Obama on Scott Brown: ‘He Parked His Truck on Wall Street’
January 17, 2010
(ChattahBox)—President Barack Obama traveled to Boston, Massachusetts on Sunday to lend the support of his office and political capital to help fellow Democrat Martha Coakley, who is running in a tight special senate election to fill the late Ted Kennedy’s seat. Ordinarily, a president of the United States stumping on the campaign trail, wouldn’t garner much attention. But this is no ordinary election. In a very blue state, which is known as the home of the liberal Kennedy dynasty, right-wing Republican challenger Scott Brown is about dead even with Coakley, leading up to the vote on Tuesday. If Coakley loses this race, which was viewed as a cake walk just one month ago, the Democratic caucus in the Senate falls below that critical 60 member majority, leaving health care reform in peril. Brown has vowed to vote to kill the bill. In fact, President Obama’s entire agenda for the remainder of the year is in danger, if Scott Brown manages to eke out a win.
So much is at stake in this election that President Obama made a last minute decision to speak on Coakley’s behalf. “If you were fired up in the last election, I need you more fired up in this election,” Obama told the crowd at Northeastern University.
President Obama made several references to Brown’s campaign gimmick of driving an old pickup truck to cast himself as an ordinary working stiff and anti-establishment Independent. Obama told Massachusetts voters to look “under the hood” of Brown’s truck. You will find a politician walking in lockstep with Washington Republicans,” Obama said.
He criticized Brown for opposing his proposed levies on big Wall Street banks. “She’s got your back, her opponent’s got Wall Street’s back. Bankers don’t need another vote in the United States Senate. They’ve got plenty. Where’s yours?”
“He parked his Truck on Wall Street,” said Obama referring to Scott Brown.
Obama’s speech was interrupted for a short time by a heckler who was soon drowned out by the crowd. When he resumed speaking, Obama made a direct appeal to Independent voters in Massachusetts, whom are frustrated and angry about the economy, the loss of their homes and the slow pace of reforms. Obama asked Independent voters not to cast a vote to go backwards to the failed policies that got us in this mess. The policies of the last decade have already been tried, and they didn’t work said Obama.
“On Tuesday you have the unique and special responsibility to fill the Senate seat you sent Ted Kennedy to fill for nearly 47 years,” Obama said in a speech this afternoon. “I’m here to tell you that the person for that job is your attorney general, Martha Coakley.”