Last week I told you about Obama's new White House advisor John Podesta. Podesta is joining the administration after serving as the lead in Obama's transition team in 2008 and also having served as an advisor to Bill Clinton during rocky times in his presidency.
Podesta is rightly catching a lot of flak for this quote he said to the Politico: “[Team Obama] needs to focus on executive action given that they are facing a second term against a cult worthy of Jonestown in charge of one of the houses of Congress.” Jonestown, for those of you who are not familiar, was a cult led by Jim Jones who convinced nearly 1,000 of his followers to kill themselves in a cyanide suicide pact in 1978.
Podesta apologized earlier today, stating that his “snark got the better of [his] judgement.” The fact that an incoming White House advisor, someone within the president's inner circle, would say something this inappropriate to begin with is galling. What kind of people is Obama choosing to surrounding himself with, and what does this signal for what we can expect from this White House in the future?
Republicans and Tea Partiers are not mass-murdering, delusional brainwashers but patriotic Americans standing up for conservative values. It is not a cult, it is a set of values. Republicans, particularly Tea Party conservatives, are opposed to much of Obama's agenda because they do not believe it is what's best for the country.
The other issue that we must recognize in Podesta's comment is his push for Obama to focus on executive action. Like we've seen much throughout the Obama presidency, there has become a blatant disregard for the proper role of each branch of government. The executive branch does not exist to legislate but to enforce laws. However, our lawless president seems to think that he can legislate through these executive actions. Getting away with this perversion of power is an affront to our Constitution and has dangerous long-term implications for our institutions and the rule of law.
Podesta wasn't the only outrageous quote for today …
In a moment of honest candor, Barbara Walters demonstrates just how deep the expectations for Barack Obama were for many people. She told CNN's Piers Morgan, “We thought that [Barack Obama] was going to be - I shouldn't say this at Christmastime, but - the next messiah.”
First of all, I want to know who this “we” is that Barbara Walters is referring to. Not everyone in America was as taken by the hope and change promised by Obama because some of us did our homework and our research. It's as if she assumes that the entire nation was just as in love with Obama as perhaps her colleagues in the mainstream media. There's a reason why I call it the Obama-mania media. Between Chris Matthews getting tingles up his leg and Barbara Walters comparing Obama to Jesus, it's clear that there was an irrational love of Obama that negates any sense of impartiality among the press.