February 22nd, 2009
11:10 AM ET
3 years ago

Obama in perpetual campaign, Barbour says

Obama has traveled to key swing states in the last few weeks.
Obama has traveled to key swing states in the last few weeks.

(CNN) – It's no coincidence President Obama has traveled to key swing states to push his massive stimulus measure, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said Sunday.

Barbour, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, said Obama's recent travel is an indication that the new president is already running for reelection.

"He's going to those places for a reason," Barbour said on CNN's State of the Union. "I mean David Axelrod, who's his campaign consultant/manager/guru really is one of the brightest, most capable people in American politics. And so this is what we've become accustomed to, the perpetual campaign."

In the last few weeks, the president has visited Florida, Ohio, Indiana, Virginia, and Colorado - all states that voted Republican in the 2004 presidential election but flipped to the Democrat's side in 2008. Obama has also visited Arizona - the home state of his former rival, Sen. John McCain, and a state he'd like to turn blue in 2012.

The White House has said the president specifically visited those states because they are among the hardest hit by the nations sputtering economy and home foreclosure crisis.

soundoff (275 Responses)
  1. Aaron Bedell, Maryland

    This is exactly what I commented on here when he announced he would sign in Denver. California and Michigan are the two BEST places to be, but both those states are sure things. . . so, he visits the states he needs.

    But I am a Obama supporter, and the reason for all this is because he has to clean up Bush's mess for four years with no political pay off coming before 2012, Obama needs the "Western Strategy" just to get to HIS era.

    I don't think he would be doing this if the last eight years of our federal government hadn't run everything into the ground and missed the green/auto revolution, but they did and now he has spend critical time being the downer at the party whole is cleaning up the mess.

    February 22, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  2. jane doe

    With all of the waste obama abhors, cant he say these things from dc gas is going up and we have to pay for that

    February 22, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  3. Eric Franklin

    OMG!!! have the fiscal conservatives forgot about the rushed bailout package that Bush put together. Was Bush trying to reach out to all corners of the country? Did Bush go on speaking engagments to gain support for his idea? The answer to both questions is no. I'm not a fan of a stimulus package totalling $800 billion; however, I'm a fan of being part of the solution and not the problem. My guess is that alot of Republican governors, senators, and house members are betting this stimulus package crumbles the economy even further. However, what if thats not the case, and in the next few years people begin to look back on how partisan some these GOP officals are conducting themselves.

    February 22, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  4. Rebublican in Oklahoma

    So what's your point? Our president is trying to reach out to those states that have less support for him? Would you rather he completely ignore the red states? If he did, you would complain about that. It looks like to me that Obama understands that the situation we are in will take a long time to reverse and he wants to wage a public opinion campaign to help him get things done. Even though the Dems control congress the senate is not filibuster proof. The people in our country have little to no patience or fortitude and he knows he'll take alot of critisism as the months drag into years. It's high time we rebublicans start cheering for success instead of praying for failure just because we don't agree 100% with Obama's idiology.

    And regarding several comments above about this being the fault of the last 8 years – that's absolute ignorance of the situation – this has been building for decades and we are all at fault...there may have been many problems with our last administration but our current economic status was not because of them.

    February 22, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  5. jdoe

    Total B.S. Going around the country talking to people about your plans and policies, is not the same thing as going around holding fundraising dinners. This is what presidents should do, get people onboard to his plans. The GOP has become so antagonistic now that they'll oppose anything this president does.

    February 22, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  6. Matthew, Detroit

    Barack is a perpetual Cheerleader.

    He does not have any work ethic.

    I have to agree it is a great political move.

    "I am going to stay out in front of the people and continue my circus and side show. I am going to keep the juggling act and the bearded lady. We will just keep popping up on TV and nation face time."
    DONT LOOK AT THE MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN. IGNORE THE MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN. Are you people paying attentin here.

    February 22, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  7. Independant Vet

    MOE ' HOW CORRECT YOU ARE WHEN YOU SAY THIS PRESIDENT HAS DONE MORE IN ONE MONTH .

