When President Obama came to the White House three years ago, he proudly promised to usher in a new post-partisan era of cooperation and collegiality. Unfortunately, no one could hear him over the sound of John Boehner laughing.
Hoping to score some political points at the State of the Union address this year, Boehner is using his guest list as an opportunity to shame Obama into supporting the environmentally questionable Keystone XL Pipeline…
House Speaker John Boehner's office released his guest list for the State of the Union address, saying his invitees are "local leaders and job creators hurt by the president's decision to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline."
"The president owes America's workers an explanation, and I hope he will provide one tonight with these leaders and job creators on hand," Boehner said in a statement.
Boehner's cadre of leaders and "job creators" includes a Nebraska state senator, two oil company managers and a pipe company president. Oh, those poor unfortunate oil men! Now they'll have to stop plundering the earth for fuel and destroying the environment. Obama is so cruel.
Why did Boehner stop at oil company managers? There are plenty of charity cases out there. There's the Wall Street executive forced to sell one of his five yachts due to financial reform, there's the ex-congressman compelled to take a lucrative lobbying job, and of course, there's the former management consulting billionaire and Massachusetts governor forced to beg for votes in the 2012 Republican primary.
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Tags: Bipartisanship, Energy & Oil, House of Representatives, John Boehner, State of the Union