Who Hijacked Our Country

Friday, September 02, 2011

Obama to Republicans: “OK, I Sacrificed the Environment. Do You Like Me Yet?”

Poor Barack Obama just wants the mean kids to be nice to him. If he keeps doing everything they tell him to do, maybe they’ll quit calling him names and stealing his lunch money. Who knows, if he completely renounces everything he believes in, they might even invite him to sit at the popular table.

The latest group to be thrown under the bus: people who like to breathe clean air. Obama has directed the EPA to withdraw a new smog regulation. Sorry, nerds, but the jocks told me if I did this, they won’t snap towels at me in the locker room. At least not today.

In his ongoing quest to be liked, Obama has allowed the temporary Bush tax cuts — that word again is temporary — to continue. And during the debt ceiling battles, when Republicans said “Lose the safety net or America gets it!” — Obama said “OK. I don’t want any trouble.”

And don’t forget the Public Option. (There’s a name out of the past. That’s sooo 2009.) Candidate Obama campaigned fiercely for the Public Option. President Obama took it off the table.

So far, President Obama hasn’t gotten much mileage out of his “When the GOP says ‘Jump!’ I’ll say ‘How High Sir?’” approach. But if he keeps on renouncing everything he used to stand for, and throwing everybody who voted for him under the bus, maybe, just maybe, the Republicans will finally say “Hey, this guy is OK. Let’s stop picking on him.”

As Albert Einstein famously said: If you try something and it doesn’t work, just keep doing the same thing over and over and over again, and eventually you’ll get the result you wanted.



Blogger Jerry Critter said...

I hope this is not the new Democratic jobs program -- increase medical jobs due to an increase in respiratory disease.

September 2, 2011 at 12:43 PM  
Blogger jadedj said...

One assessment I read contends that he is smarter than the rest of us, and his plan is to look like the adult in the room, making the pugs look just...stupid. The problem is...they don't give a shit if they look stupid, and uncooperative. So what's the point?

This one really threw me.

September 2, 2011 at 3:33 PM  
Blogger Dave Dubya said...

Obama is a Clintonian Republican. He has a tradition of NAFTA and taking out Glass Steagall to follow.

September 2, 2011 at 8:06 PM  
Blogger Demeur said...

Excellent point Jadedj. What's the use if he keeps caving to the right wing.

September 2, 2011 at 9:50 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

I'm at the point of wishing some Democrat could successfully beat Obama in a primary and go on to win the presidency. Or alternatively, that the Democratic Party would take the unprecedented step of asking him to resign and let a Democrat run for president in 2012.

I know this isn't being realistic, but with every passing week, I'm more sick to death of President Bait and Switch and his eternal door mat routine.

But maybe it isn't about being a door mat. Maybe Obama agrees with the U.S. Chamber that we don't need stricter rules against air pollution.

September 2, 2011 at 11:39 PM  
Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

Tom, Obama's a Trojan Horse. He's the best president the Republicans have had since...well, since Bush.

September 3, 2011 at 5:55 AM  
Blogger Snave said...

Does he have enough self-esteem to lead the country? Does he really hate himself as much as Mitt Romney hates himself? 8-)

Obama is making it harder and harder for me to get excited about voting for him next year. I will vote for him anyway because the alternatives are pretty much unthinkable... but Obama is looking a bit more like a DINO these days.

September 3, 2011 at 9:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It would easier if Obama had some solid support for his own party when he puts out his initiatives, but instead they hesitate and divide. Of course if they weren't like that we would accuse them of being just as Drone -nish
and narrow minded as... Republicans!

The Far left seems to want him to fail because he didn't pull the troops out on day 2. They would rather battle the next Republican President then support this one.


September 3, 2011 at 10:25 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jerry: sssshhhhhh -- We're not supposed to know that 'til September 8th.

jadedj: I don't think it helps for him to be the only adult in the room, since the rethugs in the room are too stupid to notice.

Dave: At least Clinton stood up to his attackers.

Demeur: But he looks dignified while he's caving.

SW: I really can't tell any more, whether he's really this spineless or whether he's secretly on the same side as Well Street and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

JG: I hope that isn't true, but it's looking more and more that way.

Snave: Same with me. I'll vote for him just because the idea of President Perry is unthinkable.

Erik: I can't speak for anyone else, but the reason I'm so disappointed in Obama is that he keeps on caving in, flipflopping, baiting and switching. And that goes to the rest of the Democrats (most of them) as well. I keep wondering if the Democrats are really trying to help 98% of the population and they keep getting beaten down by Republicans; or are the Democrats just playing Good Cop to the Republicans' Bad Cop.

September 3, 2011 at 10:43 AM  
Anonymous Jolly Roger said...

It would easier if Obama had some solid support for his own party when he puts out his initiatives, but instead they hesitate and divide.

Erik, these are DNC talking points. The fact of the matter is, (1.) we would love to support what the President SAYS he wants, but he (2.) says a lot of things, and never seems to actually stick to ANY of them. In a time when we needed leadership, he stepped right on back and let dem leaders in Congress do the fighting-for proposals he swept right on out the door when he was ordered to do so by Boehner and McConnell.

Bushack HW Obama just couldn't get a thing done when he had huge majorities in both Houses, and he just can't get a thing done because he doesn't have huge majorities in both Houses. The problem is entirely of his making, however, and no amount of DNC spin will change this ironclad fact.

September 3, 2011 at 6:59 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

Erik wrote: "The Far left seems to want him to fail because he didn't pull the troops out on day 2."

However ticked the left is at Obama, about the wars or a bunch of other things, they never wanted him to fail.

Jolly Roger wrote: "Obama just couldn't get a thing done when he had huge majorities in both Houses"

Obama hasn't had a huge majority in the Senate. He's had a nominal majority. The reality of his situation includes how out of place people like Ben Nelson and Joe Lieberman are, and how less-than-worthless DINO's like Evan Bayh are and were.

In the current situation, a veto-proof majority plus two would be huge. Thanks to Republicans, anything less than veto proof is blackmail bait. Just ask Nelson.

September 3, 2011 at 9:19 PM  
Anonymous Jess said...

I don't have clue one why he keeps caving to the fright wing. They are never going to work with him and he needs to figure that out already.

September 4, 2011 at 7:04 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

1 down 200 more to go

September 5, 2011 at 7:46 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

They are never going to work with him and he needs to figure that out already.
Oh yes reminiscent of 2006-2008

September 6, 2011 at 9:58 AM  

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