I don't mind telling you I was a bit troubled today by the tone of the president.I don't need a transcript from Obama to know he said this. Just look at how he behaved during the government shutdown last October. It was him inflicting pain on the American people, especially World War II vets at the World War II Memorial, and then have his flunkies go out and accuse Tea Party legislators of acting like suicide bombers who were "holding the country hostage."
When you have governors - and we all compete against each other. We are the laboratories of innovation and for the President the United States to look Democrat and Republican governors in the eye and to say "I do not trust you to make decisions in your state about issues of education, about transportation infrastructure..."
That is really troubling, particularly when you're seeing states be what has really performed over the course of the last 4 to 5 years he has been the President of the United States.
This discussion on energy policy. The president on one hand wants to take credit for more energy being discovered in the United States but, it's his policies... it's the EPA that is being pushed to close the door on extended energy policy in this country that could secure America for decades going forward.
That's being put in jeopardy by this administration so you're hearing very at cross-purpose messages from this president.
I wanna just add to what Nicki said about the the Guard...and Democrat governors are very concerned, I will suggest to you, about what they heard today about the Guard.
I left the United States Air Force in the mid-seventies, in February of 1977, as our country was going through a similar period of time of reducing the force...but those men and women who had extraordinary expertise in combat were going in to the guard and in to the reserves.
I hope that we're not about to make a tragic mistake in this country by hollowing out our guard in our states, in some political statement of "you're all going to feel the pain".
Because that's certainly what I heard from the President of the United States today. As a matter fact, he said in that meeting, he said "if I hear any of you pushing back, making statements about Washington spends too much money, you'll hear from me".
If I'm a Democrat governor, if I'm a Republican governor, I'm highly offended by that.
Yes, it is our duty to defend the people in this country, but I will suggest that making a political statement about the guard is not in the best long-term interest of this country and it's certainly not in the best long-term interest of those men and women who have committed and oftentimes sacrificed greatly for this country.
Obama doesn't act like a statesman or even the "uniting figure" he presented himself as in 2004 and in his 2008 campaign. In reality, he's shown, and Perry's description further illustrates Obama as petulant and thin-skinned, who acts more like a dictator of a banana republic instead of the leader of the free world.