White House press secretary Josh Earnest questioned Thursday morning whether criticism of President Barack Obama is “good for the country.”
Earnest made the comment in an interview with Martha MacCallum on Fox News Channel’s “America’s Newsroom,” where he appeared to discuss the midterm election results and the next two years.
MacCallum first asked Earnest to explain a comment the president made during a press conference Wednesday when he said that he had “heard from” the two-thirds of American voters who chose to sit out Tuesday’s election.
Earnest said that not choosing between the two candidates running for a particular office is, in itself, a choice.
“The other thing that is a legitimate choice is, people who don’t show up,” Earnest said. “Those are people who feel disengaged from their government.”
There’s some truth to that statement, although many conservatives wish “low-information voters” were more disengaged from their government, not less. Earnest’s answer also doesn’t explain what the president believes he “heard” from those non-voters.
“I think what the presdient was clear about yesterday is, the message that he heard from voters all across the county is they want results from Washington, D.C. Over the last two years, to be sure, they haven’t gotten a lot of those results,” he said.
But two years ago, Republicans lost two Senate seats and six House seats to the Democrats. If the issue is really two years old, it would appear that the bulk of the responsibility would be on the president’s own party.
MacCullum also pointed out that there are over 300 bills passed by the House and “sitting on Harry Reid’s desk” on which the Senate has taken no action, so of course there have been no “results.” How did Earnest explain that?
He didn’t, of course.
“The other thing that people have observed is that Republicans have spent an awful lot of time criticizing the President. Now that may have worked for them politically, I think the numbers indicate that it might have, at least in the short term. But is that really good for the country?”
Right. That’s the problem. Too much criticism of the president.
MacCallum asked about America’s position in a world dominated by headlines of Ebola, Russian adventurism, and the radical terrorists of the Islamic State.
“The president’s taken a leading role in all those things to make sure that the United States continues to play the role that we’ve played for generations, which is mobilizing the international community to deal with tough problems,” Earnest said.
Oh, that’s America’s historical role in dealing with international crises? Good thing we’ve got a president with some community organizing experience, then. How fortunate.
Finally, Earnest explained Obama’s comments about having a drink with Sen. Mitch McConnell or a round of golf with Speaker of the House John Boehner.
“The president is interested in trying to build some relationships with members of Congress to try to advance some of these priorities,” Earnest said.
There’s no way to know how long Obama thinks it takes to build a good working relationship, but he’d better get cracking. The last six years haven’t resulted in much progress for him, and he’s only got two left.
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