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August 20, 2010

"The Fundraiser in Chief?"

Meeeee-ouch, girlfriend! Obama's been having a tough time of it in the press this week. Here's the LA Times on Wednesday:

One of Obama's several fundraiser speeches for embattled Golden State Sen. Barbara Boxer last spring (full text in Related Items below) was about bragging rights, providing supporters with a long laundry list of things accomplished by the Democratic administration since Jan. 20, 2009 (not including closing Guantanamo or ending "don't ask, don't tell").

This week's fundraising speeches across the nation have a shorter brag list and a more stridently partisan tone, aimed at congressional Republicans who, if summer polls are any indicator, only need to keep breathing in order to regain control at least of the House on Nov. 2.

The Democrat is trying to portray Republicans in Congress as obstructionists, as if American voters gave the GOP lopsided majorities in both houses in the 2008 elections, instead of the other way around.

If Republicans were such obstinate obstacles, why didn't Democrats approve healthcare last year when they had 60 Senate votes and the GOP was helpless to halt it?

Bear in mind that this breathless commentary comes to us from Obama's supporters:

Obama now blames poor job numbers on congressional inaction. Wait! His party runs Congress.

Just a few minor things to catch up on for the weekend now that the Fundraiser-in-Chief has gone on another vacation (Don't worry though. White House chef Sam Kass went along, so the first family need not eat ordinary human food.)

And it just keeps getting better:

... before leaving for his ninth presidential vacation, 10 days at a secluded estate on Martha's Vineyard, Obama devoted four minutes in the White House driveway to a special statement on the latest disappointing jobs numbers. (Full text, as usual, can be read on the jump, along with a brief reaction from the Republican National Committee chairman.)

No questions allowed because the president didn't want to explain why despite the administration's announced Recovery Summer Program, the jobs numbers have started going backward again after 19 months of promises and $787 billion in alleged stimulation spending.

The Editorial Staff think Andrew's being a bit harsh. After all, this President is focused like a laser beam on his top priorty: creating and saving jobs. Hasn't he said so over and over again?

It's heart rending - no, really! I mean it! - to hear the disappointed laments of Obama's erstwhile supporters:

Will the failed administration of George Bush ever end, and the time for hope and change ever arrive?

Will President Obama ever accept responsibility for something — anything?

Morning in America it ain't. But take heart - there's always another scapegoat waiting in the wings.

Posted by Cassandra at August 20, 2010 07:58 AM

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“I don't know what he was thinking about,” Obama said [of Barton's apology to BP for Teh Won's $20 billion shakedown]. He held up Barton’s remarks at a rally in Milwaukee a week later. “This is somebody who could be running our energy policy if the other party takes over,” he said.

He'd get my vote -- especially over someone like Lisa "Action" Jackson, who's 'way outside her lane and 'way over her head.

Posted by: BillT at August 20, 2010 09:00 AM

I blame the Evillll Booosh! What is it about all these Republican politicians whose names begin with B that makes them so evil? Bush, Boehner, Barton, Balin---they are all bad, bad, bad. Oops, Sarah's last name begins with "P". My mistake.

Posted by: Mike Myers at August 20, 2010 09:14 AM

Bush is still President. nobody expected Obama to do anything once in office. He was just a token.

Posted by: Ymarsakar at August 20, 2010 09:21 AM

Mr Obama can't let go of his bad Geraldine routine: "The Bush made me do it." He stayed up all night memorizing that line, and he's going to use it.

You want heart rending? I spent five grueling minutes coming up with this:

Obama took an axe,
And gave our health care 40 whacks.

And when he saw what he had done,
He gave our economy 41.

And when he saw what he could do,
He gave our global standing 42.

Eric Hines

Posted by: E Hines at August 20, 2010 10:54 AM

0 need look no further for the villain than in his mirror.

Posted by: htom at August 20, 2010 11:04 AM

I thought Obama was focused like a laser beam on Hurricane Katrina... no, wait...

Posted by: Cousin Dave at August 20, 2010 01:46 PM

*sniff sniffsniff*

Smell that? Smells like desperation to me.

Posted by: DL Sly at August 20, 2010 01:53 PM

He can't fall far enough, fast enough for me.

Posted by: camojack at August 23, 2010 01:35 AM