Obama used the occasion of the National Prayer Breakfast to bemoan the lack of civility in Washington, and make himself out to be the primary victim of it:
Civility also requires relearning how to disagree without being disagreeable; understanding, as President [Kennedy] said, that “civility is not a sign of weakness.” Now, I am the first to confess I am not always right. Michelle will testify to that. (Laughter.) But surely you can question my policies without questioning my faith, or, for that matter, my citizenship. (Laughter and applause.)
Challenging each other’s ideas can renew our democracy. But when we challenge each other’s motives, it becomes harder to see what we hold in common. We forget that we share at some deep level the same dreams — even when we don’t share the same plans on how to fulfill them.
He also employed the civility card to promote the stalled health care bill and other favorite liberal causes:
We may disagree about the best way to reform our health care system, but surely we can agree that no one ought to go broke when they get sick in the richest nation on Earth. We can take different approaches to ending inequality, but surely we can agree on the need to lift our children out of ignorance; to lift our neighbors from poverty. We may disagree about gay marriage, but surely we can agree that it is unconscionable to target gays and lesbians for who they are — whether it’s here in the United States or, as Hillary mentioned, more extremely in odious laws that are being proposed most recently in Uganda.
That’s all well and good, but why did I get the feeling that this lack of civility of which he speaks, was aimed not so much at the Democrats but at Republicans?
This would have been a good time, (since he was on the subject of civility), to chastise people who call tea partiers “tea-baggers”, and other abhorrent terms, but then, he would be chastising himself, and the people close to him, and the Democratic party’s cable news arm, MSNBC. So we didn’t hear anything about that.
He might have apologized for saying, “I don’t want the folks who created the mess, to do a lot of talkin’…I want them to just get out of the way so we can clean up the mess.” Where was that “spirit of civility” of which he speaks, there?
After a year of his administration’s lies, corruption, broken promises, and bullying, there was much he could have apologized for.
Instead, he mentions the “birthers”, in what the more cynical among us might see as part of the Democrat strategy to make the 2010 midterm election about birtherism.
I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again…when it comes to civility in politics, what I say to Obama and the rest of the Dems, is:
By the way:
He also pronounced the word, “Corpsman” phonetically.
Speaking of civility: