According to a senior Obama advisor, the abundance of improprieties that have plagued Washington recently — and may have contributed to a drop in Obama’s approval rating — need not be taken seriously.
Dan Pfeiffer, Senior Advisor to the President for Strategy and Communications, indulged in the blame game on Sunday evening when he delivered his latest email to White House supporters. Pfeiffer wrote that the lack of discussion about middle-class Americans can be attributed to Congress “trying to score political points, refight old battles, and trump up phony scandals.”
Yes, Pfeiffer seemingly branded the brutal murder of four American diplomats in Benghazi, the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservatives, the uncovering of an invasive NSA program and subpoenaing of journalists’ phone records as “phony.”
“The President thinks Washington has largely taken its eye off the ball on the most important issue facing the country,” Pfeiffer wrote in the email.
While Pfeiffer believes struggling middle-class Americans have gone unnoticed because of Congress’ investigation into the scandals, he fails to acknowledge an absence of discussion on the topic by the President himself.
Between promoting the Senate’s comprehensive immigration reform bill and defending his delay of the employee mandate under the Affordable Care Act, even President Obama appears too engrossed to focus on middle class America.
Since the President revealed his agenda to combat climate change during remarks at Georgetown University on June 25, a brief review of transcripts available on the White House Briefing Room site shows Obama addressing middle class Americans just twice in the month — and more than 20 speeches — since.
The President briefly mentioned middle class America in his July 18 speech on the ACA and in his confirmation of Richard Cordray as Director for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Both mentions, however, occurred in speeches specifically intended to address matters other than the middle class.
To make up for lost time, the White House will send Obama on a speaking tour — beginning Wednesday — where he will pay heed to middle class Americans.
“… the President will return to Knox College to kick off a series of speeches that will lay out his vision for rebuilding an economy that puts the middle class and those fighting to join it front and center,” Pfeiffer wrote in Sunday’s email.
In blaming Congress for ignoring middle-class America, Pfeiffer fails to realize that if the President won’t firmly address the “phony” scandals that have impacted millions of Americans, somebody’s got to do it.