The most polarizing president in modern times went before the nation Wednesday evening to comment on the Senate having just passed a bill that would reopen government and allow for a debt ceiling increase.
Political pundits, aka “talking heads,” commented on the conciliatory tone President Obama employed as he spoke and wondered aloud how long it would last.
The answer: less than 24 hours.
Shortly after he addressed the nation, the House approved the Senate deal and Obama signed the bill into law — quite possibly the greatest display of efficiency from the federal government ever witnessed.
“How business is done in this town has to change,” Obama said during a press conference Thursday morning. Noticeably absent was the placatory tone from the night before as he set about to place blame.
“And now that the government has reopened and this threat to our economy is removed, all of us need to stop focusing on the lobbyists, and the bloggers, and the talking heads on radio and the professional activists who profit from conflict, and focus on what the majority of Americans sent us here to do,” the president said.
The incredible irony being that Obama was once a professional activist who profited from conflict, not to mention that the entities he refers to are largely dominated by conservative voices, with the exception of “professional activists.”
In a further display of mind-numbing hypocrisy, Obama then dared to speak of the “rhetoric” which “gets worse” annually. This coming from a man who’s own advisor referred to Republican lawmakers as suicide bombers.
“What we’re not for is negotiating with people with a bomb strapped to their chest,” White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer said last week.
White House press secretary Jay Carney has also used words like “extortion,” “blackmail,” and “extremist” to describe House Republicans.
But it’s those darn bloggers who are ginning up the rhetoric.