Yesterday, The New York Post reported:
In an exchange with Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) about the [$825 billion stimulus] proposal, the president shot back: “I won,” according to aides briefed on the meeting.
“I will trump you on that.”
Not that Obama was gloating. He was just explaining that he aims to get his way on [the] stimulus package and all other legislation, sources said, noting his unrivaled one-party control of both congressional chambers.
Oh, to have seen the contorted faces of outraged liberals, had George W. Bush ever answered their petty politics with such a retort. It never happened though, and it is highly unlikely that Mr. Bush will justify his Presidency to condescending journalists in the future with such an answer.
Obama also encouraged Republicans to listen to him and not Rush Limbaugh, implying that they should give up their role as loyal opposition because, I don’t know, he’s The One or something.
Sorry, Mr. President. Things haven’t worked that way in Washington for eight years. Democrats, of superior values and virtues we are told, fought tooth and nail to destroy every one of President Bush’s policy proposals that did not come pre-approved by the DNC. Republicans have every right to embody the values and virtues of Democrats and fight tooth and nail to stop Barack Obama’s dangerously large and ill-conceived debt-funded government give-away.
Dissent is the highest form of patriotism, remember?