President Slammed Paul Ryan in Address

Ryan was sitting on the dais at the inauguration and the president attacked a slogan Ryan invented.

President Obama took direct aim in his inaugural address at the Randian rhetoric that animates the politics of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and his conservative followers in the House and around the country, arguing that the United States is “not a nation of takers.”

For Ryan, the country is divided between “takers” and “makers.” He generally puts the number of the former at around a third, with the remainder in the producing category. The dichotomy has been a regular part of his rhetorical repertoire for years, and was elevated during the presidential campaign as Ryan sought the vice presidency.

The only thing that would’ve been better is if he had turned to Ryan and said, “Any more lies about my record, Scooter?”

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  • muselet

    It wasn’t much of an attack, but it’s good that Barack Obama’s willing to address Paul Ryan’s rhetoric directly.

    The only thing that would’ve been better is if he had turned to Ryan and said, “Any more lies about my record, Scooter?”

    I LOLed.

    –alopecia

  • mrbrink

    It was a total rebuke of all that bullshit. Reaganomics, Randianomics– all of it.

  • ArrogantDemon

    This is the third damn time Barack Obama had to call shenanigans on Paul Ryan’s nonsense.

    1st at the retreat in Baltimore in 2010, right in front of his wife & kids

    2nd at the press conference about the budget & 1967 border plans, to his face, he called shenanigans

    3rd at the Inaugural

    Shenanigans on all accounts