After 'Question Time,' GOP lawmaker blasts Obama 

One of President Obama's more striking criticisms of Republicans during his visit to the GOP retreat Friday was the accusation of hypocrisy about stimulus spending. "Let's face it, some of you have been at the ribbon-cuttings for some of these important projects in your communities," Obama said. Later, he emphasized the point, adding, "As I said, a lot of you have gone to appear at ribbon-cuttings for the same projects that you voted against."

Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King attended the session. Later, via e-mail, I asked him about the president's remark. "On its face, it's offensive to me," King answered. "I have been attacked for getting the least of the Iowa Delegation out of the stimulus, and I don't want to be lumped in with those who may have, and probably did, cut the ribbons or turn a shovel of dirt."

"In addition, Obama advertised Recovery.gov as a way to prove the success of the stimulus," King continued. "My recollection is that it claimed jobs 'saved or created' in my district that probably do not exist. It also claimed to have created jobs in District 00 of Iowa."

"Claiming credit for jobs that do not exist in districts that don't exist is a very weak platform for criticizing Republicans."

King, who had urged Obama to take a more centrist tack in the State of the Union address, concluded: "Audacity is more and more emerging as a leading characteristic of our president. Could it be possible that he believes Axelrod's talking points?"

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