What “Speechgate” Says About The President And His Supporters

Watergate.  Troopergate. Weinergate.  Speechgate?

President Obama speaks to 6th graders using a teleprompter (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

That’s how some in the media are referring to the hoopla surrounding President Obama’s upcoming jobs speech in front of a joint session of Congress.  Apparently the conflict between Obama and Boehner now rises to the level of a scandal.

Initially, President Obama requested to speak before Congress (and the nation) on Wednesday, September 7th, the same time as the GOP contenders for President will be debating at the Reagan Library.

This means the White House is either grossly incompetent or disgustingly arrogant.  Staffers and advisers were either unaware of the GOP debate or were purposely trying to upstage it.

White House Spokesman Jay Carney, meanwhile, by calling it a coincidence, suggests that incompetence must have played a role.  But at the same time, Carney proved himself to be an arrogant jerk by indirectly comparing the GOP debate to “the wildlife channel or the cooking channel.”

First, there is no such thing as the wildlife channel.  The two closest to that description are Animal Planet and National Geographic Wild.  There is a channel called “The Cooking Channel,” which was previously called the Fine Living Network (it is owned by the same company as Food Network, which was probably the channel Carney referred to).

Now that I have that out of the way, I can also take Carney to task for telling the debate organizers that they can reschedule the debate “in the spirit of democracy.”  Since when does Mr. Carney or the President tell Republicans what to do?  I sure as hell won’t take direction from a guy wearing hipster glasses!

Luckily, the debate will go on as scheduled.  House Speaker John Boehner told President Obama to hold the speech the next day, and so, in the spirit of compromise, Obama completely caved to Republicans.  Instead of interrupting the debate, Obama’s speech will air the same night as the NFL opener (but will hopefully wrap up before kickoff).

Clearly, President Obama has been severely weakened by the Republicans in Congress.  Why else should he completely cave to Republicans, except to avoid unwanted conflict with a more powerful force?  Thus, I can understand why many Democrats, including mentally unbalanced MSNBC hosts, are so upset with Obama.

These individuals, like MSNBC’s Ed Schultz, feel betrayed by Obama.  According to Mediaite, Schultz was angry that the speech got moved back a day:

“The President has caved,” said Schultz, driving home the notion that the White House’s originally requested date — which just so happened to be the same day as a GOP presidential debate — is part of a high stakes game between Democrats and Republicans.

President Obama, according to liberals, isn’t fighting hard enough against the Republican onslaught of political gamesmanship (never mind that Obama started it by scheduling the speech in conflict with the GOP debate).  I don’t want to psychoanalyze liberals, mainly because it would be pretty scary, but for the most part they have created a false perception about President Obama as a messianic figure destined to reverse the conservative gains made since Reagan first took office.

Obama’s Presidency began by satisfying their infantile claims to entitlement, indulgence, and compensation (Who can forget the video of a woman rejoicing that Obama was going to pay her mortgage?).  Liberals, like spoiled, angry children, had two years to demand and receive whatever they wanted.

Massive government spending on useless projects?  Check.  Unprecedented government intrusion into healthcare?  Check.  Record debt and deficits? Check.  Liberals got almost everything they wanted, either through legislative action or executive fiat.  Now, with Republicans in control of the House, Liberals are on the verge of holding their breath until they either pass out or get what they want.

Some are now even calling for John Boehner to resign as Speaker because of his “unprecedented insult to the President.”  Sorry, children, but this time you won’t get what you want.  Go ahead and suffocate yourselves (metaphorically speaking, of course).

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Josh Kaib, a junior at American University, is President of AU College Republicans.
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