Wednesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” host Joe Scarborough criticized President Barack Obama for his attack on Fox News yesterday during a discussion on poverty at the Catholic-Evangelical Leadership Summit at Georgetown University.
Scarborough said, “I don’t know where to start. In a bipartisan summit you decide a cable news channel as the problem. Saying that Roger Ailes’ network calls people leeches, sponges, and lazy, at a summit that’s supposed to bring both sides together on poverty, is stunning to me.”
He continued, “Secondly — and I guess this is the problem — Barack Obama says if we are to change the way that John Boehner and Mitch McConnell think, then we have to change — change the way they think? Is he really the sole arbiter of what is right and just? Is he the only one who cares about the poor? Could it be that a lot of people like me don’t think that a top-down approach and trickle-down liberalism works any more than trickle-down conservatism? The arrogance to say if we are to change the way our opponents think — you know what? Maybe he needs the change the way he thinks.”
“It’s not I’m right, you’re wrong. That’s such an illuminating moment in this presidency, I’m a little embarrassed for him,” he added. “So the idea of this summit was to bring people together and this president comes to this summit and he decides to bash Fox News, and he decides to bash people who send their children to private schools, like he does, decides the bash people who play golf at private golf clubs, like he does. And you just wonder why he has this need to feel self-righteous when just going there and trying to come to common solutions,” he concluded.
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