In Miami on Tax Day, April 15th 2010, President Obama had some fun at the expense of his critics. From an ABC News website:
Speaking at a Democratic fundraiser tonight, President Obama touted his administration’s tax cuts and said that the recent tea party rallies across the nation have “amused” him.
“You would think they should be saying thank you,” the president said to applause.
Members of the audience shouted, “Thank you.”
An exuberant Obama appeared at a fundraiser for the DNC at the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami. The event raised $2.5 million for the party.
Clearly lacking a sense of humor, 202 days [or 17,366,400 seconds, not that I was counting, just sayin …] later, the unamused responded. A recap from the WSJ:
Lost amid the GOP’s takeover of the House was a series of wins in much smaller races that could collectively have a broader impact on whether the party controls Congress for the next decade: Republicans won control of 17 statehouse chambers on Tuesday; Democrats didn’t win a majority in a single state-level chamber currently controlled by Republicans.
The statehouse sweep gives Republicans a much stronger hand in drawing new congressional districts beginning next year.
As a result of the once-a-decade Census, some states lose some representation in Congress — and others gain seats — based on their populations. After the most recent Census, states such as Illinois, Ohio and Pennsylvania are expected to lose one of their seats in the U.S. House, while Texas, North Carolina, Florida and others will gain seats.
In all, Republicans captured majorities in 17 state-level chambers previously controlled by Democrats, including in the key states of Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Ohio. Republicans also blocked Democrats from taking any of their statehouses, including Texas, which was a top Democratic priority.
Wow, Obama was right after all. Thank you sir.