branches are seperate, but the President DOES have the ability to force congress to produce. That is a requisite trait of a strong President, in my view.

      The President has shown himself unable to acheive this. So he walks away from the situation – literally leaving Washington – and campaigning to position himself and the Democrats as victims of the GOP. That things would be so much better "if only" the GOP didn't controll the house.

      That – playing the victim – expecially when for the first two years of office Washington was wholly D owned, is what enrages me the most.

      I voted for Obama in 2008. I was disapointed when he didn't turn Washington on its head upon entering office. I will not vote for him this time. He is too weak as a leader. Great speaker and speech writer, but ineffective.

      November 30, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
      • jean2009

        The president who is in office is always allowed to campaign. Read: George W. Bush and the Permanent Campaign Trail -by Emily Jane Charnock The Public Purpose, Vol. III which is online.

        Haven't you read enough to understand that the three branches of government are separate entities and the President can't make the legislature do what he wants.

        I would suggest going to http://www.dummies.com and read: "Getting the President's signature on a Bill" by David Silverberg....So now that you have read the article explain to me....How does he convince people who are determined to see him fail...and even would rather America fail, and see the American people fail rather than pass any legislation that would help? You have a bunch of right-wing idiots who lost the White House which they think is their private property and they won't work with this president. Frankly they didn't work with President Clinton either that was a case of all out lynching of a sitting president.

        So quit bellyaching and get over it.
        Obama-Biden 2012

        November 30, 2011 at 6:47 pm |
      • Trace

        David,

        Please get an understanding before posting childish rants. The president can't fix congress. Our constitution mandates three (3) equal branches of government. The president can 't fix anything in congress. So your complaint is what exactly?

        December 1, 2011 at 9:45 am |
  6. Dixie Independent voter

    The Republicans - both state and national are too busy trying trying to regulate abortion and same sex marriage, with no time left to get to the real heart of America's problems. Jobs, and the economy.

    November 30, 2011 at 11:34 am |
    • pepawjoe

      Ms Dixie, may I be one of the first to inform you that ALL "Elected Federal Officials" are OWNED and CONTROLLED by Corporate America's Bribery Organizations, (LOBBIST)! Be it Republican or Democrat or Independent. When these candidates agree to except campaign contributions for THEIR campaign, they are also agreeing to support and VOTE for those contributions as directed by these LOBBIST. Plain and Simple. The Leaders of these Political Parties are long time members of the Bribery Organizations. And that's how it is, today, 11/30/2011

      November 30, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
      • Trace

        pepawjoe,

        Might I remind you....the GOP/Tea politicians are wholly owned subsidiaries of the Koch Brothers and Grover Norquist. If you deny that, you aren't paying attention or patently stupid. The Dems are also paid by corporate interests, but we've not seen any signed pledges to do the bidding of same...unless you know something the rest of the public doesn't.

        What this means is; though both parties are bought off by monied interests, only the Dems can move independently to serve the needs of the country. The GOP/Tea politicians must ask for permission from their owners. Those are facts

        December 1, 2011 at 9:51 am |
  7. D. Fleshman

    He is such a creep. He is using what little money we have left to campaign all over the country. He is completely out of order and totally damaged in his motives.

    November 30, 2011 at 12:19 pm |
  8. no to pork obama

    Got UR Guns,UR Religion and UR Bibles and here comes the great one with his anti-christ no God Thanksgiving remembrance message and his support of the muslim brotherhood while his wife says that if reelected obama will go after the 2nd amendment and your guns by stacking the deck with liberal supreme court judges. whats next sharia law and no more Christianity in America or is obama going to make Illinois change from Land of Lincoln to land of the anointed one obama. Time for this infidel to be stopped.

    November 30, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
    • HD/ride

      I don't think anyone want UR Guns,UR Religion and UR Bibles we just want you to be more responsible with them. I'm a religious person but I don't push my views on others.....Do unto others as>>>>>>>>>>>I hope you know the rest

      November 30, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
    • jean2009

      Gee dumbo....I looked at their Thanksgiving menu....and FYI there was ham on the menu. Heads up moron the last I heard Muslims don't eat pork and ham the last time I checked comes from pigs.
      Do us all a favor go read a book.

