Even President Obama Is Laughing At Mitch McConnell’s Failure

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It was supposed to be a pool report about the Oval Office meeting with Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands during their first official visit, but things got interesting as the press shouted questions at President Obama.

POTUS was not taking any questions and instead kept repeating, “Thank you so much” as the wrangler tried to usher the press out. Jim Acosta, CNN’s Senior White House Correspondent, asked President Obama if he had any comments about the expiring NSA authority. He got “Zip,” per the pooler.

So then the White House pool reporter asked the President if he thought Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) had learned any lessons (presumably after his epic humiliation Sunday night when he was unable to pass the Patriot Act.

The gold…

To that question, Obama looked at the questioner, smiled expansively, and said “thank you.”

Senator McConnell has been trolling President Obama hard for his entire presidency.

In 2014, the Republican Senator ran on claiming he could lead. But now that he’s in power, things aren’t so easy. When forced to deliver on his promises, McConnell left a stunning defeat on the table as they voted to advance reforms to certain parts of the Patriot Act but not passing the legislation, leaving the country vulnerable to national security breaches. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said last night, “Now their procrastination will force the shutdown of vital intelligence gathering, leaving our nation needlessly vulnerable.”

Jason Easley broke the McConnell humiliation down Sunday night as the Senate voted to advance the USA Freedom Act (reforms to a section of the Patriot Act that covers data collection, specifically phone records):

This was a manufactured crisis that everyone saw coming, and Mitch McConnell did nothing to avoid it. Mitch McConnell tried to prove that he could flex his muscles and govern. Rand Paul is using the Senate as a platform for his presidential campaign.

In the end, the message to voters is clear. Republicans can’t govern without creating a crisis or a circus.

Meanwhile back at the circus Monday, Senator McConnell is trying to add an amendment to the Patriot Act that will necessitate it being sent back to the House before passage. Odd that he just came up with this amendment now, when they had a year and a half to determine what they wanted in the language.

Now that it hasn’t been passed and has sailed past the midnight deadline, now McConnell has some thoughts. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Monday that Mitch McConnell’s one year transition amendment for bulk data was “completely unnecessary.”

Six years and some change later, the man who laid a detailed plan to derail the Obama presidency before he even took office is in the hot seat. And all President Obama can do is smile that smile he gets when he knows silence is better than words.

Eat crow, Mitch McConnell. You earned it.

21 Replies to “Even President Obama Is Laughing At Mitch McConnell’s Failure”

  1. Ah the laughingstock that is the Republican Party- a source of never ending amusement.

    They’d be even more of a joke, if it weren’t for the fact that their successes lead to our detriment.

    Laugh On Mr. President- you’ve earned it.

  2. On another safety note – Dubya’s brother Jeb is running around saying W “kept us safe”.

    Uh, no, he did not, and he failed numerous times including an incident called 9/11.

    Jeb seems to be using the talking points from ten years ago. Seriously, or he’s stuck in the W. bubble surrounded by W. people.

    Republicans tried to create a new narrative a few years after 9/11 by repeating the phrase “no terrorist attacks happened under W.”

    They did, but were quickly shot down. Then it was, and I guess still is “he kept us safe”.

    This makes my blood boil –

    Nothing, nothing matters to Republicans except to enrich themselves and buddies.

    For goodness sakes, what has to be done to make Americans get it? Economic collapse, voter restrictions, terrible health system, theology governance, 9/11, Katrina, Wall St is their platform and they effing win!

    Cause freedom or some weird sh!t.

    he kept us safe…..no he did not…you heartless bastard

  3. Crow isn’t what most would like to see him eat. I am enjoying the fact that this issue seems to be causing them to eat their own. Bon appitite boys!

  4. GWB KEPT US SAFE?

    “The Deafness Before The Storm”

    “IT was perhaps The Most Famous Presidential Briefing in History.

