As he kicks off a three-day Midwest bus trip today, Obama is determined to listen to the woes and worries of Americans in places such as Cannon Falls, Minn.; Peosta, Iowa; and Alpha, Ill. He will propose some initiatives to help rural areas beset by aging and declining populations, but broader elixirs for the nation's economy will have to wait until September.Trapped in Washington? I recall seeing him bouncing all over to parties in fundraisers in recent weeks. What this trapped nonsense? If he feels so trapped in DC, why not just skip the re-election campaign so he no longer feels trapped?
"There's not a plan for a major economic policy speech," said White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer. After being "trapped" in Washington during lengthy negotiations over raising the nation's borrowing limit, Pfeiffer said, "the president is excited about the opportunity to get out of Washington."
Of course, he won't be trapped much longer.
The trip falls on the eve of Obama's scheduled 10-day family vacation in Martha's Vineyard, Mass. For that reason, it will offer one of the last opportunities this summer for the president to address both the nation's continuing economic troubles and his prescriptions for fixing them.