By Dave Andrusko
Well, it is a free country, which I hope President Obama keeps in mind the next time, say, the FCC starts planning “to thrust the federal government into newsrooms across the country,” as one of the FCC commissioners wrote last week. (See “A retreat from a ‘Big Brother-ish effort’ to thrust the federal government into newsrooms?”)
So the President was rallying the troops last night—more specifically “Organizing for Action,” the “outfit formerly known as his re-election campaign,” as the Wall Street Journal’s James Freeman drolly put it.
Rallying to do what? Primarily enrolling more Americans in ObamaCare’s health exchanges, with some side comments about raising the minimum wage.
Which—wouldn’t you know it?—God Himself has endorsed! Of his scaled back agenda, the President told some 300 invited donors, volunteers, and activists (according to POLITICO) that
“I can talk, my team can talk here in Washington, but it’s not going to make as much of a difference as if you are out there making the case. The work you’re doing is God’s work. It is hard work.”
It was President Obama’s attempted divine co-opt that garnered most of the media attention. But that’s just Obama being Obama.
Far more interesting is that for the 4 millionth time, he blamed Republicans for everything except the polar vortex. If I understood correctly, he had met earlier in the day with John Boehner, Speaker of the House, ostensibly to take a tiny step toward finding common ground.
So much for hands across the water, or, in this case, across the Reflecting Pool.
“You don’t have the prerogative to just go around and say no to everything,” Obama said. “You don’t have the prerogative to just be cynical. You don’t think that the country moves forward just on its own.”
To which one might say to the President, “Physician, heal thyself.”