Obama Not Concerned About GOP's Opinion On ObamaCare - They're Not Constitutional Lawyers
Last week, I posted a video of the president boasting about how reporters (and even some Republicans!) often tell him his economic ideas are great.
Ace countered with the story about Obama giving himself props for giving great speeches in front of Organizing for America staff and volunteers.
I've got another entry for the Obama Narcissism Derby, and this one's a doozy, Ace.
Following his speech Wednesday in Galesburg, Illinois, reporters from the New York Times asked the president if he had consulted White House lawyers before unilaterally delaying the employer mandate in Obamacare.
As Byron York notes at the Washington Examiner, Obama didn't exactly answer the question. Instead he taunted the GOP for being sore losers, and reminded everyone that he himself was once a constitutional lawyer.
“People questioned your legal and constitutional authority to do that unilaterally — to delay the employer mandate,” asked the Times’ Jackie Calmes. “Did you consult with your lawyer?”
“Jackie, if you heard me on stage today, what I said was that I will seize any opportunity I can find to work with Congress to strengthen the middle class, improve their prospects, improve their security,” Obama began.
“No, but specifically — ” Calmes interjected.
“But where Congress is unwilling to act,” Obama continued, “I will take whatever administrative steps that I can in order to do right by the American people.”
At that point, Obama explained that if Congress doesn’t like what he’s done, then lawmakers can try to do something about it. “I’m not concerned about their opinions,” the president said. “Very few of them, by the way, are lawyers, much less constitutional lawyers.” And some Republicans “think I usurp my authority by having the gall to win the presidency.”
You can read Obama's complete answer to the question at The Washington Examiner.
The contempt this president has for congressional Republicans is simply breathtaking.
Attorney General Eric Holder showed the same contempt for House Republicans when ABC News’ Pierre Thomas asked him how he reacted when they voted with 17 Democrats to hold him in contempt of Congress last June over the “Fast and Furious” gun walking scandal.
“It’s something that I think was unfortunate,” Holder said. “I think it’s a result of this kind of partisan sport that I think we engage in here in Washington far too often.”
Holder said the votes it didn’t bother him, considering who cast them.
“But I have to tell you that for me to really be affected by what happened, I’d have to have respect for the people who voted in that way,” Holder told ABC News. “And I didn’t, so it didn’t have that huge an impact on me.”
When the leaders of the party in power hold the opposing party - and by extension up to half of the country - in complete contempt - that's a problem.