Having destroyed the American health insurance industry, leaving thousands of people uncertain of whether they actually have valid health insurance or not, President Obama jetted off to a luxurious extended Christmas vacation in Hawaii. You might think the “optics” couldn’t possibly be worse – Obama frolicking on the beach while surgeons are spending two hours on hold with the ObamaCare commissars to find out if they can proceed with operations.
But you would be wrong. Because the Empty Chair actually scolded Republicans for taking a holiday vacation.
And he did it from his posh Hawaiian retreat. Here’s the beginning of the President’s weekly radio address:
Hi, everybody, and Happy New Year.
This is a time when we look ahead to all the possibilities and opportunities of the year to come – when we resolve to better ourselves, and to better our relationships with one another. And today, I want to talk about one place that Washington should start – a place where we can make a real and powerful difference in the lives of many of our fellow Americans right now.
Just a few days after Christmas, more than one million of our fellow Americans lost a vital economic lifeline – the temporary insurance that helps folks make ends meet while they look for a job. Republicans in Congress went home for the holidays and let that lifeline expire. And for many of their constituents who are unemployed through no fault of their own, that decision will leave them with no income at all.
President Obama has gone beyond satire. This isn’t just bad politics. This is a man who has lost his grip on reality. His “signature achievement” is a pile of smoking trillion-dollar wreckage, and he couldn’t be bothered to keep tabs on its development at all. He fiddled while the incompetent fools at Health and Human Services built a balsa-wood Rome, and then burned it down. He scooted off for vacation while his arbitrary and illegal modifications to the law left an entire industry, and its millions of customers, in mad turmoil.
And he dares…. this man, of all people, this man who wasted a trillion dollars and then told us he discovered there’s no such thing as the “shovel-ready jobs” he was ostensibly creating… this man who wasted another trillion and then told us aw, shucks, you know what, it turns out that selling insurance is hard… this dilettante who never held a real job in his life, who set records for time spent playing golf while presiding over the worst “recovery” from a recession in modern history… dares to take cheap shots at congressional Republicans because they went home for the holidays? None of the Democrats did that, huh? They spent the final weeks of December glued to their seats in the House and Senate, did they?
Besides the you-gotta-be-kidding-me gall of the President’s remarks, we’re back this infantile politics of division and hatred he specializes in. There’s a discussion to be had about the merits of extending unemployment benefits, but the man whose ruinous economic policies makes those benefits necessary isn’t interested in having it. He needs a distraction from the failure of ObamaCare, and it looks like he’s going to get it by throwing below-the-belt punches that make even some of his dwindling band of supporters laugh nervously, as they wonder whether His Imperial Majesty King Barack of the Links couldn’t even wait to get home from his tropical getaway before ankle-biting other people about returning to their districts to spend holiday time with their families.