Harry S Truman would gasp if he read the transcript of his fellow Democrat’s remarks last night. This president’s press briefing was vintage Obama, pass the buck and blame Republicans.
In response to the first question, er, set of questions, “What is your answer about the path forward? What path do you prefer, given what’s just happened? And also, sir, quickly, what does this say about your relationship with Speaker Boehner?”, he focused on that relationship.
In 627 words, he failed to say just what his plan was, but he did devote considerable time to tossing barbs at the Republicans Speaker and his fellow partisans; “my expectation,” he said in his first hundred words, “was that Speaker Boehner was going to be willing to go to his caucus and ask them to do the tough thing but the right thing. I think it has proven difficult for Speaker Boehner to do that. I’ve been left at the altar now a couple of times.”
Seems doing the “tough thing” is doing what Obama wants.
The Democrat even wondered if the Republicans could “say yes to anything”. Well, the House did say “yes” to Cut, Cap and Balance.
627 words, a lot of partisan record for the man once billed a post-partisan and no solutions. He failed to specify his plan. Well, maybe he thought “path” meant the way forward in negotiations. (Would be interesting this weekend if any reporter asks a Democrat point-blank, “What’s your plan?”)
When the Democrats were in power from 2009-2010, they ran up the deficit, increasing spending at the most rapid pace since World War II. They didn’t provide a means to pay for their profligacy. And that profligacy is one reason Republicans won back the House last fall.
Obama and the Pelosi-Reid Democrats ran up the debt and now they expect Republicans to pick up the tab, hiking the debt ceiling to cover their messes. If this vote is so important to the president, why didn’t he push it through Congress when his party enjoyed majorities in both Houses?