It’s ironic to hear Obama complain about meanness in politics after surrogates for his 2012 campaign claimed Mitt Romney killed a woman with cancer. Let us also not forget the countless times members of his party called Republicans terrorists and hostage takers.

Keep all of that in mind as you read this report from David Rutz of the Washington Free Beacon:

Obama Decries ‘Meanness’ in Politics Under His Administration

President Obama decried the “meanness” in politics that had erupted under his administration during an address about bipartisanship to the Illinois General Assembly on Wednesday.

“It’s been noted, often by pundits, that the tone of our politics hasn’t gotten better since I was inaugurated. In fact, it’s gotten worse,” Obama said. “That there’s still this yawning gap between the magnitude of our challenges and the smallness of our politics, which is why in my final State of the Union address and in the one before that, I had to acknowledge that one of my few regrets is my inability to reduce the polarization and meanness in our politics.”

By Obama’s math, he will spend the last two years of his presidency mourning the fact that he’s been divisive.

Obama struck a similar tone last month in an interview with CBS.

“The one thing that gnaws on me is the degree of polarization,” Obama said. “This has gotten worse over the last several years. And I think that in those early months, my expectation was that we could pull the parties together a little more effectively.”

Here’s the video:

Good for President Obama, it sounds like he’s turning over a new leaf.

Oh wait… FOX News reports:

Obama rips ‘doom and despair’ Republicans on economy, defends oil tax

Hours after the Democratic presidential candidates went toe-to-toe on the debate stage in New Hampshire, President Obama used the bully pulpit Friday to take a shot at Republicans for spreading “doom and despair” on the economy – touting new jobs data while defending a proposed oil tax critics say will undermine any economic progress.

The new data, while reflecting a slowdown in job growth, nevertheless showed the unemployment rate dipping to 4.9 percent.

In remarks at the White House Friday, Obama said the U.S. now has the “strongest, most durable economy in the world.” He also took a swipe at Republicans.

“I know that’s still inconvenient for Republican stump speeches,” he said, before accusing them of embarking on a “doom and despair” tour in New Hampshire.

Ah, yes. That’s the Obama we all know and love.

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