With the change from George Bush to Barack Obama we have gone from one of the worst presidents to a president who has gotten off to one of the best starts in our history despite the problems inherited from his predecessor. The country has improved far more than we could have expected in the past year. Despite this Republicans are doing a better job at winning the spin wars, blaming Democrats for the problems they caused and greatly distorting Democratic policies such as the stimulus and health care reform.
Barack Obama has tried to avoid getting into partisan fights, but with Democrats seeing the danger of serious losses in December many are urging Obama to aim more fire at the Republicans. Politico reports:
Pelosi and other House leaders told senior White House aides at a recent closed-door meeting that they felt the president was spending too much time bashing Washington without pointing the finger of blame at Republicans – a rhetorical nuance they argued could backfire by provoking voter anger at the party in charge in Congress.
On Thursday night, there was no confusing Obama’s belief that Republicans aren’t doing their part to solve the nation’s problems.
Here’s the president at the fundraiser with Pelosi,Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and other senior Democrats: “You would have thought at a time of historic crisis that Republican leaders would have been more willing to help us find a way out of this mess — particularly since they created the mess … [W]e got our mops and brooms out, we’re cleaning stuff out, and they’re just sitting there saying, ‘Hold the broom better, that’s not how you mop.’ Don’t tell me how to mop. Pick up a mop!”
He even borrowed Van Hollen’s favorite metaphor.
“So after they drove the car into the ditch, made it as difficult as possible for us to pull it back, now they want the keys back. No! You can’t drive!,” the president riffed. “We don’t want to have to back into the ditch. We just got the car out.”
And when he ripped Washington at the fundraiser, it was to talk about past failures – and praise current congressional leaders for their work on the Democratic agenda.
“The reason the economy is getting better is because [Speaker] Nancy Pelosi and every Democrat here embraced the responsibility to lead … It happened because we embraced the responsibility to finally take on problems that Washington had talked about for years, sometimes decades, and put off over and over and over again. That’s what this Congress has been doing,” he said.
The right wing noise machine dominates the media and has been spreading a massive amount of misinformation in their attempts to get back into power and further screw up the country. While Obama’s desire for bipartisanship is admirable, this is not the time with the GOP moving even further to the right and threatening to regain power to repeat their disastrous policies.