Yesterday, WKYC in Cleveland aired an interview it had with President Obama.  The first question the President was asked was his thoughts on the debate concerning SB 5:

Obama didn’t just come out to make a statement about SB 5 unsolicited.  He was asked by an Ohio reporter to express his opinion on what has become a national debate.  He is, after all, the President of the United States.

So what’s Governor Kasich’s calm, measured response to this?

Earlier this week, Kasich toured V & M Star where he touted how it survived the recession and expanded.  An expansion that was motivated by and partially funded by the federal stimulus Kasich opposed.  Early in his term, Kasich visited Detroit and came back telling reporters how much GM’s execs are excited to work with him over Strickland.

Because let’s face it, when have we ever seen and executive of GM happy to be with Ted Strickland?

Oh yeah, when Governor Strickland met with GM’s President for North America for the launch of the Chevy Cruze manufactured in Lordstown, which wouldn’t be possible except for the auto bailout Strickland and Obama supported and Kasich opposed.

Not since Governor Voinovich ordered his pilots to violate the FAA’s no-fly order and take off while Air Force One was approaching Columbus to land with President Clinton aboard has an Ohio Governor shown such a blatant disrespect to the Office of the Presidency as Kasich did today with his “shut up” tantrum.

Incidentally, here are some non-Ohioans who just a few months ago, Governor Kasich had no problem with weighing in on Ohio politics, even though virtually none of them has been on a ballot in Ohio ever:

Kasich's Pals

In comparison, here’s the guy that John Kasich says has no business offering his opinion on Ohio matters, even when he’s asked by a reporter from Ohio:

You know, the guy who, unlike the Governor, actually has received the support of a majority of Ohio voters.  A guy who is actually elected to represent all Americans, including Ohioans.  A guy who has an approval rating right now Kasich would kill for. 

But because Obama has run a deficit for the stimulus program Kasich hates until he visits with the Ohio business that survived as a result of it, also trying to resolve the two wars he inherited (that Kasich’s “soul brother” didn’t pay for), a prescription drug benefit (that Bush didn’t pay for), a massive tax cut (that Bush didn’t pay for and that Kasich and his GOP allies in Congress insisted Obama continued… with no plan to pay for it), and the massive loss in tax revenues caused by the economic meltdown caused by Kasich’s buddies at Lehman Brothers (which we paid for.)

So for Kasich to suggest that because he “solved” a state budget deficit that wasn’t really that much more than the $7.3 billion deficit Strickland faced at the height of the recession he’s immune from criticism from Obama who’s actually fixing Ohio’s biggest programs takes some nerve. 

And yes, Kasich’s budget relies on over a billion in one-time money, continuation of some stimulus money (Kasich actually lobbied Congress to expand some stimulus programs to help him balance the budget), banks on two billion of the deficit being resolved by economic growth (which will be considered the “magic revenue fairy” if the economic doesn’t grow as Kasich expects it to in Ohio,) and delays nearly half a billion of the State’s bills that were supposed to come due during this biennium, so don’t go there.

I guess since a majority of Ohioans, who share the President’s attitude towards SB 5, haven’t solved all the world’s problem we can STFU, too, Governor?

  • Tarfam325

    The hysterically funny part of this, (beyond the fact that he blinked through the entire segment) is that Kasich had the NERVE to reference building a FUTURE for our children as he is slashing 3 BILLION dollars from Ohio’s education funding. We need to get him on camera more, because he’s so “off the cuff” that his “superiority” complex bleeds through every time. This man is a sociopath and only has to speak for three minutes at a time to contradict himself! He has been trained to say all the right things, but then HE comes out…he can’t help it.

  • The nerve of the President of the United States to speak his mind about a state’s governance that has passed a law that defies a federal law that requires collective bargaining rights for employees of state, or local municipalities receiving federal funds.
    Sociopath or spoiled brat? both

  • The nerve of the President of the United States to speak his mind about a state’s governance that has passed a law that defies a federal law that requires collective bargaining rights for employees of state, or local municipalities receiving federal funds.
    Sociopath or spoiled brat? both

  • Ted

    kasich is a little spoiled snot with no real vision for budget or creating jobs. He sure knows how to destroy job creation and the economy even more than it is now. Typical repuppetlican who has no vision other destroying Unions and then the other workers. A model slimeball.

