A few days ago, I asked, “what is Obama’s plan to deal with the debt? The following day I asked a similar question: “$15 trillion in debt — and still no Obama debt reduction plan? Been reading some stuff on the web suggesting that, well, not only does the president lack a deficit reduction plan, but he’s not doing anything to help the “supercommittee” to hammer out a plan to bring our federal finances into line (i.e., not showing any leadership of one of the most pressing issues facing the country).
As Jennifer Rubin reports:
One thing that Republicans and Democrats seem able to agree upon is that President Obama’s shocking absence from any part in the supercommittee talks nearly assured its failure. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) blames Obama. At the Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council, the Democratic co-chair of the president’s debt commission Erskine Bowles was exceptionally critical of Obama’s lack of leadership, beginning with the State of the Union address[.]
Rubin reminds us further that the Washington Post’s Post’s Robert Samuelson echoed “that view:”
“He has the bully pulpit, but he hasn’t used it.” Quoting from an Obama interview with ABC’s Jake Tapper, Samuelson calls the president’s responses to specific questions on his plans for debt reduction “noncommittal gibberish.”
Read the whole thing.
Where In The World Is Obama? “The president was in Hawaii while the supercommittee hit stall speed. What is new about this? Very little. Throughout his term, President Obama has avoided leading on the issue of fiscal responsibility.”