Date: June 27, 2014
Event: Lake Harriet Speech
Location: Minneapolis, MN
This video clip begins at 24 minutes, 43 seconds on complete video recording at the bottom of this article.
So, the only holdout standing in the way of change for tens of millions of Americans are some Republicans in Congress.
I recall from my high school government class that there are three branches of government. The Legislative Branch creates laws, the Executive Branch enforces existing laws, and the Judicial Branch decides whether the existing laws are constitutional. It seems to me that there are more groups involved in preventing the President from imposing change on Americans than “some Republicans in Congress.” And besides, the kind of change that is occurring is not the kind of change I welcome. The people of the United States of America have the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. In other words, the people demand more jobs, fewer taxes, and generally want the government out of their personal lives. Besides, if Congress didn’t stand “in the way”, we would have a dictatorship.
(Unintelligible) I just want to be real blunt. If you watch the news, you just see, OK, Washington is a mess. And the basic attitude is: everybody is just crazy up there.
Yes. Washington is a mess for one simple reason. Those who are elected forgot one basic principal: to represent the people. Instead, those elected officials represent self-interest groups, i.e. the lobbyists and interest groups. While protected by the first amendment which protects free speech, the lobbyists do more than exercise free speech. Some lobbyists grant funds in exchange for a vote in the direction of their special interests. In the early stages of our great nation, many men were temporarily pulled from their personal and professional life to unwillingly serve in Philadelphia and later Washington, D.C. Nowadays, men and women who are elected to office expect to serve their lifetime. A temporary service call has now turned into a career in a short span of 200 years and modest businessmen have become millionaires. How is that possible?
And, but, if you actually read the fine print, it turns out that the things you care about, right now, Democrats are promoting. And we are just not getting enough help. And my message to Republicans is: join us, get on board. If you’re mad at me for helping people on my own, then why don’t you join me and we’ll do it together.
Wait…what? So, for the betterment of our nation, the Republicans ought to relinquish their values? Excuse me? I am sorry but I would not expect the people’s elected representatives to give up their values just to please the President. I recall during his first presidential campaign that our President would unite our country.
Wouldn’t that mean that there would be a middle ground between the Democrats and the Republicans? “Join me” sure sounds like a request that all Republicans abandon their values altogether.
We’ll do it together. I’m happy to share the credit.
Wait…what? He would share the credit? That is not in his character and every honest person would agree to that. Sadly, not many politicians exist in Washington, D.C. that truly would share any credit.
You, you, you’re mad at me for doing some things to raise the minimum wage. L – Let’s pass a law. Republicans and Democrats giving America a raise.
Mr. President, do you understand economics at all? Again, I think back to my high school days when I studied basic economics. That is still taught in school, I hope. So, according to the President, everyone ought to get a raise for no apparent reason. Just a blanket raise. Suppose everyone were to receive a 10% raise. What would that do to businesses? Well, to alleviate for paying workers more, the cost of merchandise and services must also increase, likely by 10%. So if everyone gets a 10% raise and expenses also increase by 10%, we are back where we started. I am sorry, Mr. President, giving everyone a raise will not solve the problem and the Republicans understand this which is why they have not seriously pursued this notion of yours. The only thing it may do is to provide government with more tax revenue.
If, If you’re mad at me for taking executive action to make it easier for women to find out if they are not getting treated fairly in the work place, let’s do it together. You can share the credit.
Stop with the “share the credit” gab. We know you are not serious; well, some of us know you are not serious. Some are still thinking you mean what you say. While executive action has been applied by presidents of the past, such power is not specifically granted by the Constitution and our current President seems to think he can use it at a whim. Women have made tremendous strides since they were granted the right to vote in 1920 with the passage of the 19th Amendment. While in general women continue to earn less than men and have fewer non-managerial positions than men, personally I have had a female boss for much of my professional career.
You’re worried about me trying to fix a broken immigration system. Let’s hold hands and go ahead and make sure that this country continues to be a nation of law and a nation of immigrants. I want to work with ya, but you got to give me something. You got to try to deliver something.
Wait…What? Sorry, did the President just say that he was trying to fix the broken immigration system? Who said the system was broken? As I understand, immigration law has been established and followed only until recently. If the President would perform his executive duties of enforcing existing law, we would not have an immigration crisis. Perhaps, he should review the Laws, Regulations, and Guides Immigration and Nationality Act.
There have been numerous laws that have been passed by Congress and signed into law dating back to the 1790 Naturalization Act and the more recent Real ID Act. While some immigration laws have been repealed and others allowed to expire, more immigration reform is not the issue. By not enforcing existing law and protecting our border is the root cause of the flow of illegal immigration into our great nation.
They don’t do anything. Except block me. And, and, and call me names. And, and, eh, it can’t be that much fun. It would be so much more fun if they said, “You know what. Let’s do something together.”
Clearly, the President wishes he had his teleprompter now. He does not sound presidential. Can you imagine President Carter or President Clinton saying anything comparable to this? How about President Franklin D. Roosevelt or President John F. Kennedy? Of course, not. This is the most powerful man in the world and, behind closed doors, the leaders of other nations around the world must be shaking their heads and laughing at his ruthless behavior, wondering how he is getting away with it. This is an extremely improper way that a president ought to behave during a public speech.
If they were more interested in growing the economy for you and the issues you’re talking about instead of trying to mess with me, then we’d be doing a lot better.
Congress is doing their job. Mr. President, do yours within the limits of your position established by the laws passed by Congress and signed into law by previous presidents.
The speech in its entirety can also be found on C-SPAN at http://www.c-span.org/video/?320197-1/president-obama-economy
Article by John Coder
Posted July 9, 2014