April 14, 2009

Steele takes gloves off in Obama attack

Posted: 12:03 AM ET

By /Washington Times

Republican National Chairman Michael S. Steele has launched a direct attack on President Obama in a new mass mailing, accusing the president of being part of the "blame America first" crowd, The Washington Times has learned.artmichaelsteelemdgi

Criticized by some in the party for not taking on the Democratic president hard enough or often enough, Mr. Steele took the gloves off in a fund-raising letter sent out Monday to 12 million party supporters. Recipients included RNC donors as well as the mailing lists of two conservative organizations, Human Events and GOPUSA, according to RNC communications director Trevor Francis.

Mr. Steele wrote that Mr. Obama's comments criticizing the United States on his recent European tour showed "an absence of wisdom."

Mr. Steeles letter also slammed the Democratic president for saying he was open to possible talks with Iran. Apparently, he believes he can make peace with crackpot tyrants and heartless terrorists simply by sitting down and talking, the Steele letter said.

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Dave of Detroit   April 14th, 2009 12:17 am ET

Well, "An Absence of Wisdom" might also apply to the Invasion of Iraq that costs the leaders of all our allies their jobs and a real reluctance on the part of the current ones to listen to and take part in Obama's Afghanistan Plans. In all seriousness, after the Iraq fiasco. I would have some real doubts about not only the U.S. President's wisdom but his sanity as well. It is good to see the RNC leadership is now black...Think our first African-American President had anything to do with that decision. As my final dart. I would simply ask Mr. Steel how you ignore a Country like Iran and N. Korea and call that wisdom?

hugh ~ california   April 14th, 2009 1:57 am ET

Steele is a nothing and he complains like one. He does not deserve to untie Obama's shoes, let alone take off the gloves. No contest! Steele is just a false prophet–oops!–false puppet for the Republican Party. If the GOP regains the majority some day–which I doubt–they'll forget Steele was ever a member!

lostemperor   April 14th, 2009 5:09 am ET

I would have thought the GOP/RNC have come up with sensible criticizsm to Obama policies by now. It seems they suffer an absence of wisdom so far.
aka lostemperor

Michael C. McHugh   April 14th, 2009 9:51 am ET

Better and better, the Republicans just sound more desperate and demented every day, while Obama looks more presidential.

Maybe Obama should make some broadcasts from the FDR room in the White House, with a big picture of Roosevelt behind him, just to keep making historical contrasts and comparisons with the "loyal opposition".

janette tx   April 14th, 2009 12:39 pm ET

Well it's confirmed..Steel was dropped on the head at birth!
His mother should have named him TOM (as in UNCLE).

janette tx   April 14th, 2009 12:39 pm ET

Well it's confirmed..Steel was dropped on the head at birth!

janette tx   April 14th, 2009 12:45 pm ET

And another thing Steele go to Russia if ya don't like being
UNDER Pres,Obama.Accent on the word UNDER you dumb

cc pennes   April 14th, 2009 2:17 pm ET

steele you are an EMBARRASSMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

cc pennes   April 14th, 2009 2:18 pm ET

steele you are an EMBARRASSMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

cc pennes   April 14th, 2009 2:18 pm ET

steele you are an EMBARRASSMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Joe Citizen Abroad   April 14th, 2009 2:27 pm ET

Disgusting. Mr. Steele should be ashamed.

Jackie in Dallas   April 14th, 2009 3:40 pm ET

Well, it looks as if Rush finally got through to Steele on the phone and told him he needed to attack! Do we really think that Steele came up with this all by himself?

I think President Obama has much more wisdom than Steele, Cheney, Rush, Newt or any of the GOP toadies. He knew in order to mend fences demolished by our former President, he had to concede that the U.S. made mistakes. That's not lack of wisdom, Steele, that's something the GOP seems to have forgotten - honesty. Do you really think that other countries were not aware of the Bush Administration's violations of the UN Security Council decisions on Iraq, the violations of the Geneva Convention (which we helped WRITE, for goodness sake!), or even their violations of our own Constitution? They aren't that dumb. It probably was very difficult for the President to admit, but it had to be done. We cannot survive in this world without our allies and trading partners, and we cannot have allies and trading partners if we do not treat them with respect and honesty.

laura   April 14th, 2009 4:11 pm ET

Pompose windbag. The real problem here is that because of the lies and deceptions of the prior administration the RNC simply has enough credibility for anyone to even listen to any ideas from the loyal opposition

Steve   April 14th, 2009 4:16 pm ET

What a complete nit-wit! It would be good for the country, and good for the administration to have honest debates about issues, but the R's don't seem to know how to be civil, and use rhetoric from the 60's. If there are any R's who actually think and have ideas that can actually contribute to the policy debates, it would be nice to see them come forward. It's a pity that the RNC, and Republican leadership can't find a voice that offers reason rather than fear mongering, and is serious about uniting us and moving the country forward, rather than a voice saying stupid and mean spirited claptrap. But no, they're like the scarecrow singing, "If I only had a brain."

