During an interview at the White House on Monday, Democratic President Barack Obama told WBAY, Green Bay’s ABC affiliate, that he was not able to come to Wisconsin to campaign in support of the effort to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker because he has “a lot of responsibilities” as president.
Here’s video of President Obama explaining how his responsibilities as president kept him from coming to Wisconsin.
I think President Obama’s excuse for not spending a single minute in Wisconsin supporting public employees or the effort to recall Gov. Walker is absolute crap with a capital “C.” While I certainly appreciate that the president has “a lot of responsibilities,” those responsibilities didn’t stop President Obama from attending three campaign events at the Bachelor Restaurant in Minneapolis on Friday, June 1st, according to his official schedule. After attending those three campaign events, President Obama then flew to Chicago to deliver remarks at two campaign events at private residences in Chicago.
Interestingly enough, the state of Wisconsin just happens to be sandwiched between Minneapolis, Minnesota and Chicago, Illinois, so it defies logic that President Obama had enough free time to attend FIVE campaign events in those two states but just couldn’t find the time to make a stop in Wisconsin.
I’m insulted that President Obama seems to think those of us who’ve been fighting Gov. Scott Walker and his attacks on collective bargaining rights for public employees are stupid enough to believe his excuse for not wanting to “put on a comfortable pair of shoes” and stand with so many hardworking public employees who helped get him elected in 2008. As I’ve written elsewhere, I may vote for President Obama in November, but that’s about all he’s going to get from me this year, because I’m not going to be fooled into believing he’s willing to stand strong and fight efforts to weaken organized labor, whether here in Wisconsin or nationally.
But hey….if President Obama wants to renew my faith in him as a man who’s willing to stand with workers, I hear there’s a bunch of folks walking a picket line in Milwaukee…maybe President Obama could pull those “comfortable shoes” of his out of the closet and stand with those folks.