Barack Obama is Koch obsessed. It’s getting ridiculous. Here’s a one of Obama’s campaign manager’s blog posts:
In just about 24 hours, Mitt Romney is headed to a hotel ballroom to give a speech sponsored by Americans for Prosperity, a front group founded and funded by the Koch brothers.
Those are the same Koch brothers whose business model is to make millions by jacking up prices at the pump, and who bankrolled Tea Party extremism, and committed $200 million to try to destroy President Obama before Election Day.
So in the hours before Romney courts two men obsessed with making Barack Obama a one-term president, let’s see how many of us can chip in to the Two-Term Fund.
Koch spokesman Philip Ellender, President, Government & Public Affairs, Koch Companies Public Sector, responds:
If the President’s campaign has some principled disagreement with the arguments we are making publicly about the staggering debt the President and previous administrations have imposed on the country, the regulations that are stifling business growth and innovation, the increasing intrusion of government into nearly every aspect of American life, we would be eager to hear them. But it is an abuse of the President’s position and does a disservice to our nation for the President and his campaign to criticize private citizens simply for the act of engaging in their constitutional right of free speech about important matters of public policy. The implication in that sort of attack is obvious: dare to criticize the President’s policies and you will be singled out and personally maligned by the President and his campaign in an effort to chill free speech and squelch dissent.
This is not the first time that the President and his Administration have engaged in this sort of disturbing behavior. As far back as August, 2010, Austan Goolsbee, then the President’s chief economic advisor, made public comments concerning Koch’s tax status and falsely stated that the company did not pay income tax, which triggered a federal investigation into Mr. Goolsbee’s conduct that potentially implicated federal law against improper disclosure of taxpayer information. Last June, your colleagues sent fundraising letters disparaging us as “plotting oil men” bent on “misleading people” with “disinformation” in order to “smear” the President’s record. Those accusations were baseless and were made at the very same time the president was publicly calling for a more “civil conversation” in the country.
It is understandable that the President and his campaign may be “tired of hearing” that many Americans would rather not see the president re-elected. However, the inference is that you would prefer that citizens who disagree with the President and his policies refrain from voicing their own viewpoint. Clearly, that’s not the way a free society should operate.
The humorous part of the Obama’s demonizing and personalizing their insult against the Koch foundation is that the company actually creates something of value for America.
What has Obama done for America? Ever?
Meanwhile, Obama is David Geffen’s foot soldier. I’m reading through Jason Mattera’s new book Hollywood Hypocrites. It’s absolutely appalling how the big money, tax stealing Hollywood types help guide Obama’s messaging and image. They control how politics is perceived and the Obama administration is obsessed with the few rich guys who have the courage of their convictions to stand up against his tyranny.
Obama wants no dissent.
Sorry, El Presidente, it’s not a dictatorship, yet.
Has a president, outside of Nixon, been so thin-skinned?