Video: Obama presser on budget proposal

posted at 12:55 pm on February 15, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Needless to say, Barack Obama faced a great deal of skepticism when he took the podium today for his press conference on the budget proposal. Speaking to reporters for just over an hour, Obama attempted to convince the nation that he took deficit reduction seriously, but at least from the initial response, Obama didn’t appear to convince the reporters:

CNN’s live blog didn’t hold back on the snark:

11:07 a.m ET – QUESTION 1: AP’s Ben Feller asks about Obama’s budget not addressing Medicare, Social Security. Where is his leadership? POTUS doesn’t answer question right away…says he’s taking a “scalpel to the discretionary budget rather than a machete.” …

11:17 a.m. ET – QUESTION 3: CBS’ Chip Reid needs glasses to read question. Reads budget numbers from page 171 – says he assumes Pres. Obama has seen it. Think he has? …

11:20 a.m. ET – QUESTION 4: NBC’s Chuck Todd asks, “What was the point of the fiscal commission? Why has their work been shelved?”

11:21 a.m. ET – Obama avoids the questions by saying that we’re just impatient about every thing… saying that even the Egypt revolution taking 18 days, why did it take so long?

11:22 a.m. ET – It turns out that Fiscal Commission was really just a “framework for a conversation.”

If it’s a framework, then there is a lot of matte work in the frame.  The debt commission proposal would have cut $4 trillion from deficits over the next ten years, while Obama only proposes to cut $1.1 trillion.  Obama bragged that he had met his pledge to cut the deficit in half, which happens in the “out” years when his projection shows deficits dropping to “only” $600 billion a year — more than any of the Republican budgets during Bush’ term of office.

John Boehner blasted Obama’s idea of sustainability: “The President apparently believes a $607 billion budget deficit is called ‘living within our means.’ “  Adding more than a half-trillion a year in new debt is hardly a solution to a level of national debt that will shortly outstrip our GDP and put us in the same category as Greece.


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CNN’s live blog didn’t hold back on the snark:

but wouldn’t follow up with dear leader…just let him drone on and on for each question…they were just as weak as him imho…

cmsinaz on February 15, 2011 at 1:00 PM

Greece is the one

Brilliant rifference, sadly.

Shivas Irons on February 15, 2011 at 1:00 PM

To think I just threw away a perfectly good frame…who knew the President considers one frame to be equal to another? Should’ve sold it to him on E-bay….

rwenger43 on February 15, 2011 at 1:02 PM

I am beginning to wonder if spending and the deficit might be the biggest thing to help bring the One down in 2012.

Darksean on February 15, 2011 at 1:02 PM

He’s simply trying to incentivize a framework for a conversation.

Don’t you just love the way intellectuals talk?

Drained Brain on February 15, 2011 at 1:03 PM

I say the Republicans counter with most of Obama’s own commissions recommendations.

Republicans are worried about the consequences of being left out to dry as the only bad guys taking away people’s candy.

But if they use the Commission that Obama himself commissioned it will be like Obama is arguing against himself.

Besides I thought their Social Security solution was quite reasonable.

petunia on February 15, 2011 at 1:04 PM

huh, tingles just called his budget more cosmetic than real…

can’t believe my ears…

cmsinaz on February 15, 2011 at 1:04 PM

For the next few days the Republicans need to repeat over and over that Obama has proposed to add $26 trillion to the national debt. Hammer this home, repeat ad nauseum. This will marginalize Obama and no one will take him seriously on budget matters from now on.

halfastro on February 15, 2011 at 1:05 PM

petunia on February 15, 2011 at 1:04 PM

good idea p

cmsinaz on February 15, 2011 at 1:05 PM

I’d be all outraged n’ stuff at Obama but the probability is that the GOP will mishandle this and totally cave. I’ll be much angrier at them when they blow it because they either can’t or won’t fight effectively.

Laura Curtis on February 15, 2011 at 1:05 PM

I watched the entire thing. Lots of incoherent babbling. Has the White House press corps finally turned on him?

Knucklehead on February 15, 2011 at 1:05 PM

when Mr. Obama has lost chuck todd, dana milbank and cnn, he’s lost the argument.

great job Daley…this is your first issue to manage and you have flubbed it badly.

