Leave it to Charles Krauthammer to put Obama’s too cute by half campaign appearance masquerading as a press conference, Monday, into perspective. The Hammer was in rare form Monday night on Fox News’ Special Report as he blasted the President for displaying “incredible arrogance” at such a crucial moment during the very delicate negotiations – “hovering benignly at an Olympian level above the fray where the children are playing in the sandbox” asking everyone to be reasonable as if he “just arrived in Washington on a tourist visa.”
“He ridicules the Congress,he spikes the football on the Republicans, he rubs in the fact that they were resisting a raise in rates and that he made them do it.”
Krauthammer is thinking what a lot of Republicans are thinking tonight – Obama wants to go over the cliff so he can blame Republicans for it. Can there be any other explanation for such a ridiculous display of arrogance?
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Even though he has come off his last campaign for political office, President Obama acted like a candidate on the campaign trail–one prepared to use whatever political capital he had accumulated to take shots at the opposition in Congress at the very moment leaders from both sides are trying to work together.
Less a President, Obama behaved more like an ESPN talking-head making fun of RG III’s knee injury.
Obama’s address, which you can watch below, was held basically to announce that some other people are working on solving the “fiscal cliff” crisis. They are close, Obama reported, but they aren’t quite there yet. He then proceeded to make some jokes about Congress, to warm applause from his selected audience. Smug doesn’t come close to capturing the true nature of his tone.
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