WH: Obama Will Look To Work With Congress, Except When He Won’t


What’s the over/under on the number of times Mr. Obama will say “if Congress won’t act, I will”, adding the silly “I’ve got a pen and a phone”?

(Politico) President Barack Obama will deliver an “optimistic” State of the Union address Tuesday prodding Congress to address economic mobility and income inequality – or risk an end-run by the White House.

In an email to supporters Saturday, senior White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer wrote that Obama “will lay out a set of real, concrete, practical proposals to grow the economy, strengthen the middle class, and empower all who hope to join it.”

No one can possibly believe Obama will do anything other than offer the same hopey-changey generic policy prescriptions, do they?

Obama will then take his message on the road Wednesday for a two-day trip through Prince George’s County in Maryland, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee and Nashville. When he returns to the White House, Obama will outline new efforts to help the long-term unemployed, Pfeiffer wrote.

So, campaign mode. And it contradicts what second paragraph in the excerpt says in terms of offering concrete proposals during the SOTU. Yet, it wouldn’t matter, because they won’t be any different. Team Obama ran out of ideas sometime in 2009.

“In this year of action, the president will seek out as many opportunities as possible to work with Congress in a bipartisan way,” Pfeiffer wrote. “But when American jobs and livelihoods depend on getting something done, he will not wait for Congress.

We call that “soft tyranny”. He doesn’t seem to grasp that he’s the POTUS, not president of Venezuela or some other dictatorial country.

“President Obama has a pen and he has a phone, and he will use them to take executive action and enlist every American – business owners and workers, mayors and state legislators, young people, veterans, and folks in communities from across the country – in the project to restore opportunity for all,” he said. “It will be an optimistic speech. Thanks to the grit and determination of citizens like you, America has a hard-earned right to that optimism.”

Yes, he has a pen. Congratulations. How’s that working out? He wrote “It’s. The. Law.” regarding Obamacare, then proceeded to change and delay numerous parts. The phone? He barely calls anyone in his own Party in Congress. And he seems to want to do what he always does: put the work on other people, rather than himself.

As for optimism, they can say it, but it won’t be optimistic, not by a longshot. Expect to hear lots of talking points pre-speech and for the rest of the week from Admin. peeps and Democrat wonks about it being so optimistic. It’ll be petulant, angry, pie-in-the-sky, and hardcore Progressive, with lots of blame and demonizing.

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