Here is a president who won't put forward his own proposals but attacks proposals when the Republicans put forward theirs, who leaks Republican proposals to the New York Times when they are offered in closed door meetings, who attacks Republicans for not compromising when compromising should be a two way street, but who now constantly blames Republicans and Congress for any problems. The S&P downgrade was from not cutting enough and for delaying any noticeable cuts for many years. Notice that he implicitly is taking a swipe a the House and not the Senate when his weekly radio address notes that members are back in their home districts right now. From Fox News
In his weekly radio and Internet address Saturday, Obama said people are frustrated by the partisan gridlock in Washington, especially after the brutal fight over increasing the nation's borrowing limit that didn't prevent the U.S. debt from being downgraded.
Obama tried to position himself on the side of the public and against a deeply unpopular Congress. But even though Obama's approval ratings aren't so good either, he clearly sees a need to direct the public's anger toward Congress or risk being the target himself as the 2012 campaign revs up.
"You've got a right to be frustrated," the president said. "I am. Because you deserve better. I don't think it's too much for you to expect that the people you send to this town start delivering."
"Members of Congress are at home in their districts right now. And if you agree with me -- whether you're a Democrat or a Republican or not much of a fan of either -- let them know." . . .
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