The White House said that President Obama doesn’t regret calling Senate Republicans crazies during a Democratic event in Las Vegas.
Obama called Senate Republicans crazies while speaking about Harry Reid, “It’s hard for me to express how much I love Harry Reid, but it’s easier to do it in a room of people who love Harry Reid. Harry and I drove over here together and we were doing a little reminiscing, and then figuring out how we’re going to deal with the crazies in terms of managing some problems. And then we talked about riding off into the sunset together.”
Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz made it clear that Obama isn’t going to back down from his remarks.
According to The Hill:
“He may have been a little glib in his language,” spokesman Eric Schultz told reporters on Air Force One.
But asked if the president regrets his choice of words, Schultz replied “no.”
Schultz said the president was taking aim at Republicans in Congress, who are locked in a budget stalemate with Democrats that could result in a government shutdown.
“If you take a step back … and look at what some Republicans have floated in Washington, whether that’s shutting down the government, whether that’s funding the government at sequester levels when the economy needs more support, he thinks those are reckless steps,” the spokesman said of Obama.
In other words, Obama stands by his point that the Republican agenda is nuts.
The President has evolved from trying to work with the crazy when Republicans took the control of the House of Representatives to using the crazy to his advantage as Republicans have manufactured an endless series of conspiracies and crisis to calling his opponents out for what they really are.
Obama’s language could also be viewed as a strong message that he is not going to be engaging in any negotiations with Republicans over shutting down the government. This president won’t be their hostage.
President Obama won’t negotiate with the crazies, and he is offering no regrets or apologies for telling the truth about the GOP.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA.Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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