I wish this was true and there was actually more GOP ‘fear’ of the Tea Party and Rush Limbaugh, but alas, Obama is simply lying again to demean his opponents:
THE HILL – President Obama said that progress on a budget deal in Congress is being hampered by Republicans worried about Tea Party primaries or Rush Limbaugh.
Obama said he’s had Republican tell him privately they fear they’ll be criticized by the conservative commentator or primaried if they agree with the president.
“If you are putting the American people first, if you are prioritizing them, then this shouldn’t be that difficult,” Obama said in an interview airing Friday on CNN’s “New Day.”
“And I’ve made this argument to my Republican friends privately, and, by the way, sometimes they say to me privately, ‘I agree with you, but I’m worried about a primary from, you know, somebody in the Tea Party back in my district,’ or, ‘I’m worried about what Rush Limbaugh is going to say about me on the radio. And so you got to understand, it’s really difficult.’”
The president added that “any time we are not moving forward on things that should be simple, I get frustrated.”
“I’m willing to do whatever it takes to get Congress — and Republicans in Congress in particular — to think less about politics and party and think more about what’s good for the country,” he said.