      November 30, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  9. HD/ride

    Just remember people of Pennsylvania. the retards were the ones who move your jobs overseas for profit so don't get caught up in the game. remember 2000- 2008 this started it all. The Republican DO NOTHING Congress promise you job growth were is it so don't blame Obama. get from behind that glass house and look at it yes their is a reflection in it.

    November 30, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
    • ustaxpayer65

      You are talking about GE, after the received bailout money for their Ally Bank and then Stimulus money for GE

      November 30, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
    • ustaxpayer65

      You forgot Barney Frank with starting the meltdown, remember the famous words back in 2003, there is nothing wrong with Fannie and Freddie those entities are sound and they don't need to be fixed. If you can't remember live is great for videos.

      November 30, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
      • jean2009

        Gramm, Leach, Bliley Act of 1999 deregulated the controls put in place by the Glass-Steagall Act of 1933.That is what caused the mortgage meltdown. As is Republicans: Phil Gramm, Jim Leach & Tom Bliley.

        November 30, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
      • steveo

        Jean2009,

        Who signed the act? Bill Clinton as in DEMOCRAT Bill Clinton! The Dems are just as culpable and I am not sure why you cannot admit that. below is from wikipedia:

        The House passed its version of the Financial Services Act of 1999 on July 1, 1999, by a bipartisan vote of 343-86 (Republicans 205–16; Democrats 138–69; Independent 0–1) two months after the Senate had already passed its version of the bill on May 6 by a much-narrower 54–44 vote along basically-partisan lines (53 Republicans and 1 Democrat in favor; 44 Democrats opposed).

        When the two chambers could not agree on a joint version of the bill, the House voted on July 30 by a vote of 241-132 (R 58-131; D 182-1; Ind. 1–0) to instruct its negotiators to work for a law which ensured that consumers enjoyed medical and financial privacy as well as "robust competition and equal and non-discriminatory access to financial services and economic opportunities in their communities" (i.e., protection against exclusionary redlining).

        The bill then moved to a joint conference committee to work out the differences between the Senate and House versions. Democrats agreed to support the bill after Republicans agreed to strengthen provisions of the anti-redlining Community Reinvestment Act and address certain privacy concerns; the conference committee then finished its work by the beginning of November. On November 4, the final bill resolving the differences was passed by the Senate 90-8, and by the House 362-57. The legislation was signed into law by President Bill Clinton on November 12, 1999.

        You have accused me earlier of not answering potential damage the 15 GOP bills MIGHT cause if passed. You have loudly proclaimed the damage the Gramm. Leach, Blilet Act HAVE caused to the economy. Yet you still remain silent on the role the DEMS have played in approving this Act. Re read the vote tallies! The DEMS are just as culpable and that is a fact! In case folks want to know the Senate was 55-45 in favor of the GOP at the time!

        December 1, 2011 at 8:46 am |
      • steveo

        Jean2009,

        Who signed the act? Bill Clinton as in DEMOCRAT Bill Clinton! The Dems are just as culpable and I am not sure why you cannot admit that. below is from wikipedia:

        The House passed its version of the Financial Services Act of 1999 on July 1, 1999, by a bipartisan vote of 343-86 (Republicans 205–16; Democrats 138–69; Independent 0–1) two months after the Senate had already passed its version of the bill on May 6 by a much-narrower 54–44 vote along basically-partisan lines (53 Republicans and 1 Democrat in favor; 44 Democrats opposed).

        When the two chambers could not agree on a joint version of the bill, the House voted on July 30 by a vote of 241-132 (R 58-131; D 182-1; Ind. 1–0) to instruct its negotiators to work for a law which ensured that consumers enjoyed medical and financial privacy as well as "robust compet-ition and equal and non-discriminatory access to financial services and economic opportunities in their communities" (i.e., protection against exclusionary redlining).

        The bill then moved to a joint conference committee to work out the differences between the Senate and House versions. Democrats agreed to support the bill after Republicans agreed to strengthen provisions of the anti-redlining Community Reinvestment Act and address certain privacy concerns; the conference committee then finished its work by the beginning of November. On November 4, the final bill resolving the differences was passed by the Senate 90-8, and by the House 362-57. The legislation was signed into law by President Bill Clinton on November 12, 1999.

