“with all disrespect, mr president”

New York Times: There was supposed to be a bipartisan summit at the White House on Thursday, but only the Democrats showed up. The Republican leadership of the House and Senate somehow couldn’t find any time in their schedules to meet with the president of the United States. If this is what cooperation and mutual respect is going to look like over the next two years, then settle in for more trench warfare and far less progress.

It has been more than two weeks since President Obama issued a postelection invitation for Congressional leaders to join him for dinner on Nov. 18 to discuss “how we can move the American people’s agenda forward.” Republicans left him hanging, refusing to commit to a date even as the office of Mitch McConnell, the Senate Republican leader, said he was encouraged that the president wanted to discuss areas of agreement.

On Wednesday, the Republicans, led by Mr. McConnell, said they just didn’t have the time. They had discovered there was so much to do — new members to welcome and lots of other unspecified details. Besides, they said, the president should have asked for a mutually agreeable date instead of just inviting them. So the meeting was pushed back until Nov. 30.

As the Republicans know, that means less time to work out important compromises in the remaining lame-duck session on crucial issues like taxes, the nuclear arms treaty with Russia and extending unemployment insurance. So far, in fact, there has been zero interest in actual compromise on any of those issues, despite extended hands from the White House. On Thursday, House Republicans blocked a bill that would extend long-term unemployment insurance past the holidays.

Beyond the practical implications of this rudeness, there is an increasingly obvious lack of respect for the president and the presidency, with Republicans interpreting their electoral victory as a mandate to act with hubris. Steny Hoyer, the outgoing House majority leader, noted Thursday that he couldn’t remember a single instance when Democrats did not change their schedule to accommodate a request to meet with President George W. Bush. Mr. McConnell has already made it clear that defeating Mr. Obama is more important than negotiating on legislation. Apparently, that also goes for snubbing Mr. Obama.

23 Responses to ““with all disrespect, mr president””

  1. 1 ari
    November 19, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    Republicans are spinelss cowards, they don’t give a dam about ordinary people

  2. 2 ari
    November 19, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    you are an ass. CS please don’t allow your site to be infested

    • November 19, 2010 at 7:40 pm

      Sorry about that Ari, I don’t know how that bigot got through – they won’t be back again, promise. I had a quick look at their blog …. wow, pure hate. And ***yawn*** they reckon the President isn’t American….these Teabaggers sure are original, ROFL.

      • 4 ari
        November 19, 2010 at 7:45 pm

        phew, thanks CS. I just don’t want to see such a lovely site like this become infested with bugs. You’re on the ball.

        • November 19, 2010 at 8:06 pm

          Hey Ari,

          I really don’t know how that creature’s comment got through, I have the site set up so that only people with a previously approved comment can comment again without me needing to let it through. I’ll check it out. I promise you, they’ll NEVER infest this place with their hate! They might get through the odd time, but they’ll be trashed the minute I spot them.

          Meant to explain to any of you whose comments don’t appear immediately – I think you have to have a WordPress account to get on the ‘previously approved comment’ list, once you are your comments will appear straight away. But no worries, if you don’t want to sign up to WordPress I’ll just keep approving your comments 😉

          Sorry again about that creep, if you ever spot another one before I do please let me know (eg through the Contact me link in the right sidebar).

          Thanks again Ari.

  3. 6 graciouslady
    November 19, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    Oh my goodness look at Senator McConnell’s body language: totally defensive (leaning away from President Obama). Actions have always spoken louder than words.

    • 7 Marcelisa
      November 19, 2010 at 8:52 pm

      I noticed that too, graciouslady. Deep down, they’re afraid…They’re afraid not just of the President but what they think he represents: the dilution of their position as power elites, the rejection of their conservative ideology among the young who are more accepting of ethnic plurality and tolerant of diverse ideas, and the just plain fact that people around the world like him and respect him(can you imagine McConnell cutting it on the world stage?? Would he have been able to attract the crowd that came to see Sen Obama in Berlin?? Ha!). They have to make it their goal to take him down because he renders them obsolete. And the only thing between them and him, is US!!!

      • 8 graciouslady
        November 19, 2010 at 9:40 pm

        Here, Here, Marcelisa agree totally, these old guys are losing their place and President Obama is to blame. LOL As I looked at this picture again, if there were no arms on that chair, McConnell would have his a– on the floor he is leaning so far from our President.

      • 9 avpmom
        November 22, 2010 at 3:11 am

        Spot on Marcelisa!

  4. 10 Eleroy
    November 19, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    President Obama’s dignity, class, brilliance, thoughtfulness, grace, maturity and focus consistently shines through exposing the glaring immaturity, mediocrity, pettiness, short-sightedness, vindictiveness and overall unpatriotic and self-serving nature of those who make up the republican party.

    Mcconnell, Cantor, Boehner and the rest of today’s republicans are so asinine, juvenile and all around innadequate they continue to hope that they can continue to prey upon and exploit the prejudices, fears and insecurities of racists in America to win elections like they did on November 2nd, 2010.

  5. 12 Thro67
    November 19, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    They seem quite un-American, to me.

  6. 13 Sue in Minnesota
    November 19, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    Anyone feel like joining me in a phone campaign? As federal elected officials they represent all Americans, including those outside their state constituencies. I am going to start Monday, and every Monday from here on in, John Boehner and Mitch McConnell will be hearing from this American, unhappy with their callous, irresponsible, political gamemanship. They are ruthless and exploiting the very people the were elected to represent.

  7. 17 Sue in Minnesota
    November 19, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    What do you imagine President Obama has just got done saying to McConnell? He looks annoyed. McConnell’s face looks flushed and pinched, not a happy face. I’m imagining President Obama has called him out on his “sh-t”.

  8. 18 Asher in Boston
    November 20, 2010 at 12:23 am

    Geez, the disrespect this fine man has had to endure from day one!Just look at that old man’s body language, it shows it all.

  9. 19 Asher in Boston
    November 20, 2010 at 12:28 am

    Thank you CS for this wonderfull site, free of hate, and I thank you all that post on here for the support you have shown our president. I have had the pleasure of reading all your posts. They are all uplifting. Thanx.

    • November 20, 2010 at 12:06 pm

      You’re so welcome Asher, thank you for the kind message – hugely appreciated. Thanks too for visiting – it’d be a lonely place if you great people didn’t drop in!

  10. 21 Ruth
    November 20, 2010 at 12:41 am

    can’t stand that old turtle…..yuk

  11. 22 Obaman
    November 22, 2010 at 12:35 am

    Republicans postponed their meeting just because, they were afraid that President would simply slaughter them. Like he did in Maryland.

    I can almost guess what their agenda for next 2 years going to be like! Simply postpone things and blame it all on the President when no progress is made. They will not cooperate with him and when no progress is made, they going to paint it as his failure than theirs. After all they have got the largest, so called NEWS network – FOX NEWS! – in their pocket. Man!

    Their single most important goal is the defeat of President Obama in the next election. Thats it. Plain simple truth. They dont give a damn about unemployment or national security or deficit. Their self and political interests are so above all that. The only thing that they consider dangerous for them that can derail their plans – SARAH PALIN. Barbara Bush rightly said. All they hope now is Sarah Palin continues to stay back in Alaska! Because if she comes out swinging (Which she will cos she got to make some money!), they got no chance. Due to her stupidity, she will only make it easy for our man than make any good for teapublicans! Thats their fear. Apart from that, they dont respect their President, nor they give a damn about the direction of US of A!

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