Comedian Bill Maher appeared on CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS and expressed his frustration with President Obama and the Democratic Congress. His specific point of contention is, although the Democrats are in power, it is still the Republicans running the show and calling the shots, mainly because the President is not “gangster” enough.
Asked by host Fareed Zakaria what he thinks about President Obama’s responce to the “shellacking,”- a reference to the huge Republican gains in the midterm elections – Bill Maher replied that the President looks “beaten down.” He goes on to say;
“I thought, when we elected the first black president, as a comedian, I thought two years in, I’d be making jokes about what a gangsta he was, you know? And, not that he’s President Wayne Brady, you know… I thought we were getting Suge Knight.
For him to be talking about compromising with the Republicans on the Bush tax cuts, where — where are they going to draw a line in the sand? When are they going to remember who they are?”
Although Bill Maher claims that he still like the President, he went along and voiced his frustration with the way the President insist on pleasing the Republicans. Speaking about the President, Mr. Maher says that he is “so disappointed that he just seems to be another in a long line of Democrats that come across as wimpy and wussy or what ever other word you want to ascribe to it, of not standing up for what they believe in enough.”
Bill Maher points to the difference between how the Republicans stick to what they believe in, and contrast it with how the Democrats “abandon what they believe in.” To make this point, Bill Maher points to the Health Care reform that Democrats were able to sign into law, and the fact that they totally turned their backs on the law during the mid term elections. A law that presidents over the last 70 years tried to enact, and failed to do.
Now the American people don’t follow issues that closely. What they follow is, who’s dominating, who’s standing by what they believe in. What they see is Democrats not standing behind what they passed in Health care. And so, to them, they say to themselves, there must be something wrong with it if these people aren’t standing up for it.
President Obama and the Democrats in congress need to listen to their base. It’s okay to try at bipartisanship, but eventually, you must realize what’s possible and what’s not. With a group of people who want’s nothing else but your failure, it is fair to say that bipartisanship is now likely. Anthony Weiner, appearing on Countdown with Keith Olbermann said it best – “Like a child looking for a Unicorn, sooner or later, you must move on with your life!”
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