In just the past several days we’ve seen Benghazi blown wide open, the IRS scandal drop like a bomb on his administration and now we discover the Associated Press has had their phone records seized by the Obama Justice Department. So what’s a guy to do as his presidency crumbles before his eyes? Why head to Manhattan to tie up traffic and snivel about Rush Limbaugh, of course.
President Obama told donors like Jessica Biel, Justin Timberlake (who was wearing hipster glasses), and Tommy Hilfiger that Washington gridlock is pretty much Rush Limbaugh’s fault on Monday evening at a fundraiser at Harvey Weinstein’s house in New York’s Greenwich Village. Obama admitted that his theory — that after the 2012 election, the Republican “fever” would break, and they’d decide to co-sign some of his agenda — was wrong. “My thinking was when we beat them in 2012 that might break the fever, and it’s not quite broken yet,” Obama said, according to the White House pool report. This is because of a certain corpulent radio host. “I genuinely believe there are Republicans out there who would like to work with us but they’re fearful of their base and they’re concerned about what Rush Limbaugh might say about them. And as a consequence we get the kind of gridlock that makes people cynical about government.”
Last we checked Rush Limbaugh wasn’t leaking IRS records of anyone to liberal groups, casually dismissing the deaths of four Americans or spying on the media. Heck, Nixon was a piker next to this guy. We suspect at this point the last thing Republicans are concerned with is what Rush has to say. But when faced with a crumbling base, a media falling out of love, he’s got nothing to fall back on other than the Limbaugh card. There’s justifiable cynicism about government when they’re caught spying on people, leaking tax records and leaving people to die.
It’s worth noting some folks in Manhattan have tired of this tool if these observations from a friend in lower Manhattan are any indication:
Well we just got a little taste of gov’t overkill. Like I said Obama was coming to town. He arrived in a motorcade of appx. 20 Federal vehicles and dozens of NYC backup motorcycles, trucks,etc.
He came from the West Side Hwy. in front of [address redacted] and around the block to in front of Reade st. Pub at 5:30. He left at 7.
Total neighborhood lockdown
A lot of shit for hour and ½.
I could leave but only go to the corner. Ha! No pedestrian movement for 15 min. before he arrived and 15 till he got totally inside. Thousands of people going “what the f “ I went on the balcony and got yelled at to get back inside.
Well, at least his millionaire and billionaire pals weren’t inconvenienced. Here’s another curious nugget from one of his 87 fundraisers last night:
He said in the second term “you start thinking about history and a longer sweep of time.” He said “the 3 1/2 I’ve got is not a lot of time.” He talked about visiting disaster sites in Boston and West Texas and being impressed with the spirit of the people. He said he wanted to “see we can institutionalize that.”
What next, government-mandated patriotic spirit?