This is ironic because the GOP has repeatedly criticized the TVA program as "socialist" and called for its privatization. But Obama's proposal to save $25 billion by privatizing the program is being opposed by Republican legislators from several Southern states.
Stephen Smith, an advocate for alternative energy, notes the irony.
"For the first time that I'm aware of, you've got a Democratic administration proposing the sale of TVA and simultaneously you've got significant, conservative federal representatives in the House and Senate defending their local socialist project. There's a lot irony in it and little bit of humor actually."