The Lyndon LaRouche people have been pushing a theory for months now that President Obama should be removed from office under the 25th Amendment,on the grounds that he is losing his sanity. If they ever wanted proof,Obama delivered it at yesterday’s press conference. Obama lashed out that Republicans were “hostage-takers,”John Boehner was “a bomb thrower,”and his Democratic critics were “purist”and “sanctimonious.”When Republicans engaged in much more restrained free speech,Democrats accused them of inciting violence and tried to lay a potential assassination on their heads. Where are they now?
Although the president’s anger was obvious yesterday,his logic was not. Obama began by defending his compromise to extend the Bush tax cuts for all Americans in exchange for allowing some Americans to collect unemployment checks for three years. He argued,without his speedy action,evil Republicans would have killed tax cuts for the middle class. “I’ve said before that I felt that the middle-class tax cuts were being held hostage to the high-end tax cuts,”he said,repeating a perpetual Democratic talking point. (See video above.) “I think it’s tempting not to negotiate with hostage-takers,unless the hostage gets harmed,”he said. (Unconscious message to would-be hostage-takers:if you ever kidnap an American,hack off a hand,and we’ll talk.) He continued,“In this case,the hostage was the American people and I was not willing to see them get harmed.”Actually,in this case,the president wanted to harm a certain set of Americans —the wealthiest —by raising their taxes,and the Republicans would not allow them to be harmed.