Republicans tried to get snarky with President Obama during the State Of The Union, but were quickly shot down by an off the cuff presidential reply. After the exchange, conservative media cowered and whined about the president’s “rudeness.”
President Obama brought down the house and won the Internet tonight during his State of the Union address when he interrupted rude Republican clapping over the end of his political career with this:
“I have no more campaigns to run.” Insert rude Republican clapping. But Republican thuggery is no match for President Obama’s quick wit and brain. He responded off the cuff (not in his prepared remarks), “I know because I won both of them.”
This response brought down the house with happy Democrats cheering and liberals everywhere breathing a sigh of relief that this President was taking Republican rudeness no more, and in fact reminding them just who won two national elections with a mandate.
All of this caused Republicans everywhere to commence whinging, how dare Obama not be nice to them! He said he wanted to be bipartisan and then he had the nerve to defend himself against their unstatesmanlike rudeness. (Let us not forget the unprecedented rudeness and disrespect behind the earlier GOP outburst, “You lie!”)
Stephen Dinan at the very conservative and Republican Washington Times tried to blame Obama for being mean:
President Obama spent much of Tuesday’s State of the Union calling for civility in politics — then taunted Republicans over his two election victories, after many of them applauded the looming end of his political career.
Mr. Obama issued a broad call for “a better politics” that began with common principles, and said his agenda isn’t political, pointing out “I have no more campaigns to run.”
The applause was too much for Mr. Obama, who punctuated his declaration that his campaigns are over by saying, “I know, because I won both of them.”
Democrats roared with delight, while red-faces Republicans grimaced.
Let this be a warning to the slow to catch on Republicans. No more Mr Nice Guy. You play, you pay. President Obama will be respectful and open minded, but if you are disrespectful of the office and of his right to be there, he will put you in your place.
This is how grown ups must treat children in order to help them take responsibility for their actions, so President Obama is right to let Republicans know that if they want to try to embarrass him publicly, he has no problem humiliating them with the facts.
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