Obama: Don’t Tell Me How To Hold The Mop

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From Marc Ambinder at TheAtlantic.com:

Even in the midst of a difficult and taxing health care fight, the president hasn’t lost his sense of humor–especially when making fun of his opponents. Last night at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in San Francisco, the president offered an analogy for opponents of Demcoratic reforms: when I’m cleaning up your mess, don’t tell me how to hold the mop…and don’t tell me the mop is socialist. From a White House transcript of Obama’s remarks:

What I reject is when some folks say we should go back to the past policies when it was those very same policies that got us into this mess in the first place.  (Applause.)

Another way of putting it is when, you know, I’m busy and Nancy busy with our mop cleaning up somebody else’s mess — we don’t want somebody sitting back saying, you’re not holding the mop the right way.  (Applause.)  Why don’t you grab a mop, why don’t you help clean up.  (Applause.)  You’re not mopping fast enough.  (Laughter.)  That’s a socialist mop.  (Laughter and applause.)  Grab a mop — let’s get to work.

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