COMMENTARY: Obama and Holder Team Up Against GOP

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“You hear some of them … ‘Sue him! Impeach him!” Obama recently told backers in Austin, Texas, imitating his critics. “Really? Really? For what? You’re going to sue me for doing my job?” “So far this year, Republicans in Congress have blocked every serious idea to strengthen the middle class,” Obama said in his weekly address. “Lifting the minimum wage, fair pay, student loan reform – they’ve said no to all of it,” “And that’s when I’ve acted this year to help working Americans on my own – when Congress won’t act. I’ve taken actions to attract new jobs, lift workers’ wages, help students pay off their loans and more.”

But the Republican plan “is not to do some of this work with me – instead, it’s to sue me,” the President said. “That’s actually what they’re spending their time on. It’s a political stunt that’s going to waste months of America’s time. And by the way, they’re going to pay for it using your hard-earned tax dollars.”

And the president offered Republicans in Congress a “better idea.” “Do something,” he said. “Do anything to help working Americans. Join the rest of the country. Join me. I’m looking forward to working with you.” Nobody in the White House really believes the president will be working with congressional Republicans any time soon. They know Republicans would prefer to stall Obama’s legislative agenda – even it if benefits their own constituents – just to stick it to the President. It borders on lunacy. Meanwhile, Holder also criticized Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) lawsuit against Obama.

“It’s a more, I think, a political gesture than a truly legal one,” Holder told ABC. “Filing a lawsuit against the President that has no basis is not going to improve the quality of life for the American people.” Holder also took a shot at former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, who has called for the impeachment of Obama.

“She wasn’t a particularly good vice-presidential candidate,” Holder said. “She’s an even worse judge of who ought to be impeached and why.”

I’m glad to see Holder and Obama fighting the good fight against narrow-minded Republicans. The president and Holder only have a year-in-a-half left to help improve the quality of life for African-Americans and citizens of color and, thankfully, these two influential black men are not going out quietly.

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