President Obama has been acting like he's already in a general election campaign against Mitt Romney for months, but every day he gets a little less subtle about attacking the guy he expects to be on the ballot in November. In his State of the Union address last month, Obama said, "Anyone who tells you otherwise, anyone who tells you that America is in decline or that our influence has waned, doesn't know what they're talking about." On Wednesday, announcing some new housing policies in Virginia, Obama said, "It is wrong for anybody to suggest that the only option for struggling, responsible homeowners is to sit and wait for the housing market to hit bottom." That earned Obama credit for "obliquely" attacking Romney from The New York Times' Mark Landler and Michael D. Shear.
A couple days ago, at the Detroit Auto Show, Obama said, "it's good to remember that the fact that there were some folks who were willing to let this industry die." Which folks? Romney, who wrote an op-ed titled "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt" in November 2008. And at the National Prayer Breakfast Thursday, Obama was quoting the Bible, but it's likely he still had a particular anyone in mind when he said:
"And as important as government policy may be in shaping our world, we are reminded that it’s the cumulative acts of kindness and courage and charity and love, it’s the respect we show each other and the generosity that we share with each other that in our everyday lives will somehow sustain us during these challenging times. John tells us that, 'If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.'"
Obama reflected on old values at the prayer meeting, among them, "Requiring much from those who have been given so much." (Sen. Chuck Schumer "accidentally" refereed to Obama's proposed Buffet rule as the "Romney rule.") But now things are getting a little more explicit. Tuesday night, Romney's campaign unveiled a new site called the "One-Term Fund." The goal is to raise $1 million. Obama's campaign responded with the "Two-Term Fund." Its goal is to raise $2 million, naturally.
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