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.”


3 Responses to “Sen. Corker Attacks Obama for ‘the Audacity’ to Even Meet With GOP”

  1. 43andfree on May 25th, 2010 9:57 pm

    Why after over a year of President Obama being in office has the GOP still been fighting one man instead of trying to help over 300 million American people?

    This is the worst of times that I can remember and while Obama is trying to make things better for American people the republicans are blocking him at every turn. It’s crazy! This isn’t why we voted you into office!

    We want lower health insurance rates and a guarantee that we will have insurance when we need it. The republicans say NO.

    We want wall street and the banks to quit gambling with our retirement funds. The republicans say NO.

    We want a cleaner, healthier environment to live in. The republicans say NO.

    Taxes aren’t going away, ever. But the taxes I’m paying aren’t doing anything for me, will they ever? Republicans say NO.

    The Tea Partiers are right. I WANT MY GOVERNMENT BACK.

    Three simple words. WE THE PEOPLE….

    Vote the bums out!!!

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  3. Cathy Curry on May 26th, 2010 4:37 pm

    it’s because of writers like you that Obama got elected. You slant the truth, you have your opinion posted in front of the facts of the meeting. So, the country was deceived and continues to be denied the truth from the Media about who President Obama is and what he and his administration is doing to help destroy our country. Of course you all have your own agenda. I hope your grandchildren will appreciate your new Country! One without liberty or freedom. I’m going to say this forbidden Word “GOD” help us!

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