From “Hope and Change” to “Let’s Place Blame”

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Yesterday, President Obama made another speech blaming the government shutdown on Tea Party conservatives and our allies in Congress. As has been typical of the President, he offered no solutions, only attacks:

“There are enough Republicans and Democrats in the House of Representatives today that if the speaker of the House, John Boehner, simply let the bill get on the floor for an up or down vote, every congressman could vote their conscience, the shutdown would end today,” Obama said in a speech in Rockville, Maryland.

“The only thing that is keeping the government shut down, the only thing preventing people from going back to work, and basic research starting back up, and farmers and small business owners, getting their loans — the only thing that’s preventing all that from happening right now today, in the next five minutes, is that Speaker John Boehner won’t even let the bill get a yes or no vote because he doesn’t want to anger the extremists in his party.”

(H/T to Lachlan Markay of The Washington Free Beacon):

If you’re working here, and in the middle of the day you just stopped and said, ‘You know what, I wanna get something…I’m gonna shut down the whole plant until I get something,’ you’d get fired! Right? ‘Cause the deal is you’ve already gotten hired, you’ve already got a job, you’re getting a paycheck.

However, like many of the President’s other claims –getting out of Afghanistan, shutting down Guantanamo Bay, keeping your doctor under Obamacare – it is quite the reversal from past promises:


In a 2007 campaign speech, then-Senator Obama said he would “put on a comfortable pair of shoes myself – I’ll walk with you on that picket line as President of the United States of America” if U.S. employees “are being denied their right to organize and collectively bargain when I’m in the White House…”

Nearly five years of the Obama’s presidency hasn’t done much good for America. However, they have shown how the strategy of Hope & Change has turned into “whatever’s best for President Obama.” In 2011, he and his staff created sequestration. In 2012 and 2013, he opposed sequestration. In 2007 and during his 2012 campaign, he allegedly stood with workers, but in 2013 he suddenly stands with businesses, giving them Obamacare exemptions and delays and backing their right to fire employees.

Now, the media wonders why the Tea Party and House Republicans won’t surrender. This President can’t be trusted on the shutdown – it’s the Reid/Obama shutdown, despite the President’s talking points – and he can’t be trusted on Obamacare. And now he’s abandoning his union allies yet again.