Dr. Coburn Immunizes Obama From GOP Attacks

December 21, 2009 10:38 am ET — Chris Harris

Dr. No Defends Obama

Ever since the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was signed into law, it has been abundantly clear what the Republican Party's strategy would be to defeat the Democrats' agenda.  They would make a concerted effort to place the blame over the large budget deficit and the high unemployment rate square on the shoulders of President Obama.

For instance, House Republicans have repeated the refrain, "where are the jobs?" in an attempt to falsely paint the Recovery Act as a failure.  (In reality, it has been wildly successful, creating up to 1.6 million jobs.)

Well, the Republicans' strategy may have just hit a roadblock.

While debating health care on the Senate floor, Republican Sen. Tom Coburn seemingly defended Obama from these attacks. 

On January 1st, 2009, the national debt was $10.6 trillion. It now stands at $12.1 trillion. That's not President Obama's fault, so don't confuse this with a partisan attack. My attack is on the Senate, and on the Congress.


In January 2009, the unemployment rate was 7.6%, today it's 10%. That's not President Obama's fault either. That's our fault, it the members' of Congress fault.


Of course, Coburn is correct.  President Obama inherited the monstrous deficit and a struggling economy.  He's done everything in his power to help turn things around, and has seen some success - although more needs to be done.

Admittedly, very few Americans were watching C-SPAN 2 on the Saturday before Christmas, but I have a feeling we haven't seen the last of Coburn's comments.