Obama press conference: Meet the new speech, same as the old speech

posted at 1:40 pm on July 11, 2011 by Tina Korbe

I vaguely remember when folks criticized President Barack Obama for shirking press conferences. And at the time, in light of his campaign promises to lead the most transparent administration in U.S. history, ignoring the media did seem a little hypocritical. Now, after two presidential pressers in as many weeks, I’m nostalgic for the days when the president rarely spoke in such a public fashion.

To be sure, BHO sounds slicker than ever, reciting lines that resound to his own acclaim, lines that circumspectly and self-consciously seek to contribute to his mythical mature, cool, cerebral superiority. Here’s a sampling of some of his most self-congratulatory quotes from today’s conference:

I’ve been hearing from my Republican friends for quite some time that it is a moral imperative for us to tackle our debt and deficits in a meaningful way. … What I’ve said to them is, ‘Let’s go.’ …

I’m happy to consider all options, all alternatives. …

We keep on talking about this stuff and we have these high-minded pronouncements about how we’ve got to get control of the deficit and how we owe it to our children and grandchildren. … Well, let’s step up. … I’m prepared to take significant heat from my party to get something done. …

I do not want and I will not accept a deal in which I am asked to do nothing. …

But beneath his noble rhetoric lurk the same shameless excuses, the same evasion of blame, the same misleading suggestion that he has proposed solutions and Republicans have rejected them. After every presidential press conference, the president’s comments — what presumably ought to serve as a primary, reliable news source — require acute and rigorous fact-checking.

Today, for example, he again touted the stimulus, saying it did what the federal government designed it to do. That’s true only if the government designed it to be the gimmickry it turned out to be (as Ed explains in this post) — a series of extraordinarily expensive measures to create short-term incentives that aimed to convince Americans recovery had already arrived, when, in fact, it hadn’t.

Obama also spoke strongly against those who say default is not inevitable and dismissed entirely a question about any kind of contingency plan. He disparaged the American public’s majority disapproval of a debt limit increase, saying most Americans haven’t been following the debate closely. On the other hand, he said, his administration and other government leaders are “paid to worry about these things” (which, of course, sounds consistent with somebody who’d prefer a superior few to do all the central planning). He again mentioned stalled trade agreements and the potential lack of a renewal of the payroll tax cut as examples of congressional (a.k.a. Republican) obstructionism.

But perhaps no part of the press conference was as exasperating as the president’s emergent I’m-above-electoral-politics theme. When he tackled the controversial topic of taxes, he emphasized that he has proposed no tax increases until 2013. But he cast that proposal as a kind of favor to Republicans seeking reelection, as though he isn’t. When he addressed the timeline for a debt limit deal, he emphasized the importance of immediacy. “If not now, when?” he asked. “If we think it’s hard now, imagine how these guys are going to be thinking six months from now, when these guys are in the election season.” Again. Because the president isn’t in election season already.

Words, words, words. That’s all the president delivered today. Particularly when he speaks about the need for more revenues, I find myself really wishing he’d put his money where his mouth is. He says he couldn’t handle it if the debt limit deal didn’t require “best-selling authors” to do their part. Well, Mr. President, do it. Donate all that excess income you talked about today to the cause of deficit reduction. “President donates millions to deficit reduction” would make a heckuva better headline than, “Obama talks a big game, but does nothing.”


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He wants the GOP to cave and he wants to further the disaster he already created.

From the sounds coming from Boehner, he’s going to buckle.

dogsoldier on July 11, 2011 at 1:44 PM

DICK!

Blake on July 11, 2011 at 1:45 PM

From the sounds coming from Boehner, he’s going to buckle.

dogsoldier on July 11, 2011 at 1:44 PM

What is Boehner saying now?

Wethal on July 11, 2011 at 1:45 PM

I really liked the part where The One opined that the average people, just didn’t understand the problem and weren’t capable of understanding it like the Professional Politicians were.

CrazyGene on July 11, 2011 at 1:46 PM

Doesn’t he EVER shut up?

All he ever does is talk and play golf. How about actually doing the work we pay you to do?

On second thought, maybe he should just shut up and go play golf.

Common Sense on July 11, 2011 at 1:46 PM

Tina, you forgot the:

“I’ve bent over backward” to work with the GOP.

Wethal on July 11, 2011 at 1:47 PM

Does he ever STFU?!

Duct Tape is a blessing for sure.

upinak on July 11, 2011 at 1:47 PM

I really liked the part where The One opined that the average people, just didn’t understand the problem and weren’t capable of understanding it like the Professional Politicians were.

CrazyGene on July 11, 2011 at 1:46 PM

The knuckle draggers are too busy clinging to their guns and God to understand debt limits…or unemployment rates.

