Chris Christie to Obama: ‘What the hell are we paying you for?’
November 29, 2011 - 7:54 am
This video doesn’t need much by way of introduction. NJ Gov. Chris Christie reacts to the Obama spin that the president didn’t involve himself in the super committee negotiations because it was doomed to fail.
Christie calls Obama a “bystander in the Oval Office”:
“I was angry this weekend, listening to the spin coming out of the administration, about the failure of the supercommittee, and that the president knew it was doomed for failure, so he didn’t get involved. Well then what the hell are we paying you for?” Christie said during a press conference in Camden, N.J. “It’s doomed for failure so I’m not getting involved? Well, what have you been doing, exactly?”
Even though he said both parties deserve blame for talking at each other instead of talking with each other, Christie ultimately maintained that the buck stops with the nation’s highest in command and pointed to his own governance in the Garden State as a model for effective leadership.
Christie builds a narrative here of a disengaged president who isn’t leading, and for the most part it’s an accurate narrative. Obama isn’t leading in the way we’re accustomed to see presidents lead. But I maintain that President Obama has abandoned the legislative process to pursue his goals via the regulatory state. The super committee was just for show, the jobs bill is just for show, what little interaction the administration is having with Congress is just for show. The real action is in the decisions being made and implemented, sometimes in what appear to be illegal means, to fundamentally transform the economy and the nation. The NLRB continues to push union power and membership, the EPA continues the drive to force Americans away from fossil fuels and onto “alternative” energy, and until it’s overturned, ObamaCare continues to fundamentally alter the relationship of the citizen to the state.