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Friday, April 2, 2010

Obama Asks to Tone Down Rhetoric

As the Church Lady used to say, "how convenient".

In an interview with Harry Smith on CBS' "Early Show" Friday morning, President Obama called out Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh as purveyors of "vitriol" - creating a climate in which he's called a "socialist" and even a "Nazi."

Smith asked the president if he was "aware of the level of enmity that crosses the airwaves and that people have made part of their daily conversation about you." Obama replied, "When you've listened to Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck it's pretty apparent." The rancor is "troublesome," he said, but he acknowledged it's also a recurring phenomenon.

There's really nothing new here. Both Beck and Limbaugh are frequent targets of the president. This is also the same president that accused his opponents of single handedly putting the country on the brink of total collapse. He continues to blame the previous administration for every problem, and yet he also wants us to tone down the partisan rancor.

People often see the faults of their opponents than their allies. That's the only reason that the president believes that Beck and Limbaugh are responsible for the amped up rhetoric and not someone like Daily Kos and Keith Olbermann.

The president also continues to want it both ways. He never misses an opportunity to zing his opponents and now he says he's concerned about the rhetoric. How convenient.


PointSpecial said...

I think Theodore Roosevelt said it best:

"The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the Nation as a whole. Therefore it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other attitude in an American citizen is both base and servile. To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or any one else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about any one else."

"Roosevelt in the Kansas City Star", 149
May 7, 1918

I don't think that anything else needs to be said.

Jason Gillman said...

Neat Quote..

Leave it up to Teddy..

Now.. about the truth..