NBC's Ali Weinberg: “Perhaps the most impactful part of President Barack Obama’s speech here [in Cleveland, OH] Thursday night wasn’t anything he said, but how he arrived. The presidential aircraft, Air Force One, taxied right up to a crowd of 12,000 at the Burke Lakefront Airport, easing to a stop in front of the podium.”
More: “After a dramatic few minutes when the crowd cheered on the plane itself, the president descended, breaking into a full jog to the stage, the words “United States of America” emblazoned on the aircraft behind him, gleaming in stark white and blue against the darkness of the night behind it. While such theatrics were an example of the power of the presidency, Obama’s hoarse voice proved that even presidents get run down sometimes – for example, after 48 hours covering eight states and catching a few hours of sleep on the plane – even if it is Air Force One.”
Four Pinocchios… Great opening line by the Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler about Obama’s distancing himself from sequestration at the third and final presidential debate: “As the saying goes, success has a thousand fathers, while failure is an orphan. And if there ever is an orphan in Washington these days, it is that odd duck known as ‘sequestration.’” And on the facts: “No one disputes the fact that no one wanted sequestration, or that ultimately a bipartisan vote in Congress led to passage of the Budget Control Act. But the president categorically said that sequestration was ‘something that Congress has proposed.’ Woodward’s detailed account of meetings during the crisis, clearly based on interviews with key participants and contemporaneous notes, make it clear that sequestration was a proposal advanced and promoted by the White House.”
DC leaders are not happy with Obama.