Barack Obama in a speech on Friday took an innovative step forward in policy discussion and blamed someone else for all of his troubles. Speaking on addressing the concerns of voters, the President claimed the administration would have gotten away with it, if it weren't for those damn Republicans.
"The only holdout standing in he way of change for tens of millions of Americans are some Republicans in congress," Obama told an enthusiastic Minneapolis crowd. "I just want to be real blunt. If you watch the news, you just see, OK, Washington is a mess. And the basic attitude is everybody is just crazy up there. But if you actually read the fine print, it turns out the things you actually care about are the things Democrats are promoting. And we're just not getting enough help!" The crowd cheered for the partisan jab, and the President took it a step further.
Obama has come under fire for his "go it alone" attitude and his multiple assertions that if congress won't enact the laws he wants, he will just bypass them and act on his own, leading many to refer to this as an "imperial presidency." Obama not only embraces that idea, but again blames Republicans for it. He told the crowd today that if Republicans don't like him taking the law into his own hands, their only option is to do and say and pass the things he wants, the idea of an opposition party being now completely passé.
My message to Republicans is join us, get on board. If you're mad at me for helping people on my own then why don't you join me and we'll do it together. We'll do it together, I'm happy to share the credit. You're mad at me for doing some things to raise the minimum wage, let's pass a law!"
The President also characterized Republicans in congress as bullies who were mean to him. In a childish complaint borrowed directly from MSNBC, the President fussed that Republicans just like to attack him.
"They don't do anything! Except block me! And, and, and call me names. And it can't be that much fun. It'd be so much more fun if they said 'you know what, let's do something together'. If they were more interested in growing the economy for you, and the issues that you're talking about, instead of trying to mess with me, then we'd be doing a lot better."
Earlier in the speech, Obama also took a shot at Speaker Boehner, calling his intention to sue the President a "stunt/"
“They’re not doing anything and then they’re mad that I’m doing something,” he said. “Now they’re going to sue me for doing my job.” So if you're keeping score, the President believes it is his job to decide upon and implement all the laws in America, and it is the legislative branch's job to "get on board" and help him enact his agenda, whatever that may be.
Complain again about the term imperial, Democrats. Go ahead. We dare you.