House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi raised some eyebrows this week after commenting Sunday that President Obama “has always been very respectful of the views of the Republicans,” and has always tried to accommodate them.
The President has always been very respectful of the views of the Republicans in the Congress and their leadership and their membership. He has always tried to accommodate it. This idea that but for that we would have gotten all these other things done is just not reality.
Pelosi made her remarks while appearing on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley.
Crowley asked Pelosi how she can say the President respects Republicans while committing his time and resources to defeating them in 2014, comparing this effort to the one Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell made to make Obama a “one-term president.”
Pelosi responded that there is no comparison.
When Mitch McConnell said that, he was talking about stopping, obstructing initiatives to create jobs, stopping initiatives that would show bipartisanship on the part of the President. They want to show, they wanted to show, that he couldn’t come to agreement with the Republicans simply…it didn’t matter what the subject was they were not going to support it.
The reality is that Obama has rarely shown any respect to the Republicans point of view, or of their character. He has used harsh language to criticize not just their policies, but their motives as well. Earlier this year he said that the Republicans’ plan amounts to “Dirtier air, dirtier water, less people with health insurance.” He also said that Republicans “have suspicions about whether government should make sure that kids in poverty are getting enough to eat or whether we should be spending money on medical research.” And many times he’s questioned their patriotism, accusing them of putting their party interests ahead of the country’s interests.
For Pelosi to pretend otherwise is more a reflection of her character.