pjohnson asu   April 14th, 2009 4:27 pm ET

Name calling has never been the best approach. Whenever people target somebody, its usually because that one somebody is doing something right. While Steele is currently looking like the "idiot" that he is, Obama is simply taking this all in and not being childish by entertaining this letter. Ahh....can we say simply presidential...what a breath of fresh air! He is doing everything he said he would do and that means he is already better than the last president.

pcb   April 14th, 2009 5:20 pm ET

Good for Michael Steele, and he is right! Obama pumps himself up Abroad and at home with his own agendas and fairy tales at the expense of the American people...He cries that he is only "fixing eight years of Bush's mistakes"(sic) while spending trillions to bail out crooks and preparing to over tax Americans to death, and making this country look very weak and ineffective, while overturning things that kept USA safe from futher attacks. Someone needs to tell Obama that we are a Christian nation, a nation of God fearing people, and a nation that will not stand for much more of this taxation and Bail-outs, or bowing to human rights violators....and Obama's idea of redesigning the time honored America we all love, and our fathers have fought and some have died for will not be tolerated for long-people will rise up and speak out! Obama is killing the USA psyche and the average working person, and I am so proud of those Republicans and Michael Steele... who all have the guts to stand up and say loud and clear, "NO more!" Perhaps it is time to have another election and make all those Democrats and the three Republicans who voted for these bail-outs to fight for their jobs again-lay them off and see how it feels when bills are due....I think the election might go differently now that everyone's eyes are being opened to Obama's ideas of "change is on the way"...God bless our country and anyone who has the guts to speak out against these things.....Anyone for a tea party? pcb

hugh ~ california   April 14th, 2009 6:28 pm ET

We are not a Christian nation, so keep your attacks against The Constitution of the United States and Freedom of Religion out of it! I have the right in America to worship who I please or not at all! You say we're, "a nation of God-fearing people;" you're more the example of a so-called Christian who is full of anger and hate toward those who refuse to believe the way you do–be it politics or religion! If the majority of Americans choose to believe in Christianity that is their right in this democratic nation, but if Christians do not tolerate others to worship their religion then those Christians are tyrants!

Sandra   April 14th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

"Make peace with crackpot tyrants and heartless terrorists simply by sitting down and talking." Who were our leaders talking to when the American people became victims of highrollers on Wall Street, and the decision to Declare war on terror. Instead of criticizing what's being done, Steel and the GOP should think of something constructive for the good of the American people.

Sandra   April 14th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

Instead of criticizing what's being done to correct the mess we're in, Steel and the GOP should think of something constructive, productive, and affective for a CHANGE.

hugh ~ california   April 14th, 2009 10:16 pm ET

janette tx,
I'm with you, Steele, Rush, Bill 'O and Hannity reek! Slime-balls the lot of 'em!

Jay   April 14th, 2009 10:20 pm ET

I think he is upset because they won't let him attend the fox news tea parties.

janette tx   April 15th, 2009 12:34 am ET

birds of a feather-guess you are one of THEM:
are yall wearing sheets to the tea party? bet ya

janette tx   April 15th, 2009 12:36 am ET

Jay go on to your tea party and don't forget your sheet!!

lostemperor   April 15th, 2009 4:44 am ET

How do Republicans crticize Obama? With the same old failed Bush rhetoric! This doesn't help. One would assume they know this. Whether you let a black man do it or a white man Dick Cheney.
Patrick, kibitzer@chessgames and jobless columnist

amb   April 16th, 2009 7:29 pm ET

pcb – Thank you for your wonderful comments above. The Obama liberals only know mean, nasty words. I think if Mr. Obama continues to "tax to the hilt" and dissing our Nation when he speaks to other countries, the Nation will vote out all those Democrats, like Pelosi, Frank, Reid, Obama and put God-loving, true Americans in the Nation's capital and White House. America is a good Nation and Obama continues to put us down, making America look like a weak nation. Even his administration are all crooks – most not having filed their taxes until they were appointed for a position in the Administration. Mr. Steele will do a wonderful job as head of the RNC. I have faith in you Mr. Steele and will continue to contribute to the RNC to get rid of the people taking all of our money and leading us to Socialism, like Russia, and other Socialistic countries. I can see that the Democrats who blog in this column have no knowledge of what Obama is doing to this country. Wake Up Democrats!!!!

lostemperor   April 22nd, 2009 5:25 am ET

My criticism is, as I stated before, that Obama's Afghan and Iraq policies, which don't differ much from Bush's, is a way to hell.

(and not just his economic policies)

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