Key Dems - "This guy has no idea what he's doing"
Joe Scarborough says all the leading Democrats complain about the mistakes of the president, and Wil McDonough confirms he's heard the same thing, often.
Scarborough, much to Republicans’ delight, claimed that Dems in Washington have been “horrified by this president’s handling of things for a year and a half now.”
Scarborough specifically claimed that “Democratic chairman in the Senate” — among the most powerful Dems in Congress — had complained privately to him that Obama had failed to adequately include Reublicans in the governing process.
“The top Democrats in the United States Senate have all told me individually, this guy has no idea what he’s doing.“
In Louisiana, meanwhile, Governor Bobby Jindal claims that the president was unconcerned with the damage his decisions on the oil spill might create. Jindal says in a new book that Obama only expressed concern over how things would make him look.
And after Obama instituted a moratorium on off-shore drilling, Jindal recounts that the president dismissed his concerns about the economic impact of the ban.
“I understand you need to say all of this, I know you need to say this, that you are facing political pressure,” Jindal quotes Obama telling him. When the governor said his concerns owed to people losing their jobs, he said the president cited national polls showing that people supported the ban.
“The human element seemed invisible to the White House,” he writes.
Jindal's complaints, if true, are disturbing. But Jindal is a Republican, and he is interested in the White House. Nevertheless, this matches up with the negligence of the White House during the BP oil crisis.
On Obama’s first trip to Louisiana following the disaster, the governor describes how the president took him aside on the tarmac after arriving to complain about a letter that Jindal had sent to the administration requesting authorization for food stamps for those who had lost their jobs because of the spill.
As Jindal describes it, the letter was entirely routine yet Obama was angry and concerned about looking bad.
"Careful," he quotes the president as warning him, "this is going to get bad for everyone."
Nearby on the tarmac, Jindal recalls, then White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel was chewing out his own chief of staff, Timmy Teepell.
“If you have a problem pick up the f-n’ phone,” Jindal quotes Emanuel telling Teepell.
The governor asserts that the White House had tipped off reporters to watch the exchange on the New Orleans tarmac that Sunday in May and deemed it a “press stunt” that symbolized what’s wrong with Washington.
“Political posturing becomes more important than reality,” he writes.
More evidence that the compassionate ones don't actually care about anything but power.