NBC’s “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd declared that President Obama had decided his attitude towards Congress was “Congress has to decide how they’re going to work with me” on Friday during MSNBC’s coverage of the president’s year-end press conference.
“When you look at his answer on dealing with Congress and he’s sitting there going, you know, the premise of the question, of course, being, ‘do your executive actions make it harder to work with Congress.’ And his mindset is, ‘hey, you know what, Congress has to decide how they’re going to work with me’ because I’m going to be able to — you know, I’m confident they’re going to be able to — that his party is going to be able to uphold vetoes” he stated.
Regarding his relations with Congressional Democrats, Todd stated “my sense is he’s decided, ‘I’m through with appeasing Democrats in Washington.’ Because when you think about it, just listen to his answer on Keystone. That’s a man who gave an answer on Keystone, who no longer has to worry about Mark Begich, Mary Landrieu, Mark Pryor…I had heard this from others close to him, that there was sort of a sense of relief that he didn’t have to make all of these decisions, which if you think about the first ten months of 2014, there wasn’t a decision that he made and announced that didn’t have some sort of appeasement to whatever [Sen.] Harry Reid (D-NV) needed to save the Senate…and all of a sudden these last six weeks it’s like, ‘I don’t have to listen to those guys anymore. Harry Reid and [Rep.] Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) are going to complain all they want. I don’t have to worry about them anymore because, you know what, it’s gone anyway.'”
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