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Ex-Rep. Michael Flanagan: Barack Obama Is No Bill Clinton

By    |   Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 04:28 PM

Behind the gulf separating President Barack Obama from the Republican-run Congress that panned his State of the Union speech lies a worldview in which Obama is the decider, is always correct, and there's nothing that can't be fixed with another government program, says a former Chicago-area congressman.

"The president believes he's the legislator-in-chief, that he's in charge of absolutely everything, and that everybody's got to check a box with him," Washington lobbyist and former Illinois Republican Rep. Michael Patrick Flanagan told "MidPoint" host Host Berliner on Newsmax TV Thursday.

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That lack of comprehension — that opposing views and legitimate criticism actually exist — was on full display during Tuesday night's address to Congress, and it explains a lot including the president's ire at the House of Representatives inviting the Israeli head of state to visit Capitol Hill, said Flanagan.

Nor is Obama behaving this way consciously, said Flanagan.

"I think he actually lives in a little bit of a bubble, where he thinks that things are as rosy, or nearly as rosy, as he described," he said, "and that all we need is a lot more social programs and a lot more taxes to pay for them, and life will be wonderful — paradise on Earth."

It's a far cry from the last Democrat to occupy the White House, said Flanagan, who in 1994 defeated legendary Democrat Dan Rostenkowsk and served alongside Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

"Bill Clinton … wanted to legislate," said Flanagan, who was in Congress at the time. "Whether it was a Republican or a Democratic Congress, he was prepared to get it done."

Clinton hired Republican strategist Dick Morris to help him communicate more effectively across the aisle, while Hill Republicans conferred more closely with Clinton allies in Congress to help improve the working climate at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue, said Flanagan.

"There was a great deal of activity between congressional Democrats, congressional Republicans and … the White House," Flanagan said of the Clinton-Gingrich era. "You don't see [this] president involved at that level, at all, because he doesn't think he needs to be."

At the same time, he is reportedly steaming because House Speaker John Boehner did not consult him before extending a speaking invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — who by most accounts is not on especially friendly terms with Obama.

Flanagan said the president should know better than to be upset over Boehner's gesture. "Article 1, Section 1 of the Constitution — the lecturer-in-chief might want to check that out," said Flanagan, referring to the first sentence after the Preamble, which reads: "All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives."

"Congress doesn't work for the president," said Flanagan. "They don't need to check with the president when they do things. To invite Netanyahu to speak is perfectly in their realm of ability."

With billions of taxpayer dollars invested in foreign aid to Israel, he said, "there's business to talk to the Israelis about in our foreign policy, much of it framed by Congress with the purse."

Obama is now traveling, stumping for his State of the Union proposals in Republican-dominated states, and his opponents ought to recognize that those speeches are not about bringing both sides together, said Flanagan.

"All things by the Chicago guys are about winning elections," he said.

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"The president believes he's the legislator-in-chief, that he's in charge of absolutely everything," Washington lobbyist and former Illinois Republican Rep. Michael Patrick Flanagan told "MidPoint" host Host Berliner on Newsmax TV Thursday.
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