White House: Nope, Obama has no regrets about singling out Paul Ryan for criticism at his fundraiser

posted at 6:25 pm on April 15, 2011 by Allahpundit

On the one hand, what he said last night about Ryan was a light jab compared to the roundhouses Ryan was throwing at him after Wednesday’s speech. On the other hand, Ryan started swinging in the first place only because he showed up to that speech thinking it’d be a call for common ground on deficit reduction and found that it was a campaign stemwinder aimed at ambushing him and the GOP. Imagine his surprise to find that Bambi, elected as a healing force of post-partisan pragmatism, is willing to turn into Godzilla when there’s an electoral opportunity in front of him.

So now that we have open warfare between the two sides, mourned by a teary David Brooks, why retreat? No apologies:

Aboard Air Force One today White House press secretary Jay Carney said that the president was “not at all” embarrassed by his comments caught on the open microphone last night and that any comments picked up in private last night were consistent with his public message.

“There’s nothing he said that contradicts anything he said in public,” Carney said, “I think what he said in that session you’re talking about and the things that he’s said in more public forums have been entirely consistent.”

President Obama had harsh words last night in a seeming private moment for the Chairman Paul Ryan whom president has praised in public for offering serious attempts to address the deficit…

When asked today, Carney said that the president “does believe that Chairman Ryan is absolutely sincere,” adding though that the president believes his own budget is the right path for America.

Ryan marveled yesterday that Obama’s sandbagging actually helped insofar as it united the GOP caucus behind him. No doubt it did, but if you’re looking for deep strategy behind The One’s jackassery, look no further than that. Democrats are convinced, not without reason, that aggressive Medicare reform is a political death wish, so Obama may have calculated that by beating up on Ryan he could maximize the number of Republicans who sign the suicide note with him. In fact, if you’re looking for deep deep strategy, you might conclude that picking a nasty fight with Ryan was Obama’s way of trying to sabotage any movement on a “grand bargain” involving entitlement reform before it could gather momentum. The more embittered the two sides are, the harder it is to make a deal. After all, if a deal was in the offing, he’d be in an excruciating political position: Does he champion the grand bargain and risk the ire of seniors at the polls or does he turn his back on the process and embrace the looming debt catastrophe in earnest? By alienating Ryan and tossing out his own check-the-box plan, he simultaneously gets to say, “hey, I tried,” while increasing the chances that nothing significant will happen. At least until after the election.

Believe it or not, some people “close to the Gang of Six” think Obama’s speech was actually a ploy to encourage them to come up with a bipartisan plan. You think? You think The One has his fingers crossed that a big package involving Medicare and Social Security reform might land on his desk, oh, let’s say, in October 2012? Wouldn’t the better, i.e. remotely sane, strategy instead be to do nothing, demagogue the GOP until after the elections, and then use the newly expanded Democratic caucus either to block further attempts at entitlement reform or to pass a plan that’s more favorable to liberal goals? Why on earth would Obama want to see the Gang of Six succeed? Exit quotation from Jay Cost:

And here we find the Rosetta Stone that helps us decipher the Obama enigma: While representing himself as totally unconcerned about politics, he is in reality totally absorbed by politics. A huge budget deficit staring us down? Time is of the essence? A Republican leader in Paul Ryan who seems genuinely interested in figuring out a solution? Who cares! There’s an election in 18 months. An election, for goodness sake! Is anything more important?


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It works in Chicago….

RBMN on April 15, 2011 at 6:28 PM

He will soon enough.

meci on April 15, 2011 at 6:28 PM

Option D: He’s simply a douchebag butthole.

SouthernGent on April 15, 2011 at 6:29 PM

Cry me a river…. this goes both ways.

lexhamfox on April 15, 2011 at 6:29 PM

It may be that Obama has become so arrogant that he thinks he can get away with his community Alinsky organizer bullshit on national TV. As much as I doubt the fortitude of the GOP, I think Bambi’s in for a nasty surprise as he begins showing his true self to then 52%.

fiatboomer on April 15, 2011 at 6:31 PM

It will be sweet indeed when he is CARTER‘ed come 2012.

OmahaConservative on April 15, 2011 at 6:34 PM

Obama is a disgusting human being. I get sick and tired of Medved telling us how nice the president probably is and how hes probably a great father. Not if he’s teaching his daughters that this kind of two faced, lying, back stabbing behavior of just a okay.

jawkneemusic on April 15, 2011 at 6:34 PM

Obama exposes himself as a mean little Chicago kiddy.

