Disrespect! Republicans avoid Obama’s big night
Football comes first for one Republican senator as Obama faces prospect of empty seats tonight
JUST WHAT Barack Obama is up against in his bid to win over the two Houses of Congress tonight with his job creation programme is illustrated by the fact that several Republicans have said they will not be showing up to hear the president's speech.
Here are some of their reasons:
Senator David Vitter of Louisiana (above) will be attending a party to watch his local football team, the New Orleans Saints, play their opening game of the season against the Green Bay Packers. "As a fanatic, I have my priorities," he told Fox News.
Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina, a Tea Party member, told ABC TV: "If he sent a written proposal over first, I would go hear him explain it, but frankly right now I'm so frustrated I don't think I'm going to go."
Congressman Paul Broun of Georgia will watch the speech, but from his Washington office where he will tweet his thoughts. He did the same thing during Obama's State of the Union address in January, tweeting: "Mr. President, you don't believe in the Constitution. You believe in socialism."
Congressman Joe Walsh of Illinois, the president's home state, will avoid the speech because he doesn't want to act as a "prop" for the president.
Senator Marco Rubio of Florida won't be there because his mother is ill. To be fair, she really is ill and he says that’s the only reason for his absence – otherwise he'd be there. ·
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