President Obama Displays His Leadership Skills


President Obama put his leadership skills, or lack thereof, on display this week. In Minneapolis he whined about Republicans who stand in the way of the full implementation of his radical agenda.

My message to Republicans is join us and get on board. If you’re mad at me for helping people, join me and we can do it together. We will do it together. I am happy to share the credit. You’re mad at me for doing some things to raise the minimum wage. Let’s pass a law. Let’s give America a raise. If you’re mad at me for taking executive action for women to find out that they’re not getting treated fairly in the work ways, let’s do it together. You can share the credit. You’re worried about me fixing a broken immigration system, let’s hold hands and make sure that the country continues to be a nation of immigrants. I want to work with you. But you have to try to deliver something. Anything. They don’t do anything. Except block me. And call me names. It can’t be that much fun. It would be so much more fun if they said, let’s do something together. If they were more interested in growing the economy for you and the issues that you are talking about instead of trying to mess with me, we would be doing a lot better. That what’s make this country great, when we work together. That is the American way.

When has he ever tried to work with Republicans? He doesn’t even work with members of his own party. When he isn’t using that pen of his for executive action he’s traveling around giving speeches or playing golf. Why doesn’t he pick up that phone he likes to talk about and call Harry Reid to tell him to stop blocking legislation in the Senate. Oh yeah, he never mentions that Republicans in the House have passed plenty of bills addressing the economy that Reid just puts on a shelf. He doesn’t want the Democrats to have to make tough votes in an election year.

Instead of calling Reid, or offering any sort of compromise with Republicans he continued his little tantrum during his weekly address.

The problem is, Republicans in Congress keep blocking or voting down almost every serious idea to strengthen the middle class.  This year alone, they’ve said no to raising the minimum wage, no to fair pay, no to student loan reform, no to extending unemployment insurance.  And rather than invest in education that helps working families get ahead, they actually voted to give another massive tax cut to the wealthiest Americans.

This obstruction keeps the system rigged for those at the top, and rigged against the middle class.  And as long as they insist on doing it, I’ll keep taking actions on my own – like the actions I’ve taken already to attract new jobs, lift workers’ wages, and help students pay off their loans.  I’ll do my job.  And if it makes Republicans in Congress mad that I’m trying to help people out, they can join me, and we’ll do it together.

He bereft of anything useful or productive. William Teach summed it up perfectly:

It’s like listening to a parrot. A very stupid and limited parrot which refuses to learn any new tricks.