According to the New York Post story:
"You can't just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done," he told top GOP leaders, whom he had invited to the White House to discuss his nearly $1 trillion stimulus package.
Oh, no he di'nt. The media-obsessed Obama proves that Rush bothers him (remember how he continually referenced Sean Hannity during the campaign?)
At that point, I would have walked out of the meeting.
A man who has never had a job in the private sector, who has spent most of his working years in the halls of academia or running for office tells Republicans how to get things done. Please. PLEASE!
I'll repeat this point from my last post- Obama doesn't need the Republicans to pass his legislation. He may need a couple from the Senate, but there's enough wimps over there so it shouldn't be a problem. He wants Republicans so he can tout how bipartisan he is...much like Bush reached out to Ted Kennedy early on in his administration....and look how that turned out. But, unlike Bush- Obama wants to pass legislation that has nothing to do with the opposing side's values (as "No Child Left Behind" was something that tied in a traditionally Democrat issue like Education).
Here's the thing though- George Bush had almost unanimous support on the Iraq War -of course that's because all those brilliant Democrats were "misled". We all know what happened there- hissy fits and screaming that started almost as soon as we toppled Saddam. That's how Democrats act. Republicans (usually) don't commit to something and then start screaming "we didn't know!", so they're holding back support for this new ginormous stimulus bill. They should. Let the Democrats pass this garbage and let them own it.
As long as the GOP doesn't sit back like a bunch of babies with "I told you so" and gets to work on smaller, alternative solutions that can produce results like some targeted spending reduction proposals, reforming our welfare system to ensure that only American citizens are eligible, and getting back to the nuclear energy and drilling push-then slowly but surely we can regain the trust we need to win.
Obama wants to pass a stimulus package that includes $31 Billion to build and repair federal buildings, $10 Billion for mass-transit, $41 Billion in grant money to local school districts, Huge bailouts for states running budget deficits, $130 Billion in new Medicaid expansion (welfare), $140 Billion in Huge tax cuts for people who don't pay taxes under the Earned Income Tax Program. How does any of this create jobs (private-sector jobs)?
The Post also reported:
In an exchange with Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) about the proposal, the president shot back: "I won," according to aides briefed on the meeting.
"I will trump you on that."
Not that Obama was gloating. He was just explaining that he aims to get his way on stimulus package and all other legislation, sources said, noting his unrivaled one-party control of both congressional chambers.
I'll bet you any amount of money that George W. Bush didn't talk like that to Teddy Kennedy in order to get legislation put together. He's a man of class, and once again he worked enough in the real world to know that you don't act like a ten-year-old in order to get what you want out of a negotiation. This is Obama's first week in office- and this is the tone he's setting? Tell you what, big guy...you quit reading all of the good press about yourself and I'll quit listening to Rush.
Methinks Mr. Obama has let his approval ratings go to his head. One of many power trips? Sir, you're not running a campaign anymore. You report to the American people now. Get over yourself.
P.S. Did anyone hear the new Shanklin parody on Rush this week "I am Barack, I'm the Messiah" to the tune of Simon and Garfunkel's "I am a rock". Hilarious.