As the Washington Beacon aptly put it, The President fired up his base, (aka the MSM) today in a speech before the Associated Press luncheon at the American Society of Newspaper Editors convention in Washington, D.C.
He viciously attacked the GOP budget resolution proposed by House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) to the delight of the media toadies in attendance.
The president accused Republicans of promoting a failed theory of “trickle-down” economics driven by large tax cuts for the wealthy financed at the expense of federal spending on the middle class.
The GOP vision, as outlined in the Ryan budget, was “nothing but thinly veiled Social Darwinism” and “a Trojan horse designed as a deficit reduction plan,” the president said.
“I don’t think people fully appreciate the nature of [the GOP] budget,” he said.
History has proven “their theory” wrong, Obama argued, before chastising Republicans for refusing to “show some humility and moderate their views.”
“Instead of moderating their views even slightly, the Republicans running Congress right now have doubled down,” he said, describing Ryan’s budget as “so far to the right it makes the Contract with America look like the New Deal.”
Though he did not mention Ryan by name, Obama did call out GOP presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney, who has praised Ryan’s budget as “marvelous.”
“He even called [the Ryan budget] marvelous,” the president said of Romney. “Which is a word you don’t often hear when it comes to describing the budget. It’s a word you don’t often hear generally.”
The crowd of reporters erupted in laughter.
Guy Benson at Townhall called it Obama’s Worst Speech Yet.
Today we witnessed something truly remarkable. Barack Obama managed to out-do himself by uncorking what very well may have been the most dishonest, demagogic, and bitterly partisan speech of his presidency.
In an interview with CBS News’ Chip Reid in Wisconsin on Tuesday, Rep. Paul Ryan was also laughing, but not with the President — at the President’s comically demagogic criticism of his budget proposals. He said, “unfortunately, we’re used to the President acting like this”, called him the “Campaigner in Chief”, and went on to say instead of offering real solutions to fix this country’s problems, Obama offers “these baseless, partisan attacks.”
“You know, I don’t think history is going to be kind to a President, that when confronted with one of country’s most pressing challenges – the debt crisis – chooses to do nothing about it, and then waits for those of us who offer solutions, to attack us in these baseless ways… I think what the President is trying to do is offer this big government populism and in an effort not to propose solutions, but in an effort to divide and distract this country for the purposes of his reelection, and I just don’t think people are going to buy this stuff.”
So annoying – embedding not allowed, watch on YouTube…
Video of some of Obama’s outrageous remarks via Townhall:
I hadn’t realized he also made a “joke” telling reporters to feel free to transmit his speech to Vladamir…Wow…that wasn’t very funny at all, was it?
Talking to Fox News after the President spoke at the Associated Press’s annual luncheon, Ryan said, “I seem to have three certainties in my life – death, taxes and bitter partisan attacks from President Barack Obama” (video follows with transcribed highlights and absolutely no need for additional commentary):
Fire Andrea Mitchell: Bret Baier destroys whiny propaganda minister Jay Carney over Obama’s budget (Video)
An interesting discussion between lefty Thom Hartmann and Peter Ferrara, Senior Fellow at the Carleson Center for Public Policy / author-America’s Ticking Bankruptcy Bomb.