(CBS News) DETROIT - President Barack Obama called for an end to "Washington games" and for Congressional Republicans to support initiatives to promote job creation benefiting the middle class.Speaking to a Labor Day rally in Detroit, a city he said had been "to heck and back," Mr. Obama challenged Congressional Republicans to put the country ahead of party.[...]"You ask somebody here if times are tough, they'll say, 'Yeah, it's tough, but we're tougher,'" he said. "Yes, times are tough. But we've been through tough times before. I don't know about you, but I'm not scared of tough times. I'm not scared of tough times because I know we're going to be all marching together and walking together and working together and rebuilding together and I know we don't quit. I know we don't give up our dreams and settle for something less."
Every word he bellowed in his typical soaring fashion was a lie, of course. It was just another campaign-style speech THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH REALITY. Detroit has gone to Hell, and is descending into another level. He just visited at the optimal time - on Labor Day (in that one-time bastion of Labor), and when memories of winter are at their lowest ebb. He loves to capitalize on our short memories and our inability to recognize his monstrousness, and to pretend that he's not responsible for anything that's happened since he became President. His latest gambit is to blame it all on Congress.
The first question that popped into my mind when reading that his job plan boils down to the typical pre-election infrastructure-funding release for repairing potholes was that the only reason we're being allowed some semblance of a recovery is to give the incumbent traitors a better chance at keeping their jobs, instead of being replaced by fresh, unknown traitors.