DrW on February 15, 2011 at 1:05 PM

A radio station out of Michigan just reported on this and said it was BO’s first solo presser since the new year. Was BJ supposed to be there? BO can’t sell his own proposals and programs because he doesn’t understand the subjects.

/smartest, most brilliantest, president evah! …… not

Cody1991 on February 15, 2011 at 1:08 PM

Apparently Boehner thinks he gets it, but you wouldn’t get that impression by his initial proposals for budget cuts.

Rand Paul gets it.

Jaibones on February 15, 2011 at 1:08 PM

Absolutely clueless.
..shakes head in disbelief…

Shiloh65 on February 15, 2011 at 1:08 PM

Knucklehead on February 15, 2011 at 1:05 PM

i would say just a little bit..but they’ll be back to their old selves once the campaign gets into gear…

cmsinaz on February 15, 2011 at 1:08 PM

Obama is a despicable traitor! He is of the mindset that if he tells a big enough lie for a long enough period of time that people will believe him.

You know who else thought that?

Yep, another socialist: Hitler.

csdeven on February 15, 2011 at 1:08 PM

but as mentioned…no one really wants to press The Whiner about his lack of leadership. They just gloss over the topic.

search4truth on February 15, 2011 at 1:09 PM

The Greek economy is smaller than the German state of Bavaria. Maybe he is projecting his plan for the U.S economy vs tomorrow’s China.

Limerick on February 15, 2011 at 1:10 PM

Wa Wa Wa Wa Wa…

d1carter on February 15, 2011 at 1:10 PM

He is of the mindset that if he tells a big enough lie for a long enough period of time that people will believe him.

You know who else thought that?

Yep, another socialist: Hitler.

csdeven on February 15, 2011 at 1:08 PM

Of course he believes that. He’s been lying to himself for nearly 50 years, and it worked!

Cody1991 on February 15, 2011 at 1:10 PM

I truly think Obama already knows all of this…and yet…he continues down this path of destruction.

I don’t think anymore evidence is needed, to know …this man is plowing along, ready, willing, and able …to destroy us, and the nation.

capejasmine on February 15, 2011 at 1:10 PM

Obama was pathetic. How did 53% of the 2008 voters vote for this AA hack?

BuckeyeSam on February 15, 2011 at 1:11 PM

Groping…in…the …dark…

ted c on February 15, 2011 at 1:12 PM

Obama was pathetic. How did 53% of the 2008 voters vote for this AA hack?

BuckeyeSam on February 15, 2011 at 1:11 PM

a considerable proportion of them are utterly pathetic as well. So easily duped.

ted c on February 15, 2011 at 1:12 PM

Hell in a handbasket. I never thought I’d see this. I hate lefty rulers more than ever. :,( The good news is that I am finally learning how to grow potatoes in the backyard, so I’m ready for final collapse.

CambellBrown on February 15, 2011 at 1:13 PM

I am beginning to wonder if spending and the deficit might be the biggest thing to help bring the One down in 2012.

Darksean on February 15, 2011 at 1:02 PM

When peoples rooves are leaking (those lucky enough to still have a home) and can’t pay for a new one, while government is building an absurd train….you bet these will be the issues of 2012. Obutthead just has it in his head, that he’s right, and this will work, and everyone will adore him for it. He’s unprepared for the alternative.

capejasmine on February 15, 2011 at 1:13 PM

I listened in the car, and thought the first question kicked ass. Obama filibustering was just boring.

Paul-Cincy on February 15, 2011 at 1:14 PM

11:21 a.m. ET – Obama avoids the questions by saying that we’re just impatient about every thing… saying that even the Egypt revolution taking 18 days, why did it take so long?

Obama, simultaneously stepping in it domestically and internationally.

steebo77 on February 15, 2011 at 1:15 PM

The wayback machine only has to go back to 2009 to expose President Obama as a fraud. Good for the Enemedia for picking this up, but I’ll never trust them. There should be no debate, the President and Congress need to explain that deep cuts in entitlements are necessary if we want to save these programs. At long last, our debt can no longer be serviced. We hold more of our own debt now than the Chinese.

