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Obama courts GOP despite snub

By Bertram de Souza (Contact)

Published September 4, 2011

President Obama is asking Republicans to work with him on his jobs-creation initiative, which he will unveil Thursday, even though they’re already declaring it a dud. This delusion of bipartisanship on the part of Obama comes on the heels of his being snubbed by House Speaker John Boehner.

Obama had wanted to address a joint session of Congress on Wednesday, but the Republican leader of the House told the Democratic president that he would have to choose some other day. On Wednesday, the candidates for the GOP nomination for president will participate in a national debate, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who is leading in the polls, will be making his first appearance.

Republicans smell blood — Obama’s — and they aren’t going to do anything to give him a break. Indeed, given his refusal to match them blow-for-blow and to use the power of the presidency, Republicans have concluded that he’s not a fighter. They’ve been pounding away at him for months, but his only response has been to talk about the need for bipartisanship.

The president’s jobs speech Thursday comes at a time when his approval rating is dropping like a stone, the economy is in turmoil, and Republicans have made it clear that the only thing they care about is depriving him of a second term in 2012.

Will Obama take the fight to the GOP? Don’t hold your breath.


1Tony_A(13 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

Do you ever have an original thought? What are the reasons besides needing to fill space you wrote this? It's very clear that you know nothing about politics, let alone presidential politics, to be making any comments or writing editorials for a newspaper.

Let’s conduct a test. Can Bertram de Souza get hired by any big city newspaper? Would Bertram take on government employees if he worked at the Washington Post? I believe they would laugh him out of the newsroom.

Why should we care?

Someone that has a platform (the Vindy) and that can shape public opinion, can move our community either forward or back. Mr. de Souza has taken use nowhere, and this blog is an example of a non-story story that we all ready have heard on TV for the past three days - why write about it here?

I'll help you Bert, here is a story people in Youngstown would like to hear about, why doesn't our new mayor want to use email for official business? Many people seem to think he doesn't want a paper trail. Why is that?

Now that's a story to fill this space with, not retreaded news from, CNN, MSNBC and FOX. Of course this story would require you to do more than watch TV and might even ruffle some feathers, but it’s a real story. And there are so many more, but I’m sure we will continue to read about government employees benefits, YSU staff, the Cafaros, Marc Dann and David Betras.

You have been lucky Bert, hiding out here in Youngstown where nobody cares to challenge your incompetence and utter lack of experience in politics or government.

Do the community a favor, prove me wrong. Let’s see if a big city newspaper will hire you. If they do, I'm wrong, but I've done you and the Valley a favor by getting you out of here.

We won't hold our breath.

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2captdinger(110 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

Good article, Bertram. I think Tony_A must have been eating much fair food and it clogged his thinking ability. You made some good points. To bad he missed them. Greasy fair food will cause that.

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3chuck_carney(499 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

O'bama needs to kiss up to Republican and conesrvative members of the house, since he lost the democrat and liberal block. timmie ryan, marcia fudge and bet sutton don't have the clout and influence to win over the votes of their opposition. Plus the purely inciteful and at times racist comments of some house members have alienated many independents such as myself. Mix in the uncompromising radical liberal such as kucinich (who are upset with O'bama over continuing two wars, the Ghadafi intervention, failure to close Gitmo, the cap & trade fiasco, card check broken promises, lack of a laser-like jobs program, forcing an unwanted health care on us, etc.) will not bode well for the President

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