Congresswoman Maxine Waters offered some advice for President Barack Obama Thursday: It’s time to drop the Super Bowl parties and beer summits with the Republicans and stand up and fight them.
Speaking at a Congressional Black Caucus legislative conference in Washington, the California Democrat said Obama’s “been very nice” in his negotiations with Republicans, but now he needs to fight harder.
“He’s been on the other side of the aisle talking with people. He’s invited them up to the White House to have beer. He’s invited them to come and watch the Super Bowl games,” Waters said, as reported by The Hill. “He’s done all of that, and when they eat his food and drink his beer and leave, then they go and try to kill him [on Capitol Hill].”
“You’ve gotta fight – you will not win this battle without fighting,” she said.
According to The Hill, Waters said she and other Democrats believe that by fighting the Republican Party Obama can be successful — although she also suggested there are questions about whether he will keep fighting for liberal priorities when things tough.
“We love the president. We want him to be successful,” Waters said. “But does he feel our pain? Does he understand what’s going on out here?”
Waters criticized Obama last month for not paying more attention to black communities, particularly in the face of their disproportionate unemployment rate, and said black voters are hesitant to call him out because they “love him.”
On Thursday, she reiterated her call that the black community needs to get involved — because the Tea Party certainly does.
“We have got to show up. The Tea Party shows up. The Tea Party intimidates everybody,” she said. “We have to show people that we have no fear. Don’t mistake the silence for intimidation.”
The congresswoman also didn’t back down or apologize when she addressed her recent highly-publicized remarks in which she told a crowd, “the Tea Party can go straight to hell.”
“Yes, I was displayed in national media telling them where to go,” she said. “And I mean that.”