And if Latinos sit out the election instead of saying, we're gonna punish our enemies and we're gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us, if they don't see that kind of upsurge in voting in this election, then I think it's gonna be harder — and that's why I think it's so important that people focus on voting on November 2.Despite frequent claims to the contrary, Obama has been sharply divisive throughout his presidency. He ran as the anti-Bush and has continued to blame Bush and others when his policies have not performed as promised. His infamous "I won" retort to GOP leaders attempting to work with him on a stimulus package is indicative of how willing he is to "reach across the aisle." Though he promised to give Republicans a seat at the table and televise the discussions on CSPAN, we've seen none of that. Instead, he's had some of the most massive and transformative legislation in history crafted in back rooms and forced to a vote without even allowing Republicans the opportunity to offer amendments, or even the time to read it.
Now we have Obama openly referring to Republicans as "enemies" who must be "punished." This probably isn't quite as unclassy as when Obama traveled to Texas to attack Bush in his home state while Bush was on a humanitarian mission in Haiti at Obama's request, but it's a far cry from the "post-partisan" statesman Obama makes himself out to be.
The man has no class, and when even democratic operatives feel compelled to pen a Wall Street Journal commentary entitled Our Divisive President, it's clear that all the talk of "getting beyond 'old labels' of right and left, red and blue states, and forging compromises based on shared values" was just so much hokum.
Update: More unity from Obama:
"We don’t mind the Republicans joining us. They can come for the ride, but they gotta sit in back."Update: More here.
Rosa Parks could not be reached for comment.