On the big picture, Ed, how about the comparison of Iceland, where they let the banks fail and Ireland where they are trying to prop them up? Any doubt that QE2 will give way to QE3 and that Ryan’s Roadmap would be ultimately more palatable than the terms the IMF would give to us?

Angry Dumbo on February 15, 2011 at 1:17 PM

oh, so 18 days is adequate time for revolution? golly, that George Washington sure dragged his feet.

kelley in virginia on February 15, 2011 at 1:17 PM

Obama on the budget: “If you like your freeloader program, you can keep your freeloader program.”

BuckeyeSam on February 15, 2011 at 1:18 PM

U.K. inflation pegged at 4%, China 5%. Barry continues to print play money on a magic prosperity contraption. What could go wrong?

Limerick on February 15, 2011 at 1:18 PM

Somewhere in the land of the Illini a village has lost it’s idiot.

Herb on February 15, 2011 at 1:18 PM

I am beginning to wonder if spending and the deficit might be the biggest thing to help bring the One down in 2012.

Darksean on February 15, 2011 at 1:02 PM

I’m afraid not. The Modern Liberal ideology is based on a misunderstanding of basic economic principles.

To be blunt, anyone that actually cares about helping the less fortunate, fostering the best possible future for this country & others, etc., yet votes for this Dem party is a total economic illiterate.

visions on February 15, 2011 at 1:20 PM

11:22 a.m. ET – It turns out that Fiscal Commission was really just a “framework for a conversation.”

a framework for a conversation? Did they mean a conversational framework? Something that could be acronymed into CF? a ‘charlie foxtrot‘, otherwise known as a clusterf*ck?

ted c on February 15, 2011 at 1:21 PM

oh, so 18 days is adequate time for revolution? golly, that George Washington sure dragged his feet.

kelley in virginia on February 15, 2011 at 1:17 PM

yeah, he loved the camping scene outside Boston in winter….he heard it was great, especially after they burned up all the firewood and caught scarlet fever n’ such. //

ted c on February 15, 2011 at 1:22 PM

no wonder we won’t help the Iranians overthrow Achmedinajad. they are taking more than 18 days. they must be sooo stupid/backward.

kelley in virginia on February 15, 2011 at 1:24 PM

POTUS doesn’t answer question right away…says he’s taking a “scalpel to the discretionary budget rather than a machete.”

Scalpels make really horrible tools for clearing a jungle…

Scrappy on February 15, 2011 at 1:25 PM

still not ready on day 2.

http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2011/02/15/waiting-jay-2/

ted c on February 15, 2011 at 1:27 PM

Obama was pathetic. How did 53% of the 2008 voters vote for this AA hack?

BuckeyeSam on February 15, 2011 at 1:11 PM

I’m not defending the electorate in 2008(after all, we all saw through the facade), but there was an economic crisis, Bush was extremely unpopular, McCain was a lousy nominee and an economic illiterate, and the media was so in the tank for Obama that even the Clintons were disgusted.

So it’s somewhat understandable if not forgivable for 52.9% of the voters casting their lot with the guy. I will say however that the 50% or so who support him today in some polls defy explanation. To say you approve of the job he’s been doing over the last 2 years requires one to be living in a different universe.

Doughboy on February 15, 2011 at 1:28 PM

How can all of this guy’s fanboys in the media keep defending him now? Between Niall Ferguson’s savage takedown of his foreign policy ineptitude and today’s body blows from the Washington Post on his budget, it’s got to be obvious even to them that this guy is in deep fudge without a spatula. He is totally clueless and apparently has no one around him who will tell him the truth.

rockmom on February 15, 2011 at 1:28 PM

POTUS doesn’t answer question right away…says he’s taking a “scalpel to the discretionary budget rather than a machete.” …

I thought the line was “a scalpel, not an axe”

I was having fun poking fun at Obama’s metaphors for a while, but it’s getting really old. The USA going bankrupt is deadly serious – an existential threat – and I don’t want to hear any more cute metaphors about scalpels and cars and ditches and Slurpees.

forest on February 15, 2011 at 1:31 PM

and apparently has no one around him who will tell him the truth.

rockmom on February 15, 2011 at 1:28 PM

Like an employer who hires slackers instead of workers? Tough t*tt*es for the employer.

