I think it is about time someone tap the President on the shoulder, lean over and whisper in his ear, and tell him that the 2012 campaign is over...and he won.
The President and his minions have been telling the American people daily that unless the Republicans concede to raising additional taxes on the rich and corporations to prevent the implementation of President Obama's sequestration plan, the US is headed for the financial abyss.
The President has travelled around the country telling everyone how bad it's going to be.
Since the State of the Union, the President has climbed about Marine One, hopped to Andrews Air Force Base, and flown on Air Force One to numerous cities to appear in campaign-style photo op's regarding the sequester.
The President has visited Palm Beach; Florida; Asheville, North Carolina; Decatur,Georgia; Chicago, Illinois; and most recently Newport News, Virginia explaining why sequester is bad for the country.
He has met with the National Governors Conference; the Democratic Governors Association; Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe; Italian President Giorgio Napolitano; recorded radio interviews with Al Sharpton, Joe Madison and Yolanda Adams; and found time to participate in a Facebook Town Hall meeting on gun violence sponsored by Parents Magazine.
But it doesn't appear he has found time to meet with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid about ways to cut the 16 trillion dollar deficit. It also doesn't appear he's picked up the phone to House Speaker John Boehner in an attempt to come to an agreement that would prevent sequester.
I guess he'd prefer walking across the South lawn to his private helicopter to take him to his private jet rather than catch a cab to Capitol Hill.
The President has told the American people how their lives will be affected by sequester. He tells of layoffs of teachers, firemen, and police officers. He warns of a decimated military. He says sir travel will be delayed because of the layoffs of air traffic controllers. The Administration has said there will be cuts in Head Start programs and just Monday, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said that numerous illegal aliens who are being held in detention centers may be released because she didn't have funds to keep them incarcerated.
Yes, the President has spent a good deal of time warning of what's to come.
Unfortunately, he hasn't spend any significant time trying to fix the problem.
It appears he is still stuck in campaign mode. He is more comfortable appearing in front of a crowd of people blaming others for government's shortcomings rather than roll up his sleeves and do the work.
The National Taxpayers Union has said the cost of operating Air Force One is roughly $181,760.00 per HOUR. This doesn't include any support aircraft, Secret Service personnel and local law enforcement costs associated with a Presidential trip. It is reported the cost of a Presidential jaunt can exceed one million dollars per day.
So maybe it's about time the American people tell President Obama:
1.That his job is in Washington, DC.
2. Campaign-style photo-ops aren't leadership.
3, The sequester that he is so concerned about was his idea.
4. It's time he do the job he has been campaigning for and was elected to do.
5. Hang up the keys to Air Force One and get to work.
There comes a point in time when the campaigning stops and the work begins. Someone needs to tell this President that time is now.