In addition to Stimulus-palooza,  the President’s putting his Obamacare show on the road.  Obama to Forge a Greater Role on Health Care

After months of insisting he would leave the details to Congress, President Obama has concluded that he must exert greater control over the health care debate and is preparing an intense push for legislation that will include speeches, town-hall-style meetings and much deeper engagement with lawmakers, senior White House officials say.

He kicked off the campaign this weekend:

The radio address was the start of a public relations campaign coinciding with a 50-state grass-roots effort that Organizing for America, the president’s political group, began Saturday to promote a health care overhaul. His hope is to provide what his chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, called “air cover” for lawmakers to adopt his priorities. It is a gamble by the White House that Mr. Obama can translate his approval ratings into legislative action.

“Obviously,” Mr. Emanuel said, “the president’s adoption of something makes it easier to vote for, because he’s — let’s be honest — popular, and the public trusts him.”

Pitfalls ahead:

If he embraces a tax on employee benefits, an idea he attacked when he was running for president, he may infuriate labor and the middle class. If he insists on a big-government plan in the image of Medicare, he could lose any hope of Republican support and ignite an insurance industry backlash. If he does not come up with credible ways to pay for his plan, which by some estimates could cost more than $1 trillion over 10 years, moderate Democrats could balk.

You can make the road to rationed healthcare bumpier by telling your Congresscritters what you think of it.  It’s good subject matter for July 4 Tea Parties, too.


I came across this after I posted the above.  Obama’s job-performance disapproval rate highest to date

For the first time in his presidency, Barack Obama has hit zero.

The Rasmussen Reports’ daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday showed that 34 percent of Americans “strongly approve” of President Obama’s job performance, but for the first time, 34 percent also “strongly disapprove.”

…Overall, 53 percent of voters say they “approve” — strongly or otherwise — of the president’s performance so far. “That’s his lowest level of overall approval to date,” the site said. Forty-six percent now disapprove — his highest disapproval rate to date.

The article says the drop comes from peoples’ opinions on the GM bailout and on his Cairo speech’s probability of improving relationships with Muslims.

Rahm may want to rethink that popularity thing.