Limerick on February 15, 2011 at 1:31 PM

Rockmom, they don’t want the gop to take the white house

cmsinaz on February 15, 2011 at 1:33 PM

11:21 a.m. ET – Obama avoids the questions by saying that we’re just impatient about every thing… saying that even the Egypt revolution taking 18 days, why did it take so long?

Bahahahaha

Please tell me he realizes that an 18 day revolution is pretty short … and please tell me he realizes it’s not over…

MeatHeadinCA on February 15, 2011 at 1:33 PM

How can all of this guy’s fanboys in the media keep defending him now? Between Niall Ferguson’s savage takedown of his foreign policy ineptitude and today’s body blows from the Washington Post on his budget, it’s got to be obvious even to them that this guy is in deep fudge without a spatula. He is totally clueless and apparently has no one around him who will tell him the truth.

rockmom on February 15, 2011 at 1:28 PM

Battered media syndrome , they’ll keep crawling back until they’re dead.

the_nile on February 15, 2011 at 1:33 PM

He’s writing his own political epitaph. At this rate, the Repubs will be able to run anybody against him and win. I know he wants to bring the country down at least several notches but his cavalier attitude, lack of seriousness and platitudinous BS is genuinely dangerous. If he wants the worst for the U.S. and it comes about, I wonder how he sees himself ending up.

JimP on February 15, 2011 at 1:33 PM

During the speech, anybody notice the S bomb?

d1carter on February 15, 2011 at 1:34 PM

Obama’s probably yelling at his staff right now to make sure they’ve got a squirrel ready to release into the press room to he can have something to point out the next time he has to face a bunch of (actually) angry reporters.

jon1979 on February 15, 2011 at 1:34 PM

To say you approve of the job he’s been doing over the last 2 years requires one to be living in a different universe.

Doughboy on February 15, 2011 at 1:28 PM

They live in the entitlement universe I think. Minorities, unions, youth and then there are the traitorous progressives all get taken care of by Obama.

csdeven on February 15, 2011 at 1:34 PM

47% of the population – same 47% that pays $0 taxes – thinks an addition $26T of spending is a good thing. What do they care?

angryed on February 15, 2011 at 1:36 PM

Here’s Obama’s Freudian slip on the budget.

Lance Murdock on February 15, 2011 at 1:37 PM

I’m not defending the electorate in 2008(after all, we all saw through the facade), but there was an economic crisis
Doughboy on February 15, 2011 at 1:28 PM

No there wasn’t. It was a crisis made up by the MSM to elect Obama. Had the very same circumstances happened in 2009, the MSM would have brushed it off as an economic slowdown. But in 2008 was the economic apocalypse.

angryed on February 15, 2011 at 1:37 PM

What do you think it would take to get the press back on board? Not much.

Cindy Munford on February 15, 2011 at 1:39 PM

OT

Anyone see the newest Helen Thomas vid?

MeatHeadinCA on February 15, 2011 at 1:39 PM

Scalpels make really horrible tools for clearing a jungle…

Scrappy on February 15, 2011 at 1:25 PM

Yeah, we need a DaisyCutter or a freaking ArcLight strike…

Releasing their bombs from 30,000 feet, the B-52s could neither be seen nor heard from the ground as they inflicted horrific damage. B-52s were instrumental in nearly wiping out enemy concentrations besieging Khe Sanh in 1968[1] and An Loc and Kontum in 1972.

orbitalair on February 15, 2011 at 1:39 PM

To be blunt, anyone that actually cares about helping the less fortunate, fostering the best possible future for this country & others, etc., yet votes for this Dem party is a total economic illiterate.

visions on February 15, 2011 at 1:20 PM

angryed on February 15, 2011 at 1:40 PM

They live in the entitlement universe I think. Minorities, unions, youth and then there are the traitorous progressives all get taken care of by Obama.

csdeven on February 15, 2011 at 1:34 PM

Yeah, but guess what happens when the US defaults? Those entitlements go bye-bye. This needs to be made clear to those sucking on the government teat.

Doughboy on February 15, 2011 at 1:40 PM

ROTFLMAO…here is MSNBCs get-out-of-jail card for Barry…

http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/02/15/6058813-obama-tries-to-hit-the-reset-button-on-budget-message-war

Limerick on February 15, 2011 at 1:40 PM

Yeah, but guess what happens when the US defaults? Those entitlements go bye-bye. This needs to be made clear to those sucking on the government teat.

