You Ungrateful Slugs

Carol Platt Liebau
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Posted: Apr 16, 2010 9:49 AM
President Obama yesterday told Democrats that the Tea Party protestors should be saying "thank you!" rather than protesting his policies.

The statement, outrageous in any case, is a sign of a troubling tendency on behalf of the President.

If he really believes what he said, he's out of touch with reality.  Higher taxes, more regulation, an orgy of spending, a lurch to the left -- and an pronounced refusal to respond to the clear wishes of the majority of Americans -- are not generally embraced with gratitude by normal people.  Could the President have confused himself with a benevolent despot, someone who does whatever he wants and then waits for the plaudits from a sycophantic public?

In the alternative, if he's baiting his political adversaries, then he's acting in a way that's distinctly unpresidential.  Can you imagine George W. Bush -- or any previous president -- making such an assertion?  Maybe he's trying to incite his opponents to a display of emotion that will discredit them.  At any rate, such low-grade trash-talking is unworthy of his office.  In case he doesn't remember, he's supposed to be President of all the people -- not just of those who agree with him.