Someone call a waaaaambulance! President Obama blames Fox News and Rush Limbaugh for creating a “caricature” of him that makes it hard to get things done.
President Obama said that gridlock on Capitol Hill stemmed from an inability to “penetrate the Republican base” and convince voters there that he’s “not the caricature that you see on Fox News or Rush Limbaugh,” rather than his oft-questioned willingness to socialize with lawmakers.
In bonus excerpts from an interview with The New Yorker’s David Remnick, Obama conceded that there was “no doubt that personal relationships matter at the margins and can tip something over the finish line,” and admitted that he “wasn’t in a position to work the social scene in Washington” as the father of two young girls.
But he said comparisons to presidents like Ronald Reagan and Lyndon Johnson were unfair in an era of polarized parties and gerrymandered districts. (Read More)
He acts like Republicans and Democrats got along just swimmingly until five years ago. Does he recall how nasty Democrats were to George W. Bush? He was one of them. And the comparison to Reagan is just laughable, as noted at JWF.
Ronald Reagan faced a media 100% in opposition to him, yet never once did he whine about it. Of course the difference there is Reagan was a man comfortable with himself. Obama, at 52 years old, is still searching for an identity.
That’s the problem with so many leftists these days. They’re all in desperate need of counseling. Unfortunately, they project their shortcomings onto their political opponents and the electorate buys it and puts them in power. How is that working out for us?
Update: When it comes to polarization, perhaps things are a little worse now than before. But Obama only has himself to blame for that, not Fox News or Rush Limbaugh.