Obama’s bus tour: Your tax dollars at work
The White House insisted that the tour was official presidential business, not political campaigning. Therefore, the taxpayers funded it and the $1.1 million bus that took the President to all of his stops.
What did he do at these stops? He gave political speeches that were hard to distinguish from his campaign fund-raising speeches. He criticized Republicans incessantly, blamed the debt downgrade on them and accused them of putting their party before their country. Then, he worked the rope lines and kissed babies. No, not a campaign trip at all.
As former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleisher noted, President George W. Bush made campaign bus tours, too. Only, he paid for his.