Apparently, President Obama is the Rodney Dangerfield of presidents.
Fresh off the heels of John Boehner’s unprecedented refusal to grant President Obama’s request for a joint session, here comes Joe Walsh to demonstrate how little respect President Obama gets:
Walsh, a tea party-backed freshman from McHenry, issued a statement today saying he’ll be in Illinois on the night of the speech to host a small-business forum. A Walsh aide said he expected details of the forum to be known Friday morning.
Talking about avoiding Obama’s address, Walsh said in his statement: “I don’t see the point of being a prop for another of the president’s speeches asking for more failed stimulus spending and more subsidies for his pet projects.”
He added: “The president needs to stop the speeches, get out of his office and away from all the White House academics and start talking to real people out there. They’re the ones who are going to create the jobs, not White House paper-pushers and bureaucrats.”
Joe Walsh is acting like a petulant child. Who does he think he is? If the President addresses Congress, and you are a member of Congress, you suck it up and you go. It’s really that simple. Could you imagine the outcry from the right if a Democrat up and decided he or she just didn’t feel like attending a Bush address?
It’s utterly ridiculous.
But hey — look on the bright side:
It’s one fewer person who might be inclined to yell “You lie!” à la Joe Wilson while the President is speaking.
Go ahead and add showing the President of the United States the respect he deserves to the list of Shit Joe Walsh Won’t Do — along with paying more than 100K in child support owed to his ex-wife.
(In case you missed it, here’s Lawrence O’Donnell’s epic takedown of Deadbeat Daddy Walsh last month:)
Joe Walsh is a classy guy.
(H/T That Guy With The Ponytail!)
[cross-posted at Balloon Juice]