Barbour to Californian’s: Obama all ‘happy talk’

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Haley Barbour delivered a searing attack on President Barack Obama’s first term Saturday night, dismissing his rhetoric as “happy talk” and putting himself forward as the best replacement.

“America’s ready for leadership that’s plain-spoken, common sense truth telling,” Barbour told California Republicans at their convention here. “They’re sick of happy talk. We need to step up to the plate and solve problems. The Obama administration’s policies are causing problems.”

During the lengthy, policy-heavy speech, which came as he’s acting increasingly like a presidential candidate, Barbour held up his record in Mississippi as a counterpoint to what he sees as Obama’s failures.