Did Obama threaten state governors?

Posted by: Phineas on March 10, 2014 at 3:58 pm

**Posted by Phineas

Not likely to be bullied.

Not likely to be bullied.

Via Moe Lane, that’s sure what it sounds like in the video below. Rick Perry of Texas was speaking as part of a panel at the Republican Governors Association late last February; the group had had a meeting (1) with President Obama, and what he told them left Governor Perry disturbed. Here’s the video, followed by a transcript.

“When you have governors, and we all compete against each other — we are the laboratories of innovation — and for the President of the United States to look Democrat and Republican governors in the eye and say, ‘I do not trust you to make decisions in your state about issues of education, about transportation infrastructure,’ — and that is really troubling,” he said.?

Perry expressed his own fears regarding Environmental Protection Agency restrictions choking off America’s energy production and a possible reduction in his state’s national guard.

“As a matter of fact, he [Obama] said at that meeting, he said, ‘If I hear any of you pushing back, making statements about Washington spends too much money, you’ll hear from me,” he said, adding, “I’m highly offended by that.”

Obama takes everything personally, doesn’t he? Criticize him or oppose his policies as part of the normal give and take of politics, and to him it’s a personal affront. And, if you offend him, perhaps by speaking out on behalf of the people of your state, by God you’re going to hear from Obama, himself!

That is the mark of a thin-skinned, petty personality. A punk. And weren’t the Democrats supposed to be against “bullying?”

It’s also telling about how he sees the governors: not as fellow heads of state and government, with their own experiences and perspectives to draw on (2), but as errand boys. It’s how someone who grew up in the Chicago thugocracy works. “Federalism? Just shut up and do what you’re told — or else.”

Perry’s remarks about the threat to the state national guards are well-taken, too; not only do the guard units provide invaluable reserves of skills, knowledge, and talent to fill out the military in wartime, but governors rely on their guard units to deal with all sorts of emergencies, from riots to disaster relief.

Seems to me Governor Perry and his colleagues were right to be perturbed.

(1) I think this was the same meeting after which Louisiana Governor Jindal and Connecticut Governor Malloy went after each other a bit.
(2) Many of whom had far more executive experience prior to taking office and far better records of accomplishment in office than a certain president I can think of.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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8 Responses to “Did Obama threaten state governors?”


  1. Sefton says:

    It’s getting to the point where Republican governors are going to need to “clean house” ala Michael Corleone.
    This punk prez bows up more against his American counterparts than he does foreign leaders. We should treat him exactly the same.

  2. Great White Rat says:

    Many of whom had far more executive experience prior to taking office and far better records of accomplishment in office than a certain president I can think of.

    Assuming you mean the current occupant of the office, that’s setting the bar awfully low, don’t you think?

    And when you think about it, if and when the Dems nominate the Hildebeest two years from now, can you think of any accomplishments on her resume either? Aside from making a fortune on cattle futures and allowing ambassadors to be butchered, I mean.

    Accomplishments aren’t important to liberals. They’re much more interested in checking off identity boxes for the correct race, gender, etc.

  3. EllieP says:

    Another Obama temper-tantrum in the voice of Arrogant Professor. He has no respect for the laws and parts of the constitution that limit him. Such a cry-baby, really. :((

  4. ST says:

    Democrat #shutuppery as waged at the highest levels of power in the US. Disturbing but unsurprising …

  5. mikeh420 says:

    “Obama takes everything personally, doesn’t he?”

    It’s not the color of his skin that is the problem, but it’s thinness.

  6. Drew the Infidel says:

    Our Taffy Ass-in-Chief has watched too many Capone movies.

  7. NC Cop says:

    “Nice state ya got there. Be a shame if something happened to it…..”

    The Chicago way!!!

  8. Tuerqas says:

    How pathetic. With what can he threaten Governors? The House has him gelded and since the only compromise Obama truly understands is the phrase where the first word starts with ‘F’ and the second word is ‘you’, he’s got nuthin’. I think his last 2 years will be very quiet. The perfect breeding ground for Hillary, too. She needs to be fully disengaged from the current regime. The promise will be to follow through on the well meant, but ineffectual policy from her esteemed predecessor.