Thursday 14 December 2017

Tim Stanley: You picked a terrible moment to be partisan, Mr President

Tim Stanley

BARACK Obama did something bizarre on New Year's Eve.

While Republican and Democratic Senate leaders were locked in delicate negotiations to prevent America going over the fiscal cliff, we might have expected him to issue a bipartisan call for compromise on taxes and spending – something presidential. Instead, he held a White House press conference, and gave a campaign speech.

There was laughter as he mocked his Republican critics and applause as he called for higher taxes on the rich. It was a performance aimed not at healing his country's wounds but at whipping up his party's base.

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