Constructive Meetings and Other Political Jackassery

Constructive Meetings and Other Political Jackassery

Adrienne BoettingerThursday,27 February 2014

The Snap:

February 25th was an historic, groundbreaking day! A cataclysmic summit took place between two of America’s most powerful leaders: President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner. The country waited in breathless anticipation to see what grand bargain these two statesmen struck, what difficult issues they wrestled with and how the executive and legislative branches were going to come together to better Americans’ lives. At the end of this trailblazing meeting, millions of Americans were thrilled to learn the two agreed “it is important to work together wherever we can find common ground.” REALLY???? Does that mean love of cigarettes, Merlot, golf and avoiding governance in the fear that actually doing something might turn off a voter somewhere in future elections? Man, the Treaty of Versailles got nothing on these guys!

The Download:

Whenever it seems our expectations for Congress and the White House can go no lower, they get out a shovel and dig a hole so the bar sink even further. The 24-hour noose cycle coverage of this meeting made us here at TSD think something important had to have happened. But no, this “constructive” meeting involved an hour-long discussion but no progress.

We wonder if the two had one of those conversational topic games and kept shuffling through until they found a safe area. Maybe it went a little something like this:

Obama:  Immigration reform?

Boehner: Hell no! Social security?

Obama: HAHAHAHAHA! Sorry I just laughed so hard I peed a little. Minimum wage?

Boehner: Seriously, Barry, you should take up stand-up comedy once this White House gig is done! You are hilarious!

Obama: Hmm, so what can we talk about? Golf? Wine?

Boehner: Sounds like a plan! Let’s go take a smoke break first!

It’s not that either of them are bad people. We seriously doubt they started their careers striving for mediocrity. But somewhere along the way, both of them decided that preparing to outgun each other in the next election was more important than doing what they were elected to do. Obama has met with constant smackdowns from a Congress who appears to hold no respect for the Administration or even the American public. To cop out to discussing immigration reform because the GOP is afraid they can’t trust the President to enforce the law would be one of the funniest things we’ve ever heard if it weren’t so fucking sad.

Then again, it’s not like Boehner has any control over the House or even the members of his own party in the House or Senate. The man can promote a website pandering to the constant GOP cry of “BENGHAZI!” and it still isn’t enough for the emotionally constipated Senator Lindsey Graham.

Well, since they’re not going to do any real governing, maybe we could give them other tasks to perform in between elections, like filling potholes. Then we’d have something to base our decisions of who to vote for besides who did the least governance.


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