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Mr. President, Show Some Respect

What kind of way is this to talk about the leaders of Congress?

I want them here at 11 a.m. tomorrow . . . and they are going to have to explain to me how it is that we are going to avoid default . . . They will come down here at 11 oclock tomorrow. I expect them to have answers.

Even if you’re angry, Mr. President, as you were when you appeared in the briefing room last night to announce the deficit talks had fallen apart, this is not how you speak about the other branch of government.

Now, I can talk about Congress however I want. I’m employing them. And they often suck.

But we have co-equal branches of government in  this country. So it’s frankly of great concern when one branch talks about the other as if it’s his house help.

Now I understand what you’re doing. You’re trying to portray yourself as the adult who is beset by all these schoolchildren. You’re employing a political strategy of suggesting you’re above politics, a political posture that says you’re not posturing politically

And the American people I think are fed up with political posturing and an inability for politicians to take responsible action as opposed to dodge their responsibilities  . . . I mean, the American people are just desperate for folks who are willing to put aside politics just for a minute and try to get some stuff done.

This, even though you spent the spring raising eighty gazzillion dollars or whatever amount it was, and took no responsible action on the deficit until Republicans forced your hand by threatening not to raise the debt ceiling.

I’ve never heard such condescension before. It’s different than the blame game you and the Republicans will now begin playing with each other. It shows, after being an inattentive senator for four years and president for only two and a half years, that you find yourself elevated above everyone else.

You speak often about how Ronald Reagan and Speaker Tip O’Neill had a great relationship and got things done. It’s not quite correct. But if you’re going to use them as a model, ask yourself, can you hear Reagan ordering O’Neill into his office?

Go ahead, knock heads among your staff. But Congress is not your staff.

55 thoughts on “Mr. President, Show Some Respect”

  1. That was creepy, but almost the least of it. He was saying, “You are doing a bad job of doing my job for me–explain yourself.” Like a cross dad. He really thinks he’s the bomb.

    1. Incidentally, I notice some lunatic slaughtered a bunch of people in Norway–is anyone taking time out to send a note or something? Awful!

  2. Thank you, Keith. You are, once again, highlighting exactly what a lot of us are feeling. I am sick to death of his demagoguery on ALL issues. The straw man lives on.

  3. So they are all over there now dutifully listening to their master’s voice? I have to go out. I know some of you will yell at me, but they have to pass the ceiling part–you can’t just whack the govt in half in a day…that is as stupid as thinking you can spend like a maniac forever.

  4. Keith,

    I think you are being to hard on the man. After all, isn’t his approach to governing and responding to Congress similar to how the Czar or the Premier responded to the Duma?

  5. I think a lot of people are getting sick and tired of his angry dad routine. I don’t think any sensible person who voted for him expected him to fix the economy – the country knows it’s going through bad times and that one person cannot fix it. What I believe we wanted was someone to boost the morale of the country, and to inspire us and he had utterly FAILED at this.

    1. Yeah–when he said I couldn’t fix it in a yr, who said a yr? He just spews this stuff out–it is so irritating when we are sitting out here waiting for some sign that we are not just a nuisance to the man. We are trying to live here! Survive!

    2. I hoped we had hired someone beyond Booster and Inspirer. I had Leadership more in mind.
      And while “one person cannot fix it”, can he just quit the @#$%^spending?
      Also, everyone says “revenue” now: “Revenue” is spelled T-A-X-E-S.

      1. Boy, what a pickle barry got himself into ! He came to office with an
        ego the size of Texas thinking he could snap his fingers & have it all his way… That he could work a light daily schedule,golf have regular lunch with biden to bolster his personal belief of his superior intelligence over most all Americans….
        To live in shielded luxury with all the perks available to him..
        To appease the muslims of the world with his not so hidden love for them..
        To speak and it be so…
        I heard it said once early on, that barry had no real political maturity..
        How true is that? ?
        Displays of profanity, tantrums & brow beating too often when the work gets too hard.. And now that he’s backed into a corner of his own doing,
        he is showing himself to be ever more grossly incapable of leading this country.
        History will not be kind to this man.. his massive, colossal failures and
        ignorance of the Presidency and the people he was sent to serve.

  6. Thank you for expressing the views many of us came away with after that bizarre press conference last night. He behaved like a petulant bully.

    My fear is that he is angling for some kind of stock market plunge to force the House to accept whatever plan he has been pushing behind closed doors. Pelosi actually came out with that suggestion last week. Just goes to show how winning is more important to the left than the stability of our country.

