On tonight’s Special Report with Bret Baier, the panel discussed Obama’s “change in strategy” now that his sequester demagoguery has fallen flat, and he’s taking a hit in the polls. They expressed doubts that his new-found interest in “aggressively reaching out” to Republicans was anything but more than theatrics but A.B. Stoddard for one hoped that it would be otherwise.
The Hammer noted that Obama doesn’t have to worry about his base, as a second term president. His concern was to neuter the Republicans, and beat them in 2014. Obama tried the class warfare demagoguery during the election and it worked, he did it on the fiscal cliff and it worked, but when it came to the sequester, it crashed, Charles maintained. “The apocalypse he predicted made him look ridiculous and cynical and when you close the White House, and you keep out these Iowa kids, everybody understands that you’re not leading, you’re playing games. That’s really hurt him in the polls.”
Baier proceeded to run a clip of the Iowa kids Facebook video and then Jay Carney’s comments on the canceled White House tours.
Jason Riley of the Wall Street Journal decried all of the stunts the president has pulled to demagogue the sequester, and made a point that should still shock us, even though we already know it: “the president is trying to inflict the maximum amount of pain as a result of these sequester cuts in order for the public to help pressure Republicans into into agreeing to more tax hikes. We know that is his goal, and we know that every effort that the Republicans have made to try to ease the pain of these cuts, the White House has rejected.”
Krauthammer saved his best stuff for last, as usual. After A.B. criticized Republicans for bungling their sequester messaging, he said, “yeah, but that Carney explanation was truly jumping the shark.... He’s talking about kids in the White House, and then all of a sudden he ends with throwing orphans in the snow – ‘we don’t really want to, but we have to – ’cause Republicans forced us.’ I have an idea if you want to have kids in the White House and support it with funds….the president’s travel expenses alone for the golfing outing with Tiger Woods would pay for a year of White House visits. So I suggest that perhaps he curtail the travel or perhaps auction off a set of the clubs and that would allow the tots to come to the White House.”
Perhaps Charles had caught wind of this: Report: Obama Planning Yet Another Martha’s Vineyard Vacation…
To summarize: No money for White House tours because of the sequester, but more than enough for another vacation.
President Obama and his family are likely headed to Martha’s Vineyard for a summer sojourn again this year.
It doesn’t look like King Barack I plans on curtailing his vaycay travel expenses, but maybe, at least he’ll hit the breaks on the permanent campaign outings for now. Since it was backfiring.
Kimberly Stassel, WSJ: Jumping the Sequester:
The phrase “jumping the shark” describes that gimmicky moment when something once considered significant is exposed as ludicrous. This is the week the White House jumped the sequester.
The precise moment came Tuesday, when the administration announced that it was canceling public tours of the White House, blaming budget cuts. The Sequesterer in Chief has insisted that cutting even $44 billion from this fiscal year will cause agonizing pain—airport security snarls, uninspected meat, uneducated children. Since none of those things has come to pass, the White House decided it needed an immediate and high-profile way of making its point. Ergo, it would deny the nation’s school kids a chance to view a symbol of America.
The act was designed to spark outrage against Republicans, yet the sheer pettiness of it instead provided a moment of clarity. Americans might not understand the technicalities of sequester, but this was something else entirely. Was the president actually claiming there was not a single other government item—not one—that could be cut instead of the White House tours? Really?
The cancellations were an open invitation for the nation to dive into the gory depths of the federal budget—and re-emerge with a debate over waste and priorities. Over the past week, an entire cottage industry has sprung up of journalists, watchdog groups and average citizens reporting on the absurdities of federal spending. Republicans have lit up Twitter with examples of indefensible projects (#SequesterThis).