John Ransom

The Republicans are trying to get a vote on the Senate floor for the exact jobs bill that Obama has been puffing up his chest about for the last three weeks.

You know? The jobs bill that he recruited sixth-graders to write to Congress about as he kicked off the It’s All Your Fault reelection tour against a "do nothing" Congress?

President Truman? No. President Tantrum.

"For those of you who did skip class today, I've got a homework assignment for you," Obama told a crowd of kids in North Carolina early in September after the jobs bill was announced but before it was fully presented to Congress, "tell your Congress person that the time for gridlock and games is over; the time for action is now…. You can write a letter. When was the last time you did that?"

Very innovative strategy from the Obama administration: getting sixth-graders to write lobbying letters to Congress about a bill that hadn’t even made it through the inboxes in Congress. “Did you pass it yet? Did you pass it yet? Did you pass it yet? Did you pass it yet?”

Now in a reprise of Obama’s Eat-My-Peas moment from the courageous debt ceiling debate that rallied his base- when afterwards the president hid behind his nine irons and his daughters’ homework on Martha’s Vineyard- the president yesterday issued more threats to me, you and your elected representatives.  

Hey. It worked out well for him last time.

Maybe this is a sign he’s running his reelection campaign solely on solar now.    

"The question, then, is, will Congress do something?" the president said at a press conference. "If Congress does something, then I can't run against a do-nothing Congress. If Congress does nothing, then it's not a matter of me running against them. I think the American people will run them out of town, because they are frustrated."

To make that clear: If Congress does something then he can’t do something. If Congress does nothing, then he also can’t do something. But the American people will do something.


Psst, White House Staffers: All work and no play makes Obama a dull boy.

John Ransom

John Ransom’s writings on politics and finance have appeared in the Los Angeles Business Journal, the Colorado Statesman, Pajamas Media and Registered Rep Magazine amongst others. Until 9/11, Ransom worked primarily in finance as an investment executive for NYSE member firm Raymond James and Associates, JW Charles and as a new business development executive at Mutual Service Corporation. He lives in San Diego. You can follow him on twitter @bamransom.