President Obama Will Ride Around on a Bus Just Like the Poors

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PETERSBURG, VA - AUGUST 21:  Presumptive Democratic Presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) exits his bus as he stops for lunch at Longstreet Deli August 21, 2008 in Petersburg, Virginia. Reports indicate that Obama is expected to announce his Vice Presidential candidate soon.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
PETERSBURG, VA - AUGUST 21: Presumptive Democratic Presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) exits his bus as he stops for lunch at Longstreet Deli August 21, 2008 in Petersburg, Virginia. Reports indicate that Obama is expected to announce his Vice Presidential candidate soon. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Photo: Joe Raedle/2008 Getty Images

Now that the debt-ceiling nightmare is over, President Obama can pivot, for the 30th or 40th time in his presidency, to job creation. Or, at least, appearing to be doing something about job creation. Obama needs to show America's struggling working-class citizens that he has not forgotten about them, that he feels their pain. That is why, when he embarks on a three-day tour of the Midwest two weeks from now, he will travel by bus. As the Hill notes:


The bus is a rare mode of travel for a sitting president. Commanders in chief usually travel in the comfort of Air Force One or Marine One. On the ground, the president has a limousine and motorcade.

Of course, Obama's bus will probably be a pimped-out Secret Service–designed behemoth. So for a more authentic bus-riding experience, two crazy people will be on board to yell at each other about nothing for seven to ten minutes at a time.

The economy and 2012 loom over Obama's bus tour of the Midwest [Hill]