GOP Sen. Alexander to Obama: ‘Don’t Make an Enemies List’

October 21, 2009

(ChattahBox)—For the past couple of weeks Fox News pundit Sean Hannity has been on a mission to smear President Obama over his criticism of the lack of objectivity of Fox News, claiming Obama has made a so called “enemies list” with the Fox News channel supposedly at the top of the list. Conspiracy theories and wild unfounded accusations, like an enemies list are standard fare for the likes of Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck, but the false talking points have a habit lately, of coming right out of the mouths of Republican lawmakers a few days later.

And today a top GOP leader in Congress, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) took up Hannity’s unfounded accusations in a speech on the Senate floor, characterizing Obama as a street brawler, urging him not to make an enemies list, like the one kept by former President Nixon.

White House communications director Anita Dunn, recently referred to the Fox news channel, as a “communications arm” of the Republican Party. And indeed, it’s no secret that Fox News advances GOP talking points as legitimate news, day in and day out. Additionally, the false accusations and bizarre conspiracy theories aired nightly by Hannity and Beck, soon find their way to Republican lawmakers, who treat them as fact.

Sen. Lamar Alexander, a former staffer for the Nixon administration offered a “friendly suggestion” to President Obama not to create an enemies list, like Nixon did:

“I want to make what I hope will be a friendly suggestion to President Obama and his White House and it is this: Don’t make an enemies list” said Alexander.

“I have an uneasy feeling only ten months into this new administration that we’re beginning to see the symptoms of the same type of animus developing in the Obama administration”

Lamar based his accusations on the Obama administration’s criticism of Fox News and Obama’s pledge to “call out” members of Congress and others who purposely lie and mislead the American people about health care reform. Lamar characterized Obama, as engaging in an unseemly war with a “major news organization” and people who don’t agree with him:

“Even the president in his address to Congress on health care, threatened to call out members of Congress who disagree with him. Mr President, this behavior is typical of street brawls and political campaign consultants.” […]

“As any veteran of the Nixon White House can attest, we’ve been down this road before and it won’t end well. An enemies list only denigrates the presidency and the Republic itself.” […]

“Let’s not start calling people out in compiling an enemies list. Let’s push the street brawling out of the White House.” […]

At the conclusion of Alexander’s speech, Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH) said, “I take it the Senator from Tennessee is suggesting that this administration is Nixifying the White House is that correct?”

Alexander responded: “What I’m seeing is some of the same signs” And he called Gregg’s term Nixifying “an interesting way to describe” the Obama administration.

Watch the video courtesy of Talking Points Memo:


4 Responses to “GOP Sen. Alexander to Obama: ‘Don’t Make an Enemies List’”

  1. G. Vindas on October 21st, 2009 7:29 pm

    I’m so glad the President is taking this position, Fox deserves nothing more, nothing less, they are supposed to be presenting the news, not a party’s side.

    Good on you Mr. President

  2. Michael on October 21st, 2009 7:34 pm

    More GOP garbage. Funny how they accuse Obama of something a Republican did. Lamar is just doing what Fox told him to do, pushing the same lie. I think its great to call them out, Fox is just the propaganda wing of the GOP.

  3. Old Man Dotes on October 21st, 2009 8:00 pm

    You know, there’s a word for people who try to advance their own agendas at the cost of providing aid and comfort to the nation’s enemies, and snarling up the necessary business of government. Back in the Sixties, when Jane Fonda did it, both Republicans and Democrats called her a traitor.

    Hannity, Beck, Limbaugh, Lamar Alexander, Palin, (and not McCain, who apparently has some class), and quite a few other GOP “leaders” are providing aid and comfort to the enemy – the terrorists – by knowingly, willingly, and deliberately attempting to prevent the Administration from conducting the business of government. I, as a retired US Army Non-commissioned Officer, am calling them out: You lot are committing treasonous acts, and your shameless partisanship is both embarrassing and infuriating.

  4. Okpulot Taha on October 21st, 2009 10:29 pm

    Yes, I was around for Nixon and Agnew, but if you ask of my age I will deny this; woman’s prerogative.

    Obama ordering health insurance companies, such as Humana, to not comment on his health care plan is much like Nixon using the IRS to punish his political enemies. Obama threatening to use anti-trust laws against health insurance companies is very much Nixonian. Then there is Obama’s “snitch list” which is disturbing.

    Obama is escalating his Chicago thuggery ways to a significantly higher level. This, to me, is direct evidence Obama is more than willing to violate our constitutional guarantees and equally willing to violate our laws.

    Personally, I believe Obama will be noted in history books as the worst American president, much worse than Nixon and Carter. There is no doubt in my mind the Obama presidency will be noted as a failed presidency and will be a one term presidency.

    Much of this has nothing to do with partisan politics rather has to do with a lack of acceptable presidential behavior and Obama’s callused disregard for our American way of life; he is exhibiting an anti-America attitude.

    Okpulot Taha
    Choctaw Nation
    Puma Politics

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