Obama's 'Charm Offensive' A 'Joke' And Waste of Time Says Senior WH Official
Because the president's poll numbers are sliding, he has very publicly been "reaching out to Republicans" in an effort to stem the tide.
According to Ron Fournier of National Journal an anonymous White House official told reporters that Obama's so-called "charm offensive" is a "joke," a waste of everyone's time, and basically a stunt for the media. The official made the comments after being promised anonymity.
Via The Weekly Standard:
“This is a joke. We’re wasting the president’s time and
ours,” complained a senior White House official who was promised
anonymity so he could speak frankly. “I hope you all (in the media) are
happy because we’re doing it for you.”
Well, I'm sure they're happy because they're dutifully flooding the airwaves with reports about Obama's charming charm offensive. Still, the president can't be happy with an official speaking that frankly to the media.
The Weekly Standard's Steve Hayes's take is here.
His exit question is a good one:
...it’s fair to ask: Why should Republicans trust a man whose
second Inaugural Address was a clarion call to greater government
activism, whose State of the Union the New York Times described
as a case for “closing out the politics of austerity,” who has
previously demonstrated bad faith by fighting even modest reductions in
spending growth, and whose second-term strategy so far has depended on
casting Republicans as villains?
Republicans ought to proceed with caution.