WHICH MAKES HIM JUST LIKE “REPUBLICANS …”
By FITSNEWS || Leon Panetta – who served as Barack Obama’s first CIA chief and second Secretary of Defense – blasted his former boss in an interview this week with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell.
The veteran Washington insider – an eight-term California congressman who served as Bill Clinton‘s chief of staff from 1994-97 – accused Obama of approaching problems like a “law professor.”
“He approaches things like a law professor in presenting a logic of his position,” Panetta said of Obama. “There is nothing wrong with that. We want to have a president who thinks through the issues.”
Okay … so far, not so bad.
“My experience in Washington is that logic alone doesn’t work,” Panetta continued. “Once you lay out a position, you are going to roll up your sleeves and you have to fight to get it done. That is key in Washington. In order for presidents to succeed, they cannot just — when they run into problems, step back and give up.”
Panetta wasn’t done …
“There is a feeling and I have a feeling that the leadership and the president have given up on the big issues facing this country whether it’s immigration or a budget deal or infrastructure funding or trade or energy,” he said.
Panetta’s comments are deliberately provocative. He’s selling a new book, for starters. But more importantly he’s aligning his political future with Hillary Clinton – who is looking to distance herself from Obama in anticipation of the 2016 presidential campaign.
“Panetta owes a lot more to Bill Clinton than to Obama,” observed MSNBC’s Alex Saitz-Wald. “And if anyone can offer Panetta anything of interest now, it’s not the lame duck Obama, but Clinton’s wife.”
Yeah … no motivational intent there at all.
Beyond being self-serving, Panetta’s comments are also at odds with reality.
Last time we checked, Obama has gotten plenty of “big issues” done – notably a “stimulus” that’s produced record dependency and joblessness and a health care law that’s produced higher premiums. Oh, and he’s successfully “spread the wealth around,” too … just not how many of his supporters imagined.
Obama’s problem isn’t an inability to roll up his sleeves, it’s the demonstrable inefficaciousness of the policies he has championed. Like his predecessor, his interventionist ideas – at home and abroad – simply haven’t worked.
The ultimate irony of Panetta’s self-serving rebuke? The cheers it has drawn from congressional “Republicans” – who have habitually surrendered to Obama on the “big issues.” Seriously … last time we checked, nobody could hold a candle to the GOP when it came to “giving up.”
But hey … hypocrisy aside, we fully expect the GOP to use the “Obama has given up” narrative in its bid to reclaim control of the U.S. Senate.