Our highest elected officer: Out of touch on 60 minutes
(Reuters) - President Barack Obama, still smarting from his Democrats' big losses in congressional elections, said on Friday the United States cannot afford to get mired in legislative gridlock for the next two years while countries like China forge ahead.
Three days after voters punished Obama's party for the weak economy, he called for "putting politics aside" as he struck a conciliatory tone with victorious Republicans, saying he was open to hearing their ideas for tackling stubbornly high unemployment.
Obama now faces a threat by Republican leaders to try to roll back his signature policies, including a healthcare overhaul and Wall Street reform, and to block his agenda for the rest of his term.
"We can't spend the next two years mired in gridlock. Other countries like China aren't standing still so we can't stand still either. We've got to move forward," Obama told reporters before departing on a 10-day Asia tour.
I just can't believe how out of touch and ill-informed this man really is!
Every elected office, especially the presidency, places the trust and a mandate in the hands of a representative who must consider the wishes of WE THE PEOPLE.
It is therefore contingent upon the representative to listen to the WILL of the people, and nothing speaks louder than a large swing election.
The people have chosen: the president should listen and not attempt to block the legislation that the Republicans will put forth.
Every veto will speak loud and clear: An attempt by Barack Obama to ignore the will of the people.
We do not have a king, a ruler or a dictator, so therefore please do not act like one, it will certainly be perceived as pompous and out of touch.
"We can't spend the next two years mired in gridlock." If that is true, Mr. President, then pass the tax FREEZE, do not allow tax increases to hit business during a time of recession. The economy will recover when you sign that bill. And yes, do allow the healthcare bill to be rolled back, because it is one of the reasons we remain mired in joblessness. A new set of health INSURANCE overhauls will do a much better job of lowering INSURANCE costs.
Resist us now, Mr. President, and suffer an election loss yourself in 2012.