Barack Obama scared Karl Rove last week.
What did the President do that put fear in the black little heart of George Bush’s “Turd Blossom?”
Before the House of Representatives voted on the President’s budget, he went to the Hill to meet with Democrats and discuss some of their concerns.
Congressional Quarterly reported there was a interesting exchange between President Obama and a representative.
Rep. Peter A. DeFazio of Oregon, one of seven Democrats to vote against the almost $800 billion stimulus bill (PL 111-5) — he felt it didn’t include enough infrastructure spending — asked about getting more such spending in the budget.
In response, Obama joked: “I know you think we need more for that because you voted against it [the stimulus]. Don’t think we’re not keeping score, brother,” the president added, to laughter from DeFazio’s colleagues.
“It caught everybody’s attention that the president knew who voted for and against the stimulus. Everybody said, ‘Whoa! He knows who voted against the stimulus,’” said one Democratic lawmaker of Obama’s riposte to DeFazio.
“At least, I got his attention,” DeFazio said, referring to his query to Obama. “I can vote for the House version of the budget because it increased the funding for transportation.”
Got that? The president made a joke. DeFazio’s colleagues laughed. That was the extent of it.
At least until Rove got his piggy little fingers on the remark. Then he twisted it into not a joke, but a threat.
Writing in The Wall Street Journal, Rove said, “A few weeks ago, Mr. DeFazio voted against the administration’s stimulus bill. The comment from Mr. Obama was a presidential rebuke and part of a new, hard-nosed push by the White House to pressure Congress to adopt the president’s budget. He has mobilized outside groups and enlisted forces still in place from the Obama campaign.”
Members of Congress should also worry about how Mr. Obama is “keeping score.” He is steeped in the ways of Chicago politics and has not forgotten his training in the methods once used by Saul Alinsky, the radical Chicago community organizer.
Alinsky’s 1971 book, “Rules for Radicals,” is a favorite of the Obamas. Michele Obama quoted it at the Democratic Convention. One Alinsky tactic is to “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” That’s what the White House did in targeting Rush Limbaugh, Rick Santelli and Jim Cramer. (The president’s press secretary, Robert Gibbs, went so far as to lash all three from the White House press podium.) It may also explain Mr. Obama’s comments to Mr. DeFazio.
After all, Alinsky’s first rule of “power tactics” is “power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.” Team Obama wants to remind its adversaries it has plenty of power, and it does. The question is whether the White House will wield it responsibly. The jury is still out, but certain clues are beginning to emerge. “Don’t think we’re not keeping score, brother,” even if said with a wink and a smile, isn’t quite the “new politics” we were told to expect.
Read what was said in The Congressional Quarterly and it comes off as good-natured humor by the president. Read Rove’s malicious spin and Obama sounds more like Al Capone.
It’s not just a slight distortion of the meeting. It’s a out-and-out LIE.
Thanks for reminding me Karl why I never read Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal and why I stopped reading NEWSWEEK when they hired your chickenhawk ass.
For a blind partisan scumbag and political hitman like Rove to deliberately lie and distort President Obama’s remarks comes as no surprise at all and it’s only slightly less surprising the Journal would whore what little journalistic integrity it had left before Murdoch pimped it out.
Would it be to much to ask for Rep. John Conyers slap a contempt of Congress charge against Rove’s refusal to testify so we could hurry up and lock him away so he can pay a visit to the prison gynecologist?
Let’s make our streets safe again. Send Karl Rove to jail. Or back home to Satan. I don’t care which.