Washington (CNN) - As President Obama delivered his back to school speech in Philadelphia, back at the White House I was hanging out in the West Wing where top aides were glowing over their efforts to paint House Minority Leader John Boehner, and Republicans in general, as obstructionists and out of touch. "It feels good to be on the offensive,' said one aide.
After months of trying to sharpen their economic message, a White House aide said the 'wrestling match' over extending middle-class tax cuts, and whether the wealthiest Americans should continue to benefit from the Bush era cuts, has allowed them to better contrast what Democrats are pushing for and Republicans are trying to block.
Rep. Boehner, said the official, is a good "symbol" of that contrast. And while the official admitted that the White House has helped to elevate his name recognition, the benefits of their strategy outweighs that.