Obama Channels Reagan as a Budget Deal is Struck

Friday, April 8, 2011


President Obama, speaking from the Blue Room of the White House, minutes after an eleventh hour compromise budget deal was struck between Democrats and Republicans (with Democrats, as usual, doing most of the compromising), wistfully said the Washington Monument will remain open for the children.

In a saccharine homily that sounded borrowed from his late hero, Ronald Reagan, Obama recalled a letter he (allegedly) received from a woman in Longmont, CO, a few days ago, whose son’s eighth grade class had saved up their pennies to take a class trip to Washington next week:

“The mother wrote that for the last few days the kids in her son’s class had been worried and upset that they might have to cancel their trip because of a shutdown, she asked those of us in Washington to get past our petty grievances and make things right. And she said, ‘Remember, the future of this country is not for us. It’s for our children. Today we acted on behalf of our children’s future.”

Barry, you made Ronnie proud!

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14 Responses to Obama Channels Reagan as a Budget Deal is Struck

  1. Robyn says:

    And what about us adults who save our pennies just to keep a roof over our heads and food on the table? I hear crickets from Capitol Hill. They don’t care about us. They only care about their corporate masters.

  2. Abbey Peripatetic says:

    When politicians have nothing of substance to say or when they’re forced to speak off script, they almost always fall back to the “children.”

    It’s safe. Like saying, “I’m committed to keeping America safe.” Well, duh, you mean you have to reassure people of this?

    Obama is getting more lazy by the day and when he’s off the teleprompter, he is a crash test dummy.

  3. Obama is so hands-off, that it’s easy to forget he’s even president.

    But all the smiles, glad-handing and backslaps in the world won’t change the fact that next week, when the budget reaches the House, expect many members of congress to vote against this so-called “compromise.” Dems and Repugs alike. In fact, I expect more Tea Party Repugs to vote against the budget than Dems.

  4. joe s says:

    Saint Ronald was the start of this friggin financial meltdown. These political idiots are shameful. Fraudulant wars which enriched private corporations through thievery and no bid contracts deepened the trench dug Ronnie the chimp master. They intend to do away with entitlements while giving more to the wealtgy. Now you will see a splurge of low paying jobs pop up. People who have nothing and are faced with rising prices and no health care will be forced to work for peasant wages. This last minute farce is an historical embarrassment for this once great nation

  5. Debbie Banuelos says:

    Why is this nitwit president so obsessed with the Washington monument?

  6. Seabec says:

    I haven’t been following this circus. My bad. Did they let Bush’s tax cuts expire? I mean, they have McConnell’s so why do the wealthy deserve Bush’s too?

  7. Joe in Colorado says:

    Obama and the Democrats are fighting on the Tea Party terms now. Too bad Obama gives in so easily. In street fight, he’s the type who would handover his lunch money or the keys to his car to the bully.

  8. Brigadoon says:

    I know Obama wasted no time running to the cameras to take credit for the budget deal when in fact, the budget deal was hammered out between Harry Reid and John Boehner. Obama just sat back and did nothing, the same way he behaved during the healthcare debate. I think the real winner was Planned Parenthood. Their funding is secure.

  9. Tiny Dancer says:

    The drivel that pours out of Obama’s mouth is beginning to sound a lot like the pink haired televangelist woman, Jan Crouch.

    She was always waxing on about “the children” and then bursting into tears.

  10. Estacada says:

    I don’t trust Boehner or Reid. Neither support choice and if Roe were reversed, I expect both men would be so giddy they would start speaking in tongues.

  11. Rachel says:

    Christopher — Bingo. It’s always the Democrats bowing to the Republicans even when the Democrats have a majority. For example to protect Planned Parenthood, Democrats agreed to an additional $1 billion in cuts. For the idiot Obama to mindlessly yap about the Washington Monument and call this budget a victory is just another example of the sorry state of affairs we call the Democratic party.

  12. Stephan Iversonn says:

    I hate to nitpick but doesn’t the Congress pass federal budgets?

    Obama said, “Today, we acted on behalf of our children’s future.”

    “We”? As in the royal “we” or does Obama think he’s still a US senator? This isn’t the first time I caught him referring to himself in a way suggesting he doesn’t view himself as the POTUS but as a US senator. Very strange.

  13. All kabuki. Not poor negotiation. Obama got what he wanted. He’s a neoliberal monster. Now if enough people wouldn’t buy the bullshit taunt from both parties that voting third party is a waste of a vote, then the majority of us might finally get what we want.

  14. feminazi says:

    I can’t add anything. The Congress really hung the residents of Washington DC out to dry. I hope the budget goes down in flames this week when the Congress votes on it.

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