Who’s paying for Obama’s North Carolina/Virginia campaign bus tour?

I am.  And you are.  Which is a joke given the fact that he’s clearly stumping to be elected despite the administration’s insistence that this little trip has nothing to do with 2012.

CBS brings you details, the picture however is one I took as the Obama taxpayer supported tour drove right by my office today on Obama’s way to Langley Air Force Base in Hampton Virginia for his latest campaign stop:

If Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, Herman Cain or any of the other presidential challengers were to embark on a three-day bus trip like the one now underway by President Obama, it would cost their campaigns tens of thousands of dollars.

Perhaps more.

They would have to pay a variety of expenses, including:

  • air travel to their first destination
  • leasing of one or more buses appropriate to the journey
  • rental for halls or meeting rooms for their candidates’ appearances
  • the cost of lodging and meals for their candidate and staff

But not the Obama campaign.

The White House declared that Mr. Obama’s three-day trip through North Carolina and Virginia are official events and not campaign appearances, even though the two states are known to be political objectives of his re-election bid.

It’s an advantage enjoyed by every incumbent president seeking re-election — and a disadvantage endured by his challengers. And though the White House has said the trip is not political, Mr. Obama has repeatedly used his speeches to take Republicans to task for opposing the provisions of his jobs bill.

“They said no to putting teachers and construction workers back on the job,” the president said yesterday in Asheville.

“They said no to rebuilding our roads and our bridges and our airports. They said no to cutting taxes for middle-class families and small businesses when all they’ve been doing is cutting taxes for the wealthiest Americans.”

He continued: “They want to gut regulations; they want to let Wall Street do whatever it wants. They want to drill more. And they want to repeal health care reform. That’s their jobs plan.”

Does that sound like campaigning to you?  It certainly does to me but then again, the reality is that his entire time in office has been not about being the President of the United States but instead about being President to just those foolish enough to continue to support him.

And apparently, there are still a butt load of those fools out there.

A Picture Is Worth 10,000 Words. Er, Dollars.
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