President Obama sent voters a clear message Thursday: While he might not be on the ballot this November, he sure is in spirit.
And Democrats must have leapt with glee.
Speaking at Northwestern University in what he hilariously said wasn’t “some official campaign speech or political speech” literally right before he admitted it was “implied” who he wanted the crowd to vote for in the midterms, the president confidently declared that his policies were up for a referendum in just more than 30 days.
“I am not on the ballot this fall. Michelle’s pretty happy about that,” Obama began. “But make no mistake: These policies are on the ballot. Every single one of them.”
Per the speech, those policies are:
1. Rebuilding roads and bridges;
2. Enacting tax reform “that cuts rates on businesses, and closes wasteful loopholes;”
3. Making it easier for first-time homebuyers to get a loan;
4. Investing more in clean energy;
5. Expanding access to high-quality preschool;
6. Redesigning high schools;
7. Investing more in job training;
8. Enacting Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s offensive campaign document disguised as a student loan bill;
9. Enacting immigration reform/amnesty;
10. Investing more in technology research;
11. Raising the minimum wage;
12. Ensuring equal pay for women;
13. And guaranteeing paid family leave.
This potluck of economic and educational policies is the same that the White House has pushed in stump speeches — sorry, non-political addresses — across the country for weeks, months.
But that’s not the part that’s liable to be mentioned in political ads. The part where he said his policies will be on the ballot is.
And where the president’s “agenda” is, so is the president — the person who many Democrats in key Senate elections want to keep away from the ballot box.