Doughboy on February 15, 2011 at 1:40 PM

It would be like explaining to a toddler year old that if mommy and daddy have no money, toddler gets no toys. The toddler has no concept of money or income.

The leeches of society are the same way. They simply do not understand the very basic principles of how the economy works. They have been told their whole lives that Republicans are evil and Democrats are good. Democrats give you think, evil Republicans take away things.

angryed on February 15, 2011 at 1:43 PM

His examples are so clueless- skipping going out to dinner or putting off a vacation? Seriously? Obviously cutting back on either of these things would be devastating to the Won. He goes on to point out that you can’t do without saving for your kids education or doing key repairs on your house. He must be really stupid if he doesn’t realize that that is exactly what Americans have been doing for two years. We cannibalized the college fund last year to put food on the table, and were unable to sell our house for 10 months because it really needed a new roof. The ignorance of this “speech” made me angry beyond belief.

Kristamatic on February 15, 2011 at 1:43 PM

When you’ve lost Chip Reid and Chuck Todd…

And when your body language betrays your verbiage.

Kindergartner’s don’t believe this guy anymore.

Speakup on February 15, 2011 at 1:44 PM

Yeah, but guess what happens when the US defaults? Those entitlements go bye-bye. This needs to be made clear to those sucking on the government teat.

Doughboy on February 15, 2011 at 1:40 PM

I disagree, it will be the code to loot whats left of working America and implement ‘the plan’.

orbitalair on February 15, 2011 at 1:44 PM

“The President SAID”….it’s marvelous, it works, it is masterful, it is going to keep us secure, it will save SS……

MSNBC fact checking was last seen leaving the local solar system.

Limerick on February 15, 2011 at 1:44 PM

Anyone see the newest Helen Thomas vid?

MeatHeadinCA on February 15, 2011 at 1:39 PM

Sorry. I’m out of hydrochloric acid to wash my eyes with afterward, so I can’t take the chance.

csdeven on February 15, 2011 at 1:44 PM

That presser made it clear that Obama’s strategy is: Baffle ‘em with bullsh*t. Seriously. The guy takes the world record for being able to blather the longest without ever saying anything.

KickandSwimMom on February 15, 2011 at 1:44 PM

Too fummy limerick, apparently only the gop considers dear leader punting, they must have missed all the libs saying the same thing

Pathetic

cmsinaz on February 15, 2011 at 1:44 PM

ROTFLMAO…here is MSNBCs get-out-of-jail card for Barry…

http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/02/15/6058813-obama-tries-to-hit-the-reset-button-on-budget-message-war

Limerick on February 15, 2011 at 1:40 PM

I am sure that all 12 of their viewers were very impress.

/

Key West Reader on February 15, 2011 at 1:46 PM

Sorry. I’m out of hydrochloric acid to wash my eyes with afterward, so I can’t take the chance.

csdeven on February 15, 2011 at 1:44 PM

At least listen to the audio… she’s a hoot

MeatHeadinCA on February 15, 2011 at 1:46 PM

OBAMA SAYS BUDGET MET GOALS“…..

…..He is completely correct (if your goal is to help usher in a New Global government because the United States has completely collapsed economically then YES, YES, YES).

Goal met.

PappyD61 on February 15, 2011 at 1:47 PM

At least listen to the audio… she’s a hoot

MeatHeadinCA on February 15, 2011 at 1:46 PM

Link?

Knucklehead on February 15, 2011 at 1:48 PM

For the next few days the Republicans need to repeat over and over that Obama has proposed to add $26 trillion to the national debt. Hammer this home, repeat ad nauseum. This will marginalize Obama and no one will take him seriously on budget matters from now on.

halfastro on February 15, 2011 at 1:05 PM

EXCELLENT IDEA.

PappyD61 on February 15, 2011 at 1:48 PM

Cindy Munford on February 15, 2011 at 1:39 PM

Medal of Freedom Awards. Everybody group hug.

Cindy Munford on February 15, 2011 at 1:48 PM

11:22 a.m. ET – It turns out that Fiscal Commission was really just a “framework for a conversation.”

