Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Obama and GOP clash: “He needs to take a Valium before he comes in and talks to Republicans”

It looks like the current GOP might be testing out their backbones for 2011. Obama met with GOP senators today and according to Politico the sparks flew.
President Barack Obama battled with Senate Republicans in a tense closed-door meeting Tuesday, facing tough criticism from his GOP adversaries — including John McCain — on issues ranging from health care to border security.
Senators and other sources inside the meeting described the gathering as “testy” and “direct” — and Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) accused Obama of acting two-faced by asking for GOP support on regulatory reform only to push forward with a bill supported mainly by Democrats. Others felt that the meeting may have made already tense relations between the two parties even worse.
“The more he talked, the more he got upset,” Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) said. “He needs to take a valium before he comes in and talks to Republicans and just calm down, and don’t take anything so seriously. If you disagree with someone, it doesn’t mean you’re attacking their motives — and he takes it that way and tends then to lecture and then gets upset.”
The White House said that Obama made a plea for bipartisanship on some of the country’s most pressing issues — and he urged Republicans to stand up to their base and compromise with the Democratic Party.
Obama had better grow some thicker skin between now and 2011. If this crop of wishy washy Republicans are getting him upset, then he is in for one hell of a surprise when Republicans like Rubio, West and Phillips get to Washington.


Z said...

WOW, I hadn't heard that account about Obama...VERY interesting inside stuff. And so sad...he does seem very thin skinned, that's why Alter's new book on him, raving about how unbelievably CONFIDENT O is cracked me up!

Z said...

I just linked this at my site on my piece about Obama not going to Arlington..thanks! You have a terrific blog and it deserves to be read.

Janelle said...

Oh my, Clifton, The idea of LtCl West squaring off with BHO is just beyond my imagination. Plain speaking military versus tangle tongue just sends my smile right up to my earlobes.

Osumashi Kinyobe said...

That's kind of Krauthammer. What a nice guy! : )

Fuzzy Slippers said...

Best observation ever: "Obama had better grow some thicker skin between now and 2011. If this crop of wishy washy Republicans are getting him upset, then he is in for one hell of a surprise when Republicans like Rubio, West and Phillips get to Washington."

Woohoo! I *heart* Rubio, West, and Phillips and can't wait for them to get to Washington.

trinity said...

Obama has the temperament of a teenage boy trying to do a grown-up's job. I think it is way past just being thinned skinned, at this point.

I saw that yesterday when Krauthammer offered to write him a scrip for Valium. Perhaps Obama could use some therapy, as well...maybe some anger management training.

Clifton B said...


Thanks for the Linky Dink. Yeah, Obama is a thin skinned as they come. Do you remember the Health Care dog and Pony show? Obama could hardly keep his lid on with the Republicans calling him out. He even snapped at McCain.

Clifton B said...


I would give my last dollar to see Lt. Col West in a frank discussion with Obama! It would be 1,000 times better than Obama's interview with Bret Baier!

Clifton B said...


Dr. K. can be such a gentleman at times. LOL

Clifton B said...


You know it is true. So many of the up and coming Republicans have a "pair" and are not afraid of leftwing tactics. They demand accountability. This is why come 2010, Republicans had better ditch Boenher and McConnell for one of the new guys.

Clifton B said...


You are correct, Obama doesn't really have the right temperament. For starters, despite all that chatter about bipartisanship, he loathes Republicans. That is why they get under his skin so. He ideologically hates them and just pretends that he is being impartial. This is what "teenage boys" do.

Anger management and managerial classes would serve him well.

John Morris said...

Teenage boys, Mao, Chavez, Castro and Joseph Stalin. This is the mentality at work, the kind of thing Hayek talked about in The Road To Serfdom.

Total irrational faith in one's "cause" and evasion of reality are fundamental because his ideas don't work.

An adult, or even a remotely wise politician like Clinton would turn back. Obama will look for people and groups to blame.

Keep it up Atlas, the weights on his shoulders now.

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