Originally posted at American Thinker Blog
Based on Barack Obamaâ€™s comments on the debt discussion breakdown, itâ€™s clear that the President placed blame for the impasse squarely on the shoulders of John Boehner and the Republicans. At his testy post-debt negotiation press conference, â€œBig Dealâ€ Barack conveniently forgot to mention that the impetus for John Boehner â€œwalking awayâ€ from the negotiation table was the Presidentâ€™s insistence on fewer spending cuts and the $400 billion tax revenue surprise he foisted on an already strained process.
Who better than Barack Obama knows that â€œwhen it comes to actually doing something difficult folks do sometimes walk away?â€ In a spoiled, childish fit of anger, Obama has rudely pushed away from a table or two himself, stood up, and without explanation â€œwalked away.â€ Â The President did it with Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu, and he did it again recently in the midst of heated debt-limit talks with Eric Cantor (R-VA), one of a few governmental grooms he has accused of â€œleaving [him] at the altar.â€
Throughout most of his press conference, an undignified President pointed his finger at Republicans and blamed everyone but himself for the current stalemate, saying â€œIâ€™m not interested in finger-pointing and Iâ€™m not interested in blame, but I just want the facts to speak for themselves.â€
In case Americans havenâ€™t noticed, the nation is presently being led by a reckless individual who excels in political posturing while saying things like, â€œI think [Americans are] fed up with political posturing and an inability for politicians to take responsible action as opposed to dodging their responsibilities.â€
The Presidentâ€™s obvious lack of self-awareness, coupled with his immense capacity for self-delusion, must be the reason he doesnâ€™t recognize that saying the House of Representativesâ€™ â€œinabilityâ€¦to arrive at any kind of a positionâ€ is based on refusal to compromise â€œany of their ideological preferences,â€ is actually an accurate description of himself.
As the rancor drags on, itâ€™s hard to find anyone, regardless of political persuasion, who would disagree that the debt crisis is serious.Â However, what is even more troubling is having a President who refuses to recognize his own culpability for an already-stressed economy being further burdened by the added weight of healthcare reform, not to mention his stubborn determination to move the nation toward a European-style socialist system.
Typically, whenever the President doesnâ€™t get his way, he shifts into irritated victimhood mode. During the self-exalting, adversarial attempt to pass blame, Obama implied the reason for the impasse hinged on Boehner caring more about partisanship and political posturing than the well-being of the nation, which was a strange accusation coming from a proud â€œprogressiveâ€ ideologue like Barack Obama, whose â€œpartisanâ€ wouldnâ€™t recognize a â€œbiâ€ if it tripped over one.
Wait! In fairness to the President, although his comments did include 93 instances of â€œI,â€ he did cite Ronald Reagan twice, which could be considered a form of bipartisanship.Â In addition to referring to a conservative icon, Barack Obama also boasted of personal â€œconsistencyâ€ which, granted, he does exhibit when it comes to self-praise, perseverance on raising taxes, and spending money the nation doesnâ€™t have.
Nonetheless, during the press conference an angry President peppered his Republicans-never-say-â€˜yesâ€™-to-anything comments with standard class warfare allusions. Obama intimated that Boehner and Co. favor corporate jet owners and oil and gas companies, and go easy on prosperous individuals â€œmaking millions or billions of dollars,â€ like himself. Â Always sensitive to struggling unemployed Americans, Obama took another opportunity to remind the nation that heâ€™s â€œdone extremely well and can afford to do a little bit more,â€ but curiously still hasnâ€™t.
Obamaâ€™s crotchety podium manner abounded with descriptions of seniors â€œbeing deprived of meals, Social Security and Medicare.â€ The President painted images of poor children rushing toward the entrances of emergency rooms for lack of Medicaid, disabled Americans â€œhanging by a thread,â€ people â€œthrown off the health care rolls,â€ and a future where only the children of corporate jet owners get to go to college
It doesnâ€™t stop there; the press conference doubled as a quasi-stump speech. The President â€“ who has taken no breaks in campaigning since 2007 and has scheduled his combination- 50th birthday celebration/$30,400 a ticket campaign fundraiser for the day after the nation officially runs out of cash â€“ began by accusing the Republicans of not agreeing to his demand to raise taxes as â€œ[a] campaign ploy going into the next election.â€
The President even brought up talk radio and blamed the Tea Party for not wanting the debt ceiling raised, and for being at the root of Republicans being â€œstirred upâ€ and drawing Â â€œsharp ideological linesâ€ that have made the deadlock impossible to break.
Obama said, â€œI mean, the American people are just desperate for folks who are willing to put aside politics just for a minute and try to get some stuff done.â€ Does Barack Obama believe that â€œmoving goal posts,â€ crossed arms, pouts, immature vitriol, edicts to â€œget here at 11:00 am,â€ and refusing to go easy on an already-unstable economy and job market are also in the â€œstuff doneâ€ category?
Whenever boxed into a corner the President never fails to use the buzzword â€œfairness,â€ which suggests that everyone is unfair other than the benevolent Sheriff of Fairville, Barack Obama â€“ Americaâ€™s generous dispenser of limitless entitlements.
So adept at manipulation is Obama, that when he said â€œThe hard part is actually dealing with the underlying debt and deficits, and doing it in a way thatâ€™s fair.Â Thatâ€™s all the American people are looking for — some fairness,â€ the implication was that America still sees Obama-style â€œfairnessâ€ as the answer to the problem.
Based on his remarks, Obama must want the nation to believe he spends a large part of his day reading mail from fair-minded Americans, who believe â€œneither party is blameless,â€ and who want a just President like him to solve the debt/deficit problem without â€œbalanc[ing] the budget on the backs of seniors.â€
The Presidentâ€™s comments at his post-debt-negotiation-breakdown press conference imply that he perceives himself to be that â€œsomebodyâ€ the nation is â€œlooking forâ€¦to look out for them.â€
Bordering on deluded, the President, who must assume thatÂ â€œleadingâ€ is what heâ€™s doing, challenged Republicans by saying that â€œat some point, I think if you want to be a leader, then you got to lead.â€ Happy to rise to Obamaâ€™s challenge, Congressional leaders did just that, and did so by choosing to exclude Obama from post-press conference debt negotiation talks. Boehner and McConnell summoned a clueless Pelosi and a â€œvery angryâ€ Reid in an attempt to solve the debt crisis without â€œBig Dealâ€ Barack who, instead of leading, points fingers, pouts and projects onto others his own pugnacious behavior.