Hardball producer Michael LaRossa tweeted, “Only in America can a President propose a law, get it passed, and then actively campaign against implementing it.”
Yes, instead of spending time in Washington, with all of the members of Congress who could pass something to replace the sequester, Obama went to Newport News to hold a campaign-style event shouting about the need to pass something to replace the sequester.
How did Obama try to pass his stimulus? Campaign-style events. How did Obama try to pass Obamacare? Campaign-style events. How is Obama pushing for amnesty legislation? Campaign-style events. Gun control? Campaign-style events. Fiscal cliff? Campaign-style events. This is all besides his actual presidential campaign.
But mind you, his campaign-style rallies didn’t move the poll numbers on Obamacare, and Democrats to this day never use the word “stimulus” when discussing new spending. Obama is very good at getting people to like him and believe in him — more so than his agenda. We see this phenomenon when his overall job-approval rating is five to ten points higher than his handling of most major issues such as the economy.