Reporting from Asheville, N.C. — Would the crowds showing up at President Obama bus tour events kindly stay on message?
The word from the White House is that Obama is making an official government trip. Taxpayers are footing the bill, not the Obama reelection campaign. Why? Because the president is touting his jobs package, now stalled in Congress.
He isn't explicitly campaigning for another term. He isn't trying to boost his approval rating in North Carolina and Virginia -- two swing states crucial to his reelection chances.
He's talking about jobs and the economy. About crumbling bridges and aging roads.
Not everyone, it seems, has absorbed that message.
After Air Force One touched down at Asheville Regional Airport on Monday, Obama delivered a speech before an enthusiastic crowd that couldn't hold back.