Something about the economy brings out a signature brand of presumptuous incivility in the White House. Recall that during a major fiscal policy speech before members of Congress and administration officials in April, President Obama essentially deemed Rep. Paul Ryan’s “Path to Prosperity” plan un-American, saying that it “paints a vision of our future that is deeply pessimistic.” Later, the president, during an off-mike remark at a Democratic fundraiser, referred to the Wisconsin Republican as “America’s accountant” who voted for two “unpaid” wars.
And now, with a flourish, the White House roars into gauche mode once again, demanding a juicy prime-time spot to showcase Mr. Obama’s ideas about job creation before a congressional audience, scheduled to air at the same hour as a major Republican presidential debate. Just a coincidence? No, it’s his “campaigner-in-chief” instinct kicking in, says Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus.
“The president has had months to get to work on the economy, but instead he chose to take a taxpayer-funded campaign trip and a cushy Martha’s Vineyard vacation. If the president were serious about putting ‘country before politics,’ he wouldn’t be caught in such a thinly-veiled political ploy,” Mr. Priebus continues. “This is yet another reminder that President Obama is out of touch and out of ideas. The only job he seems to care about is his own.”