Alex Massie

Annals of Chutzpah: Obama Edition

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Thanks to Matt Welch for spotting this splendid piece of "What me?" nonsense from the President:

As we were driving in, I was saying, boy, it's just good to be back in the Midwest, this is about as close as I've been to home in a while.  And part of the reason it's just good to be back is because Washington is a place where tax dollars are often treated like Monopoly money -- they're bartered and traded, and they're divvied up among lobbyists and special interests, and where waste -- even billions of dollars of waste -- is accepted as the price of doing business.  When we proposed, by the way, those $20 billion in cuts last year, we were ridiculed by the press, said, "Ah, that's just a spit in the bucket."  Now, I don't know about here in St. Charles, $20 billion, that's real money, isn't it?

Emphasis added. Of course, Obama is right to complain that this is exactly how Washington works. But when you're the President and your party controls both branches of Congress then, well, it's a little rich to pretend that none of this has anything to do with you. It wasnae me, a Big Congress did it and ran away...

Then again, that pretence is just another cost of doing business in the capital, ain't it?

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Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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