Either the President of the United States and the New York Times have no clue how lawmakers have defined “bipartisanship” for decades, which is possible givebn their youth and inexperience; or the president and the NYT really believe that bipartisanship is all talk and photo ops after the legislation was concieved by one party alone. In the 1970s when I came to Congress as a staffer, my elected boss used to say, “If I’m going to be one of the fathers of this legislation I’d like to be in the room at the time of conception and not just at the birth…”
The NYT is obviously biased on this and has no idea what bipartisanship is or is just lying to its readers….
A book on how to achieve good legislation through bipartisanship would have to feature how NOT to to go about it the Obama, Pelosi, Reid way….and then use the New York Times to spin a feeling that bipartisanship was tried and the Republicans rejected the offer….
The president’s “outrach” of bipartisanship is like purchased sex with a working girl; it is sleezy and meaningless. Maybe he needs some chachki toys or aluminum key chains with little hand painted “Air Force One” or “White House” creations to hand out to Republicans….. Or maybe a little yellow tractor from Caterpillar on a key chain….Or Abe Lincoln to remind one of two great presidents….
By Peter Baker
The New York Times
On the day before the big vote, President Obama took a freshman Republican member of Congress aboard Air Force One to visit Illinois. Before an audience in Representative Aaron Schock’s district, Mr. Obama praised him as “a very talented young man” and expressed “great confidence in him to do the right thing for the people of Peoria.”
But when Mr. Schock stood up on the House floor on Friday, less than 24 hours later, his view of the right thing for the people of Peoria was to vote against the most important initiative of Mr. Obama’s young presidency.
“They know that this bill is not stimulus,” Mr. Schock, 27, said of his constituents. “They know that this bill will not do anything to create long-term, sustained economic growth.”
Whatever it will do for the economy, the legislation that passed Friday will clearly not do anything to create long-term, sustained bipartisan reconciliation. Not one Republican voted for Mr. Obama’s plan in the House and just three voted for it in the Senate as it headed to final passage on Friday night. The party-line schism, coupled with the withdrawal on Thursday of a Republican senator, Judd Gregg , as a nominee to Mr. Obama’s cabinet, made clear the futility so far of the president’s effort to move Washington toward post-partisanship.
Their unrequited overtures to Republicans over the past several weeks taught Mr. Obama and his aides some hard lessons. Advisers concluded that they allowed the measure of bipartisanship to be defined as winning Republican votes rather than bringing civility to the debate, distracting attention from what have otherwise been major legislative victories. Although Mr. Obama vowed to keep reaching out to Republicans, advisers now believe the environment will probably not change in coming months.
It seems to us at Peace and Freedom that the New York Times doesn’t know what “bipartisansip” means.
We went to a congressional staff in the early 1970s and learned back then that bipartisanship means:
(1) At the start of every piece of legislation, both parties meet to discuss, share ideas and formulate, at least conceptually, new law.
(2) That both parties treat the other side with dignity and respect, sharing ideas in order to get the best for the American people.
(3) Both sides tell the truth and neither tries to seize the high ground and gloat over the other before the media.
In the case of this stimulus, President Obama talked a good game of bipartisanship but he was clueless on how to achieve it.
His Williamsburg, Va., spa speech and his evening press conference in the White House were both partisan speeches….which included ugly distortions and lies.
Nancy Pelosi shut out Republican input at the start of the process to build the stimulus bill and minutes before voting on final passage there were still complaints that the bill had been “hidden” from lawmakers and the American people intentioanlly by the Democratic side.
Mr. Obama’s personal “bipartisan outreach” consisted of:
–Efforts to give “goodies” to Republicans like a Super Bowl party, rides on Air Force One and a cocktail party at the White House as if they could be bought like children at Christams.
–“Cram this down throats” at the spa in Williamsburg.
–Campaign-style events at Peoria, Fort Myers, and Elkhart…
–Photo op sessions with Republicans in the House and then the Senate.
–Not one “roll up the sleeves” and negotiate session with both parties at the White House. The pseudo president in the movie “Dave” did a better job of this that Mr. Obama…..
–A big lie at Peoria: “Yesterday, Jim [Owens], the head of Caterpillar, said that if Congress passes our plan, this company will be able to rehire some of the folks who were just laid off,” Obama said in Peoria.
But when asked if the stimulus could do that, Owens said, “I think, realistically, no. The honest reality is we’re probably going to have more layoffs before we start hiring again.”
“Mr. Obama’s victory feels more than a bit like defeat. The stimulus bill looks helpful but inadequate, especially when combined with a disappointing plan for rescuing the banks. And the politics of the stimulus fight have made nonsense of Mr. Obama’s postpartisan dreams.”
That’s from Paul Krugman of the New York Times, a big Obama believer and one who would have like a much bigger stimulus.
Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said, “Obama contradicted everything he said he stood for” during the process of making the stimulus.
“He did not work toward bipartianship and got not one conservative Republican vote.”
Krauthammer said “the president showed he would enact legislation by ramming it down throats,” a reference to the language President Obama used at last Monday’s press conference.
“The longer a piece of garbage lays out in the sun the worse it stinks,” said Republican Representative John Culberson (R-TX), refeering to the Obama stimulus. “That’s why the bill was hidden and kept off the Internet.”
“This is a crime of deceit put upon the American people,” he said.
“This bill was intentionally hidden from lawmakers and the public.”
“This is one of the largest outrages ever committed,” said.
“Nobody read this bill before it was passed,” he said.
Bill Sammon, a frequent talking head on Fox News, said that the Democrats and their drive for overspending and the president’s constant foot on the feel good accelerator “has unwittingly given the Republicans their mojo back.”
Republican Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire abruptly withdrew his nomination as commerce secretary Thursday, citing “irresolvable conflicts” with President Barack Obama’s handling of the economic stimulus and 2010 census.
And, I find it difficult to swallow the president’s constant snuggling with Abraham Lincoln. I just don’t buy it and here’s why.
During his Monday evening news conference didn’t President Obama characterize the stimulus debate as a talk between those who had a solution (Democrats) and those who had no solution (Republicans)?
I think so. He threw bipartisanship and unity away. There was never much of an effort to seek Republican input and the president’s own words show us that….
Then today he urged all Americans to unite as Lincoln would have us do. Forgive and forget. We all serve under one flag.
You know what? I gagged.
The president and his pals want to run the census, spend all the money in the treasury, and change the course of America in the direction of socialism.
And they have made it pretty clear they don’t want to hear from the “Republicans who got us into this.”
“I won” a few weeks ago is now, today, on Lincoln’t Birthday, “Why can’t you guys unite behind me?”
The shrinking president…
President Barack Obama addresses employees at the Caterpillar plant in East Peoria, Ill., Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009.(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Leadership, bipartisanship, honesty, integrity and clout? Incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel gestures prior to the inauguration ceremony of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States, in Washington, January 20, 2009.(Jim Young – UNITED STATES/Reuters)