HATFIELD, Pa. — The blue “Forward.” signs with the lonely period were gone. But U2’s “City of Blinding Lights” once again blared over the loudspeakers, and some in the audience broke into a chant of “fired up, ready to go!”
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President Obama doffed his jacket and rolled up his sleeves. Someone shouted, “We love you,” and he gave his typical “I love you back” response. Then, sounding like he was still a candidate, he said he was “fighting” for the middle class and called on the crowd to enlist in the battle.
If Mr. Obama’s visit to a toy factory here on Friday felt like a time warp back to the campaign trail, then get used to it. The lesson he drew from four years of often-frustrating relations with Congress was that sit-down negotiations with the opposition do not work unless he turns up the public heat on lawmakers. And so, just weeks after his re-election, Mr. Obama has made it clear that the campaign will continue.
The goal at this point is not winning re-election but instead promoting his plan to raise taxes on the wealthy and avert a year-end fiscal crisis. While House Republicans have signaled a willingness to generate additional tax revenue, they are still resisting raising rates on higher income.