Yesterday, Obama went to Kansas City to sell labor unions on increasing the national debt. While he was there, we learned that White House staffers are calling the President “Obam-me” because he’s so self-absorbed.
Ironically, the event was at a new Ford plant, built by the only large automaker that refused to take a government bailout in 2009. But nevermind that. Obama needs more money to dole out, so he needs taxpayers to take on more debt.
Here’s how Obama sold it:
Skip to the :40 second mark for the rhetorical genius:
“And this is important. Raising the debt ceiling is not the same as approving more spending. Anymore than making your monthly payments adds to the total t — total cost of your truck. I — you don’t say, well, I’m not gonna — I’m not gonna pay my — my — my bill. Uh — my note. For my truck. Because I’m gonna save money. No. You’re not saving money. You already bought the truck.”
Condescending and idiotic at the same time. And sounding a little like Tommy Boy (warning: language):
But hey, it’s frustrating selling something you once called “a sign of leadership failure.” In 2006, Obama said on the floor of the Senate: ““The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. government can’t pay its own bills. … I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America’s debt limit.”
The hypocrisy is staggering. But what should we expect from someone whose own staff calls him “Obam-me”?