He will leave office with his head down and with no friends.

It will be a major problem to get the funds together for his “Worst President Ever” library.

landlines on April 15, 2011 at 6:36 PM

This guy is such an arrogant a-hole. Remember when he dissed the SCOTUS at the SOTU address. Someone needs to take him out behind the shed and kick his a$$

rjoco1 on April 15, 2011 at 6:37 PM

“No doubt it did, but if you’re looking for deep strategy behind The One’s jackassery, look no further than that.”

Maybe he just wanted to remind everyone what a classless piece of sh%t he really is…

Seven Percent Solution on April 15, 2011 at 6:38 PM

Isn’t this the type of bullying tactics that he was against last week?
I need a scorecard for the love of Pete.

darwin-t on April 15, 2011 at 6:39 PM

By the way, from the way he plays basketball and throws a baseball that behind the shed thing won’t take to long.

rjoco1 on April 15, 2011 at 6:39 PM

Paul Ryan won’t be easily “Newt Gin-Grinch-ed”.

Marcus on April 15, 2011 at 6:40 PM

A Republican leader in Paul Ryan who seems genuinely interested in figuring out a solution? Who cares!

poor ryan. he comes out with the equivalent of a democrat proposing a 15% income tax increase in the top brackets, an extra millionaires’ tax, punitive capital gains taxes, gas tax, and even some gun control thrown in as a special gift, and he gets no appreciation whatsoever from those evil democrats. they’re obviously incapable of serious discussion. and even the president is mean to him, pointing out what a fraud he is.

sesquipedalian on April 15, 2011 at 6:41 PM

This Obama Ryan bashing,all started at the HealthCare Summit
where Hopey made it clear to McCain who won!

Ryan went through the numbers,and basically,exposed Obama,
so,since then,

Obama has had an axe to grind with Ryan!!
==========

Round Two,the Budget Battle,once again,Ryan exposed Obama!

Thats where its at!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on April 15, 2011 at 6:43 PM

somewhere today i saw a Goldman Sachs chart on the various plans Ryan, Obama 1, Deficit Commission, Obama II

Obama II was set up to counter Ryan. Obama II is even more wacko than Obama I. Negoitating tactic. Zero just raised. He knows he has a hand full of Demagoguery. So he can play bad cop know, turn the Demagoguery on…then come back and play good cop, and get close to Obama I

r keller on April 15, 2011 at 6:45 PM

and even the president is mean to him, pointing out what a fraud he is.

sesquipedalian on April 15, 2011 at 6:41 PM

sesquipedalian:This is where Ryan exposed the Obama HealthCare Fraud!!
=====================

Paul Ryan: Hiding Spending Doesn’t Reduce Spending
Feb 25, 2010
***************

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPxMZ1WdINs

canopfor on April 15, 2011 at 6:46 PM

Imagine his surprise to find that Bambi, elected as a healing force of post-partisan pragmatism, is willing to turn into Godzilla when there’s an electoral opportunity in front of him.

Obama is an oaf.

Schadenfreude on April 15, 2011 at 6:50 PM

Politically, I think this is a huge mistake…
Tactically, I think it shows he is worried enough about poll #’s to play to his base…

mjbrooks3 on April 15, 2011 at 6:50 PM

somewhere today i saw a Goldman Sachs chart on the various plans Ryan, Obama 1, Deficit Commission, Obama II

Obama II was set up to counter Ryan. Obama II is even more wacko than Obama I. Negoitating tactic. Zero just raised. He knows he has a hand full of Demagoguery. So he can play bad cop know, turn the Demagoguery on…then come back and play good cop, and get close to Obama I

r keller on April 15, 2011 at 6:45 PM

r keller:I found the link for ya,to bolster your case:)
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Graph of the Day: Ryan vs. Obama vs. the Commissions
Apr 15 2011, 4:30 PM ET
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The economists of Goldman Sachs made an apples-to-apples comparison of the four most prominent deficit reduction plans: Paul Ryan’s budget, President Obama’s speech, the Fiscal Commission’s proposal (Simpson-Bowles), and the Bipartisan Policy Center’s plan (Rivlin-Domenici).* I’ve turned their numbers into pie charts, where each sliver of the pie represents a category of savings.

Take a look:(More…)

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2011/04/graph-of-the-day-ryan-vs-obama-vs-the-commissions/237421/
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One fair critique of this chart is that the president and Ryan’s tax proposals are too vague to possibly score in this fashion.

http://assets.theatlantic.com/static/mt/assets/business/comparison%20deficit%20plans.png

canopfor on April 15, 2011 at 6:51 PM

The worst President in this country’s history.

