By Carole on Feb 3, 2010
Along with remaking America, President Obama is also evidently redefining civility - at least the kind he himself is practicing. Just days ago while speaking at a town hall meeting in Florida, the president called for more civil discourse in politics saying, "Nothing that human beings do will be perfect, but we shouldn't sort of assume that the other side is either heartless or doesn't care about sick people or is some socialist/communist who's trying to take over the health care system. We start getting into these caricatures. They're so damaging." (source)
But on Tuesday at another town hall meeting, this time in New Hampshire, President Obama lashed out at Republicans offering the same type of caricatures he railed against late last week. Regarding Republican opposition to the administration's unpopular policies, Mr. Obama scolded, "You can't walk away from your responsibilities to confront the challenges facing this country because you think it's good short-term politics."
He also claimed some who opposed his $787 billion stimulus bill and criticize its effectiveness have taken credit for projects the bill paid. Of course he didn't give any specifics to back up the accusation merely saying, "They've found a way to have their cake and vote against it too." (source)
Over a year after taking office, President Obama remains in permanent campaign mode; using every opportunity to attack his political adversaries. He still doesn't understand that once you've won the election you actually have to govern and that often requires working with your political adversaries. If he has any hope of salvaging his presidency, he will have to start practicing what he preaches very soon and try being civil (and truthful) himself.
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