Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Obama finally gets (sorta) angry at Republicans

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President Obama
[source: Sify News]

From the files of “about goddamned time”:

"Some powerful interests who had been dominating the agenda in Washington for a very long time and they're not always happy with me," he said addressing a union crowd on Labour Day on Monday in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

"They talk about me like a dog. That's not in my prepared remarks, but it's true," he told the union crowd straying from his prepared remarks to take a more aggressive tone in campaign mode.

"They're betting that between now and November, voters come down with a case of amnesia," Obama said in the speech less than two months ahead of midterm elections where Democratic majorities in the House and Senate are on stake.

"Republicans think you'll forget what their agenda did to this country. They think you'll just believe that they've changed. These are the folks whose policies helped devastate our middle class and drive our economy into a ditch. And now they're asking you for the keys back," he said with some bitterness, alluding to the recent tirade launched against him by his critics.

I almost felt like cheering at my monitor as I read that. My, it’s only taken, what – *counts on fingers* – almost two fucking years for him to admit that Republicans are simply not interested in serious politics? His heavy (and frustrating) penchant for bipartisanship and conciliation has undoubtedly been his single biggest problem to date, and the same goes for Democrats in general. Just how many times must they be screwed over by the GOP before they start using their supposed majority to ram through whatever the hell they want, regardless of the mindlessly demagogic Right’s protests?

Then again, come this November, they may not have much of a majority left. Truly a sobering thought.

Of course, the question that remains is that now that he finally realizes (or, at least, has publicly admitted) that Republicans treat him like a dog, will he bite back?