WisCon on April 15, 2011 at 6:53 PM

I seldom bother to read anything by David Brooks, but what the heck… I clicked the link anyway. Frankly, I don’t understand his optimism about Obama’s reelection. Maybe he’s still fascinated by the crease of Barry’s pants, who knows?

Newsflash though… There’s nothing America hates more than overtly ambitious bullies.

Murf76 on April 15, 2011 at 6:53 PM

Barry Alinskyed Ryan for only one reason. Ryan’s plan makes economic sense. When all you’ve got is bullshit, tell everyone the other guy frequents whore houses. And hope they don’t remember that you live in one.

GarandFan on April 15, 2011 at 6:55 PM

do nothing, demagogue the GOP

That’s what Obama did in his deficit big address, and it didn’t work out so well. But that won’t stop him from continuing to do it. It’s all he has.

forest on April 15, 2011 at 6:56 PM

Barry Alinskyed Ryan for only one reason. Ryan’s plan makes economic sense. When all you’ve got is bullshit, tell everyone the other guy frequents whore houses. And hope they don’t remember that you live in one.

GarandFan on April 15, 2011 at 6:55 PM

GarandFan:You nailed it to a “T”!:)

canopfor on April 15, 2011 at 6:57 PM

I hope the GOP is watching carefully and will come out swinging back (but in a civil non-violent sort of way).

These recent sound bites should make for some fine campaign commercials on the Two Faced One.

kringeesmom on April 15, 2011 at 6:58 PM

Saul Alinsky.

Come on, Ryan and Republicans. Grow a pair.

Bash back. Harder.

moochy on April 15, 2011 at 6:59 PM

Loser.

Chris of Rights on April 15, 2011 at 7:00 PM

The guy doesn’t have a clue what it means to be bi-partisan. He was elected in 2006 and took office in 2007 in a Senate Democratic majority. They didn’t need to deal with Bush, who passed everything they threw at him to appear bi-partisan. He had a super-majority his first two years, whereas Congress didn’t need to deal with Republicans.
And he doesn’t know what balance means. During college, he couldn’t balance his academics with his role as President of the Harvard Law Review (wrote no papers). During his term as Senator, he couldn’t balance his responsibilities of the job with campaigning (voting present on most bills). He was never a Governor, so he doesn’t know how to balance a budget. He can’t even balance being President and his ever-loving golf and vacation outings.

djaymick on April 15, 2011 at 7:02 PM

This guy is such an arrogant a-hole. Remember when he dissed the SCOTUS at the SOTU address. Someone needs to take him out behind the shed and kick his a$$

rjoco1 on April 15, 2011 at 6:37 PM

I think Donald Trump is trying!

silvernana on April 15, 2011 at 7:05 PM

The ‘healer’ is now running as a “compassionate”.

Fools, the world over, you’ve been had once. Go for a second helping. The Obamas will live like billionaires, forever, and you will never get the irony that they exploit your stupidity. The elites will finance him and the gnats will vote for him, both believing that he cares.

You and your progeny deserve him fully.

Schadenfreude on April 15, 2011 at 7:08 PM

dear leader’s new tone of civility

not

cmsinaz on April 15, 2011 at 7:09 PM

Class and impertinence are indignat.

This guy has no manners. His upbringing is wanting.

He has never been the president of the U.S. American people. The thought has never entered his mind. He’s only a political hack, and thus soils the entire office.

Schadenfreude on April 15, 2011 at 7:11 PM

TGIF everyone..

a cold beer in hand

cheers!

cmsinaz on April 15, 2011 at 7:12 PM

This Obama Ryan bashing,all started at the HealthCare Summit
where Hopey made it clear to McCain who won!

Ryan went through the numbers,and basically,exposed Obama,
so,since then,

Obama has had an axe to grind with Ryan!!
==========

You betcha!

Ryan made a fool out of BO at that meeting. He had facts, figures and made his case without tripping over himself. IIRC he didn’t use a teleprompter.

BO can’t match Ryan intellectually, and it was terribly obvious that day. Duh Won looked like a nitwit which is exactly what he is. Instead of making the most of that lesson he probably hit the links rather than getting his $hit together.

The guy is lazy, arrogant and intellectually deficient. That’s why he despises Ryan.

