Snap Fact #109
President Obama Urges Congress To Pass Transportation Bill To Create Jobs!
Today's SNAP-CAP is not memorializing an actual accomplishment of President Obama, but instead provides an illustration of one element that goes into the administration’s overall strategy to create a record of the important and meaningful accomplishments. Many of the Obama Administration’s accomplishments occur as the culmination of a strategic process such as the recent passage of the payroll tax cuts along with the unemployment extension (Snap Cap #106).
Just days before the passage of that legislation, the brick wall that Republican legislators had erected seemed impenetrable - and they had loudly dug in to protect their unreasonable position. To some it might have seemed magic, to others it might have seemed that the Republican leadership was finally facing up to the political reality of their position and decided to take the gun out of their mouth before they committed political suicide. In truth, although it was for the most part the latter, the decision the leadership made to back off was the direct result of President Obama's long term strategy that he has been pursuing even before this issue came to public attention. If anyone doubts this and feels it was just blind luck, compare this to the “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” policy and many of the other successes that the President has patiently and successfully pursued over the term of his administration.