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Mr. President, I thought you said “the campaign is over”

So could you please stop campaigning now?

During the “health care summit,” we witnessed yet another Barack Obama Hypocrisy Moment, as he chastised Senator John McCain for “campaigning” during his summit comments and accused McCain of employing “talking points”

As one who has noted Obama’s non-stop campaigning, I found this bordering on hysterically funny.  He had to have OD’d on gall that morning to make such an assertion.  This is the President who has made over four hundred speeches in his first year in office.  Back in October, Toby Harnden of the London Telegraph observed:

Beyond the grand announcements, fine speeches and his eager acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize, Mr Obama has yet to achieve anything of substance. It is time for the campaign to end.

Indeed, it is time for the campaign to end.  But, as Harnden points out, Obama is “the campaigner-in-chief.”  It is What. He. Does.  Governing is too messy for the President.  He’d rather pass off responsibility to folks like Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi and let them do the heavy lifting … and then he can throw them under the bus later when they fail (God willing).

Today the Perpetual Campaign Tour, 2010 Edition continues here in St. Louis. The President and his teleprompter will speak this afternoon at St. Charles High School, in the northwest St. Louis suburb of St. Charles, and will appear this evening at a fundraiser for Claire McCaskill’s 2012 campaign (which is in itself a strange thing…what about Robin Carnahan in 2010?  But, I digress).  The audience, of course, will be hand-picked, by invitation only.  Expect to see legions of adoring followers in attendance.

The tour began Monday, in Philadelphia, where he gave (yet another) campaign speech:

In a high-octane appearance that harked back to his “yes we can” campaign days, Mr. Obama jettisoned the professorial demeanor that has cloaked many of his public pronouncements on the issue, instead making an emotional pitch for public support as he tries to push the legislation through a final series of votes in Congress in the next several weeks

On Wednesday, Mr. Obama is to travel to St. Louis for another campaign-style rally for health care, White House officials said.

So, back to campaign mode he goes, and we must endure a day’s worth of media blather where we will hear the same Obama talking points repeated time after time after time.  But, the worst part?  St. Charles High is my alma mater.

Obama’s sticking with the plan here – he believes if he just gives one more speech, we’ll all see the light and buy what he’s selling.  Mary Steyn describes it this way:

According to Barack Obama, the problem is he overestimated you dumb rubes’ ability to appreciate what he’s been doing for you. “That I do think is a mistake of mine,” the president told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. “I think the assumption was if I just focus on policy, if I just focus on this provision or that law or if we’re making a good rational decision here, then people will get it.”

But you schlubs aren’t that smart. You didn’t get it. And Barack Obama is determined to see that you do. So the president has decided that he needs to start “speaking directly to the American people.”

The problem is, Mr. President: we do “get it”.  And we don’t want it.  You really should save your perpetual campaign rhetoric for 2012.  You’re gonna need every ounce of it, because at the rate you’re going, in 2012 you won’t be able to get elected to the PTA.

And stay away from my high school from here on out, please.

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