Carol Platt Liebau
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.

Carol Platt Liebau

Carol Platt Liebau is an attorney, political commentator and guest radio talk show host based near New York. Learn more about her new book, "Prude: How the Sex-Obsessed Culture Hurts Young Women (and America, Too!)" here.