President Barack Obama is afflicted by a "stubbornness" that is destroying the presidency as well as the Democratic Party, says Fred Barnes, executive editor of The Weekly Standard.
"It is a particular type of stubbornness, and it's an ideological stubbornness. I mean, just think of the economy . . . We know we have the slowest economic recovery in memory," Barnes told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
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"People dropping out of the economy by the millions, low, slow growth, high joblessness, and yet he's sticking to the same old stuff. He's stubborn in the sense of there being more than just a slow learner, he's a non-learner, and that's quite unique."
"He's sticking with, gee, we have to spend more money on infrastructure, on roads and bridges, research and education, and if we do those things, well, the economy will flourish."
That has not worked, Barnes says.
"You would think somebody for political purposes would say, wait a minute, this isn't working and I'm harming myself and my presidency and my party, and those who are going to be running for election, say in 2014. And yet nothing happens," he said.
Obama's rigid philosophies are particularly harmful when it comes to issues such as the United States' relations with Iran, Barnes says.
"From the beginning of his presidency, Barack Obama has taken the stand that, look, America's been mean, been a bully, has been unfair to the Iranians," Barnes said.
"And if people are revolting against the dictatorship of the mullahs in Iran, well, I'm not going to side with them. I'm just going to be silent, and on and on and on. He has stuck to this thing straight through.
"It is appeasement from day one, and it scares you because when you're appeasing, it only encourages the person or the country that you're appeasing to get tougher and tougher and demand more and more."
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