One of President Obama’s harshest critics on Capitol Hill, U.S. Senator Jim DeMint, weighed in on the the State of the Union address, saying he wanted to hear a more conciliatory tone from the president. “I’m very disappointed in the president’s speech because I had hoped that he would have focused on a few things that we could work on, specifically jobs, cutting spending, and debt.”
DeMint has been a vocal opponent of the president’s efforts to push a health care reform plan through the Congress. He also opposed the stimulus plan and Obama’s national security plan. DeMint is also credited with blocking the confirmation of Erroll Southers, the president’s nominee to head the Transportation Security Administration. Last week, Southers withdrew his name from consideration for the post.
DeMint says in his view the president is out of touch with most Americans and he is not listening to their concerns. “I came away disappointed. I frankly think his tone was arrogant and condescending at some points and he has apparently not heard the message the American people are trying to send.”
Last July, President Obama suggested that DeMint was practicing the politics of “delay and defeat” instead of working in the best interest of the American people. Obama was referring to DeMint’s remarks to a conservative group last summer when he said “if we stop him (Obama) on this (health care reform), it will be his Waterloo.”