I’m disgusted with the Republicans’ lack of respect for President Obama. Like him or not, he is the president, duly elected by the people on November 4, 2008. Even if your stated goal is to make President Obama a one-term president, you still need to show him and his office the respect they deserve.
Several Republican lawmakers are blowing off the speech. Congressman Joe Walsh (Illinois) and Sen. David Vitter (Louisiana) had previously announced that they would not attend. Senator Jim DeMint, Republican from South Carolina, is the latest say he’s not going to he’s not going to Obama’s speech to Congress tonight. DeMint is “sick and tired of speeches” and won’t go because the president didn’t send over an advance, written plan.
Obama has no obligation to send him an advance copy of the plan. DeMint, conversely, does have an obligation to be there tonight.
Also, Speaker Boehner wouldn’t return Obama’s calls during the debt ceiling hostage taking.
Nobody returned the president’s call.
On Thursday afternoon, President Obama and House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) had discussed a sweeping agreement that would have averted default on the national debt. On Thursday evening, Obama called back to talk more.
The president left a message, and waited.
The tone in Washington has gotten worse and worse during the Obama presidency. I’m sure that Obama bears some of this blame. But the Republicans are more disrespectful than I’ve ever seen. I don’t want to call it racism, but can someone give me a better alternative?
These are matters of common courtesy for the office even if you abhor the man. When the President of the United States calls, you drop what you’re doing and get on the phone. When the President of the United States gives a speech to a joint session of Congress, you drop what you’re doing, you get yourself there, and you act like you’re listening. Anything less is blatant disrespect to the man and the office.
Until the tone improves – and that starts with respect – nothing will change in Washington. Gridlock will continue. Nothing will get done. And America will continue as a nation in decline.