It was one of the first things that came out of Obama’s mouth upon meeting Congressional Republicans in January of 2009:
The top congressional leaders from both parties gathered at the White House for a working discussion over the shape and size of President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus plan. The meeting was designed to promote bipartisanship.
But Obama showed that in an ideological debate, he’s not averse to using a jab.
Challenged by one Republican senator over the contents of the package, the new president, according to participants, replied: “I won.”
Six years later, after spending much of Tuesday’s State of the Union (hypocritically) calling for civility in politics, President “Won” was unable to resist the temptation to taunt Republicans again over his two election victories.
Mr. Obama issued a broad call for “a better politics” that began with common principles, and said his agenda isn’t political, pointing out “I have no more campaigns to run.”
That drew rousing applause from the GOP side of the aisle, which had sat on its hands as Mr. Obama had ticked off partisan proposals he wanted to see, and threatened vetoes of bipartisan bills Republicans are trying to pass. The applause was too much for Mr. Obama, who punctuated his declaration that his campaigns are over by saying, “I know, because I won both of them.”
Behold, your president:
History is not going to judge this man harshly, at all.
The left is wildly applauding the unpresidential behavior – which is your best indication that it was wildly inappropriate.
The reduced number of Democrats who were in the room, clapped and cheered enthusiastically. The Democrats who were voted out of office, sulked darkly at home.