Wethal on July 11, 2011 at 1:48 PM

Barry absolutely refuses a plan where he must do nothing? Bahahaha!

Chuck Schick on July 11, 2011 at 1:48 PM

Rush is doing one great job on bho right now. I heard boehner say he didn’t have the votes in the house to pass this bill bho wants. Hang tough r’s!
L

letget on July 11, 2011 at 1:48 PM

“I do not want and I will not accept a deal in which I am asked to do nothing.”

Don’t make me laugh.

RDE2010 on July 11, 2011 at 1:49 PM

Here is a hard working man that pulled himself up through a system that was stacked against him. Worked hard labor jobs, put himself through school, understands the system of hard-knocks, is street savvy, pragmatic and has earned everything that he has on his own. From a family history that traces itself from American slavery all the way to…..oh, sorry. I was thinking of someone else.

Never mind.

Hening on July 11, 2011 at 1:51 PM

Rush is doing one great job on bho right now. I heard boehner say he didn’t have the votes in the house to pass this bill bho wants. Hang tough r’s!
L

letget on July 11, 2011 at 1:48 PM

Obama is going to buckle first – just hang tough GOP – HANG TOUGH!

If the MN GOP can do it – you can too

gophergirl on July 11, 2011 at 1:51 PM

I heard boehner say he didn’t have the votes in the house to pass this bill bho wants. Hang tough r’s!
L

letget on July 11, 2011 at 1:48 PM

As noted on one of the other threads, the bill Obama wants is his budget, rejeced by the senate, 97-0, plus a hike in the debt limit sufficient to get Obama past 2012 without having to ask again. No wonder Boehner says no.

That Obama calls this a compromise is amazing in its dishonesty and gall. And the MSM will cover for him.

Wethal on July 11, 2011 at 1:52 PM

I used to think Obama was just a big doofus, but apparently, the Slurpee metaphors were just too complex for me to grasp. When he puts it in terms of peas, however, his brilliance starts to really shine through…

We *do* need to to keep spending money we don’t have in order to reign in uncontrolled spending, and people who are trying to stop that are just a bunch of big meanies.

BlueCollarAstronaut on July 11, 2011 at 1:52 PM

Tina,

It may be just me – pic on this topic is barging the right hand column into the ad space in both regular and compatability IE settings…

Odie1941 on July 11, 2011 at 1:54 PM

Tina, you forgot the:

“I’ve bent over backward” to work with the GOP.

Wethal on July 11, 2011 at 1:47 PM

Maybe he needs to bend-over forward…..

cthulhu on July 11, 2011 at 1:54 PM

I really liked the part where The One opined that the average people, just didn’t understand the problem and weren’t capable of understanding it like the Professional Politicians were.

CrazyGene on July 11, 2011 at 1:46 PM

Yeah, but remember, he also says this is due to a bad diet and that we really need to eat our peas. Or to put it another way, this assclown is now running out of metaphors.

pilamaye on July 11, 2011 at 1:55 PM

Give the specific evidence that indicates Boehner is going to buckle. What specifically did he say that indicates that?

Boehner plainly said that the votes aren’t there to pass an increase in debt limit with raising taxes. How is that buckling? He literally cannot buckle. He can make an agreement with Obama, but he won’t have the votes to pass it and he knows that. Part of the reason for the impass is that Obama doesn’t have the votes in the House to pass his deal and Republicans don’t have the votes in the Senate to pass theirs. Stalemate!

rlyle on July 11, 2011 at 1:55 PM

His arrogance is almost intolerable.

MJZZZ on July 11, 2011 at 1:56 PM

When he puts it in terms of peas, however, his brilliance starts to really shine through…

BlueCollarAstronaut on July 11, 2011 at 1:52 PM

Hey, he’s a “constitutional law professor,” and the government can tell us to eat our peas under the commerce clause.

Wethal on July 11, 2011 at 1:56 PM

rlyle on July 11, 2011 at 1:55 PM

McConnell is managing to hold his caucus together, too. Since Olympia Snowe is up in 2012, even she’s acting like a fiscal conservative this year.

Wethal on July 11, 2011 at 1:57 PM

Still no mention of a real freeze on federal hiring? No real freeze of federal salaries? This jackass is just not serious about turning around our economy.

slickwillie2001 on July 11, 2011 at 1:59 PM

Eat your pea’s.

Knucklehead on July 11, 2011 at 1:59 PM

All better now, cheers.

Odie1941 on July 11, 2011 at 2:00 PM

McConnell is managing to hold his caucus together, too. Since Olympia Snowe is up in 2012, even she’s acting like a fiscal conservative this year.

