Washington Post columnist and Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer on Tuesday criticized President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address as unrealistic and egocentric, arguing that the president made clear he is more concerned about his own image than the realities of governance.
Specifically, Krauthammer suggested Obama’s call for legislative transparency was mere lip service that might even backfire on the Democratic Party.
“One of the things that these red-state Democrats who are going to go up for re-election in the next year are scared to death about is precisely having to vote,” Krauthammer said. “And here was Obama saying over and over again, ‘You deserve a vote. You want to be on the record.’ Well, there are a lot Democrats who don’t want to be on the record on all of these issues, and I think he will endanger them.”
Obama’s real objective is to spend as much taxpayer money as possible to preserve his legacy, Krauthammer said.
“I think he’s looking for his legacy,” he continued. “He wants to be remembered for a man who changed America — that’s what he said. He started with Obamacare, and now this litany of programs. You know, he says,’ You can’t cut your way to prosperity.’ This speech is about spending your way to prosperity.”