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Does Obama Expect Boehner to Clean up Democrats’ Messes?

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?



  1. I just felt my first stirrings of love for Speaker Boehner:

    Dealing with the White House is like dealing with a bowl of Jell-O.

    That’s just a teaser. What’s important is the substance of what he has to say: that he is ready, willing and able to pass a debt ceiling increase that cuts spending and keeps tax increases to a minimum. And holding firm against Obama’s destructive plans to the contrary. Anyway, “listen to the whole thing”.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — July 23, 2011 @ 11:53 am - July 23, 2011

  2. (the whole video at the end of the HotAir post)

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — July 23, 2011 @ 11:53 am - July 23, 2011

  3. Obama doesn’t want messes cleaned up, he wants more money, he wants the GOP blamed and he wants Americans to suffer. He behaved like a king, a bad one and doesn’t give a shit about his ‘subjects’

    Comment by Leah — July 23, 2011 @ 11:55 am - July 23, 2011

  4. Are you sure it wasn’t a tingle up your leg, ILC? 😉

    Oh yeah, the obvious anser to the question of this post: “YES!!!”

    Obama is used to voting “present” and not actually doing the work so of course he’s waiting for someone else to do it.

    Comment by JohnAGJ — July 23, 2011 @ 12:08 pm - July 23, 2011

  5. Didn’t do it when he had a majority because he didn’t want to. His goal is to make a mess. His goal is to bring the system to a halt.

    Comment by Az Mo — July 23, 2011 @ 12:14 pm - July 23, 2011

  6. Obama’s plan is that the debt ceiling is raised with no conditions or he kills the kittens.

    (I know, I said it before. But it is still his “plan.”)

    Comment by Heliotrope — July 23, 2011 @ 7:29 pm - July 23, 2011

  7. Obama wants to continue spending for his Nanny State nightmares in ObamaCare & Porkulus; he wants more taxes. He would he perfectly happy taking 100% of everyone’s taxes. But Obama is on a path of self-destruction through his own narcissism & lack of leadership. The Republicans need to stand firm. Obama is going to crack. The Democrats, on the other hand, are playing politics.

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw — July 23, 2011 @ 8:07 pm - July 23, 2011

  8. Obama’s use of talking points and demagoguery is absolutely stunning. He sounds like a pundit.

    If he wants to do the “tough thing,” then everyone is going to have to make sacrifices and concessions, not just millionaires and billionaires and corporate jet owners. It isn’t an attractive prospect for anyone, nor should it be. The longer this economic mess is dragged out, however, the more sacrifices and concessions people are going to have to make (in the long run). Get it over with now. Cut spending on entitlements, reduce the size of government to its most basic form (but in a responsible way), and let the market correct itself. It’s not going to be easy, but the government has proven to make everything it in which it intervenes worse than it needs to be.

    But, I’m no economist, so I don’t know anything. That’s just my interpretation of the situation.

    Comment by Naamloos — July 23, 2011 @ 8:25 pm - July 23, 2011

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