The President had a closed-door lunch meeting with several Republicans in the leadership, and apparently things did not go all that well. Seems things got a bit heated when they offered some criticism of Obama and his policies.
From the article:
“The more he talked, the more he got upset,” Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) said. “He needs to take a valium before he comes in and talks to Republicans and just calm down, and don’t take anything so seriously. If you disagree with someone, it doesn’t mean you’re attacking their motives — and he takes it that way and tends then to lecture and then gets upset.”
I suspect that Obama has never really had too much in his life in the way of disagreement. Actually, the only campaign he ever really had to wage was the Presidential race of 2008, as in all of his previous elections he and his crew managed to remove any significant competition, even other Democrats, from the ballots.
I think he’s so used to people he associates with and campaign supporters just fawning all over him like he’s some kind of messiah, and does not have any idea of how to deal with someone who does not share the same views. Especially one who disagrees on merits with facts and history to back them up.
As we all knew would happen, the polling numbers are inching downwards. They always do after the excitement of a new era and election victory fade into memory. Usually, when a President rides that popular wave, they tend to hammer hard to get as much of their agenda done as possible, then lay back and avoid controversy. Sometimes it works, such as the tax cut packages that Bush got, and sometimes it doesn’t, such as Clinton’s version of Health Control.
In Clinton’s case, he realized he’d been beaten, and backed off considerably. The damage was done, though, and both Houses flipped control in 1994. But, that gave Clinton an ‘enemy’ to run against, and coupled with the horrible campaign of Senator Dole, managed to win in 1996 very handily.
I think, though, those lessons will be lost on the Imperious Doofus, for a couple of reasons. One, as I said, he doesn’t understand controversy and compromise. The other is that I don’t think he is a typical type of politician, in that he works around the edges to get some of his core principles into law, and avoids creating too much dust so as to be reelected.
I am honestly believing that he has a hard set, socialist-based, no compromise winner-take-all agenda. If he would be able to get everything, from Health Control which passed, to Crap and Betrayed energy control bill, the Wall Street Reform financial control bill, etc, it would set this country back decades. And would take decades more to dismantle it, if it could ever be done.
Look at European countries; once the leftist controls got enacted, like state-run health care systems, conservatives in those countries suddenly have to run on being able to run a leftist socialist program better than the leftist socialists.
Fortunately, people are waking up, and trying with everything they have to shut down that hard left agenda. My true fear is the Nov-Dec session of Congress; if we take significant numbers and take control, then the nuts currently in charge of the asylum will truly have nothing to lose, and may try to hammer as much garbage through as they can.
Look for Obama to have more and more trouble, avoid the press more than he is now, and start taking a lot more criticism. And since I don’t think he can deal well criticism, I am looking for some kind of semi-public ranting meltdown.
Stock up on popcorn!