Although there wasn’t time for a butter burger or Kringle, Gov. Scott Walker gave President Obama a friendly Wisconsin welcome on the tarmac in Milwaukee this afternoon (Feb. 15), The Wisconsin State Journal and The Associated Press reported.
President Obama received a gift from Gov. Walker – a Milwaukee Brewers baseball jersey with Obama and Number 1 printed on the back. Smiles and handshakes were also reported.
Believe it or not, this was a sharp contrast to the greeting President Obama received from Republican Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, not even one month ago. After only being on Arizona soil for seconds, Arizona Gov. Brewer hand delivered Obama a letter and exchanged some choice words and hand gestures, according to Politico.
But on with Wisconsin –
While President Obama and Gov. Walker are polar opposites when it comes to social and fiscal public policy issues, is it possible they may have more in common than people realize?
When taking office, both Obama and Walker were dealt a pretty bad hand in a card game seemingly stacked against them.
How were the decks stacked?
Not only did President Obama and Gov. Walker both take office during the worst economic conditions since the Great Depression, they were also faced with the daunting task of cleaning up the mistakes made by their predecessors. And there were plenty of mistakes to fix from both sides of political party lines.
While President Obama and Gov. Walker’s methods of solving our problems are nearly complete opposites, I would like to believe that both Walker and Obama love our nation and are doing the very best they know how with the resources available to them.
Politicians are human beings, they make mistakes. This shouldn’t surprise us. But the real issue is when a politician’s mistakes cross ethical, moral, and legal lines.
When the public’s trust has been breached, it not something to excuse or take lightly for that matter.
This brings us back to the John Doe federal investigation in Wisconsin. Did Gov. Walker breach the public’s trust? That’s a question that still remains unanswered.
And, how much did Gov. Walker know?
No matter what the answer turns out to be, it seems Gov. Walker has backed himself into a corner.
Even if he really didn’t know anything — How does it look to have your rear pocket picked right in front of you?
Seems like quite the conundrum for Wisconsin’s Governor, doesn’t it?
For the record: Fox 6 Milwaukee reported that President Obama had Cousin’s Subs ordered-in for lunch.