The president is saying that his Ohio campaigning is just beginning, with rallies planned in Ohio and Virginia this weekend, according to Reuters. But is the president forgetting that he's been campaigning in the state of Ohio for quite some time? And, in fact, his Ohio campaigning previously could be likened to the energizer bunny, as it keeps going and going and goingÂ—including this weekend.
Reuters reported that "Republicans accuse Obama of infusing politics into his official White House events and scoff at the notion that his campaigning is just starting."
The Republicans seem to be right, as a look back at a KalaAnantarupah-created poster (a media lab/consultant/news center business) reveals the president was on the Ohio State University campus on March 22 for a RPAC speech, which had campaign overtones.
So before John Q. Public buys into the current administration's insistence that the trips to Ohio state back then, and more recently last month, were all just part of the president's job duties (and not campaign related), they need to hear what one person that works for the school said.
RPAC, where the president spoke at OSU in March, is the Recreational, Physical and Activity Center at Ohio State University. And the president's speech there, according to Jeff McCallister, the editor for the school's aptly titled "On Campus" Newspaper, had "trappings of a campaign stop," despite the president's insistence that it is this weekend when he will begin his public bid for re-election.
After the RPAC speech in March, Ohio State's McCallister said that "Some not so subtle digs at Republicans and others he [Obama] compared to 'Flat-Earth Society' were made during the speech" by the president.
That definitely debunks the declaration by the president's administration that he hasn't been on the campaign trail before this weekend, as how can taking potshots at RepublicansÂ—or labeling his administration opponents as 'flat-Earth people' be anything but campaigning and political in nature?
And those reported facts aren't from some right-wing group, as they came from an Ohio State University journalist who took note of the campaign rhetoric when he attended the event.
The president, however, says he went to talk about energy at Ohio State back in March, not to campaign on the taxpayer's dime. But the truth is that the president went to Ohio State for another reason in addition to needing the state's electoral votes this November as one of the swing states: Obama went there to expand his education on energy.
Yep. Despite his quickness to scrape the Keystone Pipeline energy source for hurting Americans, the president doesn't appear to be as knowledgeable as he needs to be when it comes to making fuel and energy decisions for America. So he went back to school to get some on-the-job training.
According to the school's newspaper, the Commander-in-Chief "learned about biofuel development, clean coal technology, and solar research," during his alleged 'non-campaign' trip to the state; and he asked students to show him the projects they were working on in the energy field as well.
Now Americans know why all that taxpayer money ($500 million) was lost due to the Obama-supported Solyndra company: The president wasn't as informed about energy, solar energy in that case, as he led the country to believe.
He knows he has to be more up-to-speed now on this issue due to the upcoming election, especially given the continuing climb at the gas pump, of course, and his unwillingness to ease that burden with the Keystone Pipeline.
And he definitely doesn't want Mitt Romney gaining political ground due to his failed energy failures, like Solyndra.
So if Americans hear the president talk about the Buckeye Bullet in the near futureÂ—the fastest electric car in the worldÂ—they will know that the president got brought up to speed by some Ohio college students that tutored him back in March, when he says he wasn't on the campaign trail.
And what the Ohio students didn't teach the president that month, you can bet they did when he went back there in April to promise to reward them with lower student loan interest rates.
That ought to get him some votes, eh?
But why is the president just now calling his third trip in two months to Ohio his first campaign trip? Is it because the Republicans brought to light that he used taxpayer funds for his Ohio campaigning purposes back in March and April, and he's trying to cover that up now with a real and publicized campaign trip? It would appear so.