I am totally behind him, but every once in a while he sure has a way of underwhelming you:
Asked why he didn't visit Wisconsin before last week's recall election there, President Obama had a simple answer Monday: He's busy.
"The truth of the matter is that as president of the United States, I've got a lot of responsibilities," he told WBAY, the ABC affiliate in Green Bay in one of eight local interviews he conducted Monday to launch a White House initiative that will direct $2 billion to rural communities from the Small Business Administration.
Isn't there a better answer?
I don't think he would have changed the result, but there is no shame in taking a stand for what is right and losing.
I would hope that such a wonderful, intelligent man would have a better answer to that question. The issues in Wisconsin were so trivial that he couldn't spend an afternoon there? But now that it is over, he has time for 8 local interviews.
I hope he has time to campaign this fall.
I hope that when he asks for volunteers, they don't turn him down because they have "a lot of responsibilities."
This is a man of unique rhetorical capabilities. One reason he got this job is his ability to reach out to moderates and independents. The hope was that he would use those skills for more than his own re-election.