Borrowing a page from Bill Clinton, at that:
Following in Clinton’s footsteps, Obama to leave town after election
President Obama is giving Republicans a 10-day window to set the agenda for a lame-duck session and the new legislative year by leaving the country right after the midterm elections.
The timing of the president’s trip to Asia is worrying some Democrats, who believe it could cede further momentum to a resurgent Republican Party that might win a House majority on Nov. 2.
Interesting play by Obama: he claims
the trip, which will also cover Japan, South Korea and Indonesia, is an important part of the president’s effort to strengthen the economy, the issue that has left Obama and his Democratic allies in peril.
A little late for that, you’d think?
Supposedly the trip will “remind voters of the power of the presidency on the foreign policy front,” as Bill’s trip did; unfortunately Obama doesn’t understand that he is perceived, both in the USA and abroad, as a very weak in foreign policy.
And, of course, it gives him an alibi if/when the Pelosi Congress tries to pass all sorts of lame-duck measures while Obama’s out of town.
The article quotes
But Larry Berman, an expert on the presidency and a political science professor at the University of California-Davis, said there is little political risk in Obama’s travel even though the “bloggers and Obama-haters are having a field day.”
Not a field day, an election day, Larry.
And we’re going to party like it’s 1773.