Reporters and even some Republicans gush about Obama’s economic policies in private, Obama told the Hill following his economic speech in Illinois, yesterday. Republicans publicly criticized the president for giving an address that just offered the same failed ideas, but Obama said they and the media often praise his ideas.
“It’s interesting, in the run-up to this speech, a lot of reporters say that, well, Mr. President, these are all good ideas, but some of you’ve said before; some of them sound great, but you can’t get those through Congress. Republicans won’t agree with you,” Obama said.
Obama argued some Republicans privately agree with a lot of his ideas.
“I know because they’ve said so. But they worry they’ll face swift political retaliation for cooperating with me,” he said.
Really, Mr President? “Political retaliation?”
In hindsight – a chilling bit of projection, there.