While flying home on Air Force One from his extended Christmas holiday in Hawaii, President Obama told the press corps on board that there will be "plenty of time to campaign for 2012 in 2012" and hopes Boehner and McConnell will work with him to move the country forward. He said he expects the new Speaker of the House and the Senate Minority Leader to play to their base.
That is quite a lot of chutzpah from President Obama, a man in a perpetual campaign mode as he tries to govern the entire country. He states his low expectations of the political atmosphere and then cluck clucks about early campaigning.
Speaking on Air Force One, Obama acknowledged that a chilly reception awaited him from the Republicans, as they pledged tougher oversight of his administration.
"They are going to play to their base for a certain period of time, but I'm pretty confident that they're going to recognize that our job is to govern and make sure that we are delivering jobs for the American people and that we're creating a competitive economy for the 21st century -- not just for this generation but the next one," Obama said.
The President's newly found enthusiasm toward job creation is refreshing. Now it is up to him to convince the business community of his sincerity. This is the same President who stifled job creation and growth along the Gulf coast as his overzealous Interior Secretary issued an unnecessary drilling moratorium on offshore oil and natural gas drilling. This is the same President who came into office making speech after speech about Wall Street greed and the villains in the financial world. This is the same President who demanded the ramming through of an unnecessary monstrosity of a health care bill which includes unrealistic demands on small business and the medical practitioners. This is the same President who time and time again uses class warfare - middle class versus top earners - to push through his agenda.
This is a President who has never worked in the private sector. This is a President who has never owned or worked within a small business. This President only knows taxpayer funded jobs.
Let's hope he has completed his on the job training and is ready to be serious about turning job creation into a reality.