President Obama, the guy who ran on the platform of uniting the country - no Red States or Blue States - said Monday in Rhode Island that the GOP can sit in the back of the car. What car? The imaginary car used in a favorite analogy of the President's in his campaign speeches. You know - the GOP ran the car into the ditch that the Democrats are so busy digging the economy out of. Problem is, since 2007, the Democrats have controlled Congress with a Republican President for two years and a Democratic (him) President for two years. You'd think the man touted as a constitutional scholar would know it is Congress that holds the purse strings, especially since he was briefly in The Senate, himself.
From a review of the Rhode Island campaign jaunt Monday:
He said Republicans had driven the economy into a ditch and then stood by and criticized while Democrats pulled it out. Now that progress has been made, he said, "we can't have special interests sitting shotgun. We gotta have middle class families up in front. We don't mind the Republicans joining us. They can come for the ride, but they gotta sit in back."
Imagine if the shoe was on the other foot, if a Republican President had said that about Democrats. No such howling now from the slobbering press. Imagine if a white President told an audience that the other party has to sit in the back of the bus? Any racist tones there? When does the racism of the first bi-racial American President begin to draw attention?
President Obama has not only failed to read the American electorate properly and trudged on with a misinterpreted mandate, he has further divided the nation. He pits Democrats against Republicans and then wonders why elected officials on Capitol Hill are not working together.