In another classic moment of finger pointing on the part of President Obama, on Wednesday Obama criticized lawmakers for attempting to sue him.
“Stop being mad all the time. Stop just hating all the time. Come on,” the president said, seemingly unaware of the fact that he is partly to blame for the hyper-partisan climate in Washington nowadays.
The Associated Press reports “Addressing about 1,500 supporters at the historical Uptown Theatre, Obama cast the stalemate in Washington as a personal reaction to his presidency, accusing Republicans of choosing political stunts to undermine him over taking action on issues like immigration, transportation spending and tax reform.”
The president’s speech came just before Republicans in the House were authorizing a lawsuit against Obama, charging him with exceeding the powers ordained to him when he took the oath of office. The lawsuit revolves around the president’s use of executive orders to alter his significant healthcare overhaul, known as the Affordable Care Act. The GOP claims that the White House had no legal authority to use executive orders in as liberal of a manner as it did after the Affordable Care Act’s rollout proved to be an abject disaster.
“I know they’re not happy that I’m president. I’ve only got a couple of years left. Come on, let’s get some work done. Then you can be mad at the next president,” said a clearly annoyed President Obama.
The president also took the time to comment on Wall Street’s recovery in the wake of the great recession, noting that stock prices and corporate profits are on the rise. The president embraced a notably populist message for his speech in Kansas City, Mo. Obama said that the middle class should take part in the new found prosperity on Wall Street, and also went on to say that middle class status should be easier to obtain for those in America who are struggling.
The Associated Press continues, “After his speech, Obama meandered along picturesque Main Street in nearby Parkville, Missouri, popping in shops and greeting folks with an iced tea in hand. He cajoled patrons of Parkview Coffee to let him pay for their drinks.”
Overall, Obama’s trip to Kansas City was an attempt to repair his damaged public image, as many have grown leery of his style of governance. Placing all blame on the GOP and offering up statements meant to appeal to everyday Americans now seems to be the strategic move that the president has gone with.