Obama slams Hoekstra for opposing stimulus and 'showing up to ribbon-cutting ceremony' 

President Obama’s latest foray into showing us what the politics of change looks like comes from Holland, Mich., where $150 million of “stimulus” dollars is going to the building of a plant owned by Compact Power (a South Korean company). Obama took a swipe at his host, Republican Rep. Pete Hoekstra, who is running for governor in the state, ripping him for being present despite opposing the stimulus. From Jed Babbin:

Acknowledging Hoekstra – who was sitting within arm’s reach of the president – Obama first took a cut at him: “There are some folks who want to go back, who think that we should return to the policies that helped to lead to this recession,” he said. “Some of them made the political calculation that it’s better to obstruct than to lend a hand. They’ve said no to tax cuts; they’ve said no to small-business loans; they’ve said no to clean-energy projects.”

Worth noting: Holland is not only in Hoekstra’s district, it’s his hometown. Classy.

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