Most Americans would be happy to hear that Obama is going on offense against ISIS, the people who carried out the attacks in Paris, or any of the other enemies of America. Unfortunately, there’s only one group Obama consistently views as a threat: Republicans.
Obama to Senate Dems: ‘I’m going to play offense’
President Barack Obama made clear Thursday in a closed-door session with Senate Democrats that he’s prepared to veto hostile legislation from the GOP-controlled Congress, including an Iran sanctions package on the front-burner of Capitol Hill.
According to several sources at the Thursday summit in Baltimore, Obama vowed to defend his agenda against Republicans in Congress, promised to stand firm against GOP efforts to dismantle his agenda and called on his Democratic colleagues to help sustain his expected vetoes. The president also was explicit over his administration’s opposition to an Iran sanctions bill, promising to veto legislation with his administration in the midst of multilateral nuclear negotiations with the Middle Eastern regime.
Even though Obama’s position on Iran sanctions differs from a number of powerful Democrats, the session, several sources said, was more of a pep rally than confrontation. Despite his lame-duck status, the president promised that he would not sit on the sidelines in the next two years. He vowed more executive actions to implement his agenda, something bound to prompt anger from Republicans who have called the president’s unilateral moves, particularly on immigration, an unconstitutional power grab.
Noah Rothman outlined Obama’s current political stance in a new article for Townhall:
Obama’s Shattered Presidency
Obama’s intransigent response to his party’s rebuke was previewed ahead of the midterms in a Politico report which assured dispirited progressives that a “big counterattack” was in the works if Republicans took control of the Senate. Vice President Joe Biden, too, preemptively labeled the coming upbraiding the result of a messaging failure. “We have to be more direct and clear about exactly what it is we’re looking to do,” he said hours before the historic vote.
The administration’s disdain for the voting public’s admonishment of the president and his party was made perfectly clear in White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough’s galling response to a reporter who asked how the midterm thrashing will change Obama’s approach to governance. McDonough replied that it wouldn’t. “They’re going to see Washington working better if this president has his way,” he tossed off with a smirk.
The last word goes to Charles C.W. Cooke of National Review:
@gabrielmalor His entire presidency has been an exercise in avoiding the electorate. Obamacare, immigration, Syria—all cynically timed.
— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) January 15, 2015
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