Video: Obama’s greatest bipartisan achievement

posted at 10:30 am on March 30, 2012 by Tina Korbe

The Republican National Committee is out with an excellent new video that highlights what is indisputably Barack Obama’s greatest bipartisan achievement:

Unanimity is nearly impossible in politics, yet Barack Obama managed to inspire it. As Ed reported yesterday, every single member of the House of Representatives voted against the president’s $3.6 trillion budget. Republicans rightly noted that Democrats were clearly afraid to vote for the president’s tired tax-and-spend policies, but Democrats made the bizarre excuse that Republicans had forced a vote on the numbers of the budget and not the policies the president would use to arrive at those numbers. But as Ed pointed out, aren’t budgets all about the numbers?

The RNC video calls attention to something else, though, too: What meaningful bipartisan achievements does Obama have to his name? Adoring documentarian Davis Guggenheim might fault Republicans for Obama’s inability to arrive at bipartisan solutions to the pressing problems that face the country, but, in the end, it’s the president’s job to lead. As Peggy Noonan writes in her column today:

If you jumped into a time machine to the day after the election, in November, 2012, and saw a headline saying “Obama Loses,” do you imagine that would be followed by widespread sadness, pain and a rending of garments? You do not. Even his own supporters will not be that sad. It’s hard to imagine people running around in 2014 saying, “If only Obama were president!” Including Mr. Obama, who is said by all who know him to be deeply competitive, but who doesn’t seem to like his job that much. As a former president he’d be quiet, detached, aloof. He’d make speeches and write a memoir laced with a certain high-toned bitterness. It was the Republicans’ fault. They didn’t want to work with him.

He will likely not see even then that an American president has to make the other side work with him. You think Tip O’Neill liked Ronald Reagan? You think he wanted to give him the gift of compromise? He was a mean, tough partisan who went to work every day to defeat Ronald Reagan. But forced by facts and numbers to deal, he dealt. So did Reagan.

An American president has to make cooperation happen.

If only the president’s remarkable ability to unite Congress against a plan could be inverted …


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Most divisive President, evah.

coldwarrior on March 30, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Will the oceans stop rising now?

juanito on March 30, 2012 at 10:35 AM

I thought his greatest achievement was the passing of the individual. Thereby expanding the role of federal government to every aspect of our livess.

Oil Can on March 30, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Thank you President O’bama.

crr6 on May 1, 2011 at 10:45 PM

Del Dolemonte on March 30, 2012 at 10:36 AM

He’s a uniter, not a divider

LtGenRob on March 30, 2012 at 10:38 AM

They said he was the most left wing Senator.

faraway on March 30, 2012 at 10:39 AM

I don’t care.

Obama is awesome!

Electrongod on March 30, 2012 at 10:39 AM

I am starting to have respect for video production skills of the Republican National Committee.

Their stuff comes out fast, and it’s good.

Dextrous on March 30, 2012 at 10:39 AM

An American president has to make cooperation happen.

In any compromise between food and poison, it is only death that can win.

-Ayn Rand

Good Lt on March 30, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Thank you President O’bama.

crr6 on May 1, 2011 at 10:45 PM

Del Dolemonte on March 30, 2012 at 10:36 AM

…I would have disappeared too!

KOOLAID2 on March 30, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Thank you President O’bama.

crr6 on May 1, 2011 at 10:45 PM

Del Dolemonte on March 30, 2012 at 10:36 AM

I will never grow tired of seeing this

Roy Rogers on March 30, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Cheer up, Peggy. Life goes on.

minnesoter on March 30, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Hmmm, so it turns out that Obama is a uniter after all, who knew it would be Obama uniting the entire country against him though…

SWalker on March 30, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Democrats made the bizarre excuse that Republicans had forced a vote on the numbers of the budget and not the policies the president would use to arrive at those numbers. But as Ed pointed out, aren’t budgets all about the numbers?

In this case, no. PBHO’s pure awesomeness combined with the fact that he is descended from Unicorns means that the normal laws of mathematics go out the window.

In PBHO’s budget, 1+1 really does equal whatever he wants it to equal.

Why do you HotGas freaks hate math?

Bishop on March 30, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Don’t you feel the invisible hand of bush, Rove, and Koch brothers behind the vote?

