Just days into his first term, Barack Obama gave GOP members of Congress orders to do his bidding because “I won”. A little over a year ago he told Republicans who opposed his policies to “go out and win an election” – which we did this week. One would therefore hope expect, given he declared that his policies were on the ballot this year and given that they were resoundingly rejected by the voters, that Obama would be prepared to defer to the victorious GOP because they won. Not so.
President Barack Obama came out swinging on Wednesday just 14 hours after a Republican wave swept over the U.S. Congress in an election that largely repudiated his policies.
'Congress will pass some bills I cannot sign,' he said, threatening to dust off a veto pen that he has used only twice in nearly six years.
And he hinted at executive orders that will enrage conservatives.
'I'm pretty sure I'll take some actions that some in Congress will not like,' he said. 'That's natural. That's how Democracy works.'
Much of reporters' tussling with the president focused on executive orders related to immigration reform – what some tea party Republicans call an 'amnesty' – which he plans to implement this year.
He acknowledged that the GOP won Tuesday's elections, but framed the results as a mandate for Republicans to work with him, instead of the other way around.
In other words, elections only matter when he wins, and when his opponents win it is a mandate for them to follow his lead, not do something different.
Somebody needs to explain to the Narcissist-In-Chief that the mandate is for the GOP to stop him and roll back his failed policies, not a mandate for them to roll over and give him what he wants. Apparently he cannot conceive that his reign of error has been rejected and the American people expect him to stand aside and allow the Republicans to fix the messes he made and prevent him from doing any further harm to our nation and its system of government.