It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost 8 years since President Obama entered the White House. But it’s even harder to believe that his opposing party still hasn’t gotten over it. So as his final days in office are coming to a close, President Obama decided to sit down with Johnathan Chait of the New York Magazine to give an early glimpse of what his memoirs will look like.
When it came time to discuss the relentless, unremitting GOP obstruction, President Obama didn’t hold anything back. Chait noted the infamous time in 2010 when Mitch McConnell publicly said that his No. 1 goal was to make Obama a one-term president.
Here’s what President Obama had to say about that shameful way of (non)governing:
By that point it was pretty apparent by his actions that it was already [McConnell’s] No. 1 goal. He validated what I think most of this town knew. When I came into office, my working assumption was that because we were in crisis, and the crisis had begun on the Republicans’ watch, that there would be a window in which they would feel obliged to cooperate on a common effort to dig us out of this massive hole.
On the drive up to Capitol Hill to meet with the House Republican Caucus, John Boehner released a press statement saying that they were opposed to the stimulus. At that point we didn’t even actually have a stimulus bill drawn up, and we hadn’t meant to talk about it. And I think we realized at that point what proved to be the case in that first year and that second year was a calculation based on what turned out to be pretty smart politics but really bad for the country: If they cooperated with me, then that would validate our efforts. If they were able to maintain uniform opposition to whatever I proposed, that would send a signal to the public of gridlock, dysfunction, and that would help them win seats in the midterms. It was that second strategy that they pursued with great discipline. It established the dynamic for not just my presidency but for a much sharper party-line approach to managing both the House and the Senate that I think is going to have consequences for years to come.
Delving even further into the Party of No’s blind obstruction and loyalty to a group of deranged white people who couldn’t spell, President Obama mentioned a watershed moment he had with Senator Mitch McConnell.
As a consequence, there were times that I would meet with Mitch McConnell and he would say to me very bluntly, “Look, I’m doing you a favor if I do any deal with you, so it should be entirely on my terms because it hurts me just being seen photographed with you.”
That’s not doing a job, that’s dereliction of duty.
We’ve always suspected Mitch McConnell is a complete and utter scumbag, only now our suspicions are confirmed. Obama knows it – and even crazier, McConnell confirms it. In a recent campaign rally, he even boasted that his proudest moment in office was trying to undermine the president.
McConnell: “one of my proudest moments” was when I told Obama “you will not fill this Supreme Court vacancy” pic.twitter.com/t8uzEnJN9i
— Greg Giroux (@greggiroux) August 6, 2016
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