Obama criticizes other politicians for politics as usual and for serving special interests. He assumes we aren't smart enough to notice when he does the very same. Certain groups aren't special interest groups if they are in support of liberal politicians...only if they are in support of conservatives. Big Pharma - special interest! Big Labor - of course not.
In other words, a patriotic employer is one which fulfills the fondest Big Labor agenda, regardless of the competitive implications. The proposal ignores the marketplace reality that businesses hire a work force they can afford to pay and still make money. Coercing companies into raising wages and benefits above market rates may only lead to fewer workers getting hired in the first place.
The photo above has nothing to do with the subject matter of this post...once again, I just want readers to observe the company Obama keeps.