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Obama Calls For End To Name Calling, Hits Ryan

From Reuters:

Obama urges end to political name-calling as second term starts

By Matt Spetalnick and Jeff Mason | January 21, 2013

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A confident President Barack Obama kicked off his second term on Monday with an impassioned call for a more inclusive America that rejects partisan rancor and embraces immigration reform, gay rights and the fight against climate change…

Despite expectations tempered by lingering economic weakness and a divided Washington, Obama delivered a preview of the priorities he intends to pursue – essentially, a reaffirmation of core liberal Democratic causes – declaring Americans "are made for this moment" and must "seize it together." …

And yet throughout the campaign our news media assured us that if Obama got re-elected he would tack to the center. Did they lie to us?

His hair visibly gray after four years in office, Obama called for an end to the political partisanship that marked much of his first term in the White House in bitter fights over the economy with Republicans.

"We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate," Obama said from atop the Capitol steps overlooking the National Mall…

Mr. Obama must have great lightening insurance. For no politician in modern history has been more of a name caller. (‘Hostage takers.’) And no one has done more to ‘substitute spectacle for politics.’ (‘Optics.’)

Meanwhile, we have this from a cheering Huffington Post:

Paul Ryan Booed By Inauguration Crowd

January 21, 2013

If things had gone differently in November, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) might have departed the Capitol on Monday as the vice president of the United States. Instead, he faced a chorus of boos as he left the building to attend President Barack Obama’s second inauguration ceremony…

What a surprise. That is, the surprise here is that this crowd even knew who Paul Ryan is.

And then there is this, also from Zsa Zsa’s Huffington Post:

Obama Takes Aim At Paul Ryan In Inaugural Address

Ryan Grim | 01/21/2013

President Obama took direct aim in his inaugural address at the Randian rhetoric that animates the politics of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and his conservative followers in the House and around the country, arguing that the United States is "not a nation of takers."

For Ryan, the country is divided between "takers" and "makers." He generally puts the number of the former at around a third, with the remainder in the producing category. The dichotomy has been a regular part of his rhetorical repertoire for years, and was elevated during the presidential campaign as Ryan sought the vice presidency.

Ryan argues that social insurance programs that are central to Western welfare states sap the citizenry of ambition. Obama took direct aim at that contention on Monday. "The commitments we make to each other — through Medicare, and Medicaid, and Social Security — these things do not sap our initiative; they strengthen us. They do not make us a nation of takers; they free us to take the risks that make this country great," he said.

To be fair, this was quite restrained for Obama. He could have called Ryan a hostage taker, who has a gun to the head of the American people. Like he usually does. And probably will later today.

Still, who knew that entitlements were so freeing? We must be the free-est country on Earth.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Obama Calls For End To Name Calling, Hits Ryan”

  1. My hope is this turns into a tar-baby moment


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