Let’s not forget, this is a guy who, almost immediately upon winning the presidency and taking office, told John McCain, who he defeated, “I won”, and said pretty much the same thing to Congressional Republicans, who were in the minority at the time. That set the tone for the rest of his presidency, where he rarely reached across the aisle, and, when he did, he often demanded ridiculous things or reneged on deals. He’s turned everything into a partisan fight, sometimes even before Republicans had had a chance to respond. He’s referred to Tea Party members as “Teabaggers”, and attacked private citizens for daring to disagree. You have to know that the IRS targeting of Conservative groups originated somewhere within his administration. Anyhow, you know the score. Yet, we get this
(The Blaze) In a homecoming of sorts in front of the Illinois General Assembly where he once served, President Barack Obama called for healing the political divide — before going on to make a polarizing point.
“There is no doubt that America is better off today than when I took office,” Obama said, which prompted rousing applause from Democratic state lawmakers in the Capitol for about 20 seconds, while Republicans provided little response.
“See, I didn’t want this to be like a State of the Union speech where we have one side standing up and the other sitting down,” Obama said. “Come on guys, you know better than that.”
Then he should say things that people agree with. Notice that Obama’s own words in excoriating people who disagree with him create strife.
“This is an important part of the issue — we have an importation of our politics nationally on cable and talk radio and it seeps into everything,” Obama said.
See? It’s not his fault, it’s Everyone Else, especially those people, both left and right, as he complained about both Fox News and the Huffington Post, who dare express their views.
“When I hear either side talking about refusal to compromise as actual accomplishment, I’m not impressed,” Obama said.
Remember when he and the Dems compromised on the Stimulus and Obamacare? Oh, right. Remember all the times Obama has compromised? Quick, name one.
(AFP) “The tone of our politics hasn’t gotten better since I was inaugurated. In fact, it’s gotten worse,” Obama said.
“There is still this yawning gap between the magnitude of our challenges and the smallness of our politics.”
Someone needs to look in the mirror. One point he did make is that this is not something new, politics has always been divisive. On that, he’s correct
Obama also outlined measures that he said could ease the enmity, including to reduce the “corrosive influence of money in our politics”
“I don’t believe that money is speech. Or that political spending should have no limits,” he said, backing a constitutional amendment to that end.
Let’s not forget that he raised around $800 million dollars for his 2008 campaign, and reneged on his promise to take the taxpayer funded $75 million for the general election. His goal for 2012 was a billion dollars to spend. Yet, he wants to complain about money in politics?
After leaving Springfield, Obama is set to jet to California for a series of Democratic fundraisers, where it is normally good for business to take a few jabs at Republicans.
Huh. Think on that.