Obama has spent over 6 years with his nose so far in the air that he wouldn’t condescend to associate with just normal congressmen. Now, when he pulls the fire alarm to get their help, there’s nobody there.
Washington (CNN)Sensing his free trade agenda was hours from a stunning defeat, President Barack Obama went to Capitol Hill on Friday morning to make a personal plea for his own party’s support.
Democrats ignored him.
And now, the prospects for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the biggest free trade deal in history, to be finalized and adopted are grim — unless Democrats can be convinced to change their minds or Republicans can find another way to revive the bills and rescue Obama’s biggest second-term legislative priority.
The House overwhelmingly rejected the first in a series of trade bills Friday, with Democrats voting against a program that aids displaced workers — in large part because, under the chamber’s procedures, its defeat meant the vote on the so-called “fast track” bill that followed was only symbolic, so the measure couldn’t be sent to Obama’s desk.
In a statement released Friday afternoon, Obama praised the approval of the fast-track bill and continued to press for passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
As for the policy itself, I’m glad it went down. While I believe in free trade and think that while it has some negative consequences, free trade is for the most good, I do not trust that this president has either the negotiation acumen, nor firm conviction, to negotiate a deal in the best interests of our nation. The deal can wait for the next president.