Guest Post: Thaddeus McCotter on "unpopular presidents"

Rep. Thaddeus McCotter joins Mark Tapscott in his disappointment over George Bush’s failure to call Congress back into session for a vote on drilling. McCotter, who has a good sense of satire, penned a guest post comparing two Presidents who exited the White House on a wave of discontent. He doesn’t exactly mince words in this Hot Air exclusive:



Profiles in Unpopular Presidents:
“Give ’em Hell Harry” vs. “Beijing George”
By U.S. Representative Thaddeus G. McCotter
Chair, Republican House Policy Committee

Facing momentous domestic problems and mounting disapproval ratings, two modern Presidents have differently dealt with “Do Nothing” Congresses.

Facing an “impossible” re-election, on July 26, 1948, the wildly unpopular and doggedly anti-communist President Harry S. Truman accepted his Democratic nomination and boldly confronted the GOP’s “Do Nothing” 80th Congress:

“My duty as President requires that I use every means within my power to get the laws the people need on matters of such importance and urgency. I am therefore calling this Congress back into session July 26th.”

“Give ’em Hell Harry” got re-elected; and the “Do Nothing” 80th Congress got booted.

Today, in his final term, the wildly unpopular President George W. Bush boarded Air Force One bound for the Beijing Olympics and a meeting with his chum Hu Jintao, the dapper ruler of a nuclear armed, communist dictatorship. Yet before jetting off, the President’s spokesman Tony Fratto bid “Beijing George’s” best wishes to the Democrats’ “Drill Nothing” 110th Congress:

“We don’t have plans to call Congress into session – it won’t make a difference if Democratic leaders are unwilling to bring up a bill for an up-down vote.”


Regardless, we will continue our “Speak-In” on the adjourned House floor to protest Speaker Pelosi’s refusal to vote on lowering gas prices and furthering American energy security and independence.

On his part, perhaps our Compassionate Conservative-in-Chief will bring our absent Democrat Congress some “Made in (communist) China” souvenir t-shirts.

“Bush went to Beijing and all I got was this lousy five week, paid vacation.”

Bon Voyage, Mr. Bush!

House Republicans will fight on for America!

Rep. McCotter will be in Washington all week, along with many other Republicans.  Maybe enough Democrats might join him and the rest of the Republicans to get some work done.

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