“I will not change” was the sum of President Barack Obama’s remarks the day after the 2014 midterm elections, when the American people roundly rejected his failed agenda over the past six years, giving Republicans control of Congress. Listening to Obama lecture the White House press corps what Republicans in Congress need to do, one would think the Republican Party’s tidal wave victory, regaining control of the Senate, which it lost in 2006, was but a dream of sugar plum fairies dancing in our little American heads.
Full of arrogance, and impervious to the will of the people, Obama sauntered into the East Room, like the celebrity he thinks he still is and launched into an hour plus press conference more reminiscent of an acceptance speech for winning an Oscar than losing the confidence of the American people. Using the word “I” over 200 times, Obama declared in emperor like fashion:
“I am the President of the United States, and I think, understandably, people are going to ask for greater accountability and more responsibility from me than from anybody else in this town.”
Yet, during the course of his lecture, Obama refused to be admit any culpability for Democrats losing control of Congress as a direct result of his failed policies: the abysmal rollout of his legacy legislation Obamacare, bungling of the government’s Ebola response and ISIS, an economy permeated by malaise, and his overall lack of credibility and leadership.
When members of the president’s own party campaigned like they wanted to disown him, avoiding uttering his name or even admitting they voted for him, as defeated Kentucky Democrat Senate candidate Alison Grimes did, it is obvious Obama is the one who needs to change.
Not since 1980 has the Republican Party defeated more than two incumbent Senate seats and in the 2014 midterm election, the GOP won seven Senate races. The GOP could possibly pick up two more seats in Alaska where votes are still being counted and Louisiana, which is headed to a run-off election. The GOP also won historic number of House seats not seen since the days of President Herbert Hoover.
While Obama gave lip service to wanting “work with the new Congress,” a reporter reminded him that in the past six years Senator Mitch McConnell has been the GOP leader in the Senate, Obama only met with him once or twice. For the past six years, Obama has accused Republicans in Congress of blocking his agenda. The truth is from day one of his presidency, Obama dismissed Republicans because Democrats controlled Congress for the first two years of his presidency, which enabled him to pass Obamacare and Dodd Frank, massive job killing laws.
Obama didn’t work with Republicans then and he made it clear he’s not about to start now. In an obnoxious, Jerk-In-Chief tone, Obama delivered his demands to the new GOP controlled Congress like they were children. He smugly admitted Obamacare wasn’t “perfect” and because of “the contentious nature in which it was passed,” without a single Republican vote, but he’d be open to Republicans ideas, if McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner “make changes to the Affordable Care Act to make it work better.”
McConnell said in his press conference the Senate’s priority working with the GOP led House will be growing the economy and jobs, tax reform, trade and energy policies. Why would GOP waste political capital trying to fix Obamacare? As a result of Obamacare, Americans saw their premiums become “unaffordable” and businesses like Wal-mart either eliminated health insurance for part time workers, reduced workers’ hours or stopped hiring. The only way to fix Obamacare is to eliminate it but Obama will veto such an effort.
Moving on, Obama laughed and said he will use executive order to grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens living and working in America. His message to Congress was it can play catch up.
“My executive actions not only do not prevent them from passing a law that supersedes those actions, but should be a spur for them to actually try to get something done,” Obama declared.
Obama seemed to have a delusional interpretation of the midterm elections, talking more about his successes and how great he thinks he is.
“I’ve had the limelight, and there have been times where the request for my appearances were endless,” bragged Obama.
That’s exactly the problem. Obama is always more concerned about his celebrity, the state of “me, myself and I,” than what’s good for America. At the start of his press conference, he said, “The American people sent a message . . . They expect us to focus on their ambitions and not ours.”
Obama should heed his own advice, not just demand Republicans to. Elections have consequences Mr. President. Isn’t that what you once told former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor?