From Reuters: President Obama went to Buffalo yesterday to talk about small business initiatives from his legislation that he thinks will be of benefit to them. And, he'll do some of his standard Republican bashing. For a guy who campaigned as the 'post partisan' candidate, he has come full circle. Unless you didn't believe that claim in the first place. Just another compliment to himself from he who thinks most highly of himself.
The Reuters account of the Buffalo trip also described the president as 'knocking' Republicans. The report mentioned that Obama would tout Congress working to pass more legislation to create jobs.
There was the token mention of the president meeting with and thanking NYC police from the presidential flacks as he went on to Manhattan for a top dollar fundraiser at the St. Regis. Maybe he wanted to make it look like something more than standard fundraising. "After they drove the car into the ditch, made it as difficult as possible for us to pull it back, now they want to keys back. No! You can't drive. We don't want to have to go back into the ditch. We just go the car out." The 185 donors present heard more - what even the ABC News reporter said "painted the Republican party in unflattering light, as the party standing in the way of reform". "They've done their best to gum up the works to make it look broken. To say no to every single thing".
Is it the Republicans "making things look broken"? I think an increasing unemployment percentage number and more hired for government jobs than private sector jobs speaks for the "broken" economy. It was the job of the GOP to say no to the bloated and ineffective stimulus/spending bill and the rest of the power grabbing legislation that the American public was strongly against. The Democratically controlled Congress and President refuse to acknowledge how unpopular their agenda is and strong arm members of their own party to pass bad legislation.
Repealing Obamacare will be at the top of the GOP agenda as they take back control of Congress in November. He knows this and said, "I'm confident that as long as we're able to get our message out, with your help the American people aren't going to let that happen." He asks for help from donors when he is in a tight spot but doesn't listen when they disagree with the agenda.
Of Nancy Pelosi, he said at this DCCC fundraiser, "Nancy Pelosi, that's one tough lady. And, she's so elegant. Even as she's ripping your heart out. If you mess with her." Pelosi introduced him that evening. He loves the violent hyperbole. It's the Chicago way of doing politics.
President Obama has only held one-third of the question and answers sessions with the press that former President Bush held in his first year in office. Another campaign pledge from Obama is broken - that of being the 'most transparent' administration, ever. Instead, what we have is an administration and Congress so determined to push forward a radically leftist agenda, against the wishes of the majority of the American people, that major legislation has been written in complete secrecy. Speaker of the House Pelosi, who promised the highest level of transparency before Obama did, even said that they had to pass Obamacare so that we could all see what is in it. Imagine if Republicans had taken 1/6 of the entire American economy and thrown it to the wind as this legislation did. Would the press have been so complacent?
Maybe the absence of press conferences is bringing about some truth telling from the media - those who are now being a bit more honest about the tone and comments coming from the president towards political opponents. Maybe they are beginning to wake up a bit and feel a bit used. Without the open cheer leading from the press, Obama would have never been elected to the office of President in the first place.
Are they embarrassed yet?