        You have accused me earlier of not answering potential damage the 15 GOP bills MIGHT cause if passed. You have loudly proclaimed the damage the Gramm. Leach, Blilet Act HAVE caused to the economy. Yet you still remain silent on the role the DEMS have played in approving this Act. Re read the vote tallies! The DEMS are just as culpable and that is a fact! In case folks want to know the Senate was 55-45 in favor of the GOP at the time!

        December 1, 2011 at 8:54 am |
  10. wilard bullock

    I mocked out of presdient obama and bidien 20012

    November 30, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
  11. Rick McDaniel

    The guy is a total hypocrite. He says one thing and does exactly the opposite.

    He knows how to do 2 things, and only 2:

    Spend tax dollars with little benefit to show for it.
    Campaign, campaign, campaign.

    November 30, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
    • HD/ride

      Look Rick you have to spend money to make it that's common cents. ask most of the GOP-ops they spend your money with wars and weapons to make the profit for their buddies

      November 30, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
      • pepawjoe

        HD/ride, have you forgotten about "Mistress" Pelosis. Her hubby sales WAR items for Profit too.

        November 30, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
    • Boopme from Graham

      Have you people been under a rock or on another planet for the last 3 yrs. This is unbelievable. Do you work or do you just sit around listening to FOX news and getting dumbed down. Geez...I work and have enjoyed a fed. tax cut since Obama has been in office. My son in college enjoys being on my ins. until he's 26, oh and my sister's grandaughter that was born with a difficency will not be turned down for insurance due to our President. So I guess he does not help you because evidently you do nothing yourself but sit in fron of the FOX MSEWS network and listen to their vile lies and repeat what you hear. You might want to think for yourself.

      November 30, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
      • jean2009

        @Boopme Finally someone who gets it. Thanks.

        November 30, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  12. Saz

    All republican specially Mitch and Boeiner should be fired and they will in Nov 2012

    November 30, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  13. doug

    Obama u scare me bcuz u make peace with nations that refuse2denounce their own communism first .
    Obama u scare me bcuz u made the jobless rates worse .
    Obama u scare me bcuz u did not do anything2diserve the nobel peace prize .

    November 30, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
  14. ustaxpayer65

    Campaign trip disguised as jobs message. Democrats don't want jobs, they want as many people on unemployment as possible so they can count on their vote by promissing them more and more for nothing. Pipeline gone, could have produced thousands of jobs. EPA regulations in place to shut down industry. Gasoline $7 and up, as promised by Candidate Obama. we are getting there.

    November 30, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
  15. Handofdoom

    The United States Government is made up of two parties , Who have become "NOT as much Poliyical " But more like a social gathering of criminals whom that enjoy making us Citizens look like fools !

    November 30, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
  16. georgine

    When the country is in a hole,nobody should be traveling free.Make them pay for their own trip.The President should not travel any where free.He makes money to pay for each trip. Thank you,

    November 30, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
    • steveo

      This is not new! Air Force One has been around for years. This is a perk of the Presidency. i have no problem with it. I don't expect him to fly on Delta. Do you?

      November 30, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  17. jerry

    hey...when did this idiot stop campaigning? Just the fact he has made so many trips there proves the point...dah. O'moron really believes the american voter is stupid...he is correct in part, many did vote for him, and many believed in the hope and change crap...now look where we are and look at the mess in europe, africa, and the middle east. Our equity and bond markets can't project out one day because of the poor leadership. The world needs qualified leadership today not radical idealogs.

    November 30, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  18. pepawjoe

    Everytime AirForce One, Marine One, and Now the Black Greyhound Bus is used, it costs US TAXPAYERS $$ Millions $$ of "BORROWED" Money that We, the taxpayers will have to pay for.
    Like HIS 15 campaign trips to Pennsylvia so far this year already. He thinks the American taxpayers are too stupid to realize what our Costs are, EVERYTIME.

    November 30, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
    • jean2009

      Go read a book and get a life...whine...whine...whine. Did you whine this much when George W. Bush was reading "My Pet Goat" on a campaign trip?

      November 30, 2011 at 6:51 pm |