Democrats responded to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address before Congress Tuesday by acting like children stomping their feet and having a temper tantrum.
Obama led the charge by making a childish move in holding a conference call with European partners on the subject of the Ukraine at the exact same time as Netanyahu’s address.
But for someone who said he didn’t hear the speech, he certainly had a lot to say about it hours after the address.
Claiming he read a transcript of the speech Obama said Netanyahu “didn’t offer any viable alternatives” on preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi led the charge by calling the speech “insulting to the intelligence of the United States.”
“I was near tears throughout the Prime Minister’s speech,” she saidin a statement. “Saddened by the condescension toward our knowledge of the threat posed by Iran and our broader commitment to preventing nuclear proliferation.”
Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., was perhaps the most vitriolic.
“First I’d like to congratulate Speaker Boehner and Prime Minister Netanyahu on a very impressive bit of political theater,” he said during a news conference. “Now the prime minister can go home to his campaign and say he lectured Congress and the American people on things that apparently we didn’t know.
“I resent the condescending tone,” Yarmuth said, before adding, “This speech was straight out of the Dick Cheney playbook. This was fear mongering at its ultimate.”
“If you can make the people afraid, you can make them do anything,” Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., said echoing Yarmuth’s sentiments. ”That’s what Prime Minister Netanyahu was doing. He was trying to make people afraid.”
Even Mr. Tingle Up His Leg Chris Matthews of MSNBC responded like a petulant child and claimed Netanyahu attempted to “take over foreign policy.”
“He said, ‘you should trust me, not your president on this,’” Matthews said. “’I’m the man you should trust, I’m your true leader on this question of U.S. geopolitics. To protect yourself, you must listen to me and not to this president.’
“It’s a remarkable day when the leaders of the opposition in Congress allowed this to happen,” he added. “Think it through, what country in the world would let a foreign leader come in and attempt to rest from the president control of U.S. foreign policy?”
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