Is President Obama shooting himself in the foot by making so many public appearances?
President Obama is everywhere these days.
He's given speeches, statements and press conferences galore over the past month as he sought to find an end to the debt ceiling debacle and reassure an anxious country about its economic future.
Even as he's raised his public profile, Obama has seen his poll numbers dip in swing states like Pennsylvania and Florida.
When people see Obama speak out, they expect immediate results. But the reality of the economy is that there are no quick and easy solutions to the morass in which we currently find ourselves.
Obama then is politically trapped. If he says little to nothing publicly, people accuse him of being callous at a time of economic hardship. If he speaks publicly but his words don't turn into immediate progress, he's cast an ineffective.
The simple truth is all presidents get more credit than they deserve when the economy is soaring and more blame than they deserve when it's swooning.
President Obama's best hope for a turnaround of his political fortunes is some good economic news to tout in his next public appearance. Otherwise, people may start tuning him out.