The president sure does have a habit of trying to stand above it all by issuing noble statements about how we should behave, while scolding those who engage in the type of behavior in which he engages on a regular basis. Recall how, early in his term, he told Jay Leno that he was “trying to break is a pattern in Washington where everybody is always looking for somebody else to blame.“ Despite those highfalutin words, he regularly blames Republicans for his problems.
Today, in his weekly radio address, he laments yet again that “folks in Washington like to blame one another for this problem.” Then, he blathers on about bipartisanship, about taking “a balanced approach to cutting the deficit.” But, just like the speech which secured his rise to fame, his speech to the 2004 Democratic National Convention, his address today was long on lofty sentiments and short on specifics.
He closes today’s address by suggesting that the alternative to coming together is doing, well, exactly what he’s been doing: “Or we can issue insults and demands and ultimatums at each another, withdraw to our partisan corners, and achieve nothing.”
Um, Mr. President, isn’t that what you’ve been doing? Accusing Republicans of leaving him at the altar (sounds like an insult), giving them 36 hours to come up with a solution (sounds like a demand or ultimatum), not offering a plan of his own while faulting the Republicans (who have offered a plan) for not making tough decisions (sounds like withdrawal to his partisan corner).
Leveling insults at, making demands of and delivering ultimada to Republicans, the president has been sulking in his own partisan corner. While the help of the mainstream media, he attempts to dress up his inaction as the actions of a noble statesman above the petty politics of squabbling partisans. He might appear more statesman-like if he offered a solution of his own.