Apr 14, 2011

President Obama Chooses “Overtly Partisan Broadsides”Over Bipartisan Cooperation

After adding more than $3.5 trillion in new debt and proposing trillions more in new taxes and deficits, you might think President Obama would be interested in having a serious conversation about our country’s fiscal future. But, apparently, the President is more interested in increasing the partisan divide in Washington and delivering “one of the most overtly partisan broadsides” of his presidency than reining in spending to help grow our economy…

President Obama Delivered “One Of The Most Overtly Partisan Broadsides He’s Ever Delivered From A Podium With A Presidential Seal.” “Obama’s long-anticipated speech on the deficit at George Washington University was one of the oddest rhetorical hybrids of his presidency – a serious stab at reforming entitlements cloaked in a 2012 campaign speech that was one of the most overtly partisan broadsides he’s ever delivered from a podium with a presidential seal.” (Glenn Thrush and Manu Raju, “Barack Obama Leaves GOP In No Mood To Deal,” Politico, 4/14/11)

The President’s “Combative Tenor” May Have “Scuttled” Any Hopes Of Spending Negotiations With Republicans. “But the combative tenor of Obama’s remarks, which included a swipe at his potential GOP challengers in 2012, may have scuttled the stated purpose of the entire enterprise – starting negotiations with Republicans on a workable bipartisan approach to attacking the deficit.” (Glenn Thrush and Manu Raju, “Barack Obama Leaves GOP In No Mood To Deal,” Politico, 4/14/11)