"Call the Republicans in Congress at [phone number]. Tell them we want our President and America to succeed."
Could it be any clearer that Obama has no idea how to be President? He is perpetually campaigning. I don't want my President wasting time convincing me to call my Senators to vote his way. I voted for them. I want the President and Congress and the Senate to all work together. They all have jobs to do.
David Plouffe, Obama's 2008 campaign manager: “In the next few weeks we'll be asking you to do some of the same things we asked of you during the campaign—talking directly to people in your communities about the President's ideas for long-term prosperity.”
It sounds like they're strong-arming citizens into agreeing with Obama...or else.
The last thing I wanted to mention is that one of the TV ads the new organization published contains an image of Sarah Palin.
In an ad called “Crickets” that begins Sunday, Americans United for Change, a labor-funded ally of the White House, says: “President Obama has proposed a budget plan to turn the page on the failed economic policies of the past – creating jobs and changing the way things are done in Washington. The Republican response?” Then the viewer sees Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Senator Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) each saying, “No!”
What does Palin have to do with the federal budget plan? She isn't in Congress or the Senate and can't propose new a budget plan or make any changes. Obama only wanted her image in the ad to demonize her because she's one of the faces of the Republican party.
The Left has a huge majority in Congress and the Senate. They're facing criticism from Republicans but I'm sure they could easily pass anything they want because of their sheer numbers. This is not about passing budgets, plans and bills, though. This is a long-term strategy to demonize the Republican party just because they can and want to. They don't care about the country or working together. They only care about staying in power and will do anything to accomplish that - including attacking their potential rivals 55 days into their term.
Obama launches message war
By MIKE ALLEN 3/16/09 8:37 AM EDT
The White House on Sunday began harnessing every part of the Democratic Party’s machinery to defend President Obama’s budget and portray Republicans as reflexively political, according to party strategists.
At a time when Capitol Hill has begun to resist the sweep and cost of his agenda, Obama's aides used the Sunday interview programs to launch an aggressive case that his bold budget for health care and other issues will help fuel an economic recovery.
On ABC’s “This Week,” White House economic adviser Larry Summers said the president had proposed a “strategic budget” that “will let us have a sound economic expansion” through a combination of “substantial cuts” and new spending on education, health, energy and environment.
The president himself plans to carry that message in the coming week, “engaging directly with Congress more, and speaking more forcefully on behalf of his budget,” a top adviser said.
And officials throughout the party plan to hammer the idea that Republicans are just saying “no” to the president’s budget plans without offering their own alternative.
Vice President Cheney, speaking on CNN's "State of the Union" articulated the harshest conservative case against the president's plans, accused the Obama administration of "using the current set of economic difficulties to try to justify a massive expansion in the government, and much more authority for the government over the private sector."
"I think the programs that he has recommended and pursuing in health care, in energy, and so forth, constitute probably the biggest or one of the biggest expansions of federal authority over the private economy in the history of the republic," Cheney said.
The Democrats' new plan follows the private complaints of some Democrats that Obama let the GOP get the better of him during the debate over pork in the budget bill he just signed, and growing concerns among some Democrats that charges of big spending could stick to the president.
A participant in the planning meetings described the push as a successor to Democrats’ message that Rush Limbaugh is the Republican Party leader. “We have exhausted the use of Rush as an attention-getter,” the official said.
David Plouffe, manager of Obama’s presidential race, helped design the strategy, which includes the most extensive activation since November of the campaign’s grassroots network. The database—which includes information for at least 10 million donors, supporters and volunteers—will now be used as a unique tool for governing, with former canvassers now being enlisted to mobilize support for the president’s legislative agenda.
Others involved in the planning included White House senior adviser David Axelrod; the DNC chairman, Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine; and DNC Executive Director Jennifer O'Malley Dillon.
House Republicans, who released an alternative to the stimulus bill, say they’ll issue their own budget proposal in the next few weeks.
House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) told David Gregory on NBC's "Meet the Press": "The Republicans will have a plan. We had a stimulus plan. Part of the problem with being in the minority is, David, that sometimes your colleagues in the press don't want to cover the ideas that the minority has. We had a plan on the stimulus. It was tailored to small business tax relief. It was focused on what a stimulus plan should be which is the preservation, protection and creation of jobs."