President Barack Obama is “diminishing” the U.S. presidency through his rhetoric against Republicans, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) charged Wednesday.
Boehner ripped a speech by the president in Pittsburgh this afternoon in which Obama spoke against the GOP’s economic policies, arguing they would only benefit monied and powerful interests.
“The president diminishes the Office of the President when he resorts to straw man arguments that willfully mischaracterize the views of others,” Boehner shot back this afternoon. “All of the president’s talk of post-partisanship, reaching out and finding common ground reminds us that the country deserves better than his hyper-partisan speech today.”
Obama sought in remarks at Carnegie Mellon University to portray the midterm elections as a choice between old, Republican ideas and a future led by his economic policies.
“As November approaches, leaders in the other party will campaign furiously on the same economic argument they’ve been making for decades,” he said. “Fortunately, we don’t have to look back too many years to see how it turns out. For much of the last ten years, we tried it their way.”
This was, however, the fifth e-mail that Boehner’s office has sent me today, all of them mounting attacks on the President and his policies: two preemptively pooh-poohing the soon-to-arrive May employment figures, which the GOP notes will be “spiked” with temporary hiring of census workers; two offering comments (Boehner’s and an economics professor’s) on the President’s speech, and this one.
That’s par for the course: Boehner’s office, the Republican National Committee and other party organs churn out release after release – “ICYMI’s” (in case you missed it), “GOP Leader Alerts,” “RNC Research Briefings” and so on – every single day attacking the President and his policies. (I got one of those “RNC Research Briefings today, too.)
That’s fine – I read ‘em all and save most of ‘em – but spare me the hypocritical crocodile tears when the President talks back. It’s like the playground bully who goes crying to the teacher when somebody finally clocks him.