Speaking, perhaps. But political optics have never been Barack Obama’s strong suit.He talks, by golly, about ending special tax breaks so that every American pays their fair share, while 36 of his own aides owe the IRS more than $833,000 in back taxes.
He urges Americans to vacation on the beleaguered Gulf Coast while his wife flies with pals to a luxury hotel in Spain. He promises the most open government in history and VP Joe Biden meets with the chief of administration transparency — in a closed meeting.
Twice.To underline his commitment to green energy and conservation, Obama travels to an electric car photo op — in a 17-vehicle motorcade of SUVs.So, Thursday the president of the United States climbed into his government jet and flew two hours down to Florida to talk at University of Miami student engineers about energy conservation and innovation.
It was, of course, a phony event, an early afternoon official presidential visit tacked on to cover three political fundraisers that evening, two in Miami and one in Orlando, raking in around $4 million.
At the same time Michelle Obama collected more money from two Midwestern fundraisers and Biden did another in New England.If the president can claim he’s doing some “official” work on these trips, then his campaign need reimburse less for travel on a government plane.