Sen. Corker Attacks Obama for ‘the Audacity’ to Even Meet With GOP
May 25, 2010
(ChattahBox)—President Obama could have used a healthy swig of Maalox, after his closed-door meeting with a bunch of snarling Republican Senators this afternoon. The grouchy former Maverick, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) groused about immigration and securing the border and Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), still licking his wounds over his failure on financial reform, attacked President Obama, as duplicitous. After the meeting ended, Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) told reporters Obama was “thin-skinned.” “He needs to take a Valium before he comes in and talks to Republicans,” said Roberts. And the White House issued a press release, noting the “continued differences” on some issues, but welcoming the opportunity for “direct dialogue.”
Freshman Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) is still angry and embittered over being abandoned by his own Party, during negotiations with Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) on financial reform. And when President Obama appeared on Capitol Hill today for a private meeting with the Republican caucus, he spewed all of his vitriol and rage directly towards the chief executive. According to the Washington Post, Corker declared that he was shocked that the President had the “the audacity” to come to Republicans asking for bipartisan support:
“I’ve always found it’s good to be frank. If you have an opportunity to talk to someone, you should talk about what’s on your mind,” Corker told reporters. He questioned “the audacity” of Obama’s asking for Republican help Tuesday after bipartisan talks on financial reform broke down and his landmark health-care bill passed solely on Democratic votes.
“My question is again: How can you reconcile that duplicity? You say that, but then the big issues have been constructed in such a way to absolutely be partisan,” Corker said. “How can “How can you come in on a Tuesday after [the financial bill vote]? . . . It was odd to me.”
Corker should take up his issues over financial reform with his own Party, after Republicans abandoned him during negotiations with Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) on the banking panel. Republicans refused to negotiate in good faith, refused to offer amendments in committee, and when the financial reform bill left committee, Republicans worked tirelessly to filibuster the measure blocking it from coming to the floor for debate.
“I think it’s going to be far more difficult now that this has passed out of committee … I think we have made a very, very large mistake, and I regret that,” said Corker in March. Sen. Dodd pointed out that once again, Republicans decided to say no and be obstructionists. “They decided they wanted to say ‘No’ again,” Dodd said. “So we went ahead …”
Corker, also spoke to CNN’s Dana Bash, after the contentious meeting, whining that President Obama was using the poor Republicans, as “props,” saying “I said I realize we are props in this meeting and asked how do you reconcile that duplicity?”
When Corker took a breath, Sen. McCain accused the Obama administration of “mischaracterizing” Arizona’s harsh anti-immigration law, without reading it, adding “it was a very egregious act” by the White House. Obama disagreed, informing McCain that he had read the law and believes it allows discrimination.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, (R-KY) left the meeting assailing Obama’s “far-left” political agenda.
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, said in his statement, Obama “will continue to take every opportunity to work constructively with any member of Congress, of either party, to move America forward.”