Jim Geraghty once famously observed that all Barack Obama promises come with an expiration date. He could have written a corollary to that rule, which is that all Obama lectures come with an expiration time. In what has become a recurring theme with OOTDs, Obama waggled a finger at Republicans for engaging in partisanship — only to do the same himself just moments later:
Once you escape the partisanship and the political point-scoring in Washington, once you start really start listening to the American people, it’s pretty clear what our country and your leaders should be spending their time on. Jobs.
Once you escape the lecturing and I’m-above-politics conceit of Obama in a speech, you’ll almost always find that he’s not taking his own advice. Sure enough:
None of this matters to the Republicans in the Senate — because last week they got together to block this bill. They said no to putting teachers and construction workers back on the job. They said no to rebuilding our roads and our bridges and our airports. They said no to cutting taxes for middle-class families and small businesses when all they’ve been doing is cutting taxes for the wealthiest Americans. They said no to helping veterans find jobs.
No, they didn’t — they said that Obama’s bill wouldn’t meet any of those objectives, and so opposed it. So did two Democrats, for that matter, Jon Tester and Ben Nelson, and more were prepared to vote against Obama’s bill had it come to a floor vote. Instead of being honest and admitting that the opposition to his bill came from both parties, it seems that Obama wanted to indulge in the same partisanship and point-scoring that he had just decried.
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