Archivarix on March 30, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Good vid to show what a complete LOSER barack is. When even his biggest supporters will not show up and vote in approval of his crappulance.

DuctTapeMyBrain on March 30, 2012 at 10:49 AM

And how many presidents realize the same greatest achievementtwice! Two houses of Congress, two total rejections!

de rigueur on March 30, 2012 at 10:49 AM

“If only Obama were president!” Including Mr. Obama, who is said by all who know him to be deeply competitive, but who doesn’t seem to like his job that much.”

Wouldn’t he actually have to do his job to know whether he likes it or not?

AubieJon on March 30, 2012 at 10:50 AM

This is the week that his clothes fell off.

Nemesis of Jihad on March 30, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Epic fail

Way to go dear leader

cmsinaz on March 30, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Obama is some kind of AWESOME!

search4truth on March 30, 2012 at 10:52 AM

If I had a budget, it would look like Trayvon.

Nemesis of Jihad on March 30, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Joe Biteme is immpressed.

VegasRick on March 30, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Bill Whittle says it best:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-FGgoReyNE&feature=player_embedded

LeftCoastRight on March 30, 2012 at 10:56 AM

If I had a zero, it would look like Obama.

faraway on March 30, 2012 at 10:56 AM

And the odds are even less than they are for winning the half-billion-dollar mega millions that he’ll ever ever mention this.

stukinIL4now on March 30, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Me likey.
Hoping there are plenty more in the vault for the general.
After all, the resources are unlimited.

pambi on March 30, 2012 at 10:57 AM

They said he was the most left wing Senator.

faraway on March 30, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Yeah, that was before he Quit halfway thru his “term” to run for pResident.

Del Dolemonte on March 30, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Er, well I think he’s doing a fine job.

crr6 on August 10, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Del Dolemonte on March 30, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Another BFD moment..

Electrongod on March 30, 2012 at 10:59 AM

They said he was the most left wing Senator.

faraway on March 30, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Yep, and that was up against some stiff competition: Schumer, Durbin, Boxer, and even the Socialist Bernie Sanders!

Yikes.

visions on March 30, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Obama brought back racism in a more virulent form, and encouraged lawlessness by denying justice to anyone who was not a friend of his, and by encouraging lawless organizations and those who undertake lawless actions.

He denigrates America at every opportunity.

He bankrupted the country and is responsible for getting US credit downgraded for the first time in history.

He pursues government OF HIS CRONIES, IN SPITE OF the people, and ON the people…instead of government OF the people, BY the people, and FOR the people.

Obama deserves a historic, resounding, crushing, “57-state” defeat in November.

landlines on March 30, 2012 at 11:06 AM

This along with the recent rise in fuel prices may be just the beginning of finally seeing Barry fulfill his campaign promises. Yep, I see real smooth sailing from here on out.

DaveDief on March 30, 2012 at 11:08 AM

crr6 on August 10, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Del Dolemonte on March 30, 2012 at 10:59 AM

I wish Hot Air had a free agent troll agreement for us..I would bring crr6 out of retirement and give up Lib4life and Libfreeordie…

hillsoftx on March 30, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Amazing that one of Obama’s greatest achievements will be a beer summit.

Rovin on March 30, 2012 at 11:12 AM

There was also bipartisanship in the first two years of 0bama, all of it was against his policies.

Record deficits, record rhetoric, and record division.

jukin3 on March 30, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Thank you President O’bama.

crr6 on May 1, 2011 at 10:45 PM

That never gets old.

crazy_legs on March 30, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Mr. Obama: “Present.”

AttaBoyLuther on March 30, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Don’t forget the increase in gun and ammo sales. Those weren’t all purchased by Republicans. Bipartisan, to be sure.

a capella on March 30, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Bill Whittle says it best:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-FGgoReyNE&feature=player_embedded

LeftCoastRight on March 30, 2012 at 10:56 AM
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Damn that’s a big hammer…
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RalphyBoy on March 30, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Good ad

cmsinaz on March 30, 2012 at 11:22 AM

It’s hard to imagine people running around in 2014 saying, “If only Obama were president!”

Not so. It’s just that those people will be in the Kremlin and statehouses in places like Iran, Egypt, Syria, etc.

