The Politico reported these zingers from President Obama at California fundraiser on Sunday:
“Has anybody been watching the debates lately? You’ve got a governor whose state is on fire denying climate change,” Obama said to applause in San Jose, according to the pool. “It’s true. You’ve got audiences cheering at the prospect of somebody dying because they don’t have health care and booing a service member in Iraq because they’re gay.”
Hey, maybe the President or his speechwriter read Climate Progress:
- Texas Drought Now Far, Far Worse Than When Gov. Rick Perry Issued Proclamation Calling on All Texans to Pray for Rain
- Scorched Earth Strategy: Perry Wants to Bring All America the Texas Miracle, Firefighters Paying for Gear, Engine Fuel
- With No End in Sight for Texas Drought, ABC News Explains: “Every Farmer in the World Will Be Affected by Climate Change”
The bad news for Obama is that after Perry’s dreadful debate performance last week, the right wing punditocracy has gone after him hard, and he has begun to sink in the polls and Intrade. Perhaps the President is trying to resuscitate Perry’s campaign.
Of course, the problem with the incumbent president mocking his opponent’s denial of climate science is that it becomes incumbent on him to take serious action on the problem, rather than, say, being recumbent!
UPDATE: The Perry campaign replies:
“It’s outrageous President Obama would use the burning of 1,500 homes, the worst fires in state history, as a political attack,” Perry spokesman Mark Miner told ABC News.
Memo to Perry campaign: The whole point Obama is making is that these wildfires are the worst-ever for a reason! See Hell and High Water Stoke Texas Blaze: “No One on the Face of This Earth has Ever Fought Fires in These Extreme Conditions”