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November 25, 2013

Obama: I'm Just Too Darn Non-Ideological and Pragmatic

And just too concerned about #AndTheMiddleClass, I'm sure.

President Barack Obama, on a fundraising swing in Seattle on Sunday, described himself as "not a particularly ideological person" despite ongoing political clashes with Republicans over healthcare, the economy, and immigration reform.

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The president called that chamber a barrier to progress in his remarks and said there would be broad consensus on issues such as immigration reform if politics were stripped away.

"I'm not a particularly ideological person," he said, saying pragmatism was necessary to advance the values that were important to him.

Note how Reuters sets up the President's claim with a stealth rebuttal, suggesting only the highly-ideological Republicans would call Obama ideological:

Republicans view the president as very ideological. They view his healthcare reform as a government overreach and are hoping to capitalize on its shaky rollout to keep control of the House and wrest control of the Senate away from Democrats in next year's midterm elections.

And yet nowhere in the article does Reuters acknowledge that many of Obama's and the Democrats' maneuvers -- delaying this, not enforcing that -- are, to put it into Reuters' language, designed to keep control of the Senate and wrest control of the House away from the Republicans in next year's midterm elections.

Nope! Only one political party engages in politics. And that's you-know-who. The Democrats are all about pragmatism and helpin' folks, and aren't ideological or political at all.

By the way, apparently Reuters didn't notice this, but in the same ridiculous speech in which he claimed to be non-ideological and non-political, he demanded that Nancy Pelosi be put back in charge of the House of Representatives.

“The biggest barrier and impediment we have right now is the Congress, and in particular the House of Representatives, that is not focused on getting the job done for the American people and is a lot more focused on trying to position themselves for the next election,” Obama told about 60 wealthy supporters at a fundraising dinner outside of Seattle.

That other party cares about winning elections, Obama said to group of wealthy supporters forking over $16,200 to $32,500 a plate in order to defeat the Republican Party.

Obama described himself “not a particularly ideological person,” saying he is passionate about his values but is practical about how to achieve them. He attacked House Republicans for being what he considered overly partisan.

“More than anything, what we’re looking for is not the defeat of another party,” Obama said, in a non-partisan fashion.

I added that last clause. It was implied; I thought it ought to be explicity.

“What we’re looking for is the advancement of ideas. But to do that, we’re going to need Nancy Pelosi as speaker, because there’s a lot of work to be done right now.”

When I think of "fresh ideas," I think of Nancy Pelosi, and when I think of Nancy Pelosi, I think of mothballs and pee pee.

Obama hailed Pelosi, who was in attendance at Sunday night’s fundraising dinner, as “our once-speaker and soon-to-be-speaker-again.”

Yes and I'm sure she'll put politics aside as she campaigns to win a political election.

You will not be surprised to learn that the Washington Post has rushed out an article arguing that Obama is really not all that liberal at all.



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