Video: WH blames Senate Democrats for budget stall?

posted at 9:35 am on March 4, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Well, sort of.  Chuck Todd reports for NBC that his sources at the White House think that Harry Reid and his caucus haven’t done enough to reach out to the House Republican leadership.  Having Joe Biden lead a meeting is more a facilitation or mediation rather than seeing a need for presidential leadership, and that Barack Obama’s offer of $6.5 billion in cuts was merely an ice-breaker.

Anyone buying this?  Anyone?  Bueller?  Bueller?

The shot here is actually rather apropos.  Leadership of both parties have openly complained about the lack of leadership on the budget over the last couple of weeks.  John Boehner hadn’t even heard from Obama until the Speaker of the House told reporters about the Silence of the ‘Bams, at which point Obama finally talked to Boehner on the phone for a few minutes.  Senate Democrats have started grumbling about the lack of leadership and engagement from their President, a problem they didn’t seem to mind while failing to produce a budget while they held the majorities in both chambers of Congress.  The lack of direction makes it more difficult for Harry Reid to keep his caucus united, especially when many of them face tough re-election battles in red states next year.

Thus we have the Obama version of leadership — sending a second in his place to do and say nothing, while arguing that the budget isn’t their problem at all.  Empty podium, indeed.


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Hold on just one consarned minute here, Motown concerts at the White House don’t plan themselves. What, PBHO is expected to do everything at once, lead the nation AND practice how to greet Aretha Franklin?

Bishop on March 4, 2011 at 9:40 AM

WWCSD

(What Would Charlie Sheen Do?)

percysunshine on March 4, 2011 at 9:42 AM

Maybe Obama is waiting for Clinton to show up again so that Obama can turn the podium over to him while Obama goes out and scoops the poop or something.

pilamaye on March 4, 2011 at 9:42 AM

The shot here is actually rather apropos

the podium matches the suit???

jus wonderin’ out loud.

ted c on March 4, 2011 at 9:43 AM

Oops…

WTFWCSD…..

percysunshine on March 4, 2011 at 9:43 AM

Thus we have the Obama version of leadership — sending a second in his place to do and say nothing

Not present?

ted c on March 4, 2011 at 9:44 AM

Obama never intended to lead. He wants to act as a facilitator and take a vacation for 8 years. I do think that is what he expected this job to entail. Clueless.

bopbottle on March 4, 2011 at 9:45 AM

And, today, Obama must meet with Rahm Emanuel, fly to Florida to visit another school and attend two (2) DSCC fundraisers tonight before heading back to the White House.

That is a full day!

Fallon on March 4, 2011 at 9:46 AM

sending a second in his place to do and say nothing, while arguing that the budget isn’t their problem at all.

the ben-uhhh-fits of that POTUS job are just endless now aren’t they?

ted c on March 4, 2011 at 9:48 AM

It’s almost as if Dear Liar had no executive experience. If only someone had told us that. . .

rbj on March 4, 2011 at 9:49 AM

Fallon on March 4, 2011 at 9:46 AM

Meeting with city mayors now? Odd, I don’t remember PBHO flying out to my little burg for a sit-down with the mayor.

Bishop on March 4, 2011 at 9:49 AM

Budget cuts are racist and we all know how Obama likes to “stay above the fray” so it’s obvious that he doesn’t want to encourage the rampant racism occurring on capitol hill.

Mord on March 4, 2011 at 9:52 AM

And you expected what from the president? He is much more comfortable playing president than he is being president.

More lobster Moochelle?

tarpon on March 4, 2011 at 9:54 AM

thump thump…and the bus rolls on

TheVer on March 4, 2011 at 9:56 AM

and that Barack Obama’s offer of $6.5 billion in cuts was merely an ice-breaker.

What cuts? You mean the budget that Obama want that never passed congress? The spending he wanted and never made it through congress is now a spending cut?

Skandia Recluse on March 4, 2011 at 9:56 AM

Chucky T really really likes his community organizing work…

d1carter on March 4, 2011 at 9:56 AM

Obama never intended to lead. He wants to act as a facilitator and take a vacation for 8 years. I do think that is what he expected this job to entail. Clueless.

bopbottle on March 4, 2011 at 9:45 AM

The fact that he doesn’t speak to members of his own cabinet confirms this. At least when he was avoiding Boehner, McConnell, and Ryan, you could chalk it up to partisanship. He technically didn’t need the GOP in any capacity until Scott Brown won his seat.

