President Obama's campaign staff announced "breaking" news that he is beginning his reelection campaign, as he effectively declared Mitt Romney the nominee.
"Breaking: first campaign rallies of 2012," Obama campaign manager Jim Messina emailed supporters. "In 10 days, President Obama is hitting the campaign trail," he said, adding that the president and First Lady Michelle Obama will hold rallies in Ohio and Virginia on May 5th.
The Obama campaign believes the Republican primary is over. "What we're looking at right now is essentially the start of a general election," Messina said. "We've all but got our opponent."
This campaign announcement will likely amuse House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. "All he's done is campaign full time for the last six months," he said last week. "He's not been engaged in the legislative process at all."
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney has maintained to this point that President Obama has not spent a significant amount of time campaigning, explaining that he would do so after the Republican primary ended and the general election was nearer at hand.