Ah how nice - President Barack Obama has come home, albeit for a very short trip and the news media is abuzz. However, as Air Force One was taxing down the runway it didn't dawn on any of our evening newscasters to ask the obvious question regarding his travel arrangements. I mean, this is after all, an unofficial visit for the sole purpose of attending fundraisers right? So, who is paying the costs for Air Force One (the real one and the dummy one) and Marine One to shuttle him in and out of Chicago?
Now, I am sure I know the answer to that one, but still, it is a fair question given he has a goal of raising a billion plus for his reelection and that there most certainly will many such junkets to other major cities around the country in his attempts to achieve that goal. Personally I don't like the idea of the American Taxpayers having to pay the huge costs associated with such non-official trips given the enormity of staff and equipment that has to be mobilized each time the president leaves Washington.
So here is the deal Mr. President, you are the first president to embrace today's technology and from what I understand - you are pretty tech savvy. So then, wouldn't it be more cost effective if you sat your butt down and conduct your reelection campaign business via video conferencing? After all, it works fine for you when you want to do a Town Hall thing, right?
Oh and by the way - who is paying for William Daley's tag along ride back to Chicago? I mean he resigned, right? Between you and I, there are commercial flights that are available between Reagan National and O'Hare a number of times daily, you know?
Anyway, it was nice seeing you schmooze the baby (but she can't vote yet) and the rest of the greeting line. But I do want you to consider using the Video Conferencing idea as your main method for campaigning. After all, the American people have already sprung for the tab to Hawaii and the economy is in such a mess that anything short of 22 hour days to solve the nations ills would be disingenuous.
In other words, keep your butt in Washington and get to work -
you know, to do the work of the people?
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