Joe Scarborough: President Obama's Been Treated Like a Second-Class Citizen

MSNBC's resident RINO Joe Scarborough has resumed his regularly-scheduled conservative bashing on Morning Joe.  While discussing the impending fiscal cliff on

Thursday, co-host Scarborough said that following President Obama’s “great victory” in November, it will be very hard for the president, who, “for four years, was told that he was an illegitimate president, that he was a socialist” to be gracious to folks like Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).  [See video below page break.  MP3 audio here.]

Scarborough then continued his anti-Republican rant, characterizing attacks on the president as such:

That he was a Marxist, that he wasn't even an American, that he wasn't…you know, he said that he believed in Jesus Christ as his personal savior and people said no, you didn't. And he has been knocked around and treated like a second-class citizen as President of the United States by a third of the American public.

 Scarborough went on to say:

Unfortunately for the president, it's going to be hard for him to now go to his people and go to his base and say yes I know you want me to go ahead and drive the stake through their hearts. This is not 2009. We don't own 59 senate seats and we don’t own a huge majority in the House. It requires a completely different skill set, Steve [Ratner], doesn't it, negotiations, which you do a different negotiation every day, and each one requires a different skill set.

While there were extremists in the country who did question President Obama’s citizenship, ethnicity, or religion, such sentiments were isolated to a fringe segment of the population, not congressional Republicans with whom the American people expect the president to negotiate.  For Scarborough to lump such sentiments to legitimate criticisms of Obama by Republicans is shameful but should come as no surprise to most conservatives. 

Scarborough has for some time now been willing to toe the network line that President Obama’s failures in the White House are all attributable to Republican opposition, but his accusation that Obama was treated as a second-class citizen is a new low for the former Republican congressman-turned-liberal media stooge.

 

See relevant transcript below. 


MSNBC

Morning Joe

December 6, 2012

6:19 a.m. EDT


HAROLD FORD JR: I think Joe’s line in his article that the victory will cost more than it's worth, and you'll get to it, I think that's what both sides, and particularly the president's got to be mindful of because you don't want to expend too much and hurt yourself as you try to do some of these other things moving forward.

JOE SCARBOROUGH: And this is going to be very hard for the president.  Very hard after winning such, I think, a great victory. I mean, this is a man who, for four years, was told that he was an illegitimate president, that he was a socialist.

FORD JR: That he was not a citizen.

SCARBOROUGH: That he was a Marxist, that he wasn't even an American, that he wasn't…you know, he said that he believed in Jesus Christ as his personal savior and people said no, you didn't. And he has been knocked around and treated like a second-class citizen as President of the United States by a third of the American public. And then he wins a big victory and immediately he's hearing from people like us, you've got to be gracious to those people. Politics is sort of a rough and ugly game at times.

BRZEZINSKI: I'm glad there are more women in Washington.

SCARBOROUGH: Unfortunately for the president, it's going to be hard for him to now go to his people and go to his base and say yes I know you want me to go ahead and drive the stake through their hearts. This is not 2009. We don't own 59 senate seats and we don’t own a huge majority in the House. It requires a completely different skill set, Steve [Ratner], doesn't it, negotiations, which you do a different negotiation every day, and each one requires a different skill set.

BRZEZINSKI: But you're an elegant negotiator.

STEVE RATNER: I hope so, thank you. Yeah, I agree totally. I think that's the way he's got to do it. And he's got to lead these people with some dignity hopefully and with a feeling that everybody gave something and it was a compromise.

BRZEZINSKI: Exactly that.

SCARBOROUGH: And you're right, he's got to get together to do that. And again, we only talk about the president because he is the key player here. Republicans, obviously, have to meet him with a trillion or 1.2.

BRZEZINSKI: Enough to stop playing the game. All right.

SCARBOROUGH: If the president is insisting on raising rates and they're insisting on not raising rates, I don't know. Maybe you meet in the middle. And you get 37% and do a lot of, you know, close a lot of loopholes.

Jeffrey Meyer
Jeffrey Meyer
Jeffrey Meyer is a News Analyst at the Media Research Center.