Irvine Council member Beth Krom likes to tell the story about when President George W. Bush visited the city when she was mayor. While she probably opposed every single policy of that occupant of the White House, he was greeted by the mayor warmly and with great respect. She also showed a class photo of her days as a teacher in Texas and one of her students was Bush Press Secretary Scott McClellan to which the president took Mayor Krom backstage to say hello to her former student. No protest. No disrespect. All class. If only I could say the same thing for the OC Republicans in response to this weekend’s Orange County visit by President Obama.
Let’s start with OC GOP chair Scott Baugh in comments made to the Orange County Register last week:
“All of Orange County, and the students of UC Irvine, should be proud to have the occupant pay a visit to us.” – OC GOP Chairman Scott Baugh when asked if he is able to set aside the partisanship and be proud to have the President of the United States come to Orange County.
Occupant? Stay classy Scott. And enjoying watching those OC Republican voter registration numbers continue to fall on your watch.
How about Newport Beach city council member and State Assembly candidate Keith Curry who posted this gem on Facebook: “So there were TWO elected officials giving commencement speeches in Anaheim on Saturday. I was the one who hadn’t screwed up the country.”
Curry gave an address to graduates at Westcliff University. Funny, I didn’t realize George W. Bush or Dick Cheney were giving a commencement address in Anaheim on Saturday. A note for Curry: please acknowledge that placing two wars on a credit card and cutting taxes for the rich during a time of great economic stress, while rapidly expanding the sizeof government to be perceived as a “war president” is what’s screwed up the country and this nation will be recovering from the terrible policy decisions made by the last Republican in the Oval Office. Remember that near global economic collapse Mr. Curry? That was late 2008; Obama hadn’t been sworn in yet. And since you’re running for Assembly, please note how much better things are in the state since Arnold went back to acting and Republicans could no longer hold the budget hostage.
Irvine Councilman and Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Lalloway should have been in Anaheim Stadium with the graduates of UCI. Perhaps he has a tough time being seen by UCI administration after seeking to cut funds to the Barclay Theater last year. Lalloway posted on his Facebook page: “Instead of spending time listening to Obama yesterday, I chose to spend my time with great American leadership. With Congressman Tom Cotton of Arkansas (the next US Senator) and Senator Mike Lee of Utah.” Tom Cotton a great American leader? This is a Congressman who is generally to to far right of even the most conservative House members. He voted against aid to Hurricane Sandy victims, against lower student loan costs, against federal support for air service to small communities, against relief from high flood insurance costs, against pediatric research and against public health emergency aid.
Utah Senator Mike Lee is one of the biggest jerks in the US Senate. He’s promised to obstruct every presidential appointment to a judgeship or a public service position he can, even when these 90 percent of these nominees have unanimous support from the Judiciary committee. Four years ago, Lee praised a long-discarded 1918 Supreme Court decision that said federal child labor laws violated the Constitution. He also said Social Security violates the Constitution. He said Medicare violates the Constitution. Lee hates FEMA, the FDA, any sort of income assistance to the Poor including Food Stamps.
Great American leaders? Bull. Is Lalloway really a closeted Tea Party conservative trapped in a very purple town?
And no post about Republican disrespect for President Obama would be complete without a check in from Villa park council member Deborah Pauly. She pushed out details of protests in Laguna Beach and at Anaheim Stadium, and later posted on Facebook that, “Reports of violent pro-amnesty mob at Angel Stadium protest of Obama, intimidating peaceful protestors.” Peaceful? Sure they were.
I just hope that if Irvine Mayor Steven Choi attended the UCI graduation that he’d leave any Photoshopped Artwork of the president as Hitler or Stalin or as an Nazi SS officer behind, unlike his December 2009 Irvine hotel visit to the Tea Party when Speaker Nancy Pelosi came to town where he embarrassed himself and the city for his historically clueless manner of insulting the nation’s third most powerful elected official. Choi has yet to apologize for that incident and I would be surprised if he offered the same respect for President Obama that Beth Krom did for George W. Bush.