Pelosi Calls Obama “Busiest Person in the World”
Yesterday, President Obama dined with GOP senators to discuss the deficit and possible deficit reduction plans moving forward. In light of this act of “reaching out,” former Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was asked whether a grand bargain during fiscal cliff negotiations was not reached because the President failed to reach out to the GOP sooner.
Pelosi responded by heaping praises on President Obama:
The President has been so respectful, given so much time to the Republicans and their views to the point that one time in one of our meetings I said to the President, ‘Mr. President, I’m busy, and I don’t have any more time for this. You have to be the busiest person in the world. If and when they come up with a new idea, why don’t we just call you back into the room?’ Because he has tried so hard to listen, to accommodate, to be respectful of their points of view.
There is no doubt that the President is a very busy man. Perhaps his negotiating skills are surpassed only by his oratory skills… or his charm. And I can’t imagine that the President acts disrespectfully towards Republicans.
But grace, charm, and powers of persuasion are not inherently good if they are being used to encourage policies and to take actions which are destructive to the Constitution, to American virtues and principles, to religious freedom, and to our economy.
As the Heritage Foundation’s Matthew Spalding explains:
America is exceptional because it is dedicated to the universal principles of human liberty: That all are fundamentally equal and equally endowed with unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Our government exists to secure these God-given rights, deriving its just powers from the consent of the governed. Our Constitution limits the power of government, creating a vigorous framework for expanding economic opportunity, protecting national independence, and securing liberty and justice for all.
Obama has a different objective: To complete the progressive transformation of America and define its next phase—which he laid out in his Osawatomie, Kansas, speech mimicking Teddy Roosevelt—through more complicated and extensive government regulation of society and the redistribution of wealth and benefits to produce “fair” outcomes.
Moreover, if he did show any degree of restraint in his first term — which is a glaringly dubious claim since he and the liberals in Congress rammed Obamacare down Americans’ throats without even having read what was in the bill — even those of his own party are overjoyed that he can unleash his progressive policies unrestrained in his second term.
Anyway, it’s good to know that you can be the “busiest person in the world” and still take time for leisure, laughter, golf, and a little body-surfing.