President Obama attended a groundbreaking ceremony today for a battery plant owned by Compact Power Inc., a subsidiary of South Korea’s LG Chem Ltd, in my home town of Holland, Michigan. LG Chem received money from the federal “stimulus plan” that Congressman Pete Hoekstra voted against.

According to the Washington Post, in his remarks, the President said, “There are some folks who want to go back…who think we should return to the policies that helped to lead to this recession. … Some made the political calculation that it’s better to obstruct than lend a hand. They said no to the tax cuts, they said no to small business loans, they said no to clean energy projects. It doesn’t stop them from coming to ribbon cuttings — but that’s OK.”

Obama flat-out called Pete a hypocrite.

And if the shoe fits…

Pete didn’t take kindly to Obama’s reference that the Congressman was an outspoken critic of the stimulus package yet he’s happy to glad-hand at a celebratory event that resulted from the federal money.

“It demeans the office of the President,” Hoekstra said. “It’s disappointing. It is unpresidential. This is my home district. These people are paying the taxes that he’s handing out today. I’m here to respect the office of the president, and I don’t think he reciprocated.”

If we’re being intellectually honest, Hoekstra sense of presidentiality is completely warped. He was downright subservient to President George W. Bush, who goes down in the history books as one of America’s worst presidents, but he’s attempted to rebuke and delegitimize Barack Obama before Obama even stepped into office. Hoekstra conveniently forgets his myriad attacks on Obama, including this one that led me to take him on directly and launch

At every opportunity, Hoekstra gets personal instead of substantive. He’s critical and not solutions oriented. He uses scare-tactics instead of optimism. And he’ll choose personal political gain over what’s best for everyone. But possibly worst of all, he’s too proud to admit when he’s wrong. For example, here he is in 2006 still insisting Saddam Hussein had WMDs in Iraq, even after intelligence reports showed otherwise.

Pete Hoekstra is not the guy who can take Michigan forward.

Please help me in sending him into retirement from politics on August 3.

Hoekstra takes issue with Obama
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