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Obama Claims He Never Sought Media Spotlight, Unlike Cruz

October 5th, 2013 - 5:28 pm

Note: The management of Ed and PJ advise its readers to please put down all carbonated beverages before reading the following quote. We are not responsible for the damage a Danny Thomas-style spit take will cause your monitor after reading the following quote from Breitbart TV, where video of the following hallucinatory moment may also be witnessed:

When asked if he had set a precedent during his time in the Senate that Ted Cruz is now following, President Obama answered:

“If you recall, when I came into the Senate my attitude was, I should just keep a pretty low profile in the Senate and just do the work… I didn’t go around courting the media, and I certainly didn’t go around trying to shut down the government.”

“And so I recognize that in today’s media age, being controversial, taking controversial positions, rallying the most extreme parts of your base–whether it’s left or right–is a lot of times the fastest way to get attention or raise money. But it’s not good for government. It’s not good for the people we’re supposed to be serving.”

With characteristic understatement, the Wall Street Journal notes, “A hallmark of this political era is the disconnect between how President Obama sees himself and how he behaves,” which applies both to the above quote, and to Obama’s behavior during the rest of his disastrous week:

A classic example occurred Wednesday when he told CNBC’s John Harwood that, “I think it’s fair to say that during the course of my Presidency I have bent over backwards to work with the Republican Party, and have purposely kept my rhetoric down. I think I’m pretty well known for being a calm guy. Sometimes people think I’m too calm.”

How could anyone get any other idea? Well, perhaps they were in Rockville, Maryland on Thursday, when Mr. Obama told a rally that the “single-greatest threat to our economy” is “the unwillingness of Republicans in Congress to stop refighting a settled election.”

He went on to taunt “the Speaker of the House, John Boehner,” who he said is acting as he is only because “he doesn’t want to anger the extremists in his party. That’s all. That’s what this whole thing is about.” Well, not all. It’s also about “the Republican obsession” with “denying affordable health insurance to millions of Americans. That’s all this has become about. That seems to be the only thing that unites the Republican Party these days.”

Aficionados of the President’s “calm” may also recall his comments in 2011 about Paul Ryan‘s House budget. With Mr. Ryan in the front row by White House invitation, Mr. Obama said that “Their vision is less about reducing the deficit than it is about changing the basic social compact in America” and telling Americans including “children with autism or Down’s syndrome” to “fend for themselves.”

More healing rhetoric came Tuesday when Mr. Obama told NPR he’s open to dealing with Mr. Boehner—but only on his terms. “From the start what I have said is I am happy to talk to Republicans about any issue,” before responding to host Steve Inskeep’s next question that the Affordable Care Act “is not something that we’re going to be discussing.” Mr. Inskeep then asked Mr. Obama “What can you offer?” to Republican leaders to break the deadlock. He replied: “And, if, if we—Steve, when you say, ‘What can I offer?’—I shouldn’t have to offer anything.”

Mr. Obama “behaves as if the realities of a divided government are beneath him, and his first resort is to question motives and mock as insincere any differences of principle. One reason the shutdown debate is so inflamed is because Mr. Obama’s politics of division and obloquy is being repaid in kind,” the Journal concludes.

Or to put it another way, as Glenn Reynolds Insta-blogs:

John Boehner will demand concessions from Obama before raising debt ceiling.

After all, as Senator Obama said:

The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure.

Yep. And now Obama’s the leadership.

Heh, indeed.™

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The honesty and effectiveness of this POTUS's self-assessments deserve a solid B-plus. (Ah, memories Good times. Good times....)
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Obama is a confident, political entrepreneur. He knows that he can not be successfully impeached, because the Senate would never convict. The Senate has a majority of Dem, lockstep-lemming senators. Just as water seeks out any crack, socialists find any loophole.

Obama is playing with Congress for now, exploring the ways that Republicans can be made to look foolish. A compliant press aids him. Soon, he will unilaterally raise the debt limit, and he will continue to legislate from on high by enforcing, not enforcing, and interpreting laws any way he wishes. The Supreme Court has already decided that government policy is a political matter, a "tax matter", and is not to be opposed.

As long as The People like his handouts, who or what can stop him? He has the power of a populist dictator. He found a big leak and the water is rushing out.

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“If you recall, when I came into the Senate my attitude was, I should just keep a pretty low profile in the Senate and just do the work… I didn’t go around courting the media..."

Thanks! We have a new "tell" for the President. Just as when he says "Let me be perfectly clear", he means "I'm about to change my position radically, and you're not allowed to notice"... and when he says "As I've said many times before", he means "you may never have heard me say this before, and I may not ever have said it before, but we're all going to pretend that I did". Now we also know that when he says "If you recall", he means "Please fasten your seatbelt while I rewrite history".

I miss hearing the President tell the truth. I recall liberal commentators saying (reluctantly!) about GWB that the best way to predict his actions was to assume that he'd do what he said he was going to do. By contrast, if I wanted to hear President Obama tell the truth, I'd take an off-the-cuff speech and edit it until only the "uhs" remain. Those, I can believe.
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