This is Obama’s Katrina.
See, he wanted to address Congress about his jobs plan on September 7, which is Congress’s first day back from summer recess. (You remember jobs, right? Most of you probably don’t have one because Congress refuses to do its job and come up with a plan to put Americans back to work.)
John Boehner, in an unprecedented yet unsurprising move, sent a letter to Administration saying, “No” — after initially offering no objection to the Obama administration’s chosen date:
[A]s the Majority Leader announced more than a month ago, the House will not be in session until Wednesday, September 7, with votes at 6:30 that evening. With the significant amount of time – typically more than three hours – that is required to allow for a security sweep of the House Chamber before receiving a President, it is my recommendation that your address be held on the following evening, when we can ensure there will be no parliamentary or logistical impediments that might detract from your remarks.
Despite the fact that the date was floated to the GOP and the GOP didn’t object, the White House pushed the address back a day because getting into a slapfight with Boehner would have only served to make everyone — not just the GOP, but also the Administration — look like asshats.
He pushed back the date by a whole day? The horror! The horror!
Delaying the address definitely proves that Obama caves on everything, and this is why he’s going to lose in 2012. Voters will remember the Day the Address Got Delayed By A Day, and voters will view it as Obama being a wimp (as Markos called him) or petty and incompetent (as Jon Walker of FDL called him) or so weak that he doesn’t even realize he’s being weak (as Cenk Ugyur called him).
What the hell is wrong with these people?
Every single Professional Left blog has front-page posts claiming that Obama is a wimp, a cavemeister, naive, petty, or incompetent:
- Firedoglake: (“Timing of Obama’s Speech: Incompetence or Pettiness?”);
- DailyKos: (“Is Obama Playing Rope-a-Dope” by Cenk “Sour Grapes” Ugyur);
- Salon: (with a repost of Ugyur’s bullshit DailyKos post re-titled “The Audacity of Weakness” (how clever, non?)); and
- The Huffington Post: (“Obama Buckles to GOP Demands; Postpones Jobs Speech”)
Despite that each of these blogs is force-feeding the GOP the anti-Obama meme which will likely cloud the speech itself (Thanks for that, assholes), none of these articles make the case for Obama’s “embarrassing failure.” In fact, I have yet to hear a cogent argument making a case that this is “yet another” Obama failure.
Here are the facts as I understand them: The Obama administration contacted Boehner and Boehner didn’t object. later in the day, Boehner reneged (some are claiming that he did so out of fealty to Rush Limbaugh who in typical blowhard fashion made a big stink about the Obama Administration scheduling the address to occur at the same time as the GOP debate, and how that proves yet again, that Obama is a Muslim — or something). The Obama Administration said “Fine, we’ll do it on Thursday.”
And then the blogo-Twittersphere lit up last night with chatter about this nonexistent scandal, with the Professional Left leading the charge. And now this shit has moved to Red State, Free Republic, and Fox Nation.
This is asinine. It’s so asinine, I’m annoyed I felt it necessary to take time out of my day to write a post about how asinine it is.
A joint session requires a concurrent resolution of the House and Senate. A concurrent resolution is a resolution (a legislative measure) adopted by both houses of a bicameral legislature that lacks the force of law (is non-binding) and does not require the approval of the chief executive.
First, I know some folks wanted Obama to invoke Article 3 Section 2 of the Constitution, or use the nebulous bully pulpit to stand up to Boehner, Limbaugh, and the Gregorian calendar. To that I say, are you out of yer gottdamn mind? You want him to go constitutional on people’s asses over a 24 hour delay in a joint address that requires approval from Congress in the first instance? AGAIN, ARE YOU OUT OF YER GOTTDAMN MIND?!?
Second, of course Obama does not want to address Congress at the same time the Clown Shoe GOP Debate is going on — he wants people to watch the debate and view the crazy in all its glory. Every time these Republicans open their stupid faceholes, Obama wins. What the hell is so hard to understand about that?
Third, the Administration has stated that the address will not interfere with football. So really: WHO CARES!?
I’ll tell you who cares: The “bash Obama at all costs” Professional Left.
Way to go, y’all! Way to keep your eye on the “Republicans are obstructionist assholes” ball! Way to create out of thin air a narrative that President Obama is a wimp — which is false in any event — rather than driving the narrative that never before has a Speaker of the House rejected a President’s request for a joint session. NEVER.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. These people (and the people who are soaking up this bullshit and respewing it in comment section across Blogistan) are either fools or they are ratfuckers.
Here are Dan Pfeiffer and Jay Carney obviously making excuses for President Obama, and covering for his spineless failure. He is obviously too scared to address the American people directly about this grotesque and shocking affair:
You purported “progressives” are embarrassing yourselves.
[via The People’s View][cross-posted at ABLC]