Sowell Disciple on March 30, 2012 at 11:22 AM

crr6 on August 10, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Del Dolemonte on March 30, 2012 at 10:59 AM

I wish Hot Air had a free agent troll agreement for us..I would bring crr6 out of retirement and give up Lib4life and Libfreeordie…

hillsoftx on March 30, 2012 at 11:12 AM

crr had those two nailed too:

Poor minds think alike!

crr6 on June 12, 2011 at 4:22 PM

BTW, just so folks know I am Fair and Balanced, I will throw this Golden Oldie in as well:

I’m very stupid compared to you.

bayam on July 25, 2011 at 10:20 PM

Del Dolemonte on March 30, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Love it. Let’s hope these new RNC ads get a LOT of airtime before the general.

SteveThomas on March 30, 2012 at 11:25 AM

zip, zero , nada

mmm, mmm, mmm

50sGuy on March 30, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Yeah, but he still has the Peace Prize. Ya can’t undo that!

OkieDoc on March 30, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Reasonable people of good will, agree Obama is a complete failure.

NoDonkey on March 30, 2012 at 11:32 AM

The Great Uniter!

Odumbo vision of America is definitely his own alone.

Tim_CA on March 30, 2012 at 11:33 AM

ok guys, cover me…I’m making the daily run

DanMan on March 30, 2012 at 11:34 AM

I’m glad Peggy is busting that ridiculous meme the left pushes that Tip O’Neill and Reagan were just the best of buddies.

GeorgiaBuckeye on March 30, 2012 at 11:46 AM

I don’t wanna go all “Glenn Beck” here, but could there be some kind of Cloward Piven Bullcrap going on with the senate illegally NOT passing a budget in 3 years?

Shouldn’t someone be going to jail over this?
http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Federal+Budget

-Wasteland Man.

WastelandMan on March 30, 2012 at 11:46 AM

whew! made it. Pretty boring over at kos today. I did note an article that said Texas will crater into bankruptcy because Obama with held $35 million in Medicaid funding over abortion funding at PP. Guess I better brace myself for that.

Note to kos from the Texas HHS on March 14 re: using the raining day fund or raising taxes as proposed by dems…

No, we’ll look at areas where current spending is below the level we projected. Our annual budget is more than $25 billion a year and includes hundreds of programs across the five agencies so we’re confident we’ll be able to find the funding we need for the Women’s Health Program.

Nice having loose money on the dresser when the pizza shows up.

DanMan on March 30, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Will the oceans stop rising now?

juanito on March 30, 2012 at 10:35 AM

I feel like I’m drowning every day. Odumbo is waterboarding me. I pray for Nov 6, 2012 to get here. Blessed relief!

freedomfirst on March 30, 2012 at 11:52 AM

To be fair to Obama, Bill Clinton (prodded by Vice President Captain Planet) managed to achieve the same result 14 years ago, when the Senate whitewashed his Kyoto Treaty of Global Warming by a 97-0 vote.

The interesting thing is the “contrast and compare” between Clinton or Obama and any Republican president who had a bill unanimously voted down. At best, this week’s 414-0 thumping is a one-day (or half a news cycle) story on the big media sites; were this to be a rebuff to a GOP president, the action would become part of the campaign meme all the way to Election Day.

jon1979 on March 30, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Del Dolemonte on March 30, 2012 at 11:23 AM

For my money, getalife was the Cy Young of the trolls. Recall he would gloat on every thread everyday the stock market was up as much as one point and vanish otherwise.

Chuck Schick on March 30, 2012 at 12:13 PM

LOLS. When I saw the headline, I was wondering what liberal had posted an article here. Then I got to the meat of the matter and about laughed my coffee all over my monitor.

sage0925 on March 30, 2012 at 12:22 PM

If Obama loses in November, people will be heard saying ” Yeah, Obama had some tough battles, but he was kind, always smiling, would give you the shirt off his back, was ahead of his time, but now he can enjoy his retirement. He was such a swell guy.

If Obama wins, people will be heard saying “that jug-eared jerk is really going to shove it to America. He almost crippled America in his first term. Now he will finish the job. We should start learning to speak Russian and learn to drive a horse and buggy. This man is the worst scourge America can endure.

