President Barack Obama used his Thursday press conference to diagnose Republicans as fear-mongering, spiteful, obstinate, petulant and obstructive, as he again declared mission-accomplished in his effort to put the nation’s health-care under government control.
“I recognize that their party is going through the stages of grief — anger and denial and all that stuff — and we’re not at acceptance yet,” Obama told reporters, where he announced that his Obamacare network had claimed 8 million subscribers.
Obama coupled his passive-voice diatribe with his more-in-sorrow-than-anger promise that he “would much prefer a constructive conversation with the Republicans about how do we get some stuff done.”
The conciliatory pitch was sandwiched between Obama’s diverse attacks on the GOP’s sincerity, solidarity and sanity.
The combination was likely carefully crafted to rally progressives and also to goad GOP activists and legislators to make rash responses that can later be portrayed as divisive during the 2014 campaign.
Obama declared puzzlement at the GOP’s unified small-government agenda, repeated his demands for huge increases in spending and immigration, and nudged the press to focus on the GOP’s policy debates instead of his record-breaking spending and regulating.
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