. . . why does he prefer to harangue Republicans than to meet with them?
In his petulant press statement today, he said was willing to have conversation with the GOP, but, well, when was the last time he sat down to do just that?
He showed considerable cheek in insisting that a budget be passed on time, given how tardy he was in releasing his.
UP-UP-UPDATE (added on 09.28.13 @ 2:24 GP Blog time): This time even CNN seems to be catching on, CNN: Obama’s Been on Phone More With Iran than Speaker of the House
RELATED: Obama avoids shutdown talk as deadline looms (Article posted before Obama’s statement today, references some of his, well, intemperate language.)
UPDATE: How Drudge covers the president’s statement:
UP-UPDATE: From Jonathan Strong at the Corner:
Brendan Buck, a spokesman for Speaker John Boehner, responded to President Obama’s remarks just now, saying
The House will take action that reflects the fundamental fact that Americans don’t want a government shutdown and they don’t want the train wreck that is Obamacare. Grandstanding from the president, who refuses to even be a part of the process, won’t bring Congress any closer to a resolution.
A GOP aide noted Obama has not called the Speaker all week.