Christie: If Obama can't change DC, then "what the hell is he doing asking for another four years?"

As wary as I am of speaking too soon, as a lifelong Virginia resident, I’m starting to get a creeping (though completely nonscientific) feeling in my gut that the commonwealth is starting to lean towards Mitt Romney. Nevertheless, Virginia tends to top the list of crucial swing states still in the battleground running, so I think it was a pretty wise decision to deploy one of the GOP’s most popular surrogates to Richmond, Virginia to stump for Romney over the weekend. Why? Because nobody can get people fired up quite like this guy can. Boom, via the Washington Examiner:

You may not know this, but the president loves me. He really does. He loves watching me on TV. He loves the stuff I say, he loves me. And so, since he loves me, I want to help the president. … You’ve been living inside 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for the last four years. If you don’t think you can change Washington from inside the White House, then let’s give you the plane ticket back to Chicago you’ve earned. I mean, that is a scary thing for the President of the United States to say, isn’t it? … It shows his arrogance. See, ’cause if he really believes that, if he believes that, then what the hell is he doing asking for another four years? You can’t just Washington, D.C. from the inside? That’s fine, we’re happy to give you a bus ticket to the outside, Mr. President. … What he’s saying is, ‘It’s not my fault. … It’s G.W. Bush’s fault, it’s Dick Cheney’s fault, it’s big oil’s fault, it’s the coal company’s fault, it’s the gas company’s fault, it’s the fault of the Republicans in Congress… For God’s sake, it’s anybody’s fault but mine,’ he says. ‘Please, give me another four years, and I will figure it out.’ You know what, Mr. President? I am tired of waiting for you to figure it out. …He doesn’t know anything about leading. He’s never led anything in his life. Until we made him president of the United States, he’s never led anything in his life. … Blindly walking around the White House, looking for a clue. …

So. Much. Truth. If you have four minutes, I recommend watching the full clip; there’s just something about Christie’s unapologetic, bombastic manner that acts like a balm for my Democratic-talking-point-battered soul. Somehow, I feel like we’ve all already given more attention to “Big Bird” and “binders” than we did to President Obama’s “you can’t change Washington from the inside” comment, but as Christie reminds us, it was a poignant omission of just how much on-the-job-training the president has tried — and failed — to acquire.

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Jazz Shaw 1:01 PM on April 01, 2023