Poking fun right back, House Speaker John Boehner’s office released a parody “fact sheet” in the style typically used by the White House to outline Obama’s proposals.
The headline: “President Obama Offers Plan to Destroy Jobs for Low-Income Americans.”
“When folks are still struggling to find work in this economy, why would we make that any harder?” said Boehner spokesman Brendan Buck.
Outside the gymnasium where Obama spoke, a handful of protesters waved the Ukrainian flag in apparent solidarity with Ukraine’s new government, while immigration activists chanted: “Obama, don’t deport my mama.”
Obama’s visit to a state he handily won twice served as a nagging reminder than Obama is struggling to maintain the public’s support amid concerns about his health care law and a still-sluggish economic recovery. Just 45 percent of voters here approved of the president — his lowest score in Connecticut — according to a Quinnipiac University poll released this week.
With an eye toward the election, Obama told about 70 donors later Wednesday that Democrats have a tendency to tune out midterms at their own peril. At an art gallery in Boston, Obama warned that Democrats could get “walloped” again this year if they turn prematurely to the 2016 presidential race.
“Nobody’s going to be more interested than me in having a Democrat succeed me,” Obama said. “But right now, we’ve got to make sure we’re fighting in this election.”
Obama’s two Boston fundraisers were among 18 that Obama has committed to holding by mid-summer for the Democratic National Committee, which is still working its way out of deep debt more than a year after helping Obama get re-elected.