Last week, Barack Obama chided his fellow politicians for spending too much time campaigning and not governing:
We shouldn’t be campaigning all the time. There is a time to campaign and there is a time to govern. What we’ve tried to do over the last 20 months is to govern. On health care or financial reform, right now we have a big debate about how to get small businesses more credit because they generate the jobs. When you feel as if every single initiative that we’re doing is subject to Washington politics instead of is this good for the country, that can be frustrating.
So where did Obama deliver this peroration? The White House briefing room? The Rose Garden? The Pentagon? A speech to the joint session of Congress? As Jay Cost points out, Obama did it while “governing” The View:
This President, who was recently rankedas the eighth most intelligent President of all time (just behind of John Adams, co-author of the Declaration of Independence, and four spots ahead of George Washington, who successfully repelled an invasion by the greatest military power the world had ever seen to that point), seems unaware of the concept of irony. There is no other way to explain why he would say this after having become the first President to engage in a permanent electoral campaign …
The fact that he uttered these words on The View, a show politicians only frequent when they are desperately trolling for votes, makes it all the more remarkable.
In Obama’s defense, the only competency he’s demonstrated is in campaigning. Frankly, I can’t wait for Obama to take the opportunity to scold Americans about their television viewing habits from Jersey Shore when he debates Snooki over the tan tax.
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