Seriously, this is how insipid Barack Obama has become. Because Republicans won't give him a blank check, they supposedly don't like roads now? Is he really that stupid?
"Back then (2008) we started this campaign not because we thought it would be a cakewalk. After all you supported a candidate named Barack Hussein Obama . . . I need you guys to shake off any doldrums. I need you to decide right here and right now, talk to your friends and neighbors and coworkers and tell them, 'You know what? We're not finished yet."Gee, ya think?
What doldrums? Unemployment nationally is at 9.1 percent, up from when Obama took office; underemployment is perhaps 17 percent. The jobless rate among African Americans has climbed from 11.5 percent to 15.6 percent. Unemployment in Washington and Oregon, states that went ga-ga for Obama in 2008, is up -- especially in Oregon.
A majority, more than 60 percent of Americans, feel their nation is on the "wrong track." Of course, Congress' approval rate stands at 13 percent -- but polls show blame for the doldrums is shifting from George W. Bush to Barack Obama.
Obama is right to blame Republican resistance for America's dysfunctional government. The "loyal opposition" has made clear it is willing to prolong the doldrums, if not wreck the entire economy, to make him a one-term president.
Ideological pushback, manufactured confrontations, are the order of the day. Congress is currently at an impasse over disaster relief, threating a government shutdown. House Republicans want to cut job-creating clean energy programs in order to fund the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Obama introduced an American Jobs Bill that would pour resources into fixing schools and repairing the country's crumbling infrastructure. The GOP is vowing to block key provisions.
"What happened? Republicans used to like roads," Obama said at the Paramount. (He's sure right about that.) "Some think they don't like roads because Democrats are proposing it."
Some of the doldrums, however, can be laid at Obama's doorstep.
Speaking of doldrums, five foot jocksniffer Mikey Lupica embarrasses himself again.
Now, on a morning nearly three years later, it is quiet on Hyde Park Blvd., a Secret Service van parked in front of the house and Secret Service signs posted around the neighborhood, and metal barriers making sidewalks disappear. This happens to be around the corner from the home of Bill Ayers, the guy that idiots on the right tried to make into some kind of terrorist, and maybe two blocks from where Louis Farrakhan lives.Um, Mikey: Ayers made himself into a terrorist, and he's proud of his past. Look it up.
Meanwhile, Obama took some time out of his grueling fundraising schedule to mock the wildfires in Texas. Yes, really.
At an event in Woodside, Calif., Obama took a direct shot at one of his potential GOP opponents, Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Without mentioning him by name Obama mocked Perry as "a governor whose state is on fire, denying climate change."
Perry spokesman Ray Sullivan responded, "It's outrageous President Obama would use the burning of 1,500 homes, the worst fires in state history, as a political attack."