  • I wonder if he’s ever as drunk as he looks and sounds.

  • Anonymous

    Kasich obviously spent too much time at the feet of Bill O’Reilly, absorbing the culture of lashing out, drowning out anyone you disagree with, and acting all “macho” to show what a tough guy you are. Kasich is acting like a deranged frat boy, and Ohio is becoming a joke.

  • Anonymous

    Kasich obviously spent too much time at the feet of Bill O’Reilly, absorbing the culture of lashing out, drowning out anyone you disagree with, and acting all “macho” to show what a tough guy you are. Kasich is acting like a deranged frat boy, and Ohio is becoming a joke.

  • buckeyekelly

    I think even Chris Christie would say, “Dude, DECAF!”

  • buckeyekelly

    I think even Chris Christie would say, “Dude, DECAF!”

  • Guest

    Prince John reminds me of Lord Farquaad of “Shrek” fame. He is a little mean man with delusions of grandeur unfortunately someone voted for him to be the Governor of our state and many people didn’t vote at all. He ain’t my governor….I refuse to take responsibility for his evilness.

    We deserve better. I’d be depressed if I wasn’t so angry.

  • Unbelievable. If the President can’t express his opinion, who can?

  • Anonymous

    Unlike John Kasich, Obama is concerned with the welfare of PEOPLE, not corporation.
    When the Lord handed out “brains”, John Kasich was so busy making speeches that he thought it was “trains” and he said: “No thanks, that train is dead. I said it during the campaign. It is dead. Passenger rail is not in Ohio’s future”. So, he he didn’t get one. The man IS a train wreck.

    Kasich didn’t win the election for governor, Ohio lost it. A man without a brain couldn’t do all of the things he has without help from his flunkies in the legislater, so we must not forget them when we go to the polls!

  • Anonymous

    I thought I could not loathe a person more than GWB….Kasich has proved me wrong.

  • Columbusite

    Sounds like King Kasich is cracking under the pressure.

  • Real Get Real

    Kasich: Pay individual teachers bonuses.

    Teachers: Every man/woman for themselves.

    Kasich: But you need to run schools like a business. Teachers will respond to bonuses based on value-add.

    Teachers: So for my own self-preservation, I need to make sure I focus on only the kids who will give me the best value-add? And which business is our model – AIG, Leahman Brothers, WorldCom, Enron, GM, National City?

    Kasich: But we need the best and the brightest in the classroom.

    Teachers: So you’re saying we don’t have good teachers now and your one size approach fits all schools?

    (Principals: How can I hire the best and the brightest when you’re hacking my school budget by millions and demonizing my employees – now and future?)

    Kasich: Test the kids to evaluate the teachers once a year.

    Teachers: The hell with real teaching, I’ll just run a test preparation course and turn out the best test takers the world has seen.

    (Doctors: I hope they don’t do this to me next or I’ll leave the State! If my pay was based on patient glucose levels or percent body fat, I’d be in big trouble).

    Kasich: Fire all the teachers in the bottom 10% of schools!

    Teachers: Even if there are good teachers in the school? And won’t there always be a bottom 10% or is that the idea?

    Kasich: Forget step increases for continuing professional development and years of service. It means nothing.

    Teachers: So having well-qualified teachers who continue to improve is a bad thing? And are veteran teachers no longer valued?

    Kasich: Then screw you bunch of #$%^#% lazy $@%$!! idiots with $#&^* opinions different from mine! I’ll show you bunch of ^%&%^**!

    Rob Nichols (with a developing nervous twitch): What the Governor meant was that he is not pleased with the feedback he has obtained to date and wishes to demonstrate a different set of ideas to our dedicated and cherished Ohio teachers.

    … more to come…

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