GOP Senator accuses President Obama of making 'enemies list'
Sen. Lamar Alexander, the No. 3 leader of the Republicans in the Senate, on Wednesday accused the Obama administration of creating "an enemies list," comparing the recent criticism by the White House of the Chamber of Commerce, the Fox News Channel and other political opponents to the behavior of the Nixon administration. ~ Washington Post, October 22, 2009
Today's Washington Post says Republican senator Lamar Alexander claims Obama and his administration are composing "an enemies list", viewing any opposing voices as foes rather than listening to constructive criticism being offered.
"This behavior is typical of street brawls and political campaign consultants," Alexander said in a speech Wednesday morning on the Senate floor. "It is a mistake for the president of the United States and the White House staff."
White House officials have over the past week publicly criticized the Chamber of Commerce as not representing the interests of many businesses and said Fox is so biased against the administration that it should be not be treated as a legitimate news outlet. Alexander also criticized the administration for briefly barring the health insurance company Humana from writing Medicare beneficiaries to warn them that proposed health reform legislation could hurt seniors and jeopardize their benefits -- a contention that the White House disputes and has called misleading.
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