Old and busted: Community organizing. New hotness: Listen to your elders! Barack Obama took the opportunity today to lay blame for Washington dysfunction squarely on where it most belongs … outside the Beltway:
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“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,” Obama continued.
Obama went after what he called the “rhetoric” which “gets worse” annually, and for members to focus on where they agree. He cited a “balanced approach” to a budget process as one of these areas of agreement between Democrats and Republicans.
“Had one side not decided to pursue a strategy of brinkmanship, each side could have gotten together and figured out how do we shape a budget that provides certainty to businesses, and people who rely on government?” Obama said.
Hmmm. Those darned bloggers … say, aren’t these people who actually send people to Congress and the White House? And didn’t a Senate backbencher embrace them in 2007-8, and then again in 2012 in order to be able to stand at that podium? As for the “professional activists,” does President Establishment recall what he did with his 2012 presidential campaign? Do the letters “OFA” ring a bell?
Too bad he didn’t take his own advice in 2007. He could have saved us a lot of bother.