Here he is at a Labor Day rally in Detroit, sternly lecturing Republicans to quit the “Washington games” and focus on job creation:
Speaking to a Labor Day rally in Detroit, a city he said had been “to heck and back,” Mr. Obama challenged Congressional Republicans to put the country ahead of party.
In a preview of his speech Thursday to a joint session of Congress, Mr. Obama proposed boosting construction and infrastructure projects – and included some finger-wagging at critics. “We have more than one million unemployed construction workers ready to get dirty right now,” he said. “Labor’s on board and businesses [are] on board. We just need Congress to get on board.”
No mention of the need to get Barack Obama himself on board. He speaks as though he had not just allowed those same Republicans to destroy any hopes of an economic recovery by insisting that closing — RIGHT NOW — a deficit that was created by his predecessor was more important than creating good jobs; than halting or at least putting a crimp in the continuing tidal wave of home foreclosures; than passing emergency relief measures to help the millions of Americans whose homes and communities have been destroyed by tornadoes, hurricanes, dust storms, floods, and drought. He speaks as though he hadn’t just collaborated with Republicans to pass an economically irresponsible deficit reduction package with only spending cuts — no tax increases, no new sources of revenue, no extension of unemployment benefits; as though he hadn’t made it abundantly clear that he hasn’t merely caved to Republicans on the deficit mantra, he has totally bought into the ideology itself.
In a nutshell, Pres. Obama has made it impossible for me to believe that he intends to stand by or fight for anything that comes out of his mouth.