The Presidential Democratic Values Apology Tour

No. It didn’t take place in Saudi Arabia.  It took place on Capitol Hill.  It’s proof to me of an alternate universe there.

Ed Henry just said that it’s true that President Obama apologized for failing to be bipartisan and promised to work harder to find common ground.

There was a Republican presser with a follow up column at WAPO today by John Boehner and Mitch McConnell.  Both were a joke.  They don’t want to work with their Democratic colleagues.  They want a one term Democratic president and damn any Democrat that believes any differently after they’ve said it over and over again.

Here’s  Johnny!!  (and Closet Case Mitchie too!)

The day after the election, President Obama seemed to acknowledge that a change in course is needed when he conceded that “the overwhelming message” he heard from the voters was “we want you to focus completely on jobs and the economy.”

Despite what some Democrats in Congress have suggested, voters did not signal they wanted more cooperation on the Democrats’ big-government policies that most Americans oppose. On the contrary, they want both parties to work together on policies that will help create the conditions for private-sector job growth. They want us to stop the spending binge, cut the deficit and send a clear message on taxes and regulations so small businesses can start hiring again.

We can work together and accomplish these things, but the White House and Democratic leaders in Congress first will have to prioritize. It’s time to choose struggling middle-class families and small businesses over the demands of the liberal base. It’s time to get serious.

What isn’t clear about this?  They’ve said what they want and that’s all that they want.  There’s no sign of cooperation here unless it’s you do what we say.  Which is frankly kind’ve weird given we’ve gotten so much Republican-style policy through Capitol Hill without them.

What’s the President apologizing for?  Gee, I know you mugged me, next time I’ll be sure to carry more cash and less credit,  I’m so sorry.

The CSM seems to think that having them all in the same room is about as much bipartisanship as you’re going to get from this crew.  I see more hippy bashing in my crystal ball.

Still, despite all the talk of a fresh start, Obama acknowledged the elephant in the room – what he called “the current hyper-partisan climate.”

“There are always those who argue that the best strategy is simply to try to defeat your opposition, instead of working with them,” the president said.

He needed look no further than McConnell to see someone whose stated goal is to make sure Obama does not win a second term. And in a Washington Post opinion piece published Tuesday by McConnell and Boehner, the rhetoric seemed distinctly McConnell-esque.

The column – titled “Where we and Democrats can work together” – called on the White House and Democratic leaders to “prioritize.”

“It’s time to choose struggling middle-class families and small businesses over the demands of the liberal base,” the GOP leaders wrote. “It’s time to get serious.”

Okay, let’s just start from the assumption that it’s not just the liberal base that doesn’t want their social security and Medicare privatized or shut down.  Let’s also assume that most of us ARE concerned about jobs and not tax cuts. What exactly do they think the demands of the liberal base are?   Giving unemployed people their unemployment checks? I haven’t seen any decent demands coming out of the liberal base in forever!  No demand to shut GITMO.  No demand to get out of Afghanistan.  No demand to stop giving preferential treatment to banks.  No demand to not put American citizens on hit lists.  No demand to hold Cheney and Dubya accountable for breaking the Geneva Convention.  What frigging demands?  We can’t even protect a Woman’s  right to choose over Insurance companies’  rights to extraordinary profits!  DADT should’ve been gone by now and Pay Equity should’ve passed.  What FRIGGING demands?

Yet, if you read reports from the PBS Newshour, POTUS is “Encouraged”.  (Videos of pressers from this link)

Encouraged about what?  Giving multimillionaires tax cuts?  Implementing Allan Simpson’s plans to send seniors to homeless shelters?  Maybe, it’s their desire to tank START?

What fresh hell is this?

Notable tweets from the un-notable Ed Henry CNN on the “Slurpee summit”

edhenrycnn Ed Henry

(oldest to newest)

President striking conciliatory tone, saying he’s committed to “common ground” on taxes — a phrase Boehner used several times

Breaking news: Senior admin official tells CNN the President did tell Repubs behind closed doors he failed to reach out enough in 1st 2 yrs

Senior official tells CNN President told Repubs “he had to do better and the President is ready to do his part” in the days to work together

Senior admin official is confirming account from Republicans that Potus acknowledged “he had not reached out enough” in words of Cantor


48 Comments on “The Presidential Democratic Values Apology Tour”

  1. “It’s time to choose struggling middle-class families and small businesses over the demands of the liberal base. It’s time to get serious.”

    We are so f’d.

  2. Thursday's Child says:

    Obama seems to be a man of contradictions. He is a narcissist and the most obsequious man I have ever seen all at once.

  3. bostonboomer says:

    The progs forced a complete wimp down our throats. We have to get through at least two more years of this endless nightmare.

    • dakinikat says:

      And who knows what happens in 2012?

      • meet the new disaster, same as the old disaster

        • Dario says:

          It’s going to worse in 2012. We’ll be experiencing a Uranus squaring Pluto.
          It’s a difficult astrological aspect:

          Uranus fosters change and innovative breakthroughs. Pluto relates to political power. When these planets are in contact with each other, political structures will be shaken and disturbed.

