Earlier this morning, Politico broke the story that President Obama will decline his party’s nomination for a second term. In an official statement, the president cited “creative differences” with Congressional democrats. “When I assumed this office, it was with the expectation that we had tremendous work to do, and that this work would be done together,” Obama said. “But from TARP to heath care reform to Libya, it is clear that many members of my own party in Congress are less than willing to collaborate on solutions for America and the world.”
Reaction from Democratic leadership has been thus far muted. However, Republican Speaker of the House and reliable Obama antagonist John Boehner was quick to offer his view on the president’s decision. “Don’t let the deficit hit you in the ass on the way out,” the Speaker remarked.
The president was uncharacteristically explicit in his statement Friday, a day of the week many administrations have used to deliver politically disadvantageous messages. “Let me be clear,” Obama said, “I have no intention of abandoning my party. There are many hardworking, industrious democrats across this great nation of ours who inspire me every day. I only wish they were in Congress.”
Obama referred to an incident in which Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid demanded that the green M&Ms be removed from an Oval Office candy bowl. “I’m perfectly aware of protocol and ceremony on Capitol Hill, having served the American people there,” the president remarked. “But to come into my house — the people’s house — and pull a third-rate David Lee Roth stunt is inexcusable.” Although Obama’s claim has not been independently verified, tea party leader Mark Williams, in an interview with FOX News, said that Reid had “picked the wrong color.”
Progressive-friendly news network MSNBC has suspended programming, with no official reason given. Those with inside information about the situation described a complete breakdown within headquarters. “It’s like the Lord of the Flies in there, man,” our source offered. “Before I got out, I saw Rachel Maddow clubbing Chris Matthews on the head with a boom mic, and Lawrence O’Donnell had stripped naked and was flinging excrement from the top of a lighting rig.”
We’ll be monitoring this story closely as it develops.