Obamateurism of the Day

Just when I thought the OOTD cupboard was getting bare, the President gives a major policy speech — and restocks it. Today, though, I’ll turn to ABC’s Jake Tapper for a look at Barack Obama’s commitment to the New Tone in Washington. In January of last year, recall that Obama paid a visit to the House Republican Caucus retreat to lecture the GOP on how to talk about entitlement reform:

“We’re not going to be able to do anything about any of these entitlements if what we do is characterize whatever proposals are put out there as, ‘Well, you know, that’s — the other party’s being irresponsible. The other party is trying to hurt our senior citizens. That the other party is doing X, Y, Z.”

Anyone who paid attention to Republican efforts on entitlement reform over the last few years knows that Obama was lecturing the wrong caucus.  As it turns out, Obama couldn’t be bothered to take his own advice, anyway:

“One vision has been championed by Republicans in the House of Representatives and embraced by several of their party’s presidential candidates…This is a vision that says up to 50 million Americans have to lose their health insurance in order for us to reduce the deficit.  And who are those 50 million Americans?  Many are someone’s grandparents who wouldn’t be able afford nursing home care without Medicaid.  Many are poor children.  Some are middle-class families who have children with autism or Down’s syndrome.  Some are kids with disabilities so severe that they require 24-hour care.  These are the Americans we’d be telling to fend for themselves.”

That was just one of several passages in Obama’s speech that celebrated the Same Old Tone.   It’s another example of Obama’s (lack of) leadership.

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