    1. Thank you Susan. You have a keen nak for seeing through the BS! Winning re-election is his number one priority….his only priority.

  7. I don’t think the President was at all wrong to speak the way he did in his “summons to the White House” as some are calling it. I am quite frankly upset with Congress too. I’m more likely to speak negatively about an equal co-worker than I am about someone above or below me anyway. I’m glad the President is willing to go all “angry dad” on some folks. The President is there as a check on Congress just like Congress is there as a check on the President. A lot of people think the checks are all one directional but they are not.

    Now I don’t agree with everything the President said but I do not think this was thing to focus on.

  8. Thanks God there are blogs like this that still believe in free speech and aren’t moderated by the feds or a bunch of thugs.

    Did you know that a Coup d’etat began with Sarah Palin during the 2008 presidential election.

    Obama is not the president, he’s the acting president. He disappeared for 2 weeks after his election win only to reappear looking exhausted sitting next to John McCain, with a bad poker face, for a press photo shoot. Obama is now a Pentagon puppet.

    Here’s what Obama, Osama, Biden, Bin Laden, the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists, and Sarah Palin had to do with the last presidential election and the military’s overthrow of our government. Thousands of people are learning about this and sharing it everyday. Help us restore our democracy now.

  9. How dare they not kneel before the man with a God complex! He had two
    years to work on the economy instead we were saddled with Obamacare a
    train wreck nobody but he and his liberal lemmings wanted. Now he is crying because the problem didn’t just go away on it’s own. Did you expect
    him to interrupt his nonstop campaigning to actually work? And we must solve this or the Vineyard vacation could be delayed!

  10. Is the paranoia about him easing at all? Because I haven’t heard anyone here or any other Dossier-friendly blogs accusing him of ‘ordering’ a Saturday meeting so Cantor (presumably he keeps Sabbath, right you guys?!?) would be left out.

    BTW to Keith and other commenters here: I sincerely coming here and reading things I couldn’t see anywhere (like the W on his forehead last week) – it gets me out of my WNYC/Salon/NYT/ThinkProgess echochamber.

    I’m a thirtysomething liberal but I never foam at the mouth or disrespect anyone. I really enjoy the tone of the Dossier and its commenters, and I mean that in all sincerity, so thanks and keep it up.

    1. I used to be a thirty-something liberal, too. That all changes when you realize that you’re expected to give your sweat and tears to those who don’t appreciate your efforts but, in fact, resent your good fortune.
      Old-time liberals used to be closer to Libertarian ideals than the current thinking of “wealth redistrubution” that seems to fire up the left-wing Dems today.
      It seems that posiitions and platforms of the two parties have changed over the years; where once Dems wanted less government interference in our personal lives their impetus has now evolved to where they want to control everything from our light bulbs to how many times we are allowed to visit the doctor.

      Don’t worry, though, your outlook will change when you finally realize that YOU are not going to be the recipient of any of those “billionaires” extra confiscated taxes or be eligible for any special “grants” to pursue your life’s dream. If, and when, Obamacare becomes a reality, you will wait in line behind a junkie bum at the doctor’s office, even though your tax dollars are paying for the socialist’s medical dream of “free” health care.
      That’s when you’ll understand.

    2. hman – thanks, your comment means a lot to me. I wish that more people on either side of the political divide had the maturity and courage to listen to others and consider new ideas. Washington in particular is so full of intellectual one way streets.

      So I’m glad if I write in a way that you find worth considering, and I appreciate your comments as well. I learn so much from you and the others who comment regularly on this blog. It gets me out of the Washington echo chamber, so that sometimes I listen to people inside the Beltway and I can honestly say, “You have no idea how real people think.”

      1. The pres rambled someplace recently that people should not just listen to MSNBC and the NYT on one side and Fox and talk radio on the other. Studies show (ack) conservatives tend to listen to both sides more than libs do. So I guess he was urging his side to listen to Fox. No?

  11. I woke up thinking the same thing this morning. They all react like he is their boss, and that is absolutely not true. He can’t order them to do anything. He can veto what he doesn’t like when they finally get around to doing something, but he better have a good excuse because they can override his veto. Man up, Congress. Put your heads together and come up with something for this country besides MORE DEBT!

  12. Petulant and pissy. How adult of him.

    Of course the reason they have to “explain to me how it is that we are going to avoid default” and “I expect them to have answers” is that he has no clue nor plan and he has no answers.

