Peter Baker of the NY Times hits the road with Obama. The TimesLove from 2008 is not still there, so we see some surprising criticisms. But they leave a few comic stones unturned, so on we march:
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — By the time President Obama took the stage at the Fox Theater here, he was in the 18th hour of a 19-hour day. His tie was still knotted to the top as he launched into his stump speech, attacking his opponent’s record and defending his own. “I still believe in you,” he said, “and I hope you still believe in me.”
He still believes in me! Giminy, it's feeling stronger every day. Why is Obama singing old Chicago classics? Which bright light among his speechwriters (or ad-libbers) thought that his belief in me was the issue? And why pick a song about lovers going their separate ways?
Obama shows an odd news sense here:
Flying on Air Force One last week, Mr. Obama read to aides a letter he had received from a 90-year-old man from Florida who said he was looking for work in sales and marketing. “I’m rounding third but not ready to slide into home,” the man wrote the president. “This is the best letter of the day,” Mr. Obama told the aides.
Hmm - does the old guy plan to score standing up? Is he going to head back to third and wait for the next batter (Romney, presumably) to bring him home?
And more importantly, why is this old chap looking for work? Did his home equity fall off a cliff in Florida? Did his 401(k) implode? I think it is great that this guy has the energy and motivation to look for a job but my goodness - if Obama has led us to a point where ninety year olds need to look for work to avoid the cat food diet, it's time for a change.
I hope the media tracks this guy down to hear the rest of his story.