Speaker John Boehner made my head explode with his comments about President Obama and “trust” yesterday. “The president is going to have to rebuild the trust [so] that the American people [and] my colleagues can trust him to enforce the law the way it was written,” Boehner said to explain the sudden implosion on immigration reform in his chamber.
And then there was this in the New York Times news analysis today of the mess on the north side of the Capitol.
At the same time, Republicans say President Obama’s increasing reliance on executive authority to impose his agenda has stirred real resentment among the rank-and-file. It has also deepened their suspicion that Mr. Obama would not follow through on tough border enforcement and other aspects of immigration policy that Republicans favor — resulting in the lack of trust that Mr. Boehner cited in his remarks.
“He is running around the country telling everyone he’s going to keep acting on his own,” Mr. Boehner told reporters, accusing the president of “feeding more distrust about whether he is committed to the rule of law.”
Let me get this straight. Republicans decide before Obama is even inaugurated to not work with him. Despite this, he tries over and over again to find ways to work with them. The numerous concessions he makes (i.e. sequester and other spending cuts) drives his fellow Democrats crazy. That includes deporting more people during his presidency than all those deported between 1892 and 1997, much to the consternation of advocates for comprehensive immigration reform. After five years of losing, bruising battles with an implacable opposition that refuses to take yes for an answer, the president decides to use the authority granted to him by the Constitution to try to follow through on small parts of the agenda the American people reelected him to pursue. And yet OBAMA is the one who has to “rebuild trust”?
Boehner has the perfect retort to that nonsense.
In response to Boehner’s “trust” comment, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi asked, “Why don’t we just pack up and go home?” The nation wonders the same thing.
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