At the National Governors Association, President Barack Obama spoke in the State Dining Room of the White House on Feb. 24, 2014, in Washington, D.C.
During his speech, President Barack Obama indicated that he would take a more confrontational approach with the governors. He rejected the request of Republican governors for increased latitude on a variety of issues, and even threatened Republicans that he would strike back if they complained about budgetary cuts to the National Guard. So much for holding hands and singing “Kumbaya.”
Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry presented a disturbing summary of Obama’s meeting with the governors:
I don’t mind telling you I was a bit troubled today by the tone of the president. …
For the president of the United States to look Democrat and Republican governors in the eye and say ‘I do not trust you to make decisions in your state about education, about transportation-infrastructure,’ that is really troubling.
Speaking of President Obama’s not-so-veiled threat over National Guard Funding, Governor Perry stated:
He said in that meeting ‘if I hear any of you pushing back, about 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. I will suggest that making a political statement about the Guard is not in the best long-term interests of this country.
Immediately after exiting the West Wing, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who is the vice chair of the Republican Governors Association, also asserted:
The Obama economy is the minimum wage economy. It’s increasingly evident this White House is waving the white flag of surrender when it comes to growth and opportunity.
However, in the coming months there does seem to be one area of agreement: The Keystone XL Pipeline. Gov. Perry sounded very optimistic about the prospects for this 1,664-mile project that would transfer oil from Canada to Texas. For a long time, this job-creating project has been stalled due to what the president considers to be environmental concerns.
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