Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus told Newsmax that President Barack Obama's speech Tuesday night was "a bunch of old crumbs on old dishes — served up once again for another year's State of the Union address."
"When you see the president bringing back Guantanamo Bay again, you know that he is going over old speeches," Priebus told Newsmax in an exclusive interview. "The minimum wage, unemployment insurance, Guantanamo Bay — these are things that he's been saying for five years and hasn't delivered on any of them, even when he had a Democratic Congress and Nancy Pelosi to make the delivery."
Priebus said that the president even began his speech with "sleight of hand" by contending that the nation's unemployment rate — 8.2 percent — was its lowest in more than five years.
"We all know why the unemployment rate is where it's at: It's because people are so doggone sick of waiting and looking for work that they just flat-out quit looking for work.
"So when the president starts out with a big sleight of hand in his speech, you know something's wrong," Priebus continued. "He talked about deficits cut in half. We all know that he's doubled the debt since the start of his presidency."
Priebus said Obama's declaration that he would bypass Congress and invoke executive action to move some legislation forward demonstrated "a level of petulance in the presidency that we have not seen in a very long time. The positions he's taken on going it alone are hollow, at best.
"He claims that he wants to cut the red tape in building highways, bridges, and the waterways," Priebus continued. "But the problems here have little to do with red tape. It has to do with money. It has to do with having enough money to accomplish these goals. No executive order can solve that."
The RNC chairman concluded: "I think we've all just given up on fact-checking this president and cross-referencing his promises that he's made over the years.
"We all know what the truth is — and the truth is he's in love with speeches and he's not in love with leading this country."
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