Apparently, Pres. Obama should have offered the keys to Mitt Romney after Tuesday's election
Based on the response to President Obama's post-election press conference
by the right-wing chatter machine, it appears conservatives think that their victories in Tuesday's low-turnout midterm elections means that President Obama should step aside and hand the White House keys over to Mitt Romney. For example:
Fox News host Sean Hannity asserted that Obama was demonstrating "breathtaking arrogance" during his press conference.
Breathtaking arrogance? Come on, Hannity. It's been six years. You need better code words than that. Other Fox personalities were equally irate, but used different language, such as:
President Obama just doesn't give a damn about last night's election, he's making that very clear.
Dear American voters, President Obama just gave you the middle finger.
Okay, both of those folks are more creative than Sean Hannity (at least relatively speaking), but they are equally wrong. The reality is that President Obama won the past two elections with a greater percentage of the vote than the winner received in 9 of the previous 15 presidential elections. I know these guys think the fact that Mitch McConnell won reelection by double digits in a red state means Obama should step aside, but the point the president was making yesterday was that he was elected too, by the entire country, and the mere fact that the GOP prevailed in a midterm election doesn't change that.
And you know what? There's nothing wrong with president reminding Republicans, the media, and the country of that fact, because while Republicans had a good election day on Tuesday, that doesn't make the votes that were cast in 2008 or 2012 irrelevant. President Obama is still the president and if Republicans want to put Mitt Romney in the Oval Office, they're going to have to wait until November, 2016.