The Bloomberg News article Christie Says He’s Not Running as He Slams ‘Bystander’ Obama, says:
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said he plans to sit out the 2012 presidential race and then used a nationally broadcast appearance to assail President Barack Obama as a “bystander in the Oval Office.”
“We continue to wait and hope that our president will finally stop being a bystander in the Oval Office,” Christie said yesterday. “We hope that he will shake off the paralysis that has made it impossible for him to take on the really big things that are obvious to all Americans.”
Even President Clinton has marveled at how Obama’s Whitehouse sits back and waits for the Congress to give him some legislation on a topic he suggests. President Clinton contrasted this to his administration and every other one that he was aware of. In all those other administrations, the Whitehouse was writing detailed legislation and sending it to Congress to act on. These other administrations were actively setting the agenda and terms of debate. Obama seems to sit back and wait for the Congress to set the agenda and terms of debate before he even has much to say about the topic.
Of course the article also quotes Gov. Christie as saying:
“Insisting that we must tax and take and demonize those who have already achieved the American Dream — that may turn out to be a good re-election strategy for President Obama, but is a demoralizing message for America,” Christie said.
According to the WikiPedia article Give ’em Hell, Harry!,
During the speech a supporter yelled out “Give ’em Hell, Harry!”. Truman replied, “I don’t give them Hell. I just tell the truth about them and they think it’s Hell.”
Obama tells the truth about the need to tax the wealthy and the Republicans think that is demonizing.