President Obama is again on the stump claiming that all criticism of him from Republicans is built on “phony scandals.”
At yet another private fundraiser Obama lambasted Republicans as obstructionists who are trying to whip up hate for him by promulgating outrage over false scandals.
Republicans have “nothing to offer except cynicism and fear and frustration,” Obama claimed at a fundraiser in Minnesota on Thursday.
Obama also went to Minnesota to meet with Rebekah Erler, a woman who wrote the White House a letter relating the story of her financial struggles.
The president claimed that we should be talking more about people like Rebekah, but Washington refuses to do so. “We talk about everything else,” Obama said. “We talk about phony scandals. We talk about Benghazi, and we talk about polls, and we talk about the Tea Party, and we talk about the latest controversy… We don’t talk about her.”
Obama’s claim that Washington won’t talk about the economy and that his mounting list of scandals are all phony is not a new claim. He made the same charges in 2013 and drew a sharp rebuke from Republicans then.
Last year Republican strategist John Feehery said that Obama “can’t just keep turning to the economy as a convenient excuse to stop talking about stuff that he doesn’t want to talk about. The more he tries to do it, the less credible he is. I think he’s turned to the economy about 14 different times.”
Obama also claimed that he and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) did more when she was still Speaker of the House than Washington has done since the 1960s. A signature achievement of the ’60s was the 1964 Civil Rights Act passed with assistance of Republicans. Presumably Obama thinks he and Pelosi did work comparable to that achievement in the first two years of his presidency.
Pelosi recently announced that she intends to visit the Texas border to interview the tens of thousands of illegal immigrants being warehoused at our southern borders.
Some 60 guests attended the Minnesota fundraiser. They paid between $10,000 and $32,400 to meet the President.
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