Last Thursday President Obama spoke before a joint session of Congress, a rare occurrence outside of State of the Union addresses, to tout his American Jobs Act of 2011.
His performance was disgraceful.
Instead of marching straight to the microphone with the stern face that the situation required it took the President ten minutes from the time of his announcement on the floor until he reached the mike. To the cheers of Democrats the President glad-handed his way through a pressing crowd, a wide grin plastered on his face, receiving pats on the back as he slowly moved forward. You would have thought that the man had just won the Super Bowl instead of presiding over the worst jobs market since the Great Depression which was the very reason he was there to speak.
With bobble-head Biden nodding behind him, springing to his feet in homage to the President’s words like some sort of deranged jack-in-the-box, Obama laid out his “solution” to the nation’s economic malaise – Son of Stimulus One – calling for another half-trillion dollars in spending.
“Pass this bill. Right away,” Obama demanded, trying to give his American Jobs joke the same bum’s rush he gave to Stimulus One. He acts just like a suitor who knows he is not qualified to date the homecoming Queen but figures if he presses forward quickly enough he may win her hand for whatever alinsky intentions he has in mind. We’ve seen this tactic by this President too many times before. Remember the threats of unemployment in excess of 8% if Stimulus One was not passed immediately. Well, it was rushed through Congress and where is unemployment today? Nine percent (actually 9.1%).
Remember Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi telling us that we have to pass Obamacare to see what’s in it? Remember that? One of the most expensive, far reaching and possibly unconstitutional bills ever argued before Congress was subjected to Obama’s double-time-bum-rush once again.
“Pass this bill. Pass this bill right away,” he repeated. “Everything will be paid for. No more earmarks,” he said to hoots and hollers and standing ovations from his frat-boy colleges. “Pass this bill right away.” Seventeen times he repeated that phrase while the bill was not even completed yet! The President had to add that he would unveil the specifics of how the bill would be paid for in a couple of days.
Well a couple of days go by and the President makes public his ideas for paying for his bill. The problem is that most of his ideas have been previously rejected by the Republicans and the President knew that. So much for his much ballyhooed new bipartisan fervor.
Even many Democrats find the bill unsavory.
Read this from the Democrat’s desiccated, now “old gray lady,” The New York Times. Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D – NV) was joined by Senators Casey (D-PA), Landrieu (D-LA) among others as well as Democrat members of the House of Representatives in stating that there is little chance they will be able to support the bill.
Perhaps the most telling is this from Jamie Downey of Boston.com: “Subtitle F – Increased target for Joint Select Committee on deficit reduction: This is the saddest part of the proposal. It tells the new Joint Select Committee [to] increase their ten year deficit reduction from $1,500,000,000,000 to $1,950,000,000,000. So the President tells us his bill is paid for and then tells the Joint Select Committee to find a way to pay for it. As I noted, this is not a serious proposal, but an election talking point.”
Apparently the job the President is really concerned about is his own.
The President is appearing at county fairs and carnivals this week unabashedly preaching his gospel of the audacity of his hope to crowds “If you love me, you’ve got to help me pass this bill,” (his exact words, no kidding.)
President Obama’s lack of executive experience becomes more and more evident every day. He cannot do the job so he passes the buck.
“Pass this bill right away!”
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