Steve Benen: ….. I’d like the folks holding Obama responsible [for gun reform] to consider a look at the recent past. In 2009 and 2010, the White House and Congress successfully approved the Recovery Act, a health care reform law 100 years in the making, Wall Street reform, DADT repeal, student loan reform, New START ratification, credit card reforms, and food-safety reforms. Are those inclined to blame Obama for gun reform’s failure prepared to argue that the president simply forgot how to twist arms in 2011? That he knew how to persuade lawmakers before, but the skill suddenly vanished?
Or is it more likely that congressional Republicans changed the game after the 2010 midterms?
I also believe there’s an ongoing reluctance among many to appreciate the scope of Republican radicalization. For many, especially in media, there’s an assumption that there are two major, mainstream political parties — one center-left, the other center-right — and an effective president can govern through competent bipartisan outreach.
4:30: Hosts a reception for the Ford’s Theatre (Closed Press)
Monday: PBO will travel to New York City where he will attend campaign events before returning to Washington, DC at night
Tuesday: Attends meetings at the White House
Wednesday: Travels to San Francisco and Los Angeles to attend campaign events. He will spend the night in Los Angeles
Thursday: Travels to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas for an official event. Returns to Washington, DC in the evening
Friday: Welcomes President Benigno Aquino of the Philippines to the White House for a bilateral meeting. Later, the President will welcome the Super Bowl XLVI Champion New York Giants to the White House.