Republicans Whine Like Petulant Children After President Obama’s State of the Union Quip

ted_cruz_4While I’m not someone who gets overly excited when it’s time for the annual State of the Union speech (it’s essentially pointless most years), I do enjoy watching how members of Congress react differently to various things the president says during his speech.

And this year’s speech was no different. The look on John Boehner’s face for most of the speech was priceless. Watching him applaud in instances where he knew he had to was one of the highlights of my entertainment for the evening. It’s similar to the face a child makes when an adult is trying to make them eat broccoli.

Well another impromptu moment happened when President Obama said “I’ve run my last campaign” and some Republicans in attendance applauded this remark. This was clearly their attempt to let him know that they’re extremely happy that he can’t run again.

But the president didn’t let this applause go without a response. In what I think was the highlight of the evening, President Obama shot back at this applause.

“I know because I won both of them,” he said with a smirk on his face.

I absolutely loved it.

Who wouldn’t? Even if you’re not a fan of the president, it was still a great jab back at those who applauded his comment about not having anymore elections to run. Just laugh, say “good one, you got us” and move on, right?

Apparently not if you’re several members of the Republican party. It seems that some Republicans weren’t too thrilled with Obama’s impromptu comments and voiced their displeasure after his speech.

“Probably not helpful when you rub the other guy’s nose in the dirt a little bit,” Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) said.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) called the joke “disappointing” and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) said it didn’t make her feel “warm and fuzzy.” 

I’m sorry, but these people are absolutely ridiculous. The GOP has had two goals the entire time President Obama’s been in office:

  • Obstruct anything and everything he wants to do.
  • Push lies and misinformation about everything he’s done.

And after years and years of putting up with these relentless attacks from the GOP, some Republicans are pouting because he poked fun at those who clapped after he said he was done running for election.

This shows how petty and immature these people really are. These aren’t adults, they’re children. Heck, they couldn’t even give President Obama “props” for having a good, ad-libbed zinger because they’ve been so programmed to simply hate anything and everything he does.

Honestly though, I would expect nothing less from members of the Republican party. I’ve followed politics a lot in my life, but I’ve never seen politicians act like many from the GOP have acted these last few years. The total lack of respect they’ve shown toward President Obama has been disgusting. And nobody can convince me that a lot of this irrational hate isn’t largely because of the color of his skin. I see it all the time here in Texas. It’s people, especially many rural whites, who really don’t like that a black guy is in charge.

This is just more of the same childish behavior we’re all used to seeing from the GOP. It’s impossible to take these people seriously when they decide to act like petulant children instead of mature adults.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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