Some are beginning to question the President's tone and leadership. According to newspaper articles, President Obama is mocking his political rivals and accusing them of playing games with his economic "porkulus" package.
On Thursday evening during an interview on Fox News, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., pointed out that the President was "AWOL" on the legislation. Senator Graham indicated that the president has taken no leadership in the issue, promoted partisan politics and was trying to "scare" the public in his press releases and campaign issues.
Conservatives are complaining that while Obama held a set of good-faith
bipartisan meetings with congressional leaders in January, now he's reverted to
campaign mode in a bid to muscle the more than $900 billion package through
Congress. Obama said Friday it is "inexcusable and irresponsible" to
delay passage of the recovery plan.
"He reduced himself from being president of all the American people to being the partisan leader of the left," former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich said of Obama's Thursday night speech. "The first month of your presidency is not a very good time to give a campaign speech."
Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., defended President Obama's behavior and politicking on Fox News by saying, "The president can't write this bill. The Congress has to, but the two can mutually collaborate." I discussed this with one of my liberal friends who is still suffering from Bush derangement syndrome, and he explained to be that the President cannot interject himself into the matter because there has to be three distinct separation of powers, judicial, legislative, and executive powers and that the President must not "bully" congress. I pointed out that he should lead. His Vice President shows a lack of leadership too. Vice President Biden has shown his partisan self during this economic "porkulus" package debate.
I believe that the President could in good faith tell the legislators to knock off the pork, perhaps forward them an "unofficial" economic stimulus outline and tell them to remove the pork. We need leaders and not political hacks in charge of processes.
President Obama is the guy who said that he won and that there was no compromise on his "porkulus" package. About all I can say about the current situation is that President Obama's concepts on transparency, bi-partisanship, and change is rather one sided; his way or the highway.
Every time a conservative or republican disagrees with the President, Senator Reid, or Congresswoman Pelosi, one will expect to be singled out, strong armed, or chastised.
I sincerely hope that President Obama will eventually develop some leadership traits and leave his political activism behind.