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Obama ‘Gets Earful’ From GOP Senators

From an outraged Associated Press:

President Barack Obama, escorted by Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Terrance Gainer, leaves Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 25, 2010, after a meeting with Senate Republicans behind closed doors.

Obama gets an earful in clash with GOP senators

By Charles Babington, Associated Press Writer Tue May 25, 2010

WASHINGTON – If President Barack Obama thought having a private lunch with Republican senators would ease partisan tensions in Congress, he grabbed the wrong recipe.

The president walked into a remarkably contentious 80-minute session Tuesday in which GOP senators accused him of duplicity, audacity and unbending partisanship. Lawmakers said the testy exchange left legislative logjams intact, and one GOP leader said nothing is likely to change before the November elections.

Obama’s sharpest accuser was Bob Corker of Tennessee, a first-term senator who feels the administration undermined his efforts to craft a bipartisan financial regulation bill.

"I told him I thought there was a degree of audacity in him even showing up today after what happened with financial regulation," Corker told reporters, with perhaps a dig at Obama’s book "The Audacity of Hope."

"I just wanted him to tell me how, when he wakes up in the morning, comes over to a luncheon like ours today, how does he reconcile that duplicity?"

Four people who were in the room said Obama bristled and defended his administration’s handling of negotiations. On the way out, Corker said, Obama approached him and both men repeated their main points.

"I told him there was a tremendous disconnect from his words and the actions of his administration," Corker said

"He needs to take a Valium before he comes in and talks to Republicans," Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., told reporters. "He’s pretty thin-skinned."

This does appear to be true. For someone who is so skin obsessed, his seems to have the toughness of a a Russian Czarina’s.

Sen. John McCain of Arizona, Obama’s 2008 presidential opponent, said he pressed the president on immigration issues. McCain said he told Obama "we need to secure the border first" before taking other steps. "The president didn’t agree," he said.

Later, McCain said his views were unchanged by Obama’s decision to send an additional 1,200 National Guard troops to boost security along the U.S.-Mexico border

And, of course, Mr. McCain is right (however expediently). This number is far too small and their mission will be far too limited. With these troops probably being relegated to training and desk jobs.

At the luncheon, McCain said, "I pointed out that members of his administration who have not read the law have mischaracterized the law — a very egregious act on their part."

Burton said Obama told McCain that he has read the Arizona law himself, and his concerns remain.

Then perhaps someone should ‘explain’ the law to him.

After the luncheon, no one suggested the two parties were even a smidgen closer to resolving differences over energy, immigration and other issues that Obama has said he wants to act on this year…

It’s hard to know if Obama genuinely thought his luncheon visit would melt some of the partisan iciness. Several Republican senators and aides in the room said he seemed to be going through the motions, not making real efforts at consensus.

No kidding. What was their first hint?

"What’s really important is not so much the symbolism of bipartisanship as it is the action of bipartisanship," Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., told reporters later.

Citing the scant or zero Republican support for the health care law, financial regulation bill and last year’s financial stimulus, Thune said, "What we haven’t seen is sort of the matchup between the rhetoric and the actions to follow through."

Mr. Obama is the most partisan President in the history of our nation. Despite all of his promises to the contrary during the campaign. He simply lied.

As the Senate wrapped up its business Tuesday, Obama was flying to California to headline a fundraiser for Sen. Barbara Boxer, one of Congress’ most liberal members and a top GOP target this fall.

Again with the finger. And at this fundraiser, Mr. Obama will undoubtedly chortle at the Republican rubes he thinks he has hornswoggled yet again.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, May 26th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Obama ‘Gets Earful’ From GOP Senators”

  1. untrainable says:

    The best news I’ve heard all day. Obama is campaigning for Barbara Boxer. By promoting a candidate, Obama is saving the GOP money and accomplishing the same thing as months of attack ads would without the expense. Keep up the good work Barry!

  2. proreason says:

    Saying he is partisan is like saying a cobra might nip you.

    Frankly, discussions about whether or not this is the most partisan administration ever actually play into the hands of these criminals. Because just by discussing it, there is an implication that what they are doing falls within the spectrum of American political give and take.

    Was Hitler the most partisan German ruler ever? Just asking the question is ludicrous. What about Lenin? Castro? Did they “compromise? Did they “listen” to the other side? They “follow the will of the people”? Did they seek “common ground”?

    Does Obama “compromise”, “listen”, “follow the will of the people”, seek “common ground”? So don’t tell me these criminals aren’t like the dictators of the past. They have far more in common with those megalomaniacs than they have in common with Truman or even Clinton. There isn’t a bi-partisan bone in their bodies.

    And that’s why I say that the ONLY THING holding them back is the 400 year tradition in this country….and the second amendment. Listen to them. Chris Matthews thinks Obama should nationalize the oil industry. Woody Allen wishes Obama would be granted dictatorial powers. Obama himself…..”We aren’t going to listen to the people who caused the problems”.

    What everybody needs to understand is that there is NO connection between the Obama cabal and American politics. They aren’t connected to the American experience in any way. There are no areas where they are incrementally changing anything. Every change is radical, revolutionary, and totally destructive of the American way of life.

    Economy – they seek to destroy wealth, not create it

    Foreign Policy – they are actively reducing the United States to just another player on the world stage

    Social Policy – they intend to destroy the impact of religion in this country. They are actively minimizing the role of the family in society. They are creating a system in which responsibility, effort and talent count for nothing.

    Their message – America has failed, is bad, is evil, and needs to be transformed.

    Don’t even enter a discussion about bi-partisanship. It’s like trying to find common ground with the USSR.

    There is no common ground.

    They have to be defeated in the same way that the Axis powers in WWII were defeated. Anything less and the phoenix will rise from the ashes again.

    And don’t imagine for a second, that their goal is anything less than the total destruction of everything you hold dear. And not with the kind of magnamity that the US has always shown its enemies. They want to CRUSH you, friends. The Moron tells you that in some way, every single day.

  3. wardmama4 says:

    The whole intention of this was a talking point/sound bite (and of course the resulting material) event for the Obama media to use to bash the GOP, Republicans and anyone not on the Obama bandwagon to death – in their little read, little watched and little listened to – outlets.

    The Republicans are stupid to even attend – It is time to really stand up to this Thug Administration and to say not NO but Hell NO.

    What is the point anyway – they don’t use a damn thing to bash Dems, the DNC or Obama – so why in the hell do they do this at all?

    And people wonder why America is falling for this crap – because the Republicans play along with it.

    God Help America – ‘cuz the GOP sure ain’t.

    • Right of the People says:

      The Republicans need to grow a pair.

      Compromise with these leeches is not an option.

      If they manage to win back the house and senate when the new minority party wants something they should just tell them one thing: We Won!

  4. U NO HOO says:

    Conservatives must grow a set of clank clanks and just say no and remember that Obama is evil.

    That’s all, please conservatives in Congress, save our country.

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