But when you’re avoiding your own cabinet and can’t even find time to make a statement on Libya due to “scheduling conflicts”, something ain’t right.

Doughboy on March 4, 2011 at 10:04 AM

thump thump…and the bus rolls on

TheVer on March 4, 2011 at 9:56 AM

Yep, the White House is taking it’s first steps here towards hedging it’s bets that this isn’t going to be 1995 redux. If the public isn’t going to blame the House Republcans for any impending shutdowns or further budget delays, Obama wants everyone to know exactly where the blame lies for the Democrats’ failure to offer any other budget and spending options — squarely on the shoulders of Harry Reid.

The potential fun part is, having just been re-elected in November, Harry might be perfectly willing to jump under the bus for Barack — he’s not in danger of losing his job until 2016, and if it takes dragging those other 23 Democratic Senators up for re-election in 2012 under the bus to keep Obama in the White House, Reid may be willing to play the fall guy so Obama can pretend he’s a moderate. Of course, there’s no guarantee the 23 schlubs marked for death are going to quietly go along with this new strategerie.

jon1979 on March 4, 2011 at 10:05 AM

John Boehner hadn’t even heard from Obama until the Speaker of the House told reporters about the Silence of the ‘Bams, at which point Obama finally talked to Boehner on the phone for a few minutes.

Obama used to feast his eyes on boobs and Botox with Pelosi. What could he ever see in Buckeye Boehner or Dingy Harry?

Steve Z on March 4, 2011 at 10:05 AM

Silence of the ‘Bams,

Brilliant!

GrannySunni on March 4, 2011 at 10:06 AM

MM is hammering “My people” Holder today…

d1carter on March 4, 2011 at 10:06 AM

That’s the problem with liberals. It’s ALWAYS pass the buck. Blame the other guy. It’s someone elses fault, but NEVER my own.

Absolutely no personal responsibility for ones situation, predicament, or life.

capejasmine on March 4, 2011 at 10:07 AM

Community Organizer in Chief

vcferlita on March 4, 2011 at 10:07 AM

Check the golf course.

pugwriter on March 4, 2011 at 10:11 AM

Those kind of meetings and stuff are so beneath his pay scale…

tinkerthinker on March 4, 2011 at 10:15 AM

Meeting with city mayors now? Odd, I don’t remember PBHO flying out to my little burg for a sit-down with the mayor.

Bishop on March 4, 2011 at 9:49 AM

He bowed to the Mayor of Tampa.

/He thought she was Chinese.

Key West Reader on March 4, 2011 at 10:17 AM

Thus we have the Obama version of leadership — sending a second in his place to do and say nothing, while arguing that the budget isn’t their problem at all. Empty podium, indeed.

Start the game with the second string quarterback. Keep the star on the bench, in case you lose. If you get ahead he can go in and claim the win.

Yoop on March 4, 2011 at 10:18 AM

When you think about all of this, the total abdication of leadership, it is scary that so many people think he should be reelected. For that last two years Reid and Pelosi were co-Presidents. How many people signed on for that?

Cindy Munford on March 4, 2011 at 10:34 AM

Geeze thanks for the humor this morning, I sure needed it. Great thread.

wi farmgirl on March 4, 2011 at 10:43 AM

‘Silence of the ‘Bamb’

ROTFLMAO!!

ginaswo on March 4, 2011 at 10:48 AM

Barry “lead”? Hahahahahaha! Since when?

GarandFan on March 4, 2011 at 10:55 AM

We better hurry up and find a candidate who can beat this guy because like Cindy says, there are lots of folks who think he’s doing a great job and will vote for him again. Sad, but true.

scalleywag on March 4, 2011 at 10:58 AM

Narcissistic Personality Disorder

xrayiiis on March 4, 2011 at 12:00 PM

Obama either openly drafts surrogates or quietly finds one behind the scenes or allows one to evolve by default. Perhaps it’s his definition of ‘leadership’–but, have to say that it’s not mine or many others.

jeanie on March 4, 2011 at 12:55 PM

Obama’s idea of leadership is taking credit whenever he can and letting someone else take the bullet for him when things go wrong.

xrayiiis on March 4, 2011 at 2:15 PM