19 January 2012

Obama Briefly Visits a Real Magic Kingdom

                                                                                                              (Reuters Photo)
The latest stop on President Obama’s re-election campaign on the pubic dime was to the Sunshine State of Florida.  Officially, the President announced an expansion of the State Department’s Global Entry Program for trusted international visitors.   An astute observer would not that the Global Entry Program was touted to help Brazilians, Indians and the Chinese.  So much for “trusted” international visitors.  These moves are meant to ensure that foreign visitors continue to spend an average of $5,000 each per visit.

The line that “America is open for business” seems particularly precious considering the White House announcement yesterday that the Canadian Keystone XL Oil Pipeline permits were rejected at this time, killing 20,000 construction jobs.  In addition, the Obama Administration’s questionable unilateral moratorium on offshore drilling by Americans in Gulf of Mexico drove drilling derricks to Brazil while Cuban interests (on behalf of the Chinese) continue to drill in international waters in the Gulf.

The real but unstated reason why Obama staged this photo op in Central Florida is because it is a battleground in the Presidential election.  Mr. Obama had not visited this key state since two fund-raisers in October.  Currently, Obama is only polling in the mid 40s.  That is dangerous when plotting re-election strategies in the Electoral College.
It is a pity that President Obama only spent 13 minutes in the Magic Kingdom since that means that he is quickly returning to what he may consider Fantasyland on the Potomac. But the President can watch the Mouse House channel do his campaign’s bidding on late night television. It beats hearing Jay Leno wise-crack "Obama's approval ratings are so low now, Kenyans are accusing him of being born in the United States” as he has done in the past.

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