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I’m being tongue and cheek, of course. Obama has nothing but contempt for Republicans, and avoids them like the plague, a fact that doesn’t bode well for the next four years….
During his press conference today, President Obama explained that although he is always willing to spend time socializing with Republicans, conservative media outlets have demonized him – making him unpopular.
According to his biographer, the Washington Post’s Bob Woodward, Obama simply hates Republicans, especially in social settings.
The author of “Obama’s Wars,” and the “Price of Politics,” was on MSNBC’s Morning Joe show Friday when the hosts began debating Obama’s personal style, with lead host Joe Scarborough calling the president aloof and co-host Mika Brzezinski giving Obama credit for hosting Republicans at the White House.
As she spoke, Woodward interrupted with “And he hates it, he hates it. He’d rather do anything other than that!”
At his press conference Monday morning, President Obama got a tough question from Major Garrett about the politics of debt-ceiling negotiations. In his response, the President blamed GOP absolutism for the crisis; then, as if missing his own point, offered a list of compromises he absolutely would not consider.
Just in case you doubted whether President Obama is a thug on the debt ceiling, he reiterated his bully tactics this morning at his press conference. Discussing the Republican Party’s desire to cut spending, Obama did not lay out a rational proposal on how to achieve fiscal responsibility. Instead, he moved directly to attack Republicans as morally deficient:
But it seems as if what’s motivating and propelling at this point some of the House Republicans is more than simply deficit reduction. They have a particular vision about what government should and should not do. So they are suspicious about government’s commitments, for example, to make sure that seniors have decent health care as they get older. They have suspicions about Social Security. They have suspicions about whether government should make sure that kids in poverty are getting enough to eat or whether we should be spending money on medical research. So they — they got a particular view of what government should do and — and should be.
This is a particularly foolish slander by a president whose policies are leading to worse, not better, health care for seniors; whose profligate fiscal policies will eventually lead to deep and painful cuts in our entitlement programs; and whose presidency has coincided with a record 46 million Americans living in poverty.
During the Obama years, in fact, the ranks of America’s poor have climbed to levels unseen in nearly half a century. In addition, Obama was opposed to the 1996 welfare reform bill, which was arguably the single best policy reform to help poor Americans, and his administration has taken steps to weaken welfare work requirements. Yet the president feels like he’s in a position to lecture Republicans about caring for the most vulnerable members of the human community.
And leave it to Mr. Obama to level the charge that Republicans want poor children to go hungry in the very press conference in which he complains about “how much energy has been devoted in some of the media … to demonize me.” This is a variation of what psychiatrists refer to as projection.
But there’s more to it than simply that. This is a president who, when he’s not sermonizing on the importance of civility in public discourse, is accusing Republicans of being social Darwinists and members of the “flat earth society,” of putting their party ahead of their country, and of wanting dirty air and dirty water. He says Republicans want autistic and Down syndrome children to “fend for themselves.” He accuses his opponents of not simply being wrong but of being his “enemies.”
I hope he’s not expecting a “honeymoon” from Republicans as he starts his 2nd term.
Indeed, some are so alarmed by talk of his next broadsides against the Constitution, they’re already bring up the dreaded “I” word:
Texas Republican Rep. Steve Stockman threatened Monday afternoon that he would file articles of impeachment against President Barack Obama if he institutes gun control measures with an executive order.
Stockman warned that such executive orders would be “unconstitutional” and “infringe on our constitutionally-protected right to keep and bear arms.”
There is already a bill in Congress with seven co-sponsors to impeach the President for his use of an offensive military operation without prior and clear authorization of an Act of Congress, an impeachable high crime and misdemeanor under Article II, section 4 of the Constitution.
HCR 107 was introduced to the House of Representatives on March 7, 2012 sponsored by Representative Walter Jones of North Carolina and joining him in co-sponsorship of the bill is Dan Benishek of Michigan, Dan Burton of Indiana, Mike Coffman of Colorado, John Duncan of Tennessee, Louie Gohmert of Texas, Tom McClintock of California and Reid Ribble of Wisconsin.