Sunday, July 24, 2011

Obama patronizes America’s citizens: we’re not ‘professional politicians’

President Obama’s opponents have always described him as elitist, arrogant and condescending. Today, as the debt ceiling deadline looms, the President proved that his opposition may not be that far from the mark.

This is how the Washington Post described the scene:

In the course of the president’s press conference on raising the debt ceiling today, a questioner noted that 69 percent of the American public do not support raising the debt ceiling.

There is, President Obama responded, a difference between the public and professional politicians.

That’s good to know!

Well, let me distinguish between professional politicians and the public at large. The public is not paying close attention to the ins and outs of how a Treasury option goes. They shouldn’t. They’re worrying about their family; they’re worrying about their jobs; they’re worrying about their neighborhood. They’ve got a lot of other things on their plate. We’re paid to worry about it.”

I don’t think excessive spending escapes Americans…they’ve been doing it for years.

Of course, the President reverted to some ‘debt ceiling scare tactics’ :

“And that’s the fact. If we don’t raise the debt ceiling and we see a crisis of confidence in the markets, and suddenly interest rates are going up significantly, and everybody is paying higher interest rates on their car loans, on their mortgages, on their credit cards, and that’s sucking up a whole bunch of additional money out of the pockets of the American people, I promise you they won’t like that.

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