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Obama’s Invitations to Hear His Familiar Arguments


There’s grim economic news and of course, more on Weiner in the Morning Jolt, but also . . .

He Really Is Getting Predictable

Whenever Obama gives a speech, you feel you like you know half of it before the teleprompter even gets warmed up, right?

“Let me be clear.” “As I have said many times before . . .” “Some say we must [unserious idea on the right that almost no one is really proposing]. Others say we must [equally unserious idea that only the most unhinged lefties want]. But I reject this false choice, and say we must . . .” “I have seen examples of [phenomenon he’s talking about] in my own life, where only in this country could the son of a Kenyan immigrant rise . . .”

I’m noticing that “the stakes are too high” quite often.

So if you’re invited to the White House, decorum and tradition would compel you to attend, even though you could probably print out an Obama speech bingo card and get BINGO within the first four minutes. But it appears the patience of one freshman House Republican is wearing thin: “’I have respectfully declined the president’s invitation to the White House today,’ Rep. Jeff Landry (La.) said in a statement. ‘I don’t intend to spend my morning being lectured to by a president whose failed policies have put our children and grandchildren in a huge burden of debt.’ Landry is skipping a White House meeting with the entire GOP House caucus. Obama will meet with House Democrats on Thursday. Landry said he would not sit down with Obama to negotiate on a deficit reduction compromise until Obama produces his own budget plan. ‘Until the president produces a responsible deficit reduction plan, I’m not going to the White House to negotiate with myself. Our conference has put out for months where we would start the process,’ Landry continued.”

Pat Austin at And So It Goes in Shreveport gives Landry two thumbs up, declaring, “ If Landry continues to stick by his guns like this, he’ll do well in my book.”

Landry appears to have created a fan in Doug Ross: “As Darren ‘Wall Street’ Bettencourt said of ‘The Transporter,’ “Hmmm, I like him.” This is one GOP freshman with stones and, for that, we salute you, Congressman. That is what you call speaking truth to power.”

Landry won’t hear any criticism from Moe Lane: “Worse, Landry would have been tediously lectured to . . . although I must admit that President Obama is a bit of an expert on debt. After all, he’s had plenty of recent hands-on experience in creating it.”

Lest you fear Landry missed any surprises, Jake Tapper of ABC News assures us . . . nope. “As the dozens of members of the House Republican Conference left the White House where they’d spoken with President Obama about the deficit and job creation, Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga., had a one-word review of the mood in the meeting.

“Frosty is the word,” Gingrey said. [Eric] Cantor also criticized Democrats’ “Medi-scare” attacks, saying that the charges that the GOP is taking medicine from grandma to pad the pockets of the rich isn’t helpful. He urged the president to continue the cooperation from December — when the Bush tax cuts were extended — to not “raise taxes on families, small businesses and investors.” The president added that he is all for a reduction of demagoguery, an issue he understands since he is the ‘job killing, death panel, probably-wasn’t-born-here president.’”

But of course. Obama really does associate everyone who disagrees with him with Birthers, doesn’t he? You notice the wind went out of the Birther’s sails the moment Obama, you know, actually put out the long-form certificate. Yet there he is, griping with Eric Cantor as if he’s the guy who published Jerome Corsi’s book.

Tags: Barack Obama , Eric Cantor , Jeff Landry


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