Amusing words from a man reputed to have won reelection through the use of social networking.
“All of us need to stop focusing on the lobbyists, and the bloggers, and the talking heads on radio, and the professional activists who profit from conflict, and focus on what the majority of Americans sent us here to do,” Obama continued.
Obama went after what he called the “rhetoric” which “gets worse” annually, and for members to focus on where they agree. He cited a “balanced approach” to a budget process as one of these areas of agreement between Democrats and Republicans.
“Had one side not decided to pursue a strategy of brinkmanship, each side could have gotten together and figured out how do we shape a budget that provides certainty to businesses, and people who rely on government?” Obama said.
Please allow me to rephrase this the way it sounds to my ears.
Those damned meddling bloggers and the talking heads on radio nearly cost me my Marxist Velvet Coup, will no one rid me of them?
Remember, this is the exact same Marxist-in-Chief that just recently when asked if he bore any responsibility for making Washington more divided, responded by basically saying, hell no.
DIANA WILLIAMS, WABC-TV: You were the one many years ago, when you were running for this office who said, you know, ‘I’m going to create a bipartisan atmosphere in Washington.’ Yet, Washington is more split than ever before. This country is more divided than ever before. Why have you not been able to create a bipartisan atmosphere here and do you take any of the blame on yourself for that?
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, you know, I think that if you look at my track record over the last four years, I have consistently sought compromise. Sometimes, to the point that Democrats have been mad at me, but I didn’t care because I did what I thought was best for the country… The problem that we have right now is that on the other side, just a faction of the Republican party — it doesn’t represent all Republicans — that have decided to take a very extreme position and to use very extreme tactics in order to get stuff done. And the more moderate, reasonable members of the Republican party up in Congress often times have difficulty dealing with that faction. And, what we’ve seen as a result is the kind of mess that we’re seeing today. So, the upshot is this: if you look at both my policies as well as the approach that I’ve taken in governing, there is a lot of overlap between what I’m proposing and what Republicans have proposed in the past. I take their ideas all the time. What we haven’t seen is a willingness on the other side to engage in the basic compromises that are required for governance.
Not one single Republican voted for Obamacare, not one. Obama’s statement when questioned about this was “I won”. Tell me where in God’s Name anyone with two functional brain cells can find anything even remotely resembling compromise in that?
Edit: Please Contrast Obama’s attempts to silence dissenting points of view with Former Congressman Allen West.