David Corn is the Washington Bureau Chief for the publication Mother Jones and author of the book The Lies of George W. Bush: Mastering the Politics of Deception. David Corn is no friend of the Right. His latest book is Showdown: The Inside Story of How Obama Fought Back Against Boehner, Cantor, and the Tea Party is to be released tomorrow.
The book covers a short but very interesting period in the presidency of Barack Obama, from the 2010 election until the beginning of this year. The headline item is that Obama blamed Fox News for the 2010 results because, he says, Fox branded him as a Muslim 24/7 day and night. If he believes that, and there is no reason to think that he doesn’t, the man is clueless.
Obama castigated corporate leaders ““I saved these guys when the economy was falling off a cliff,” Obama said, according to Corn. “Now I get nothing but their venom.” Obama has said he doesn’t watch cable news programs like Fox. Apparently he doesn’t watch CSPAN either. And if he thinks the venom is coming from the corporate executives, he must not be listening to his own speeches either.
David Corn writes that the day after the 2010 elections, Obama told his confidants that he would,
“get a tax deal done, extend unemployment benefits, ratify the new START treaty, repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and pass the DREAM Act and a children’s nutrition bill in the following two months. David Axelrod told Corn he remembered, “We all looked at each other quizzically, ‘What does he see that we don’t?’”
What Obama did not explain is that what he could not get through the Congress he would accomplish with regulatory change or an Executive Order.