Texas Governor Rick Perry presented a disturbing summary of Obama’s meeting yesterday with a group of governors at the White House. Perry says Obama made it clear that he doesn’t trust governors to make decisions about their respective states on a variety of issues:
I don’t mind telling you I was a bit troubled today by the tone of the president. When you have governors, and we all compete against each other–we are the laboratories of innovation–and for the President of the United States to look Democrat and Republican governors in the eye and say, ‘I do not trust you to make decisions in your state about issues of education, about transportation infrastructure,’…that is really troubling.
Perry also claimed that Obama threatened any governor who speaks out against bloated federal spending:
As a matter of fact, I heard him (Obama) say in that meeting, ‘If I hear any of you pushing back, making statements about Washington spends too much money, you’ll hear from me.’ If I’m a Democrat governor, if I’m a Republican governor, I’m highly offended by that.