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PICKET: Obama to reporter - (VIDEO) I was too busy to visit Wis. during recall

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President Barack Obama spoke to Green Bay ABC News and told the reporter the reason he did not visit Wisconsin during the recall election of Republican Governor Scott Walker and help campaign for Walker’s opponent ,Democratic Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, was that he was too busy.

“The truth of the matter is that as president of the United States I’ve got a lot of responsibilities. I was supportive of Tom and have been supportive of Tom. Obviously, I would have loved to have seen a different result,” said Mr. Obama.

Politico reported the rest of the quote from interview:

“But the broader principle that we want an economy that is not just focused on the few at the top, but is a broad-based economy that invests in our future … I think that’s something that in everything I do shows that those are the values I care deeply about, and we’re going to be fighting very hard in Wisconsin just like we have in the past to make sure that’s the kind of government that the American people get.”

Mayor Barrett lost to Governor Walker by seven points last week, despite a heavy union push all year to kick Scott Walker out of Wisconsin’s governor’s position.  

It looks like President Obama spent the majority of June 1, the Friday before the election on June 6, raising money for his campaign in Minnesota and Illinois:

Via White House Guidance

June 1, 2012 CDT

10:45AM THE PRESIDENT arrives Minneapolis, Minnesota
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Open Press

11:45AM THE PRESIDENT tours Honeywell’s Golden Valley facility
Honeywell Golden Valley Facility, Golden Valley, MN
Pooled Press

12:10PM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks urging Congress to act on the “To Do List”
Honeywell Golden Valley Facility, Golden Valley, MN
Open Press

1:15PM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at a campaign event
Bachelor Farmer Restaurant, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Print Pool for Remarks Only

1:50PM THE PRESIDENT attends a campaign event
Bachelor Farmer Restaurant, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Closed Press

2:25PM THE PRESIDENT attends a campaign event
Bachelor Farmer Restaurant, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Closed Press

3:20PM THE PRESIDENT departs Minneapolis, Minnesota en route Chicago, Illinois
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Open Press

4:20PM THE PRESIDENT arrives Chicago, Illinois
O’Hare International Airport
Open Press

6:10PM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at a campaign event
Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, Illinois
Pooled Press

7:25PM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at a campaign event
Private Residence, Chicago, Illinois
Print Pool for Remarks Only

8:55PM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at a campaign event
Private Residence, Chicago, Illinois
Print Pool for Remarks Only

 

 

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Kerry Picket

Kerry Picket

Kerry Picket, a former Opinion Blogger/Editor of The Watercooler, was associate producer for the Media Research Center, a content producer for Robin Quivers of "The Howard Stern Show" on Sirius satellite radio and a production assistant and copy writer at MTV.

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