President Obama has been running his mouth a lot lately. Last week, he stabbed his lobbyist friends in the back and attacked his allies in Congress as if he were an outsider. Talking smack isn’t boosting his low popularity though, even among his own erstwhile supporters.
During his State of the Union address, Mr. Obama attacked “lobbyists [who] game the system.” When Diane Sawyer of ABC News asked him about shady deals used to try to get government health care passed, he threw the Democrat-run Congress under the bus: “Let’s hold on a second, Diane… . I didn’t make a bunch of deals. Right, there is a legislative process that is taking place in Congress and I am happy to own up to the fact that I have not changed Congress and how it operates the way I would have liked.”
Mr. Obama’s chutzpah is startling even by Washington standards. He must have forgotten about his deal with pharmaceutical companies that broke his promise to allow drug reimportation from Canada. The same goes for a recent deal to save unions $60 billion in taxes that other Americans with the same insurance plans would have to pay. The White House dispatched two aides - Jim Messina and Peter Rouse - to negotiate the notorious Cornhusker kickback deal with Sen. Ben Nelson, Nebraska Democrat, to get him to break his promise not to support any health care legislation that funded abortions. White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel was directly involved in those negotiations too.
While Mr. Obama was bashing lobbyists during his State of the Union, his administration already had planned private briefings with powerful K Street lobbyists for the very next day. According to The Hill newspaper, the Obama Treasury Department invited lobbyists to “a series of conference calls with senior Obama administration officials to discuss key aspects of the State of the Union address.”
Amber Lee Ettinger, whose racy YouTube video boosted Mr. Obama’s campaign popularity, says she’s disappointed with his broken promises. Comparing the president to a lying lover, the famous “Obama Girl” warns that when a boyfriend lies, “You kick him to the curb.” Losing Teddy Kennedy’s Senate seat didn’t wake up Democrats to public outrage over their policies. Maybe losing “Obama Girl” will get their attention.