Today in Washington – September 21, 2010
The House is not in session today. The Senate will debate and vote on the motion to proceed to S.3454, the Department of Defense Authorization bill at 2:15 today. If cloture is invoked on the motion to proceed to the Defense Authorization bill, expect debate and vote on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the DREAM Act (an immigration measure) and abortions at military hospitals. There are rumors swirling around Washington, D.C. that the House may vote on a Continuing Resolution then get out of town for the elections before the end of this week.
President Obama conducted a town hall style meeting on CNBC yesterday and it turned out to be a PR nightmare for the Obama Administration. This administration seems incapable of having one good news cycle in the days leading up to the November elections.
The MSM reported yesterday that the President was “confronted by people who sounded frustrated and anxious” at the meeting billed as “Investing in America.” The New York Times reports today in a story titled Disappointed Supporters Question Obama:
It was billed as “Investing in America,” a live televised conversation on the state of the economy between President Obama and American workers, students, business people and retirees, a kind of Wall Street to Main Street reality check. But it sounded like a therapy session for disillusioned Obama supporters.
The NYT goes on to report that the event kicked off with this question/statement from an Obama supporter:
I’m exhausted of defending you, defending your administration, defending the mantle of change that I voted for. I’ve been told that I voted for a man who was going to change things in a meaningful way for the middle class and I’m waiting sir, I’m waiting. I still don’t feel it yet.
This is one piece of evidence proving the theory that President Obama over promised to get into the White House and now he can’t live up to many of the bold promises of “Hope” and “Change.” These promises launched Senator Barack Obama into the White House, yet they are a millstone around his neck this fall. Promises from his administration of unemployment under 8% as a result of the Stimulus have proven false, as well as his promise that ObamaCare would keep cost to the insured down.
The Hill reports that:
President Obama on Monday came face to face with supporters disillusioned they have not seen the change they voted for and fearful the American Dream has slipped out of reach.
President Obama responded harshly when confronted with tough questions. Maybe he was hoping for a series of easy questions and comments. The President responded to harsh criticism by saying (according to The Hill):
When I came into office, businesses — some of the same commentators who are on CNBC — were crying, ‘Do something!’ because as a consequence of reckless decisions that had been made, the economy was on the verge of collapse. Those same businesses now are profitable; the financial markets are stabilized.
This President loves to take credit for stabilizing markets, even though that happened before he was sworn into office and hates to be the subject of criticism for the current economic stagnation. The bottom line is that this President is clearly walled off from reality. He must be completely surrounded by individuals fearful of speaking the truth. This President seems impervious to the idea that he has not lived up to the promises that launched him into the presidency. I would expect that the same look of shock and anger that was on the face of the President during the town hall will be firmly planted on his face on Election Day. We are watching the President dribbling away what little political capital he has left in the waning days of Democrat controll of Congress.