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President Shell-Shocked after Midterm Shellacking

President Obama Holds A News Conference Day After Midterm Elections

Is President Barack Obama in denial? Could be, as NBC News reported, in his first appearance since the Republicans had taken everything except his shirt, the president said on Wednesday that Americans sent a clear message: “They want us to get the job done.”

No idea whom he means by “Us.” Is it he and the next Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, who made it his business for six years to torpedo everything Obama ever proposed?

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“All of us have to give more Americans a reason to feel like the ground is stable beneath them, ” Obama told reporters. “They expect the people they elect to work as hard as they do. They expect us to focus on their ambitions and not ours.”

Sound ideas. Someone should tell the U.S. president.

The Republicans won at least seven Senate seats on Tuesday, and will hold at least 52, possibly 54 in the next Senate, depending on the still undecided races in Alaska and Louisiana. In the House, Republicans enjoy their largest majority since the first half of the 20th century.

“There’s no doubt that Republicans had a good night, ” the president said. After the 2010 Democratic midterms losses, he called it a “shellacking.”

The man is in deep PTSD.

Just before Obama spoke, the incoming majority leader Republican Sen. McConnell told reporters Americans are clearly frustrated with dysfunction in Washington.

So everybody is in denial.

The Senate, McConnell said, “basically doesn’t do anything. We don’t even vote.”

He only omitted the “because of me and my Republican friends” part.

Obama said he’d enjoy sharing a Kentucky bourbon with McConnell.

Remember his “beer summit” with Cambridge, Mass., police Sgt. James Crowley, after his comments on how the cops handled Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates?

Alcohol seems to be the president’s go to solution…

“The American people overwhelmingly believe that this town doesn’t work well and that it is not attentive to their needs, ” he said. “And, as president, they rightly hold me accountable to do more to make it work properly. I’m the guy who is elected by everybody, not just a particular state or a particular district.”

That’s not the same as “We lost because of me, ” but it’s probably the best we’ll get.



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