Obama to Boehner and McConnell: ‘Campaign for 2012 in 2012′ Not Now
January 4, 2011
(Chattah Box Political News)—On his way back from his holiday break in Hawaii, President Obama delivered a message to Republican leaders warning them to ease up on the political stunts and overheated campaign-type rhetoric, and instead focus on governing and solving the problems that face Americans. Well, fat chance of that happening. But Obama’s depiction of Republicans as more concerned with partisan extremism than creating jobs is the first of Democratic political salvos in the new political battlefield. The President said, “…there will be plenty of time to campaign for 2012 in 2012.”
Obama made his remarks to the assembled reporters on board Air Force One during the flight back to the toxic political climate of Washington, with House Republicans poised to hold a show vote to repeal his legislative achievement of health care reform.
“They are going to play to their base for a certain period of time. But I’m pretty confident that they’re going to recognize that our job is to govern and make sure that we are delivering jobs for the American people and that we are creating a competitive economy for the 21st Century. Not just for this generation but for the next one. And so my expectation, my hope is that John Boehner and Mitch McConnell will realize that there will be plenty of time to campaign for 2012 in 2012.”
Before taking control of the House, an endless group of Republican lawmakers took to the Sunday news shows with partisan bomb-throwing rhetoric, while Obama was still on vacation
On Sunday, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) incoming chairman of the House Committee on Oversight, vowed endless investigations of the White House, saying President Obama led “one of the most corrupt administrations.” Incoming House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) pledged to trash health care reform “piece by piece” And a contingent of Republicans led by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) threatened to shut down the government if Democrats did not make cuts to Social Security and Medicare.
Welcome home Mr. President.