GAUCHE MODE

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

Some­thing about the econ­omy brings out a sig­na­ture brand of pre­sump­tu­ous in­ci­vil­ity in the White House. Re­call that dur­ing a ma­jor fis­cal pol­icy speech be­fore mem­bers of Congress and ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials in April, Pres­i­dent Obama es­sen­tially deemed Rep. Paul Ryan’s “Path to Pros­per­ity” plan un-Amer­i­can, say­ing that it “paints a vi­sion of our fu­ture that is deeply pes­simistic.” Later, the pres­i­dent, dur­ing an off-mike re­mark at a Demo­cratic fundraiser, re­ferred to the Wis­con­sin Repub­li­can as “Amer­ica’s ac­coun­tant” who voted for two “un­paid” wars.

And now, with a flour­ish, the White House roars into gauche mode once again, de­mand­ing a juicy prime-time spot to showcase Mr. Obama’s ideas about job cre­ation be­fore a con­gres­sional au­di­ence, sched­uled to air at the same hour as a ma­jor Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial de­bate. Just a co­in­ci­dence? No, it’s his “cam­paigner-in-chief” in­stinct kick­ing in, says Repub­li­can Na­tional Com­mit­tee Chair­man Reince Priebus.

“The pres­i­dent has had months to get to work on the econ­omy, but in­stead he chose to take a tax­payer-funded cam­paign trip and a cushy Martha’s Vine­yard va­ca­tion. If the pres­i­dent were se­ri­ous about putting ‘coun­try be­fore pol­i­tics,’ he wouldn’t be caught in such a thinly-veiled po­lit­i­cal ploy,” Mr. Priebus con­tin­ues. “This is yet an­other re­minder that Pres­i­dent Obama is out of touch and out of ideas. The only job he seems to care about is his own.”

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