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Do Republicans hate Obama more than they love America?

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Barack Obama is the 13th American president of my lifetime, but his tenure in the White House is unlike the others in one important respect:

No other president has faced such knee-jerk opposition from lawmakers of the other party. None. Not even Harry Truman in the years just after World War II had to endure such partisan enmity. If Obama somehow came up with a cure for cancer, most congressional Republicans would vote against federal efforts to make it widely available to the American populace.

In a column of a few weeks ago, Allen Clifton described the situation THUSLY:

One of my favorite jokes I see floating around the internet is the line, “If Obama came out in support of oxygen, Republicans would suffocate.”  Which is a joke clearly meant to play on the idea that no matter what President Obama does, Republicans will simply oppose it and do the opposite.

That’s why when these “both parties are the same” people come yapping at me, I simply dismiss their nonsense.  I’ve spent enough time in this business to know one thing — both parties are not the same.  Yes, they have some fundamental similarities as political parties, but that’s just the nature of politics.

People can complain about the nature of politics until they’re blue in the face—it’s never going to change.

But when it comes to President Obama, Republicans have had one clear strategy—oppose anything he supports.  That’s it.

Hell, I joked with a conservative friend the other day that had President Obama opposed the Affordable Care Act, it would have received unanimous Republican support.  After all, Republicans were the one that first came up with the idea.

Take for instance his apology to those Americans who are losing their current health insurance, despite the fact he promised Americans they would be able to keep their old plans if they wanted to.

Conservative after conservative have dismissed his apology as a “PR stunt.”  Most have said it wasn’t sincere and quite a few have questioned if it was even an apology.  That’s how bad their “don’t support whatever Obama does” strategy has become.  The words “I’m sorry” no longer equate to an apology.

But it’s funny, I remember before he apologized, quite a few Republicans saying, “Obama just needs to apologize to the American people who’ve lost their insurance.”  But now that he has, of course, it means nothing.

Just look at the Syria situation.  For months, many Republicans said we needed to get involved in Syria—until President Obama called for military action.  It was a brilliant move by the president.  He put the decision to engage in military action on a Republican-led House of Representatives that he knew normally would have supported such action — but because he was the one asking for it, he knew they wouldn’t know how to respond.

President Obama needs to fully realize this.  I understand that when he was elected he had some grand dream of being the “great uniter,” but that’s never going to happen and it never will happen.  I just wish that for his last few years in office, at every speech he gives, he just stood there and called out one Republican lie after another.  He’s done this a few times, and nearly every time he’s done it, he’s come out looking strong while Republicans looked like fools.

Because I believe the saying many liberals use is absolutely true, “Republicans hate Obama more than they love America.”

I really believe these people would rather see this country reduced to ashes if it meant defeating something President Obama supports.

So at the end of the day, no matter what happens, Republicans are going to complain and whine about anything and everything President Obama does—and trust me, they will.

But it doesn’t matter what President Obama says or does, because no matter what it is, Republicans will never be satisfied.  They’ll never stop complaining and they’ll simply say they support the opposite of whatever it is he’s saying or doing.

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  1. thehereandnow1

    Hmmm, would that be similar to “Do Democrats hate Bush more than they love America” circa 2006-2009?

    • That doesn’t address the question, now, does it thehereandnow1?

      It shirks the question – it AVOIDS the question.

      Are you intentionally trying to excuse bad behavior by pointing to someone else behaving badly?

      Of course you are…

  2. hereandnow: I wouldn’t expect you to know this, but the fact of the matter is that congressional Democrats didn’t do nearly as much to obstruct Bush’s agenda as congressional Republicans have with Obama’s agenda.

  3. thehereandnow1

    Hey Pat, good to finally hear back from you, hope all’s well. Anyways, to your reply – Obama’s agenda? You mean the one where the law that is supposed to make healthcare affordable and available to all, yet many people are finding out that they will be paying more, and millions are finding out that the insurance that was just fine for them for years is being cancelled because it’s not up to “Obama standards” (with millions more sure to come when the employer mandate kicks in)? Or the agenda where he said he’d get the troops out of Afghanistan (only to find out now he wants to keep them there for several years to come)? Or the agenda where he’d eliminate the deficit in his first term? Or maybe it was the agenda where he promised to be the most transparent administration ever? Or the agenda where he gave billions to so-called green companies, only to have most of them since go out of business (and conveniently not pay back the money)? Or maybe it’s the agenda where he’d reduce the unemployment rate (without having people at Census fudge numbers for him)?