Oh you have got to be f***ing kidding me.

Vyce on February 15, 2011 at 1:50 PM

“framework for a conversation”

…..so will Nov 6th, 2012.

Limerick on February 15, 2011 at 1:52 PM

Lets get rid of paying losers for not working! 99 weeks to sit on yer @ss!? BULL$HIT!!!

csdeven on February 15, 2011 at 1:59 PM

There is only one place left for Barry to go in 2012, the race card. He won’t be able to hold up anything other then a photo of Selma and talk about how he was there.

Limerick on February 15, 2011 at 2:01 PM

Oh you have got to be f***ing kidding me.

Vyce on February 15, 2011 at 1:50 PM

Yeah, I loved that justification for ignoring the deficit commission’s recommendations. That these things take time and that this is the start of a conversation. Uh, no. The whole point for the deficit commission was to offer up a plan to cut the deficit. Certainly Obama didn’t have to adopt the entire thing verbatim, but to basically cast it all aside and continue to rack up trillion dollar deficits was not the point of the whole exercise.

Doughboy on February 15, 2011 at 2:02 PM

I am beginning to wonder if spending and the deficit might be the biggest thing to help bring the One down in 2012.

Darksean on February 15, 2011 at 1:02 PM

Spending, deficit, unemployment, inflation (especially food and gas prices). He’s going to need to pull one big, sparkling rabbit out of his hat to get us to not pay attention to all of those. His only hope is a Mitt or Huckabee (pick your RINO) candidacy for the Repubs. Even if they win Obama knows that America will stay on the path to socialism, just on a more gradual Bush-like slope, and the progressives can come back in 2016 and pick up where they left off.

SKYFOX on February 15, 2011 at 2:04 PM

Does this guy hide in his closet at night and cry? This may come down to the last man standing when the economy blows up. I hope he fails!

Kissmygrits on February 15, 2011 at 2:05 PM

petunia on February 15, 2011 at 1:04 PM

I agree… I thought the bi-partisan commission did a good job… the GOP should counter with it…

ninjapirate on February 15, 2011 at 2:18 PM

Shuuuuush… the Poseur is speaking, spinning tales of wondrous chocolate rivers, prancing unicorns and golden butterflies that flutter in the cotton candy clouds. Just keep your eyes closed, children, and listen…..

joe btfsplk on February 15, 2011 at 2:27 PM

And, let’s not forget, this budget is predicated on overly rosy revenue projections. Projections which will not come close to occurring. Thus, the deficit projection is total BS.

Pablo Snooze on February 15, 2011 at 2:29 PM

I’m surprised he hasn’t claimed that his new budget “creates or saves” trillions of dollars in surplus!

PackerBronco on February 15, 2011 at 2:33 PM

The democratics’ propaganda arm, NPR/PBS, is getting $451m in Bammie’s budget proposal: NPR Thanks Obama For Continuing to Fund Their Leftwing Propaganda

The President and CEO of NPR, Vivian Schiller, received a base salary of $450,000 in 2010 and a bonus of $112,500 in May 2010.

When is Bammie going to attack out of control salaries and bonuses at NPR as he has financial institutions?

slickwillie2001 on February 15, 2011 at 2:37 PM

The press had better call BS on this lie that his future budgets won’t be adding to the debt. That 10 year 1.1 trillion dollar deficit reduction is roughly 100 billion per year. What’s the deficit this year? 1.6 trillion? 100 billion isn’t even a month’s worth of red ink.

toliver on February 15, 2011 at 2:56 PM

The baseline for negotiations should be a balanced budget. The Republican Party should put a proposal for a balanced budget forward, explain to America why that’s important and then challenge Obama to do the same. Any “compromise” should be about the particulars of how we balance the budget, not whether or not the budget should be balanced.

If neither party supports a balanced budget then neither party will be relevant in the future.

FloatingRock on February 15, 2011 at 4:12 PM

He’s simply trying to incentivize a framework for a conversation.

Don’t you just love the way intellectuals talk?

Drained Brain on February 15, 2011 at 1:03 PM

I have seen no evidence that Obama is an intellectual. He went to three colleges. Did he graduate? What major? We don’t know do we?

Dasher on February 15, 2011 at 6:53 PM