From the South Lawn..
The White House posted a photo:
KidTribe hula hoopers perform during the Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House, April 1, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
(Via WH Flickr.)
This has some long traditions among American Presidents historically … William Taft hated the job it but was forced to do it by his wife… Truman hated it too, and often called it the “White Prison”..
Matt Bai: “Watching the president grimace his way through the restrained back-and-forth reminded me of a conversation I recently had with a friend in Democratic politics, who posited that Mr. Obama simply doesn’t love being president. Not that he doesn’t want the job or believe he should have it, or that its challenges don’t give him plenty of cause for stress or solemnity — just that he doesn’t appear to actually enjoy the daily business of running the country.”
“Mostly, what Mr. Obama seems to get no joy from, and what debates really demand of you, is the opportunity to persuade people that you’re right, by making complex arguments sound simple and self-evident. This is why Bill Clinton’s convention speech stood out as it did — because it reminded everyone of how powerful an enthusiastic presidential explanation can be.”
The Pay Roll Tax Cut fight was ended quickly yesterday – with both chambers passing the bill within a few hours.
And staying on top of the agenda and keeping the pressure – Obama shifted to the next item on the list in a heartbeat:
“Right now, companies get tax breaks for moving jobs and profits overseas. Meanwhile, companies that choose to stay in America get hit with one of the highest tax rates in the world. It makes no sense, and everyone knows it. So my message to Congress is: what are you waiting for? Let’s get this done right now,” Obama said.
Well done. Switching subsidies from outsourcing to insourcing is good economics and good job creation.
And opposing this will be yet another vote loser.
From the Science Fair in the White House – this is feelgood politics and something the kid will remember for the rest of his life:
POTUS’ helping hand at the pump at 1:30
Interesting speech from 1965, on the Civil Rights Movement and voting for all. It also works as a commentary to the current efforts to restrain millions of people from voting.
Lyndon B. Johnson – We Shall Overcome.
It’s been a while, but this time the West Wing Week was kind of nice again. It provides an exclusive inside view of the President’s daily activities, and it’s free from all the noise.
There are a lot of pollings showing declining approval rates for Obama these days.. Hitting 40% and sometimes below.
But this one is a big problem – if (as likely) the unemployment rate remains at around 9.5 for another year, and another 2-3 trillion is added to the debt:
Less than 1 in 5 thinks the President is improving the economy.
But much more important than public opinion and re-election probabilities – this is a huge problem for America and the future generations. These problems don’t ease out while we wait – they keep growing bigger and get harder to fix.