    DONE WHAT ? FLEW MORE MILES , PUTTING THE LITTLE GUY IN DEBT, THAT HIS gRAND CHILDREN WILL BE PAYING ALL THE DAYS OF THERE LIFE TIME.

    DIGGING UP MORE MONEY FOR ACORN FOR A REELECTION. BID.

    TELLING MORE LIES BY THE DAY.

    REMEBER WHEN THEY TOLD THE AUTO MAKERS TO GET RID OF THERE PLANES. I SAY PRACTICE WHAT HE PREACHES. TAKE THE WINGS AWAY FROM PELOSI , WHICH SHE HAS TO FLY BIG TIME BACK AN FORTH TO WORK ( HER 3 DAYS ) AN WE THE TAXPAYER , GETS A BILL OF $60,000 EACH WAY , AN AVERAGE OF $5,760,000 ANNUALLY. . SHE STATES IT IS NOT COMFORTABLE IN A SMALLER PLANE. WELL ROUDIE DOUDIE DOO, GET A BKE AN START PUMPING.

    THIS ALL IS A FLIP OF THE PAGE OF CHICAGO POLITICS.

    February 22, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  8. Jim

    Ah, the irony, given that Bush was in a perpetual campaign for 8 years.

    February 22, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  9. John

    Gov. Barbour is entirely correct, but this does not mean that Obama is to be subject to ridicule or praise. Like all of our political leaders, Obama is a politician first, and a leader second.

    February 22, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  10. louise

    Wonder if ole Haley Barbour is still snorting coke like he used to do. It affected the old guys judgment. He is just another good ole white boy in one of the reddest state in America. Don't think he cares a whit about the poor in Mississippi. That state is still at the bottom of everything. Hasn't changed a bit from the eighties when I lived there. Knew it was just a matter of time for coke snorting Barbour to get to the top of the ladder in Mississippi. For gods sake, the poor in Mississippi could use a leg up.

    February 22, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  11. Ben Dover

    Obama said that he would lead through inspiration and motivation. Actually, that is the only way he can lead, since he has no idea of what he is supposed to do. It amazes me that a man can lead the country by traveling all the time. Does his entire cabinet and White House staff travel with him or are they the ones that are really running the country.

    February 22, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  12. Tonya

    Can "we the people" ever come to appreciate what it means to work hard??? What is sad is the majority of our young voters really do not understand what it means to work hard, save your money and pay your bills. Obama got elected with 52% of the vote and the majority of the 52% are people who fell on hard times and may have been looking for a hand out. Bush was no better he bailed out the banks. It all comes back to the people, responsibility is hard to practice when you see so much cheating. Regulation of the financial system is needed because people are greedy. If they are told they can have something for nothing most people would jump at the chance without thinking about the consequences. So now we have a guy in office that claims he will fix things but at what cost to our freedoms? It is time people get back to being accountable for their actions and quite depending on the government to bail them out if they want to stay free!!!

    February 22, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  13. scott

    Keep running Barak.

    What else do you know how to do?

    More failed promisies from the hologram that was elected by guilt...

    February 22, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  14. dimes

    Why should we be surprised? The only thing Obama did as a state senator was campaign for the senate. The only thing Obama did as a US senator was campaign for the presidency and guess what the only thing Obama cares about now is running for a second term. He has never been a hard worker and has never liked tough decisions (check the record) he is however one of the best speech readers in US history. Nice to know fluff rules.

    February 22, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  15. STepper

    Republicans – the party of the perpetual whiners. Unbelievable. No ideas. No plans. Only complaints. Haley Barbour is not only part of the problem, he's symptomatic of the problem.

    February 22, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  16. Art

    Mr. president, please don't be distracted by your opponents. They only seem to be interested in taking the country backwards. Keep moving forward,I'am with ya!