  13. That is the same thought that occurred to me…who does he think he is ordering anyone around?
    I would have informed him I had other plans. Like sit home and do nothing.
    Be that as it may, Obama has nothing to deal with except bluff and bluster, and bullying and grandstanding is the only way he can figure out how to appear as being in control.
    The CCB was a very generous compromise, however, it is being dismissed as unreasonable. I would prefer something a little tougher myself, as it relies on future cuts to projected budgets on a ten year plan a bit too much. But the balanced budget detail would win the game, so I still like it.
    Boehner and Cantor should stick with it,

  14. How do you keep your job Keith? Have you ever been threatened by them? DH and I were talking last night and trying to figure out why the media keeps so silent knowing all of this is going on. I think they’re terrified, that they get calls in the middle of the night telling them to change their stories and that if they don’t do it some union thug will come a calling.

    I hope you sleep with a gun by your bed.

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  16. Keith,I couldn’t have said it better myself.Especially,the part about being an inattentive senator.This is the guy who voted present a ridiculous number of times in the Illinois legislature.Obama is the guy who likes to lead from behind or more precisely let’s others lead and then he cuts their legs out from under them(see Paul Ryan).Barack is the same guy who voted against raising the debt limit a few years ago.The man and his party’s senate have done nothing except raise lots of money and play crass politics.He has zero interest in lowering this country’s debt and,in fact,would keep raising it until the government runs everything.

  17. Obama often shows disturbingly authoritarian tendencies.

    First, he showed disdain for the Supreme Court Justices his first State of the Union address.

    Second, he supported the mobs that prevented Wisconsin’s legislative body from convening.

    And last, he condemned BP without any facts and well before a full investigation was done.

    If this were a third world country, I can only imagine how he’d govern. This is not a good person.

  18. We’ve never seen anything like our current, elected President.

    At first, we were proud of the election of an African-American, our nation’s first, forever destroying the racial problems we had with his advance to our nation’s highest office. Then, slowly, as President Obama began to plant his imprimatur on the Oval Office did we begin to notice fissures in his press-appointed perfection: a political naievete, lack of understanding of geo-political issues, an opaque sense of anti-militarism, a silent (but sheer) distaste of Israel, the inability to work with members of Congress and a do-as-I-say, not-as-I-do arrogance (coupled with his wife’s travel spree during this troubling recession). This has led liberal, conservative and independents to question his fitness for office.

    Can he really lead? Is he the right man? Race aside, we have come to realize, that President Obama has been a major disappointment. We pray that he would be successful, that he would make the right decisisons, rally the nation behind his personality and flair and lead us. Such was not to be.
    President Obama is in this for his own wealth and prestige, national interests be damned.

    If the President continues with his juvenile conduct and sense of entitlement, he can be assured of being roundly defeated in 2012.

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  20. This is what happens when we (no I did not vote for him) put someone in the highest office in America, who has no experience. All he has ever done is organize others, apparently not well at that. He has talked down to everyone, starting during the campaign with his bible and guns remark. He has shown utter disdain for historical furnishings in the Oval Office by putting his feet on them. I’m surprised he did not stomp his foot as he threw that ridiculous temper tantrum. He has held the office for 30 months and made no attempt at deficit reduction.
    Thank you Keith, this article succinctly states exactly what happened. Great summation!

  21. Obama is toast in 2012. His actions on the debt ceiling are causing the gullible folks who fell for the “hope and change” BS to re-think their votes. AMF, Obama!

  22. Thank you, Keith. I am new to your blog but thoroughly enjoy your perspective. Please continue to keep us informed. Mr. Obama is the most disrespectful president of my time; I am constantly amazed at his total lack of respect for anything — most importantly our future.

  23. late to discussion so someone may have already posted Brooks on this topic:

    This should come as no surprise since we elected a POTUS based on the color of his skin, his elocution and guilt while holding him to no job performance whatsoever. Forgive the football analogy but we were arrogant, thought we could put in an unproven QB for a few series and still keep the lead. But this guy’s got his helmet on backwards while yelling at his players.

    I’m starting to feel sorry for him…o.k., it passed.

  24. One more point about adults. The grown-ups in the room tend to PLAN AHEAD. They know that in dealing with problems the sooner you address the issue the better your outcome will be. The debt/spending problem is not new… it was known about way back at the beginning of the year. Marco Rubio has said that our President purposely delayed addressing it in order to create a crisis. This is not mature/executive behavior.

  25. The utter arrogance of this “thing” is just beyond me. How did we ever let such a contemptible, constitutional hating Marxist have control of this magnificent country, moreover, why are we not fighting to get rid of the would be “king”?

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