You should be proud of me, friends. I was ready to explode at yesterday’s White House Press Briefing, but I kept my cool.
I didn’t stand up and scream. I didn’t storm out in frustration. But I was ready to. When Norah O’Donnell of CBS News asked Press Secretary Jay Carney: “Most people start off the new year by being nice to everybody. Why did President Obama decide to start off the new year – by making Republicans angry with his recess appointment of Richard Cordray as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau?”
What a loaded question. What a horrible question. Where’d she get that from? Straight from the Republican National Committee?
Look, the job of the President of the United States is not to make Republicans happy.
The president’s job is to do what’s best for the majority of the American people. And, surely, the American people deserve someone to fight for them in the complex world of financial transactions – with banks, credit card companies, insurance companies, and others.
That’s why Congress created the CFPB. That’s why Obama signed it into law. And, after Senate Republicans, for months, had prevented it from getting to work, that’s why President Obama made the recess appointment.
And if he pissed off a few Republicans in the process – so what?
That’s my parting shot for today.