If President Obama had been serious about bringing a new atmosphere to Washington, he would have voted for John McCain in 2008. Obama loves to blame Republicans and the Tea Party, but the truth is he has been the most polarizing President ever. After passing his first budget and the Stimulus only a couple of token Republican votes, Obama doubled-down and passed the most expansive and expensive piece of legislation in decades, Obamacare, without any Republican support. The political water in Washington has been poisoned ever since. It has been almost three years since the Senate passed a budget. President Obama praising John McCain for bipartisanship is lot like a hooker praising a nun for chastity.
BURLINGTON, Vt. — President Obama offered some qualified praise for his 2008 GOP rival John McCain, saying that the Arizona senator and onetime presidential rival understood how to work across the aisle and compromise — unlike this year’s Republican contenders.
“In 2008, I was running against a candidate who believed in climate change, believed in immigration reform, believed in reducing deficits in a balanced way,” Obama told about 100 supporters at a fundraiser in Burlington, Vt.
“We had some profound disagreements, but the Republican candidate for president understood that some of these challenges required compromise and bipartisanship.” Obama said.