Obama Finally Gives His Excuse to Wisconsin Democrats: I Was Busy, Okay?Barrett ended up losing by about 7 points. Had Obama shown up he might have lost by 9.
Reporter from local television affiliate Green Bay (WBAY): "There are a lot of Democrats in the state that have told me they're upset that you did not come to the state and campaign for Tom Barrett."
"The truth of the matter is, as president of the United States, I've got a lot of responsibilities. I was supportive of Tom and have been supportive of Tom. Obviously I would have loved to have seen a different result."
Zip at Weasel Zippers can't believe the audacity of the excuse: "Too busy? He did nine fundraisers in the four days prior to the election. In total Obama hit 13 fundraisers in the 14 days leading up to Barrett's drubbing by Scott Walker."
Ace of Spades adds:
I think it's a little worse than that. Obama actually flew over Wisconsin to go from an a Minnesota fundraiser to attend a Chicago fundraiser.
He actually flew over Wisconsin twice, avoiding it both times, in the crucial last days of the recall. At one point, when on the ground, he was 15 miles away from the border of Wisconsin -- no quickie rally?
I guess Wisconsin's airports and helipads and highways were also too busy.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Obama is taking a lot of heat from Democrats and union thugs over his failure to help the recall effort in Wisconsin. Perhaps he remembers what happened when he campaigned for governors in New Jersey and Virginia and Senate in Massachusetts (where Dems lost all three races), but his excuse seems a little weak (from Jim Geraghty):