Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Just Say No: Rep Jeff Landry (LA) turns down invitation to White House

The Hill: A freshman GOP lawmaker rejected an invitation to the White House on Wednesday, saying he didn't want to be “lectured” by President Obama.
“I have respectfully declined the president’s invitation to the White House today,” Rep. Jeff Landry (La.) said in a statement. “I don’t intend to spend my morning being lectured to by a president whose failed policies have put our children and grandchildren in a huge burden of debt.” [...]
Landry said he would not sit down with Obama to negotiate on a deficit reduction compromise until Obama produces his own budget plan.
“Until the president produces a responsible deficit reduction plan, I’m not going to the White House to negotiate with myself. Our conference has put out for months where we would start the process,” Landry continued. [...]
Landry also criticized Obama for neglecting to meet with the Louisiana delegation about a drilling moratorium off the Gulf of Mexico.
“The President has done nothing, just like he has for the people of the Gulf Coast,” Landry said.
“For months, the Louisiana delegation has sent the president numerous requests to meet with him or his chief of staff concerning the de facto moratorium issued in the Gulf of Mexico, a de facto moratorium that has driven gas prices up and now threatens to derail economic recovery; the president hasn’t even had the courtesy to write us a note back.”
Landry said the meeting was just “political grandstanding” on Obama’s part.
“I refuse to partake in his political grandstanding that will ultimately do nothing for debt reduction and job creation,” Landry said.
Kudos! It is about time some Republican stopped playing political games with serious issues. Obama has no serious plan for debt reduction or deficit spending. Yet, the GOP leadership cannot fall over themselves fast enough to compromise their position away. How different things would be if John Boehner has spunk like this? At least there is one fellow man enough to say, I ain't playin'.

Via: Memeorandum
Via: The Hill


An Ordinary American said...

Excellent article and spot-on observations in your comments.

One point, however. I made my living as a creative guy in a huge national ad agency. But not even I, on my best days, would ever have enough creativity and imagination in me to ever think John Boehner could have that kind of spunk to stand up to Obama--or anyone else, for that matter.

Well done.


P.S. Don't know if you've seen it, but Herman Cain ran away with the Town Hall straw poll.

Very encouraging.

Anonymous said...

I live in La. and wish I were in his district so I could vote for him. The old school reps should observe how to have a spine and learn to stand up to the liberals.

Ten Mile Island said...

The lesson being taught by President Obama has finally sunk in; disagree with me and I will treat you badly.

Now, with that lesson learned, what is the downside of this lesson? It is possible that polite conversation might no longer be possible. If simply disagreement can elicit the type of invective the Presidents has demonstrated he can, has and will deliver, where's the downside of Mr. Landry's decision?

I give credit to President Bush (43) for attempting to change the tone in Washington, D.C. I think we must certainly give President the same credit.

Anonymous said...

Maybe now, more Republicans will do this...turn down invitations to speak with Obama about virtually anything. I think of it sort of like a buffet line where no one wants to be first in line but once a few have gone through it everybody else joins them.

SB Smith

Marian said...

Bravo, Mr. Landry! You're a hero. We need more people with backbone who not only refuse to play the games (which only looks bad) but loudly call out the players and expose the games. Common sense and truth are our best weapons against the thuggery, deception and games, and they should be used relentlessly and repeatedly.

Anonymous said...

Yep, there's still a few 'unpolished' coon-asses out dere and one of dem is now in the House of Reps in Washington, D.C.
A man of his word! Exactly what this Country needs.
I don't think you'll find him in his pirogue wid out his paddle.

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