Wednesday, November 21, 2012
THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME
President Obama opened his first White House press conference in eight months Wednesday with a familiar refrain: Blame the last guy.
Before diving into an explanation of how he wants to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff" -- and imploring House Republicans to approve legislation to raise taxes on high earners -- Obama sought to once again remind Americans that he took office, four years ago, during a recession that started with the George W. Bush administration.
"Right now our economy is still recovering from a very deep and damaging crisis, so our top priority has to be jobs and growth," Obama said. "We've got to build on the progress that we've made."
How long does a candidate get to blame his predecessor before accepting responsibility for his own failed attempts to right the ship?
I know in corporate America, we set a maximum of three months, but so far the people are giving the Communist-In-Chief a full four years.
Apparently, now that the campaign is over, “forward” is being replaced by a rehash of the Kenya Boy’s repertoire from his first term.
An oldie but goodie, I guess, since America seems to lap it up!
The president on Wednesday also renewed his call for the Republican-controlled House to make top earners “pay their fair share,” another one of his chart hits that liberals such as Bruce Springsteen and Katy Perry embrace.
"We should not hold the middle class hostage while we debate tax cuts for the wealthy," Obama said.
Republicans worry that failing to preserve the current rates for everyone will end up hurting the economy by hurting small businesses.
The appearance marked the first scheduled, solo news conference for Obama since March. The president spent much of the year campaigning for a second term -- now that he's won it, the president faces a barrage of challenges and controversies.
Most pressing on the domestic front is the so-called "fiscal cliff," the combination of tax hikes and spending cuts that will hammer the economy come January unless Congress and the White House strike a deal.
Congressional budget analysts say that a failure to avert the cliff would trigger another recession next year.
I seem to be the only American who takes exception with the fact that politicans get to spend “much of the year campaigning” on my dime but want to vilify the “wealthy.”
Hey Barry-you’re one of the 1% and you didn’t even work at your friggin’ job most of the year!