President Obama returned to Washington from his vacation in Hawaii today. On the way home, he took a few minutes to visit with the reports on Air Force One. He was asked if he thought he would receive a chilly reception from the now Republican-controlled House of Representatives…
Well, I mean, I think that there’s going to be politics. That’s what happens in Washington. They are going to play to their base for a certain period of time. But I’m pretty confident that they’re going to recognize that our job is to govern and make sure that we are delivering jobs for the American people and that were creating a competitive economy for the 21st century; not just for this generation but the next one.
And so my expectation, my hope is that John Boehner and Mitch McConnell will realize that there will be plenty of time to campaign for 2012 in 2012, and that our job this year is to make sure that we build on the recovery. We started to make good progress on that during the lame duck, and I expect to build on that progress when I get back.
The Republicans will definitely start out playing to their political base. They have already scheduled a vote on the repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (they call it “Obamacare”) for January 12, though they know it will go nowhere. It will make their base (and the Tea Partiers) think they are actually serious about living up to all the promises they made during the campaign.