The White House is simmering with anger at criticism from liberals who say President Obama is more concerned with deal-making than ideological purity.To be filed under Things That Will Not Compel Me to Vote for Obama in 2012: Calling me a drug-addled ingrate. Gibbs has completely gone off the rails.
During an interview with The Hill in his West Wing office, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs blasted liberal naysayers, whom he said would never regard anything the president did as good enough.
"I hear these people saying he's like George Bush. Those people ought to be drug tested," Gibbs said. "I mean, it's crazy."
The press secretary dismissed the "professional left" in terms very similar to those used by their opponents on the ideological right, saying, "They will be satisfied when we have Canadian healthcare and we've eliminated the Pentagon. That's not reality."
...The lack of appreciation or recognition for what Obama has accomplished has left Gibbs and others in furious disbelief.
(BTD says: "Robert Gibbs thinks he is still working for Dick Gephardt's 2004 campaign." LOL!)
Larry Berman, an expert on the presidency and a political science professor at the University of California-Davis, said he has been surprised that liberals aren't more cognizant of the pragmatism Obama has had to employ to pass landmark reforms.Yes, that's it. We're just too fucking stupid to understand that the President has to be "a pragmatist" and "compromise" to get things done. Either that, or we're actually paying attention and have noticed that The Great Bipartisan always starts from a position of compromise, and never expresses regret that the current political climate limits what he's able to do. It's not like Obama's out there saying he fervently wishes we could have gotten socialized healthcare for every USian; no, he's sending out Gibbs to mock progressives who want "Canadian healthcare."
Look, I don't expect ideological perfection, but I do expect some evidence that a Democratic president and I are on the same side, and I have seen precious little evidence that we are. From where I'm sitting, the White House is occupied by another corporate stooge, and, given the havoc corporations are playing with the US (and global) economy, that's not someone an economy voter can trust.
And it isn't because I'm stupid, it isn't because I'm on drugs, it isn't because I'm in ingrate, and it sure as shit isn't because I secretly enjoy being profoundly disappointed in my president.
And singing that tune ain't gonna endear me to an administration that has already alienated me at every turn.