President Barack Obama’s upcoming bus tour through the Midwest states typically viewed as swing states during presidential election years will be paid for by the taxpayers, the White House says.
Obama will start the tour on Aug. 15 and will talk about
strengthening jobs and the economy, the White House announced on
“He is very happily getting out into the country again after a very
sustained period here in Washington and he looks forward to talking to
folks about growing the economy, creating jobs," said White House
Press Secretary Jay Carney. "We will have more details, as I said, about
the specifics of the trip."
Carney indicated he did not know now precisely where the president would go or what he might be announcing.
CNSNews.com asked Carney, “Is that a campaign event or a presidential event?
Carney answered, “Negative. That is an official event.”
CNSNews.com followed, “So it is being funded by taxpayers in battleground states?”
Carney responded, “He’s the president of the United States.”
Another reporter followed up about whether there was a political nature to the trip.
“The air of cynicism is quite thick,” Carney shot back. “The idea
that the president of the United States should not venture forth into
the country is ridiculous.”
The reporter said, “I didn’t say that.” (Continues here)