President Barack Obama is set to deliver his annual State of the Union address on Tuesday, and according to early drafts released to the media on Friday, his speech will include a few lines regarding calls for impeachment made by a number of conservatives over the years.
In a campaign blog on Thursday, North Carolina congressional candidate Don Webb called for Obama’s impeachment, labeling the president as “the bane of freedom-loving Americans” and stating that Obama “has contempt for the Constitution, for the doctrine of separation of powers and for the rule of law.” Many believe President Obama’s decision to include a few lines about impeachment may have stemmed from Webb’s online statements.
“Impeachment is not something that keeps the president up at night,” says White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. “He hasn’t committed a single impeachable offense, and you can’t simply impeach a president because you don’t like him or because he fairly and soundly defeated you twice in general elections. That’s not how the government works.”
But Carney did admit President Obama cares about the impeachment talk enough to discuss it in the State of the Union. “It’s pretty obnoxious of them to bring this up as often as they do. This is sort of the president’s way of saying `sit down and shut up,’” Carney explained. “He didn’t campaign and win those elections to be popular. He did it to lead. And that means he isn’t going to make everyone happy all of the time. But these people just hate him because he’s him. They don’t really, honestly care about these causes they’re arguing for. If it were John McCain or Mitt Romney doing these same exact things, they’d be offering praise, not scorn.”
PTP and other media outlets were asked not to publish anything from the State of the Union’s draft. But we can tell you that Obama uses some rather forceful language in his statements, labeling those who are calling for his impeachment as, quote, “bitch-ass haters.” Carney assured PTP that this was what he called “a placeholder phrase” and that the line would not be included in future drafts.