While speaking about the economy on Wednesday in Galesburg, Illinois, President Obama said members of the media often praise his ideas.
"It’s interesting. In the run-up to this speech, a lot of reporters [said]...'Mr. President, these are all good ideas, but some [you’ve] said before, some of them sound great, but you can't get those through Congress. Republicans won't agree with you,'" Obama remarked.
He continued to assert that a number of Republicans secretly agree with him, in fact, "but they worry they’ll face swift political retaliation for cooperating with me."
"Now, there are others who will dismiss every idea I put forward either because they’re playing to their most strident supporters, or in some cases because, sincerely, they have a fundamentally different vision for America," he added. "One that says inequality is both inevitable and just; one that says an unfettered free market without any restraints inevitably produces the best outcomes, regardless of the pain and uncertainty imposed on ordinary families..."
Watch video of the president's remarks, below:
Conservative media have reacted to the president's comments with a mixture of light mockery and disdain.
The Daily Caller's Jim Treacher wrote:
“My clothes look great,” boasted the naked emperor. “Anybody got a problem with that?”
Oh yeah, and Republicans think he’s awesome, but they just can’t say so. That’s why the economy sucks.
I can’t wait until Obama’s next speech! Each one is almost as worthwhile and honest as the last.
Doug Powers at MichelleMalkin.com weighed in: "It was nice of the president to point out that the media is generally supportive of him. We hadn't noticed."
(H/T: The Hill)
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