Gotta love this headline on Yahoo!:
As the Democrat returns to Washington from his vacation, he’s not talking about putting forward ideas to address this nation’s problems in the last full year of his first (and hopefully last) term so much as he’s getting ready to amp his campaign for reelection:
With an eye on the 2012 campaign, President Barack Obama is wrapping up a low-key Hawaiian vacation and planning to quickly get back in front of voters as he ratchets up his bid for re-election. . . .
After more than a week out of the spotlight, Obama plans to make his presence in the campaign quickly known.
The president will host a live web chat with supporters in Iowa Tuesday night as the caucuses are unfolding. The following day, Obama will travel to Cleveland for an event focused on the economy.
Obama aides said the president will seek to draw a contrast with his GOP challengers during Wednesday’s trip to Ohio, a state sure to factor prominently in the presidential campaign.
And get this:
Aides say Obama spent a bit of time on vacation brainstorming ideas for his Jan. 24 State of the Union address, where he will lay out an agenda that will also serve as the basis for his campaign message.
Obama is going use a duty sanctioned by the constitution as the basis for his campaign message?!?! Talk about changing politics as we know it. Seems more like the permanent campaign to me.
Well, campaigning is one arena where the incumbent has been effective — and successful.