Why President Obama’s Daughters Should Run the Senate
President Obama laughs at lawmakers’ petty gripes that he is not doing enough to guide the budget debate. He says they should do their homework themselves, just as his daughters are expected to do.
The Christian Science Monitor reports:
“If by the end of this week we have not seen substantial progress, then I think members of Congress need to understand we are going to, you know, start having to cancel things and stay here until we get it done,” Obama said. “You know? They’re – they’re – they’re in one week, they’re out one week. And then they’re saying, Obama’s got to step in it.”
At this moment, Obama was at his most animated of the hour-plus press conference. Clearly, the criticism that he hasn’t shown adequate leadership on deficit reduction has reached him.
“I’ve got to say, I’m very amused when I start hearing comments about, well, the president needs to show more leadership on this,” Obama said.
Obama also compared Congress to procrastinating schoolchildren, who can’t get their homework done on time. Though in the Obama household, he bragged, Malia and Sasha are models of scholarly organization.
“You know, Malia and Sasha generally finish their homework a day ahead of time,” the president said.
“Impressive,” a reporter offered.
“It is impressive,” Obama said. “They don’t wait until the night before. They’re not pulling all-nighters.”
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Does the president really expect us to believe he doesn’t summon an appropriate scientist or Nobel laureate when his daughters have a problem they can’t solve on their homework? Well, that’s what we would do anyway.