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  • It Turns Out President Hopenchange Isn’t Too Keen on “Change” At All

    Striking a “defiant tone” doesn’t begin to describe the bizarre, awkward performance of President Obama in his post-election press conference on Wednesday. If he made one thing abundantly clear, it’s that he’s still as tone-deaf as ever. Perhaps the quintessential example of such came shortly after Ed Henry of Fox News told Obama straight up that it sounded like he plans on “doubling down on the same policies and approach.” After stumbling and bumbling his way through an explanation of the future viability of his ISIS strategy, the president finally settled on a position when it comes to how he’ll change his tactics: put simply, he won’t.

    In terms of things to do differently … what I’d like to do is to hear from the Republicans to find out what it is that they would like to see happen,” asserted POTUS.

    Indeed, the man who has prided himself on spreading the spirit of “hope and change” isn’t interested in “change” after all…if it’s being asked of him. The only example of how he plans on going about being a better leader is that he’ll “hear from the Republicans”? Way to do some soul searching there, Barry.

    He quickly went so far as to say that even that is not an example of how he’ll change. “That isn’t a change, because I’ve suggested to [Republicans] before that where they think there’s areas of cooperation, I’d like to see us get some things done,” he clarified.

    That he might choose to listen more to his opponents in the future actually wouldn’t have been a horrible answer — but that’s not what he was saying here. Obama was simply stating that his door is as open as it has always been…despite the fact that it has always had a metaphorical “Do Not Disturb” sign attached to it.

    On the one hand, if Obama had been implying that he’ll let the GOP truly take the reins of leadership over the next two years by approaching HIM with their ideas, many would welcome that. But given the adamant posturing he engaged in throughout this news conference as it relates to the executive order he plans to enact on illegal immigration — an extreme move which he called “natural” — that’s not the case at all. Barack Obama will spend the next 26 months being the same loner that he always was. I’ll be surprised if he even invites a Republican to go golfing with him. But that’s par for the course (pardon the pun) from the man who proclaimed earlier this year that “I don’t really care to be president without the Senate.”

    The lengthy news conference offered precious few examples of any modified approach from a famously stubborn leader. He never actually spoke the word “veto,” but made it clear that he plans on blocking the progress Republicans may make in controlling both houses. “Congress will pass some bills I cannot sign,” he said.

    As for the rest, Obama came off as slightly erratic. He claimed to want to work together, but then laid out the same exact agenda he knows the GOP opposes. It’s a given that he won’t allow his opponents to tinker with his signature legislation, Obamacare, which he made quite clear, but he also refused to pledge cooperation on the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would be an obvious area of overwhelming bipartisan support that could even stand to salvage a portion of what’s left of his presidency. The number of contrasting statements he made over the course of 70-odd minutes was astounding.

    At one point, the president even claimed to “hear” the voices of the two thirds of the American electorate who DIDN’T vote:

    I suppose it’s safe to say that the President of the United States is hearing voices now. That’s probably not a good thing.

    Even when he was asked about his fellow Democrats bolting from him throughout the election cycle, Obama couldn’t deliver an honest answer. “There have been times where the requests for my appearances were endless,” he insisted.

    All in all, the tiresome presser was yet another instance of “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.” I’d say “we won’t get fooled again,” but many of us never were in the first place.

     


    Matt Fox

    Senior Editor

    Fox has history in broadcasting that spans two decades. From his early days as an FM host and club DJ in the mid-90′s to his later experiences in political talk radio, he has always had a knack for combining topical news with his love for popular culture. Those experiences culminated in his position as executive producer for several radio shows featured in the TALKERS Heavy 100. Originally from New York, Fox has made the great pilgrimage down to sunny south Florida.

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