          In the mid 60s these two planets were conjunct. That’s why we had so much unrest. The 2012 – 2013 square will be especially difficult because Uranus will be in Aries, a sign that lends itself to aggression.

    • propertius says:

      I don’t think Obama’s a wimp. He’s been very forthright and aggressive in pursuing his real objective: the complete and final destruction of the American Left (such as it is).

  4. TheRock says:

    I’m disgusted with this administration. One thing is for sure. Its time to start NOW making sure Obumbles doesn’t get back in. I don’t think the world would survive 4 more years…..

    Hillary 2012

  5. newdealdem1 says:

    Ed Henry just said that it’s true that President Obama apologized for failing to be bipartisan and promised to work harder to find common ground.

    This sounds like what some student is asked by her teacher to write 100 times on the blackboard for not paying attention in class to what teacher was saying.

    Head desk.

    Just lame. He needs his enemies approval so much he willingly sacrifices all of us who are not rich and powerful on the altar of the deficit hawks, limited government hysterics and mean spirited do nothings who are so dangerously and god damned wrong about their mad solutions to our broken economy. Just so he can belong to their club and club the rest of us like Palin and Britol did to those poor helpless fish.

    I’m coming to believe this man needs some psychological help stat.

    • RalphB says:

      Oh the humanity, those delicious edible fish. Yum.

    • This sounds like what some student is asked by her teacher to write 100 times on the blackboard for not paying attention in class to what teacher was saying.

      Obama as bart simpson. Alan Simpson as Mr. Burns. Geithner as Beavis.

      • dakinikat says:

        Like I said. Alternative Reality.

      • newdealdem1 says:

        heh. I especially relish Geitner as Beavis. Perfect casting. I found this on utubes, Geitner has a small role. Oh, if only that were true in reality.

        http://tinyurl.com/24t39hj

        Good to see you, Wonk. Good to read you are now a front pager here. Moseltov! 🙂 Looking forward to reading your posts whatever they may be but I always enjoy your erudite commentary about HRC as well as Palin. 😉

        Night all.

    • Sima says:

      I’m gonna start calling him Barack Hoover to his supporters’ faces. Goodness knows, I live around enough of them. Although they are mostly completely silent right now. Strange, that. *eyeroll*

  6. RalphB says:

    Since Obama threw the Federal work force under the bus, a lot of people in Versailles seem to be admitting for the first time that he’s basically a republican. Funny they didn’t give a damn when the rest of us were going under the bus. I still have the feeling that outside the beltway, we don’t matter.

  7. RalphB says:

    I apologize for this being OT but I think this Democracy Now interview with Noam Chomsky about Wikileaks is somewhat informative, whether or not you buy his conclusions. At least he’s never boring…

    Noam Chomsky: WikiLeaks Cables Reveal “Profound Hatred for Democracy on the Part of Our Political Leadership”

    • paper doll says:

      Noam Chomsky: WikiLeaks Cables Reveal “Profound Hatred for Democracy on the Part of Our Political Leadership”

      I like Chomsky, but this is not a newsflash…I watched Amy daily for years until she became a super obot in early 08 …I haven’t been able to watch since . Indonesia is her specialty…she had to know what it meant when Obama was the step son of an oil man and the son of a Ford Foundation employee…She jackbooted and strong armed for Barry with the best of them.

  8. Puma-SF says:

    Where were their demands during the entire gulf coast disaster? What a joke! My world is upside down. How is it that NOW-CA can come out with a statement saying that the use of the word “whore” was appropriate in the Brown/Whitman scandal? Seriously, I have lost all respect for Gloria Allred.

  9. Pat Johnson says:

    Obama needs to review that video he made about “bullying”. These Righties have done nothing but that since he took office and all he does is turn around and bend over.

    It is a travesty to watch and a disgrace to the nation that this man cannot seem to be able to stand up to what only promises to be more misery invited by having this crowd in charge once again.

    Obama is a bigger wimp than even George H. W. Bush who carried that title up until now.

    • dakinikat says:

      I have a feeling he’d rather not deal with them because of that. It takes too much effort and if they don’t like him–which they don’t–he probably doesn’t feel very comfortable with them. I’m just hoping his need to be liked doesn’t make him give the entire country away to these folks. I’m hoping some of the Congressional Dems will finally snap to. I’m not holding my breath, however.

  10. Puma-SF says:

    He’s likeable enough.

  11. NW Luna says:

    “There are always those who argue that the best strategy is simply to try to defeat your opposition, instead of working with them,” the president said.

    Hell, yes. You are supposed to try to defeat them. Not suck up to them.

    Facehand.

  12. Puma-SF says:

    If you can’t win them join them…he is sooo pathetic.

  13. Rickpa says:

    Didn’t President Obama promise to heal the deep divisions in our country? To win hearts and minds? To be THE post partisan president?

    • Nope! See, 2008 was a bit like Vegas. Whatever happened in 2008, stayed in 2008. Words… just words. Easily wiped off the teleprompter.

      Personally, after Bush said he was running as a uniter and “compassionate” conservative, when O said he was running as a uniter for “hopenchange”… I thought that was a deadgiveaway where we were headed.