The master of distraction was heading for Las Vegas, a town that is very unhappy with him and Harry Reid. To soothe some feelings in advance, he threw $1.5 billion in "housing assistance" at five states, including Nevada and Florida.
Out of his petty cash fund, no doubt.
President Obama's crafty move may prevent people from asking about jobs. The government has shut down the Yucca Mountain nuclear storage waste facility. Without that safe and secure site, nuclear waste will continue to be stored around the country in less safe and less secure sites.
But, of course, he has a "jobs" bill.
The jobs bill is another stimulus bill but for the name and will have the same effect: none.
No one can get a handle on the number of jobs "created or saved" by the stimulus to date, except that it is certain only government jobs are involved in either category.
But the master of distraction's real aim in talking about jobs is to get attention away from his effort to ram through a takeover of the health care industry, which may begin as early as Monday. He and Nancy Pelosi will prevent a filibuster, made possible by Massachusetts voters, simply by using a trick that will let them pass the measure with 51 votes.
Their theory is that Democrats in Congress will fare better with Democrat voters in November by passing the bill than by not passing the bill. The fact that 58 percent of the people in America oppose the measure is not factored into the calculation.