You know, sometimes I think Republicans just sit in rooms playing a game called, “How can we blame _____ on Obama.” I truly believe that if President Obama cured cancer, Republicans would say he was trying to kill the cancer treatment industry.
Jeb Bush becomes the most recent Republican to make a completely absurd accusation. Bush accused the president of closing the U.S. embassy to the Vatican out of spite due to some Catholics opposing the Affordable Care Act.
Why would our President close our Embassy to the Vatican? Hopefully, it is not retribution for Catholic organizations opposing Obamacare.
Yes, Bush more or less accused President Obama of closing one of our embassies to “get revenge” on a few Catholics who don’t support his healthcare law.
Because that makes perfect sense, right? A United States President would go to the trouble of closing down an embassy just because he had his feelings hurt. I guess because Republicans are so small and petty with their attacks toward the president, they’re projecting that same immaturity onto Obama — feeling that he behaves in the same juvenile ways.
Oh, by the way, the embassy isn’t even closing. They’re simply moving it to a large U.S. compound in Rome that’s expected to save around $1.4 million annually.
Despite the fact that President Obama is not actually closing the embassy (they’re simply moving it) the National Republican Senatorial Committee still ran a petition this week which claims that President Obama is going to close the embassy to the Vatican.
The NRSC’s spokesperson said, “This certainly isn’t the first time that the Obama Administration has been perceived as taking actions hostile toward religion and religious freedom.”
And they were being serious.
Even if the Obama administration was actually closing the Vatican embassy, how is that in any way an attack on “religious freedom”? Either way, it doesn’t matter — the embassy isn’t being closed, just moved.
If Republicans want to be taken seriously, they need to start behaving in a manner that warrants such treatment. They can’t artificially create these “scandals,” then expect most Americans to trust any of them. I guess it’s why their party clearly panders to the most uneducated and easily manipulated among us.
This is just another example of Republicans blatantly making an issue up out of thin air to entice their base’s outrage toward the president. Simply pathetic, but sadly it’s to be expected.