The White House has made it official:
On Tuesday, November 23rd, President Obama and Vice President Biden will travel to Kokomo, Indiana, as part of their White House to Main Street tour.
I'm thrilled to see that Mr. Obama has accepted my invitation to come and visit the city from which we broadcast. Unfortunately he seems to have misunderstood my request for him to "bring Joe with him." I meant Donnelly, not Biden.
Oh well...perhaps I'll have better luck having a conversation with Mr. Biden than I have had with Mr. Donnelly.
Although this does beg a serious question: will Joe Donnelly have the nerve to show up at this event? After all, he does represent a portion of Kokomo. And he does pretend to be a good friend of the auto workers (by that, of course, I mean that he does the bidding of union bosses even when that isn't good for the workers in the long run).
But Donnelly just got done with six months of parading around his district campaigning against Barack Obama. Will he really slap his constituents in the face by showing up arm in arm with the man now? We shall see. If so, Joe is about as shameless as they come.
The White House announcement went on:
In recent years, Kokomo has been hard-hit by devastating plant closing and layoffs, but with the help of the Recovery Act and the Administration's auto restructuring plan, Kokomo is on the rebound today and unemployment has dropped by nearly 8 percentage points since mid-2009.
So there you go. Barack Obama is coming to a town that he claims to have "saved." So here's my challenge to Mr. Obama:
Sir, you want the world to see the love and adoration you have inspired in a city you brought back from the brink. Okay, then do it fairly. Don't give disproportionate amounts of tickets to the UAW and the local Democratic Party. Open this up to a real sampling of the city of Kokomo and surrounding areas. Let the country see how much you and your policies are appreciated here.
If it's true this is a city you and your crew are responsible for "saving," you should have no hesitations about doing so.
But that won't happen. This will be a photo-op stop for Mr. Obama and Mr. Biden. They will be surrounded by those who will cheer them and further engender the arrogant attitude this administration already carries: that we miserable peons need them, our betters, to save us from ourselves and our own stupidity. It's sad how many will cheer and applaud this anti-American philosophy.
I'd be happy to open up the radio studio to Mr. Obama after his speech to talk about it if he's interested. That is, unless Mr. Donnelly calls.