Rich Galen

For a campaign that has been up-and-running since just about January 21, 2009, the Obama crowd did not have a good "official" first week.

Last weekend, Barack Obama officially launched his campaign for re-election at a rally on the campus of Ohio State University. A couple of things were wrong with the event. About 14,000 people showed up, but the arena holds many more and the traveling press made much of the empty seats.

That's not Obama's fault. It's the fault of the advance team and the campaign, but there you are.

During his remarks, Obama lashed out at Republicans in Congress for refusing to provide infrastructure funds including funds for a bridge connecting Ohio to Kentucky in Cincinnati (homes to Speaker John Boehner and Senate Republican Leader respectively).

He told the crowd that people had to drive an hour-and-a-half out of their way just to get to work.

According to the Washington Post's Fact Checker all of that is true except for:

-- The bridge over the Ohio River in Cincinnati has never been closed.
-- The bridge over the Ohio River in Cincinnati has bipartisan support to repair it.
-- The project to repair the bridge over the Ohio River in Cincinnati isn't slated to begin until 2015.
-- The bridge he was talking about connects Indiana to Kentucky.
-- The bridge connecting Indiana to Kentucky has been repaired and is open to traffic.

Ok. That's not Obama's fault. It's the fault of the speech writers, but there you are.

On Sunday, Vice President Joe Biden appeared on Meet the Press and got way off message on gay marriage when he said:

"I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women and heterosexual - men and women marrying - are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties. And quite frankly, I don't see much of a distinction beyond that."

Thing is, according to Yahoo! News, "the president has stopped short of endorsing gay marriage, instead articulating that his views are 'evolving.'"

Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, jumped in on the issue by announcing his support for gay marriage, but it is not clear why he thought he needed to do that.

Neither of these are Obama's fault. It's the fault of his Vice President who runs off at the mouth so often the White House staff has taken to calling them "Joe Bombs," but there you are.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at