Throughout his presidency, Barack Obama has blamed a number of people for failures in enacting his agenda. The latest to be targeted is conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh who, according to the president, has Republicans quaking in their boots, The Blaze reported Friday.
While speaking to CNN’s Chris Cuomo, Obama claimed that Republicans have privately expressed to him their fear of Limbaugh.
“I’ve made this argument to my Republican friends privately, and, by the way, sometimes they say to me privately, ‘I agree with you, but I’m worried about a primary from, you know, somebody in the tea party back in my district’ or, ‘I’m worried about what Rush Limbaugh is going to say about me on radio,’” he said.
Obama did not name the mystery Republicans, and none have stepped forward to corroborate the claim.
The president, however, did say that "ultimately," the fault for any inaction rests with him, but he expressed hope Republicans would set aside their conservative principles and go along with his agenda.
“I get frustrated, and I’ve said before and I continue to say I’m willing to do whatever it takes to get Congress — and Republicans in Congress in particular — to think less about politics and party and think more about what’s good for the country," he said.
As Becket Adams of The Blaze observed, this is not the first time Obama has targeted Limbaugh. It is also important to note that the talk show host has never been elected to office and does not hold any authority in the GOP.
“I genuinely believe there are Republicans out there who would like to work with us but they’re fearful of their base and they’re concerned about what Rush Limbaugh might say about them,” he said in May 2013. “And as a consequence we get the kind of gridlock that makes people cynical about government."
In a January interview with the New Republic, Obama claimed that more Republicans would go along with his ultra-left agenda if Limbaugh and Fox News didn't exist. Then, as now, Obama mentioned private discussions with unnamed Republicans.
While the message might work with Obama's progressive base -- what Limbaugh and others refer to as "low-information voters" -- it has little connection to reality.
"Some polls show a double-digit drop in Obama’s approval rating since Edward Snowden revealed NSA secrets, weakening the president ahead of fall fights with congressional Republicans over the budget and immigration," The Hill reported Wednesday.
Making matters worse are growing calls to impeach the president over a series of issues, from his abuse of executive authority to the handling of the Benghazi terror attack nearly a year ago.
Despite his apparent helplessness in the face of an unelected talk show host, Obama hopes to persuade Republicans to sign on to his plans by casting them as obstructionists.
"Well, you know what? I can't force these folks to do what's right for the American people, because they're independently elected, it's a separate branch of government, and I don't have a vote in Congress," he said. "But what I sure as heck can do is stay focused on what I know will be good for the American people."
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