Former press secretary Robert Gibbs said today on TV that President Obama and his White House "long ago" gave up on "trying" to change Washington:
Gibbs first thanked God that he's no longer working in this White House, then host Willie Giest asked, "But you know the president very well. We know what this poll says about how the country is feeling about him. How is he feeling about the country right now? I mean, this is a guy who came in five years ago saying change comes from outside Washington. We are going to break the fever, we are going to change the way Washington does business, we are going to get things done. And he's learned some pretty hard lessons in how Washington actually works or doesn't work."
"Well, I think, you know, the ability to change Washington, I think, is something that long ago the White House sort of stopped trying to do and whether or not that's a good thing, we will look back on history," Gibbs replied.
In 2005, Harry Reid said, “I would never, ever consider breaking the rules to change the rules. I never suggested that at all. I say to my friend, I want to work something out. I repeat that for probably the fifth time here today, but in the process we cannot give up the basic rights this country and this Senate have had for more than 200 years.”
President Obama used his Saturday morning radio address to rally support for the energy/climate change initiative he announced earlier in the week. This is the plan whereby we can have it all. No more coal, more expensive electricity, better weather, and a more robust economy. One wonders why it is necessary to sell it at all.
A commentator on CNN dubbed Pope Francis "the hope and change pope" earlier today:
"He hasn't actually done much in the way of real policy changes of initiatives, and he certainly is the hope and change pope, but he's at the head of a body, the Vatican, that's very resistant to change," said the CNN commentator. "I've read, for instance, that observers say that you don't change the Vatican, the Vatican changes you."
Two years after the self-immolation of a street vendor protesting police corruption in Tunisia, the promise of the Arab Spring remains unrealized. Instead of ushering in an era of stable self-determination, much of the Middle East remains in disarray. Syria is in flames, Egypt almost ungovernable. Libyan terrorists responsible for the Benghazi massacre are still at large, and Tunisia soon could have its second government in as many years.
In his State of the Union Address this evening, President Barack Obama will encourage Congress to adapt a cap and trade plan to deal with climate change. Energy, climate, and taxes are a sizable portion of Obama's speech.