Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Obama Points Finger at Republicans

The Detroit News: Obama to Democrats: We must lead

After urging Democrats to double down and pass the Obama agenda even while the Dems are looking at a tidal wave of electoral disatisfaction, obama couldn't help take a poke at the Republicans for not rolling over and doing everything he wants.
Obama again chided Republican senators for routinely using the filibuster tactic.

He said Democrats in 2009 had to cast more votes to overcome that procedural delay than were needed in the 1950s and 1960s combined. "That's 20 years of obstruction packed into just one," he said.
Can anyone guess how many such maneuvers were used by the Democrats when Bush was president? My bet is that obama cherry picked the 50s and 60s to cover the obvoious - the Deomocrats have been playing the obsrtructionist as well and turnabout is fair play, not to mention a common-sense attempt to stop the Obama juggernaught form reshaping the economy into a new progressive paradise (i.e. a total mess).
Obama used the same language toward Republicans as he did toward extremists in the Muslim world in his inaugural address. Of Republicans on Wednesday, he said, "We extend a hand and get a fist in return." In his inaugural address, he said the United States "will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist."

Obama was countering the Republican argument that he doesn't accept any of their ideas.
The problem is that extended hand to the Republicans had a middle finger outstretched with the remaining fingers curled back and was accompannied by the words "I Won" and the "time for bickering is over".

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