President Obama has been taking a lot of heat for his taxpayer funded bus tour which, despite assurances from the White House that the tour is “official business,” many critics and media outlets believe is meant as a campaign tour of battleground states. This piece from the Chicago Tribune, however, is a reminder that this kind of public financing of campaign-related events is nothing new:
But no mention was made by Republican National Chairman Reince Priebus or Illinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady that a re-election seeking President George W. Bush used a bs from the same manufacturer, Quebec-based Prevost, for a Spring 2004 “Yes, America Can” campaign tour through the midwest.
Obama ends a three-day Midwest bus tour today, traveling aboard one of two $1.1 million Prevost buses purchases by the Secret Service. Previously, the Secret Service said, it leased buses and fitted then with security and communications gear, then stripped them of the equipment afterward. Bush’s 2004 opponent, Democratic Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., also campaigned in a bus from the same firm.