Skip to comments.Obama blames media for 'caricature' [impenetrable GOP base won't let Congress compromise]
Posted on 01/23/2014 8:29:01 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
President Obama said that gridlock on Capitol Hill stemmed from an inability to "penetrate the Republican base" and convince voters there that he's "not the caricature that you see on Fox News or Rush Limbaugh," rather than his oft-questioned willingness to socialize with lawmakers.
In bonus excerpts from an interview with The New Yorker's David Remnick, Obama conceded that there was "no doubt that personal relationships matter at the margins and can tip something over the finish line," and admitted that he "wasn't in a position to work the social scene in Washington" as the father of two young girls.
But he said comparisons to presidents like Ronald Reagan and Lyndon Johnson were unfair in an era of polarized parties and gerrymandered districts.
Obama said "it wouldn't have mattered how many drinks" former Speaker Tip O'Neill (D-Mass.) and former President Reagan had, were the top Democrat not grappling with conservative Southern Democrats from districts won by the Republican president.
"I think probably, just from a purely political point of view, the bigger challenge that Ive had has to do with the fact that there is a core group of Republican House members in particular who know that I lost their districts by twenty-five or thirty points, and that there is a Republican base of voters for whom compromise with me is a betrayal," Obama said.
The president also complained that conservative media had created a "caricature" of him divorced from "reality" that made rallying voters from those areas particularly difficult.
"The issue has been the inability of my message to penetrate the Republican base so that they feel persuaded that Im not the caricature that you see on Fox News or Rush Limbaugh, but Im somebody who is interested in solving problems and is pretty practical, and that, actually, a lot of the things that weve put in place worked better than people might think," Obama said.
"And as long as theres that gap between perceptions of me within the average Republican primary voter and the reality, its hard for folks like John Boehner to move too far in my direction."
Republicans have long complained about the president's willingness to reach across the aisle for social occasions.
Former Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), for a time a key swing vote in the Senate, said last year she would give Obama a close to failing grade on his relationship with Congress.
A president should be reaching out to many on the opposite side of the aisle you know, to many Republicans, on a bipartisan basis, Snowe told ABC News.
That complaint has been echoed by some Democrats. Late last year, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) complained that Obama waits until it's almost to a crisis stage before before engaging Congress on pivotal issues.
I just think sometimes they're looking for a little bit of guidance also that's your responsibility as a leader to give that guidance, Manchin told the Charleston-Huntington CBS affiliate.
In his interview with The New Yorker, Obama said the "truth of the matter" was Democrats had been remarkably unified "even when there were a lot of political risks involved."
"Id like to think that part of that is because the Democrats up on Capitol Hill that I have relationships with know that the things Im fighting for are things they care deeply about, and that I have a genuine commitment to seeing them succeed," Obama said.
Just look at the latest deficit budget that passed.
The president who has said he “refuses to negotiate on the debt ceiling” bemoans the Republican unwillingness to compromise.
I had to look to see if this was officially satire.
Hmmmm...that implies SOME political savvy and accomplishment in working their OWN agenda. Really???? At the same time, MSM idiots and loser Liberal politicians characterize the Conservative base as intellectual pygmies, knuckle scraping genetic throwbacks too attached to their Bible and their guns to step into the 21st century and (like Progressives) roll over playing dead for every challenge to American traditions, autonomy and hard-won personal freedoms.
Well, how many ways do they want to have it... it can be one or the other ... but NOT both.
Boner rolls over every time Obama says “Boo!”
WTH more does he want?
he's peddling an excuse.
He’s actually being accurate and truthful. It’s just that his definition of “compromise” is getting the Republicans to give him half of what he wants, keeping the door open to seeking the rest at later dates.
A more accuturate description however would be that Republicans aren’t willing to engage in incremental surrender, at least at the pace he’d like them to.
Sadly I must admit, I haven’t listened to much of anything he has said in years. Realizing how very mentally and emotionally damaged he is, I refuse to subject myself.
I’m tired of all the ‘noise’ he blows out on a daily basis, and I await the day the truth breaks through the fog of lies.
“The president also complained that conservative media had created a “caricature” of him divorced from “reality” that made rallying voters from those areas particularly difficult. “
Must be really getting to the man child. This is a picture of a person totally unsuited to be in public life. This idiot has no business whatsoever being POTUS.
right,......he's really just an everyday Marxist like you see on the 100's of liberal networks and channels.
Won’;t this marxist dope ever shut up?
Won’t this marxist dope ever shut up?
impenetrable = resistant to indoctrination
Wont this marxist doper ever shut up? fixed it
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