Obama Draws Contrast Between House, Senate
There’s a new cadence to President Barack Obama’s musings about Congress: Why can’t House Republicans be more like their mates in the Senate?
As Obama presses his economic agenda across the country, he’s playing one chamber against the other, hoping Americans will hear his calls for compromise and conclude it’s not his fault almost nothing is getting done in Washington.
Call it a congressional two-step: Praise Senate Republicans for modest displays of cooperation, then contrast them with House Republicans, whom Obama has started describing as stubborn saboteurs. It’s a theme Obama has used repeatedly to bolster his argument that he’s the one acting reasonably as he prepares for clashes this fall with Congress, whose relations with Obama have always been notoriously strained.