President Obama had a press conference at 1:00 today that I, unfortunately, missed. In it he addressed the ramifications of yesterday’s elections. As usual, he called for both parties to “find common ground” but that’s generally been Obamaese shorthand for “you Republicans need to just agree to do it our way.” I think the electorate has answered that approach pretty effectively. Faced with the clear message from voters that the decisions made in the last couple of years were not approved, Obama still says they were right. I’m guessing that means he’s not getting the picture.
I especially “liked” this comment:
“Some election nights are more fun than others. Some are exhilarating. Some are humbling,” Obama said. “Yesterday’s vote confirmed what I’ve heard from folks all across America. People are frustrated, they’re deeply frustrated with the pace of our economic recovery.”
OK, so first we’re bitter clingers, then we’re clueless ungovernorables, a couple of weeks ago we were “enemies,” last week we were “scared” and now we’re “frustrated with the pace of our economic recovery.” Obama just seems to not want to actually get the point. What people were telling him as he flit around the country was that they were frustrated with him and his agenda, which is what’s screwing up the pace of the economic recovery. Or, rather, they would have had he bothered to actually listen to them instead of listening to MSNBC pontificate about what’s wrong with those stupid, idiotic voters.
Civility, like compromise, is a two-way street and President “I won” Obama has shown very little civility and a whole lot of arrogance. The American people have just registered their disapproval of that approach and I would suggest the President get himself to the front of that civility and common ground line if he doesn’t want a more personal application of that disapproval in a couple of years. He says he’s “open” to calling for a moratorium on earmarks. Great. That’s a matter for Congress to deal with since it’s a procedural issue that doesn’t require the President’s signature or, for that matter, involvement. Feel free to join in, however. As for the 1099 provision in the health care law – something that had nothing to do with health care and everything to do with just another government intrusion into American businesses – let’s get past the 2nd look stage and see the President go on record that he’ll sign a bill that revokes that requirement completely. After we see him sign the approval to extend the Bush tax cuts, thank you.