    I’m not sure which part of his agenda you’re referring to, but you can’t blame Republicans for all of Obama’s failures. Well, you can I’m sure, but you need to consider how things are in the real world. And don’t sell your fellow libs short, Pelosi and Reid are incredible obstructionists. And Pelosi sure wasn’t ol love thy neighbor back then.

    • Whatever the President’s agenda is is IRRELEVENT to the conversation, anonymous bomb thrower. Didn’t your parents teach you that bad behavior has no excuse?

  4. According to the Congressional Historian, as usual Pat, you would be wrong. Obstruction is in the eye of the beholder…Obama’s approval ratings are in the toilet. Exactly where his policies should be. One of the poorest leaders ever to sit in the Oval Office. Wait until the conservative mid term election landslide… Then we will all see poor little Pat and his socialist friends get what they deserve.

  5. Steverino

    Robert – Can you imagine a Democratic Senator making such a statement about efforts to make Bush a one term president. If that happened the Senator would be invited to hunt quail with Cheney. McConnell only serves his ego and a small number of wealthy good donors. Really hope he gets unelected.

  6. thehereandnow1

    Well, Rob-o and Steve-o, in light of how things have been going for the big O, there’s probably more than just a few people who wish he was just a 1 term president.

    But, if you really want to play the quote game, how about these gems from Speaker of the House (2007-2009) Nancy Pelosi:

    http://www.cnn.com/2004/ALLPOLITICS/05/20/pelosi.bush/

    http://twitchy.com/2013/11/14/flashback-nancy-pelosi-berates-george-w-bush-for-confusing-medicare-part-d-program/

    http://startthinkingright.wordpress.com/2009/08/14/nancy-pelosi-to-anti-bush-war-protestors-im-a-fan-of-disruptions/

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2009/08/08/nancys_nazi_shock_did_she_forget_the_bush_years_97812.html

    http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Nancy_Pelosi#Impeachment_of_President_George_W._Bush

    So, nice try, but the Dems were far from perfect little angels (oops, sorry Rob-o, you probably don’t recognize angels). Or maybe we can consider that all knowing liberal sage Alex Baldwin, who publicly called for Cheney’s execution.

    Nice try, but you both fail.

  7. shawnnews

    Clinton had it worse than Obama. The Republicans decided to use the independent counsel’s office to investigate almost every cabinet member in office. I used to go to a local church group where we saw “Bill Clinton’s Circle of Power.” All the republicans are doing now is using their force in congress to blockade Obama’s ideas, policies and budget’s rather than attempt to criminalize his administration.

    Let’s put how they play into context though. The Republicans like to pretend they are the good people rather than another political party looking after their interests. By attempting to criminalize the Clintons and delegitimizing Obama they will actually be remembered for being the petty opposition and even in some peoples’ eyes, the seditious party, the sore loser party. The party that needs to make a public show of religion which is a private club. The party that does this probably doesn’t have any future and is just mad because they aren’t making the decisions.

  8. shawnnews

    http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2013/nov/22/harry-reid/harry-reid-says-82-presidential-nominees-have-been/

    This is the type of blockading the Republicans are doing. Let’s not forget their two shut downs, one for each Democratic president.

    Essentially the way they operate has given us the terrible choice of vote for the Democrats or vote for the cry babies. Some choice.

  9. This is as funny as it gets! Bush was blamed for everything under the sun. Remember all the flag burning and hanging him in effigy? Yes that happened here. The media lambasted him every chance they got!
    Obama has had more lies and scandals and failure than most presidents in history yet hardly a mention from the media until the obamacare lies and disaster. Liberals live in a make believe world and only see facts as they want them to be, not as they truly are.

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