White House believes assaults on Boehner are bearing fruit

AIR FORCE ONE — White House spokesman Bill Burton said the White House strategy of elevating House Minority Leader John Boehner in recent days appears to be working.

Burton told reporters on Air Force One that the assaults from White House officials on Boehner have been successful in getting across Obama’s defense of ending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.

“What’s important here is the underlying fight, which is that the president and congressional Democrats are for extending tax cuts for families who make less than $250,000 a year,” he said.

“So to the extent that we’ve had a vigorous debate about that, I think that, yes, it has been successful,” Burton said.

He added that ending tax cuts for the rich while extending them for the middle class is “the right thing to do to grow our economy.”

“It’s the right thing to do to help create jobs,” Burton said. “And what you’ve seen over the course of the last week is a real discussion about that, both in Washington and out around the country.”

Burton made the comments as the president was traveling to Philadelphia to deliver his second annual Back to School speech.