Obamateurism of the Day

Barack Obama decided to give Americans a little straight talk in his weekly radio address on Saturday.  He’d like to solve a lot of problems, especially mortgage reform, but he can’t.  Why not? Congress is too busy campaigning, that’s why:

But we can do even more if Congress is willing to do their part.

Back in February I sent Congress a plan to give every responsible homeowner the chance to save about $3,000 a year on their mortgages by refinancing at lower rates. It’s a plan that has the support of independent, nonpartisan economists and leaders across the housing industry. But Republicans in Congress worked to keep it from even getting to a vote. And here we are — seven months later — still waiting on Congress to act.

This makes no sense. Last week, mortgage rates were at historic lows. But instead of helping more and more hardworking families take advantage of those rates, Congress was away on break. Instead of worrying about you, they’d already gone home to worry about their campaigns.

Not like our President!  It was just three weeks ago when the first American ambassador was killed in the line of duty in 33 years, in the first successful terrorist attack on an American diplomatic facility in 14 years.  Congress was in session at that time.  Did our President rush back to Washington to do his job?  Er, not exactly.  He blew off a national security briefing so that he could go to Las Vegas … because he was more worried about his campaign.

The hypocrisy is simply breathtaking.


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