Ahhhh….such is life, and life must go on.

timberline on March 30, 2012 at 12:41 PM

So let me get this straight.

Republicans, in a republican controlled house, offered to replace the budgetary numbers with the exact figures in obama’s budget. Of course, they didn’t actually offer up a bill with the policies to back those figures up, so that version of the budget was criminally dangerous to pass and would cripple the federal government. But that happens when you pass budget numbers without mandates, no?

Meanwhile democrats, who have their own version of the budget and wished to see that passed, a budget with actual force of policy behind it, didn’t vote for it? Shocked.

You mean the democrats didn’t vote for a stunt on the single most important piece of legislation they’ll vote on all year? And the republicans didn’t vote for it because they’re republicans? Shocked. I’m absolutely shocked.

Shocked.

triple on March 30, 2012 at 12:52 PM

If I had a pile of dog poop, it would look like Obama’s budget.

The Rogue Tomato on March 30, 2012 at 12:55 PM

If Obama loses in November, people will be heard saying ” Yeah, Obama had some tough battles, but he was kind, always smiling, would give you the shirt off his back, was ahead of his time, but now he can enjoy his retirement. He was such a swell guy.

timberline on March 30, 2012 at 12:41 PM

I think it’s far more likely that the Democrats will blame everyone around him for the loss, call us all racists and encourage riots in the streets. But, time will tell I suppose.

txhsmom on March 30, 2012 at 1:05 PM

What meaningful bipartisan achievements does Obama have to his name?

He duped Republicans into being witnesses to his birth.

No, seriously.

The 111th Congress made themselves witnesses via H.Res.593 and S.Res.225.

Not a single Republican member of Congress has personally inspected an official hard copy birth certificate from the State of Hawaii for Barack Hussein Obama, yet they all voted in favor of a Resolution stating:

Barack Obama, was born in Hawaii on August 4, 1961

Mere hours after the House voted unanimously in favor of H.Res. 593, Dr. Fukino surprised people by releasing her second News Release which, in a first for her, made the explicit claim that “Barack Hussein Obamawas born in Hawai‘i”…

July 27, 2009, 6:55pm Eastern Daylight Time: H. Res. 593 passed

July 27, 2009, 11:45pm Eastern Daylight Time (5:45 pm Hawaii Standard Time): Janice Okubo first releases Dr. Chiyome Fukino’s second News Release.

What event “triggered” Dr. Fukino’s second News Release? I see nothing plausible other than the passage of H.Res. 593 by the U.S. House of Representatives.

Could Dr. Fukino have used H. RES. 593 as “prima facie” evidence to issue her second News Release and finally make the claim “Obama was born in Hawaii”?

I think the answer is yes, based on

Federal Rules of Evidence Rule 902. Self-authentication

(10) Presumptions under Acts of Congress. Any signature, document, or other matter declared by Act of Congress to be presumptively or prima facie genuine or authentic.

H.Res. 593 was authored by Neil Abercrombie while he was a Representative. Was he later rewarded with the Governorship of Hawaii?

The whole thing is more than just a little fishy.

ITguy on March 30, 2012 at 1:07 PM

If I had a pile of dog poop, it would look like Obama’s budget.

The Rogue Tomato on March 30, 2012 at 12:55 PM

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Because I can…
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RalphyBoy on March 30, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Thank goodness it was voted down! Obummer’s budget was going to increase our costs to keep my husband’s military retiree insurance by $3,900 next year. And there would have been 345% increases for everything every 2 to 3 years. My family doesn’t have that kind of money.

sherrimae on March 30, 2012 at 11:46 PM

Obama’s greatest bipartisan achievement would be to never be elected to any political position in the US again. I hear Russia likes him. Mebbe.

hawkdriver on March 31, 2012 at 1:30 AM

Bill Whittle says it best:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-FGgoReyNE&feature=player_embedded
LeftCoastRight on March 30, 2012 at 10:56 AM

His swinging scythe creates a breeze that stirs the dust thousands of miles away.

YiZhangZhe on March 31, 2012 at 4:21 AM

With all due respect to Peggy Noonan, if President Obama loses, the last thing he’ll be is quiet.

Jeff A on March 31, 2012 at 6:38 AM