Pass the peas please


Filed Under Congress on Jul 18 

A guest submission from Rochelle Edvalson

On Monday President Obama told the nation that,

It’s time to “pull off the Band-Aid” and “eat our peas,” Obama told reporters of the need for both sides to make difficult choices to address the nation’s mounting federal deficits and debt. “Let’s step up. Let’s do it.”

Once again our Commander in Chief has taken the tone of ‘Parent in Chief’. This might work, as a leadership style, except for what happened last night. Storming out of the talks he reportedly said,

“Eric, don’t call my bluff. I’m going to the American people with this,”

Which sounds a lot like, “I’m telling.”

The parental tone might have worked, eventually, at least in the court of public opinion, but switching to tattling child midway through will, no doubt, negate what power that position achieved. Can any progress be made on grown up issues, when the grown ups are fighting like children?