Monday, January 28, 2013

Obama: Buck Doesn't Even Slow Down Here...

Obama suggests Republicans unwilling to compromise in gun control debate
President Obama is suggesting that House Republicans on the issue of gun control appear neither willing to work with him nor listen to the American public on the issue.

“The House Republican majority is made up mostly of members who are in sharply gerrymandered districts that are very safely Republican and may not feel compelled to pay attention to broad-based public opinion, because what they're really concerned about is the opinions of their specific Republican constituencies,” the president said in an interview with The New Republic.
Wow. Just wow. That is positively Orwellian right there. He gives an interview in a partisan venue, proceeds to project the Democrat mindset on the Republicans, and then makes the claim that the media is too biased - to Republicans. He then claims to have fired a shotgun while skeet-shooting at Camp David. All that was left was him claiming to be married to Morgan Fairchild.

This is what happens when you live inside of a carefully-controlled bubble. News out of the individual states absolutely contradicts what Obama is claiming - members of his own party are standing back from gun control or even opposing it. That sure doesn't sound like the only opposition is from Republicans in safe districts, does it Barry?

The disconnect is stunning. The President of the United States gives an interview to a highly partisan magazine (owned by Chris Hughes, described on their About page as a "digital campaign strategist for the 2008 Obama Campaign") where he complains about the media being biased - to the other side. He claims country-wide support for gun control, when it is only those Democrats who live in highly urban areas who are pushing it.

I think deep down Obama knows this latest push for gun control is going to fail, so he's setting it up to blame the Republican-led Congress - never mind that even Dem stalwart Harry Reid isn't exactly thrilled about voting for Obama's Assault Weapons ban. Go check that link again - the Washington Post isn't exactly known for being a friend to the GOP, and even they admit that Democrats in less-than-dark-blue areas are concerned about supporting this action.

We've come to see this as a hallmark of the Obama administration, though. He blames everyone else for the failures of his policies - four years in, and he's still blaming Bush for the economy, for example - and points to his election ("we won") as the be-all, end-all for stopping arguments. That Hillary! could give an interview where she states "What difference does it make" as to why an American embassy was attacked and Americans killed - when the evidence is pretty convincing that the administration lied about the reason - and not be questioned in the slightest, why, that's evidence of a right wing media attack, right?

I guess we should be thankful he's had time to destroy healthcare and raise our taxes in the short time he's had between right wing media assaults, right?

That is all.
Another dispatch from...
(image courtesy of Robb Allen)


Old NFO said...

One can't help but wonder what is going to get reported when the SHTF???

Matt Sorrell said...

What kills me is his comment that the representatives are only concerned about the opinions of their specific constituencies.

Um, did I miss something somewhere? The last time I checked, the people that elect members of the house or their specific constituencies. The people that members of the house are sent to represent are their specific constituencies.

He's complaining that the members are Doing. Their. Job. And, further, he's complaining that enough of the specific constituencies are against the proposals that they don't have a chance of passing. That sure sounds like broad-based public opinion to me.

Ancient Woodsman said...

He tries on the cloak of "I go skeet shooting, therefore I fully understand the average gun owner," without ever realizing that it's just as arrogant & offensive to Average Joe as Prince Charles saying that he understands the American Cowboy intimately since after all he rides a horse when he plays polo.

At least Charles is on the other side of the pond. But Barry couldn't be much closer to reality on earth with his skeet-shooting fantasy than if he were 48 million light years away.

lelnet said...

"President Obama is suggesting that House Republicans on the issue of gun control appear neither willing to work with him nor listen to the American public on the issue."

Well, it's half right, anyway. They are unwilling to work with him. But that, of course, is BECAUSE they listen to the American public. They know that, whenever Congress takes action against guns, the American public whacks them on the nose with a rolled-up magazine, by sending a bunch of them home permanently in the next election.

Ritchie said...

Mordor-on-the-Potomac is a portal to an orthogonal universe. When someone is trying to do something wrong, you don't compromise and help them just a little, or meet them halfway. You stop them, even if they then object that you're in the way, and not playing nice.

dustydog said...

In his autobiography, Obama admitted to selling cocaine and marijuana. He (like President Bush before him) admitted in writing to be a habitual drug user and alcoholic. His public claims should prevent him from being allowed to handle firearms.

I'm 99% sure that he doesn't personally own the shotguns there. State law requires a background check every time he and his buddies borrow a shotgun from the collection. Was the background check run? Why wasn't he flagged?

Enforce the laws we have, before passing new ones.

Unknown said...

Trying to show that you understand firearm ownership by claiming to have fired a shotgun while skeet shooting is like trying to show that you understand African-Americans by saying, "I have a friend who's black." Also, it's very obvious what Americans think of gun control when you see the empty shelves at stores that sell firearms, ammunition, and reloading components.

skidmark said...

Compromise? Go read LawDog's discussion because he says it better than I can.

Hey, Obama! What are you going to give up?

stay safe.