President Obama glazed over some facts tonight at his press conference. A minor point concerning the president’s tendency to blame the Republican party for the country’s current circumstances was reported by the Associated Press.
OBAMA: “You haven’t seen me out there blaming the Republicans.”
THE FACTS: Obama did so in his opening statement, saying, “I’ve heard that one Republican strategist told his party that even though they may want to compromise, it’s better politics to ‘go for the kill.’ Another Republican senator said that defeating health reform is about ‘breaking’ me.”
It should be noted The Hill reported President Obama also blamed the GOP yesterday for stalling the healthcare bill.
“President Obama sharply criticized Republicans on Tuesday for following a ‘familiar script’ to ‘block healthcare reform.’”
The president, seeking to prod the Democratic-controlled Congress to show significant progress on healthcare reform before the August recess, directed blame at the GOP for the stalled legislation.
Obama blasted the ‘familiar script’ of Republicans who “have openly declared their intention to block healthcare reform.”
As for Mr. Obama, while blaming Republicans may be a natural response for him, the real stalling is coming from within his own party. ABC News reports,
“But the real challenge is getting enough votes to get a bill out of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Dialogue has stalled because of resistance from fiscally conservative Blue Dog Democrats who have concerns about the costs of the program, as well as a proposed measure to tax the wealthy.”
Mr.Obama’s blame game is beginning to wear thin. Americans are not as easily accepting the Democratic healthcare proposals today as they were in the past, and the president’s passing of the buck only means Americans pay later.