Cody1991 on April 15, 2011 at 7:13 PM

dear leader will try to scare the bejeezus out of granny and her friends…

i don’t think it will work this time..

*crossing fingers*

cmsinaz on April 15, 2011 at 7:15 PM

and even the president is mean to him, pointing out what a fraud he is.

sesquipedalian on April 15, 2011 at 6:41 PM

The last time we saw Obama this bitchy was when he was criticized for immediately bending over for the GOP and renewed every last Bush tax cut for the rich. Remember Ryan completely schooled Obama over ObamaCare at his own summit. Obama couldn’t lay a finger on him.

Ryan is to Obama what Zed was to The Gimp.

Chuck Schick on April 15, 2011 at 7:20 PM

risk the ire of seniors at the polls

Only if the donks can somehow mislead seniors into believing they’ll actually be affected by any of this. Everybody over 55 is getting a free pass.

And look at the Tea Party rallies. How many young people there? How many elderly? Yeah. Good luck with that strategy Obama. We see you.

Dee2008 on April 15, 2011 at 7:26 PM

Take the civility gloves off GOP

Kini on April 15, 2011 at 7:27 PM

TGIF everyone..

a cold beer in hand

cheers!

cmsinaz on April 15, 2011 at 7:12 PM

Add pizza and you’ve got nirvana

Kini on April 15, 2011 at 7:28 PM

Kini on April 15, 2011 at 7:27 PM

please listen to kini gop!!!

cmsinaz on April 15, 2011 at 7:29 PM

Kini on April 15, 2011 at 7:28 PM

tru dat K

cmsinaz on April 15, 2011 at 7:29 PM

How do you like your “civility” now?

Obama is a punk beotch who won’t debate and won’t speak without a teleprompter.

So it’s time to use that and start defending what is right.

DANEgerus on April 15, 2011 at 7:30 PM

“…And here we find the Rosetta Stone that helps us decipher the Obama enigma: While representing himself as totally unconcerned about politics, he is in reality totally absorbed by politics.”

Well, duh.

novaculus on April 15, 2011 at 7:37 PM

I’m thinking that we ‘ground troops’ are going to be the ones to calm the fears of the elderly and any disadvantaged that might possibly listen.
Grateful for HA and my pals who provide me with too many resources for just lil ole me to have found by myself … I think some respond to facts, when shown… NOT ALL, granted, but some.
You know, those little seeds of ‘reasonable doubt’ can haunt them by the time they walk into the voting booth, and no one’s looking.

pambi on April 15, 2011 at 7:43 PM

I seldom bother to read anything by David Brooks, but what the heck… I clicked the link anyway. Frankly, I don’t understand his optimism about Obama’s reelection. Maybe he’s still fascinated by the crease of Barry’s pants, who knows?

Newsflash though… There’s nothing America hates more than overtly ambitious bullies.

Murf76 on April 15, 2011 at 6:53 PM

Unfortullay there is a lot of indicators that point to a quite possible Obama re-election.
1) There is a lot of idiots still in the electorate or we would not still have the Dems controlling the Senate
2) If the budget deal fiasco shows anything is that the Republicans are not ready as a party to play hardball, we will not win without successfully exposing Obama’s lies day in and day out.
3) Donald Trump is the leading R candidate?! We still live in an American Idol society.
4) If the Obamacare fiasco and the way the Dems thumbed their noses and insulted the electorate was not enough to run every Dem out of town, I don’t know what will.
5) The media has been a lot more successful than I expected at protecting Obama from being laughed out of the oval office.

neuquenguy on April 15, 2011 at 7:43 PM

You and your progeny deserve him fully.

Schadenfreude on April 15, 2011 at 7:08 PM

Indeed they do. Unfortunately, the rest of us are along for the high-speed rail ride to Palookaville.

Time to pull the emergency brake.

Naturally Curly on April 15, 2011 at 8:14 PM

Maybe the Pu$$y in Chief would sit down with Paul Ryan, in front of TV cameras, with nothing on the table except a couple of mics?

Nah, never happen.

MNHawk on April 16, 2011 at 7:39 AM

He knows he has nothing to worry about the because the candyass wussies in the GOP will be too afraid to do anything because the press might say something to hurt their fweelings!

flytier on April 16, 2011 at 8:57 PM

The Obama Enigma.

I love the metaphor.
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Here’s the Obama Enigma Machine -

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Ok, can anybody, anybody, break The Obama Code!!!

dissent555 on April 17, 2011 at 1:38 PM