With a day of large rallies and the unveiling of his stump speech, President Obama on Saturday will acknowledge what has been obvious for months: He is in official campaign mode.
In appearances at college campuses in Columbus, Ohio, and Richmond, Va., Obama will outline his case for reelection and explain the new “Forward” campaign theme his team announced in recent days.
People close to the plans say Obama isn’t going for the vibe of his 2008 campaign, which he kicked off on a frigid day at the old state capitol in Springfield, Ill., more than five years ago. That event focused on the historic nature of Obama’s candidacy and on soaring ambitions for the country.
This time around, Obama is a sitting president making a much more specific argument for his election. He’ll talk about his record in office and on particular goals – particularly economic ones – he believes he’s best suited to bring about.
Saturday began with the morning release of Obama’s weekly address, in which he reminded listeners of his signature foreign policy successes: the killing of Osama bin Laden and the drawdown of troops from Afghanistan.