    On Aug. 6, 2001, President George W. Bush received a classified review of the threats posed by Osama bin Laden and his terrorist network, Al Qaeda. That morning’s “presidential daily brief” — the top-secret document prepared by America’s intelligence agencies — featured the now-infamous heading:

    “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.” A few weeks later, on 9/11, Al Qaeda accomplished that goal.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/11/opinion/the-bush-white-house-was-deaf-to-9-11-warnings.html?_r=3&hp

    If you have not read this piece.
    Please do and copy it for FUTURE Generations to read!

    SHAMELESS Historical Fact:
    GWBush and Cheney DID-NOT KEEP THE U.S. SAFE ON 911.

  5. Arrogant repugs believe they are so much better and smarter than anyone else. But they can’t get anything done.

    They have become fodder for the huckster teabaggers, preachers and selfish billionaires.

    But they can all spout their few little christian verses that suits their hateful beliefs….and the 2nd amendment.

  6. It breaks my heart to have to admit at times that I am from Kentucky. The likes of Mitch McConnell sickens me. It even saddens me that a state like Kentucky has re-elected him now for some 30 odd years. I have prayed for the day that this one paticular “turtle” looking S.O.B. would be made to eat crow. Ever since that first dinner he heald to derail President Obama took place I have waited for that “turtle” shell to be crushed. I can only pray that this is the end of our dearly beloved Mitch. Mitch McConnell had done absolutly nothing for our state except keep it dead locked for years. Should Kentucky re-elect him yet again, I will truly welcome the comments of Kentucky being a backwards “Hillbilly” state of inbred folk that dont wear shoes. We really do have intelligant peole in our beautiful state, they just seem to have been very misguided in the past years. MAYBE just maybe we can grow from our mistakes and realize that being a “Blue” state is not all that bad.

  7. Let the President have this moment.. From the get go, McConnell has been the main driver of the ‘Blame Obama because he’s not like us’ strategy that has basically backfired every time since it started in 2008.

    So if anyone deserves to tell Turtle Boy that ‘I told you so’, it should be the President.

  8. Why say anything except, “Thank You,” when Acosta made the point so well by asking the question in the first place? Sometimes, a few words can be used to deliver a succinct message.

    McConnell has been “served.”

  9. all this story seems to care about is the egg of mcconnells face. Stories like this are why our system is in the shape its in. I view the patriot act failure as a win for America but all you partisans can’t help but focus on the political gamesmanship. Let’s elevate the debate and stop trying to keep score for our team.

  10. Although I agree with you on the idea that the failure of the reauthorization of the patriot act is a win for the people, I disagree with you on your reasoning why. The political gamesmanship as you call it has been of McConnells creation. He gave birth to it with his strategy to make PBO a one term president and by blocking all legislation he put forth. So if the man who was the inventor of the gridlock we were now looking at has egg on his face, I admit I LIKE it! Oh, and by the way you’d be hard pressed to find someone more partisan then McConnell.

  11. I love it, when the pres. smiles and says Thank you or just walks away, it leaves the questioner standing with egg on his or her deserving face. Also tells the rethugs, they have no control over his actions.

  12. I think that Prez Obama is having the last laugh at the detractors and bumbling obstructionists whose game has failed. Obama’s train is almost at the end of his trip, yet no sabotage or obstacles placed en-route on the tracks by the sabateurs has derailed Obama’s Locomotive. He laughs at them and waves, while they pout and stomp their feet in anger and defeat
    (Paint the picture in your heads of the scene) ;)

  13. I think Dubya is using Jeb to send his message out to Americans. He’s using Jeb to gauge the American response to his epic failure of a presidency. He’s watched Cheney emerge from the shadows and now feels with Jeb in the spotlight, this is his chance.

    I’m sure Jeb would rather be campaigning under his own message rather than destroying his presidential chances defending his brother’s train wreck of a legacy, but I get the feeling that Jeb is caught fast and doesn’t know how to extricate himself without appearing disloyal to his dynasty.

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