    February 22, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  17. carolflowery

    When people continue to say President Obama has to clean up Bush's mess, they are basically saying Bush was a brillian man who controlled all the banks, the mortgage companies, and they act like Bush ran everyting....That is such a joke, how convenient to forget about Freddie and Fannie when there are pure videos of Maxine Waters and others in the democrat congress who wanted 'HANDS Off" of those variable rates and huge subprime mortgages they fought against John McCain when he brought it up. And if you dont think that RUN on the Banks wasnt planned to bring Obama back up in the polls you are kidding yourselves. I just wonder who all was involved in those runs on the banks.
    I want a law made that if you make a billion in this country you cant take your money to foreign banks....good grief...i bet Oprah has a stash of hers in foreign banks.

    February 22, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  18. Saint Genesius

    This is just another clumsy attempt by the GOP to diminish President Obama. The gigantic difference between this president and George W. Bush is Bush travelled the nation to raise money and dole out favors to his friends in relative secret.

    Let's just jump back 8 years (seems like 80) and remember...

    (Imagine wavy lines here and the screen going out of focus)

    Bush is President for a month in the most contested presidential race in history. He has lost the popular vote, and had to be installed in the White House by the 5 activist GOP justices on the Supreme Court.

    There is a very minor recession that no one is really paying much attention to. By the same token, there is a huge federal budget surplus and the national debt is actually declining. We are at peace (although the outgoing Clinton national security team warned the incoming Bush team of a serious threat by Osama bin Ladin –a warning the Bush team pointedly ignored).

    Bush also had small majorities in both houses of congress.

    What did we hear from the GOP and conservative comedians like Rush Limbaugh?

    "Give Bush a chance?"

    "The election is over, get over it!"

    "Let's look to the future."

    "He's the President, we all have to get behing him."

    And what did we get from the Bush White House?

    "We won the electoral college vote, we have a mandate."

    "We don't have to compromise with congress, we have the majority."

    I could go on, but you get the idea.

    George Bush ran the worst presidency in modern times –this is a Democracy and a majority of people believe that. George Bush was secretive, ineffective and utterly incompetant. He also presided over the greatest loss of life in an act of war on US soil –he was a dismal failure.

    And now the very same Republicans who created the Bush Disaster are critical of President Obama and hipocritically criticizing him in a time of true national crisis that they created.

    Perfect.

    The GOP is a failed party of rich middle aged white guys. It is regional and deserves nothing but dirision.

    To be a Republican today is to proudly and loudly proclaim your ignorance, not only of reality but of history.

    Yeah, I said that!

    February 22, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  19. Give me a break!

    Now that the election is over, it time to quit pointing figures at Bush for all the problems that we are in. The House and the Senate have to share in the financial responsibilities. The American people have to share in the mess because we are now a give me country. If I don't earn it it must be someones fault. We have fogotten how to earn what we want in our lives. We are all responsible for the situation we find ourselves! Now we can pay for others mistakes, but don't blame just one person, face up to our part in this!

    Of course Obama is still campaigning but he will have to prove he can do what he has promised! Being an excellent public speaker will not carry him in the next election if he can't carry out the job!

    In my opinion, it time to quit talking and do the job!!

    February 22, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  20. do me baby

    republicans.

    WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH

    February 22, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  21. Los

    "Now that the election is over, it time to quit pointing figures at Bush for all the problems that we are in."

    WHAT THE...??? NO. Bush started this fire!! Are we now supposed to start blaming the guy who's trying to put it out?

    February 22, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  22. spaceghost

    Saint Genesius – learn to use a spell checker before calling others ignorant

    February 22, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  23. James M.

    Um Tonya...Obama won the popular vote by 54% not 52%. So I could tell from lack of research that your comment would be doomsday from the get go. Go read a little then make commentary...otherwise you look like a blabbering idiot.

    February 22, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  24. SC

    The Governor,
    Maybe you need to listen to different beat for all you hear is gospel everywhere you go in the states. No pun intended! David Axelrod is not his campaign guru but David Plouffe was. So, go read some books or if you needed me to, I could send you some in the snail mail.

    February 22, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  25. do yourself, like always

    Democrats:

    Gimmmmmmmmmeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!

    February 22, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
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