Obama Launches His Taxpayer-Funded Campaign Bus Tour of Midwest

Barack Obama launched his taxpayer-funded campaign bus tour today.
“Greyhound One” met President Downgrade at the Minneapolis-St. Paul this morning.

Would someone please explain why we have to pay for these campaign stops?

CANNON FALLS, MN – AUGUST 15: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the town hall style meeting at the Lower Hannah’s Bend Park on August 15, 2011 in Cannon Falls, Minnesota. Obama is on a bus tour of Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois where he is scheduled to speak with people about economic issues at town hall style meetings. (Joe Raedle)

Reuters even calls it a campaign tour.

President Barack Obama began a bus tour of the Midwest focused on jobs and the economy on Monday, aiming to leave behind doubts about his leadership that could dent his 2012 re-election prospects.

The three-day trip takes him to Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois, states he won in the 2008 presidential election, but could expose Obama to voters who, polls suggest, are furious about political gridlock in Washington as he begins serious campaigning for his 2012 re-election bid.

The White House says Obama is on a listening tour to hear from Americans about the economy and talk about how to boost jobs and hiring. There are no plans announced for a major policy speech to roll out initiatives for economic growth.

With U.S. unemployment mired at just above 9 percent, jobs are expected to be the central issue for voters in next year’s presidential and congressional elections.

Even some of Obama’s fellow Democrats have expressed frustration that the president has not promoted plans to boost jobs growth more aggressively. Republicans blasted the trip as a taxpayer-funded “debt end” bus tour and hammered Obama over high unemployment, record national debt and the flagging economy.

Here are a few of the comments from Reuters article:

They’re obviously not buying his latest gibberish.

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