Question for Jarrett: what if Republicans passionately believed opposing Obama agenda was best for our country?
You might think that the Obama administration would be gracious on its way out the door. Fuggedaboutit.
Valerie Jarrett—asked by Greta Van Susteren during her inaugural MSNBC show this evening—what was her biggest surprise during her eight years in the White House, gave a nasty, partisan response.
Said the senior adviser to President Obama: “what surprised me was the willingness of the Republicans in congress to put their short-term political interests ahead of what’s good for the country . . . I thought they would come to the table and really try to work with us to focus on what we could do to move our country forward together. So it was disappointing and surprising that they didn’t.”
Got that? Republicans didn’t want to do “what’s good for the country” or “move our country forward” unless they were willing to fall in line with President Obama’s leftist agenda of “fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”
Does Jarrett not understand that Republicans passionately believed that what President Obama was proposing was antithetical to what was “good for the country?” Does she really mean to define patriotism as allegiance to the plans of whoever happens to be the president? Would she for a second suggest that Dems are uninterested in the good of the country if they don’t fall in behind President Trump’s plans?
GRETA VAN SUSTEREN: What was the thing [about your years in the White House] that shocked you the most or the most stunning thing about it?
VALERIE JARRETT: Well, number one, how fast it went. I think when we came in, we thought four and certainly eight years would last forever. But on a serious note, Greta, what surprised me was the willingness of the Republicans in congress to put their short-term political interests ahead of what’s good for the country. I mean, you think about it. The president came into office and we were the middle of the economic crisis, the worst condition since the Great Depression, far worse than in yours or my lifetime.
We had a health care crisis, an energy crisis, a dependence on foreign oil, two wars. You name it. Lots of challenges going on. And I thought they would come to the table and really try to work with us to focus on what we could do to move our country forward together. And so it was disappointing and surprising that they didn’t.
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