CNN host Candy Crowley on Sunday failed to tell viewers that former Bush Labor Secretary Elaine Chao was married to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) as she blasted President Barack Obama’s “far-left agenda” and claimed that he had not been as willing to work towards bipartisan solutions as Republican senators.
During a panel segment on CNN’s State of the Union, Crowley noted that Obama had accused Republicans of obstructionism and standing in the way of improving jobs and the economy.
“I don’t know how he can say that when he had control of both the houses in the legislative branch, he had control of the White House from 2009 to 2010,” Chao opined. “He was able to get sweeping changes through to our economy, which actually, including for example, Obamacare and also Dodd-Frank [financial reform], which are actually having a hampering effect — they’re having a dampening effect on job creation.”
“I’m actually rather surprised that in his inaugural address that there was not a more magnanimous spirit shown, that there was not more of a graciousness to focus on reaching out to the other side to work together,” she continued. “He uses the words, but if you look at the agenda, it’s very much a far-left agenda item… So, I think the president has to focus on job creation. He cannot do everything at one time.”
But former Obama adviser Melody Barnes argued that the president had been focused on the economy and 6.5 million jobs had been created over the last 35 months.
“No one’s pretending it isn’t a weak recovery,” she explained. “That’s why, because of its fragility, that we have to focus on not getting the sequester that Republicans seem to be leaning toward, but in fact, targeted investments and targeted cuts.”
“And the most important financial issue with the fiscal cliff, the president lent no leadership to the issue,” Chao interrupted. “It was the Republicans who reached out to the vice president.”
According to Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight blog, “the president has at least a slim majority of Americans in his corner on almost all of the issues he highlighted” in his inauguration speech.
Watch this video from CNN’s State of the Union, broadcast Feb. 3, 2013.