Like all first-term presidents, Barack Obama has been running for
reelection since the day he took office. But recent days have seen a
flurry of activity, including the unleashing of Vice President Joe
It's official. President Obama has launched his reelection
Well, not "official" in the sense of brass bands and patriotic
bunting and "a chicken in every pot" (which Herbert Hoover never
said, by the way). And cynics, of course, will say that he's been
running for a second term since the minute he finished taking his
oath of office January 20, 2009.
But last week seemed to kick-start things in a big way.
The Obama campaign released its documentary film "The Road We've
Traveled," directed and narrated by Academy Award winners Davis
Guggenheim and Tom Hanks. As the Monitor's Linda Feldmann reported,
"It's an infomercial, aimed at reminding the legions who voted for
Obama four years ago why they liked him and why they should get
excited again - and donate and volunteer."
On Friday, Obama attended five fundraisers, three in Atlanta and
two in Chicago. And he's unleashed Joe Biden to do what the Vice
President does best: stir the political pot with full-throated
campaign rhetoric designed to secure friends and needle political
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Obama (so far) has not criticized the Republican presidential
hopefuls by name, although he has begun mocking them - as "founding
members of the Flat Earth Society" for dismissing alternate means of
energy production, for example.
But Biden, relishing his political attack dog role, has not held
Speaking to members of the United Auto Workers union in the swing
state of Ohio last week, Biden said:
"Look, I want to tell you what's real bankruptcy. The economic
theories of Gingrich, Santorum and Romney - they are bankrupt. If
you give any one of these guys the keys to the White House, they
will bankrupt the middle class again."
It's the kind of rhetoric that's helped win Obama the 2012
endorsement of major labor unions, including the UAW, the
Communications Workers of America, and the American Federation of
Teachers - sources that will provide contributions and grassroots
But even before last week's events, the Los Angeles Times
reports, the Obama political machine was hard at work:
"The campaign has spent months and tens of millions of dollars
building an on-the-ground and cyberspace organization earlier and
larger than any previous presidential campaign. …