The Community Organizer in Chief used a crumbling bridge connecting northern Kentucky to Ohio as a backdrop for his most recent campaign speech at taxpayer expense.
Andrew Malcolm at The LA Times’ Top of the Ticket notes that Obama is having trouble selling his Jobs stimulus – even to his own party who are in no mood to annoy taxpayers with another ridiculous boondoggle.
Obama’s own Democratic Party controls the Senate and won’t put their leader’s jobs bill on the schedule because more wild spending like this doomed bill could also doom some Dem senators next year.
So here’s how the ex-state senator from the Chicago machine reacts: At an operating cost of $181,000 per hour, he flies Air Force One nearly four hours roundtrip for 17 minutes of remarks touting infrastructure repairs by a bridge that doesn’t need them.
The real reason he’s at the Brent Spence Bridge is because it links the home states of both congressional Republican leaders, John Boehner and Mitch McConnell. So Obama can cutely blame Republicans for holding up his jobs bill, even though it’s Nevada Democrat Harry Reid.
Obama turns the empty rhetoric into a pep rally for himself, leading the obedient audience to chant, “Pass this bill! Pass this bill!”
The farce included some of his most cynical attacks on Republicans, to date:
“Now, the bridge behind us just happens to connect the state that’s home to the Speaker of the House with the home state of the Republican leader in the Senate,” Obama said.
“Just a coincidence,” the president mockingly said. “Purely accidental that that happened.
“The reason I came here is because Mr. Boehner and Mr. McConnell are the two most powerful Republicans in government,” the president continued. “They can either kill this jobs bill, or they can help us pass it.”
Obama later appeared to mock the two GOP leaders by echoing the rhetoric of President Reagan’s “tear down this wall” demand to Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev.
“Mr. Boehner, Mr. McConnell, help us rebuild this bridge,” Obama, said, adding, “Help us rebuild America. Help us put this country back to work. Pass this jobs bill right away.”
So how delicious is it that in the midst of this attempt to embarrass and chastise Republicans, our most intellectual President, ever – Harvard graduate, author of two books (he wrote all by himself), well creased pants, etc etc made yet another embarrassing gaffe:
“We’re the country that built the Intercontinental Railroad.” (Meaning Transcontinental Railroad.)
That’s what the president of the United States flat-out said Thursday during what was supposed to be a photo op to sell his jobs plan next to an allegedly deteriorating highway bridge.
A railroad between continents? A railroad from, say, New York City all the way across the Atlantic to France? Now, THAT would be a bridge!
It’s yet another humorous gaffe by the Harvard graduate, overlooked by most media for whatever reason. Like Obama saying Abraham-Come-Lately Lincoln was the founder of the Republican Party. Or Navy corpseman. Or the Austrian language. Fifty-seven states. The president of Canada. Etc.
At Michelle Malkin, Doug Powers notes that this wasn’t the first time that Obama had made that particular mistake. It’s a gaffe he and his flunkies have made repeatedly, in fact. (See video, here.)
Here’s the entire speech. The faux-pas occurs at 4:09:
Note, that when Obama mentioned Boehner and McConnell’s names, the audience booed, lustily and the President of the United States said nothing. Earlier, when they had booed Rand Paul, he came to his defense:
Senator Rand Paul is here.
AUDIENCE: Booo —
THE PRESIDENT: Rand is going to be supporting bridges, so we’ve got to — (applause.)
One more thing:
As Obama runs around pretending he’s trying to “save the middle class” it’s good to remember that everything he’s done as President has been designed to CRUSH the middle class. Because he knows that one of the hallmarks of socialist countries, is the absence of an independent middle class:
From the Bolshevik experiment in Russia to socialist Venezuela today, it is necessary for communist leaders to eliminate that class of citizens who are not dependent on government for their welfare.
Political theorists from Aristotle to Locke understood that a truly independent and prosperous middle class was essential to the collective well-being of any society. The middle class has always, in every society, been characterized by qualities of social restraint and economic realism — a shrewd and skeptical conservatism that serves to restrain the grandiose plans of utopian revolutionaries and embittered reactionaries alike.
Throughout its history American society in particular has been the beneficiary of an aspiring middle class whose efforts have created the world’s greatest democracy. It is an ominous sign that the political left, with the loyal support of more than a third of our population, is intent on its destruction.