Wethal on July 11, 2011 at 1:57 PM

That’ll change fast as soon as one of the old networks promises her some primping camera time. She’s worse than Chuckie in that regard.

slickwillie2001 on July 11, 2011 at 2:00 PM

I do not want and I will not accept a deal in which I am asked to do nothing. …

How amusing.

I’m a firm believer that people should pursue activities where they can utilize their talents to the fullest. BO is best at being a Zero, a nothing, saying nothing and doing nothing.

Why not bribe him with a handsome sum to simply resign? Pay him off so that he can enjoy doing nothing. It’s the Chicago Way, and he might just accept.

Cody1991 on July 11, 2011 at 2:00 PM

Obama’s Prayer

LSM: Let us praise Obama. O Obama…
Blind Masses: O Obama…
LSM: …Ooh, You are so cool…
Blind Masses: …ooh, You are so cool…
LSM: …So absolutely awesome.
Blind Masses: …So absolutely awesome.
LSM: Gosh, we’re all really impressed out here, I can tell You.
Blind Masses: Gosh, we’re all really impressed out here, I can tell You.
LSM: Forgive us, O Obama, for this, our dreadful flattering, and…
Blind Masses: …and barefaced ass kissing.
LSM: But, you are so strong and, well, just so super.
Blind Masses: Fantastic.
LSM: Amen.

yubley on July 11, 2011 at 2:02 PM

You’d think Doofus would know not to hold a presser before Rush comes on. If he waited until 3 his minions could spin for 21 hours before Rush came back on. As it is, Rush is effectively the Conservative Response in real time.

He at least learned not to do it during Rush where it would be JIP’d and ridiculed live.

Dingbat63 on July 11, 2011 at 2:02 PM

“Big D…”

J_Crater on July 11, 2011 at 2:02 PM

It’s hard being a communist and leader of a democracy at the same time.

SANTA on July 11, 2011 at 2:03 PM

Hey, he’s a “constitutional law professor,”
Wethal on July 11, 2011 at 1:56 PM

Actually, a constitutional law “visiting lecturer”. He never achieved “professor” or even “associate instructor” status.

tommyboy on July 11, 2011 at 2:03 PM

This jackass is just not serious about turning around our economy.

slickwillie2001 on July 11, 2011 at 1:59 PM

But that would avoid the iceberg….. we certainly can’t have that now.

Colbyjack on July 11, 2011 at 2:04 PM

The Stimulus….Stimulus….OH YES!…the Stimulus…I remember now.

The Stimulus that provided $10 million to create a scheme to undermine the rights of American gun owners but resulted only in a few hundred dead Mexican and American law enforcement agents.

Yes, the Stimulus.

Bishop on July 11, 2011 at 2:04 PM

Plan “A” for most politician is simply to kick the problem far enough down the road so that by the time the whole structure collapses they have already retired. Obama’s plan is just this and nothing more.

Fred 2 on July 11, 2011 at 2:05 PM

Why doesn’t Obama vote PRESENT and get the hell out of the way like he has done all of his life? If he can find a way of screwing this up, he will still blame the GOP and be on his narcissistic way.

volsense on July 11, 2011 at 2:09 PM

Hey, he’s a “constitutional law professor,”
Wethal on July 11, 2011 at 1:56 PM

“Aye, and if my grandmother had wheels, she’d be a wagon! “

Scotty

Colbyjack on July 11, 2011 at 2:09 PM

Plan “A” for most politician is simply to kick the problem far enough down the road so that by the time the whole structure collapses they have already retired. Obama’s plan is just this and nothing more.

Fred 2 on July 11, 2011 at 2:05 PM

Yeah, but the problem they’re discovering is that they’ve been so inept and destructive that they’ve managed to take a crisis that was 10-20 years away and placed us right on the brink of it. So now they have to deal with it themselves. And as Obama is showing, they don’t have a clue what to do.

Doughboy on July 11, 2011 at 2:09 PM

Obama… SSDD… Same…uhhhhh… Speech! yeah that’s it, Speech!…. Different Day

And he is willing to consider any alternative so long as it includes taxes.

If you don’t help him on that then he will blame you.

If you do and things go south, which they will, he will blame you.

Adding uncertainty to the tax code at this point in time is asinine.

Stop the Spending!

ajacksonian on July 11, 2011 at 2:12 PM

Lost in the budget talks is this fact:

The US Federal government owns 30% of the land in the US…over 650 MILLION acres.

Why do the Feds own so much of the US? In the western states they own well over 75% of all land.

Doing some simple math here…and you can check my numbers. If the Feds were required to sell 1/3rd of their holdings..approx 215 Million acre, even a lowball estimate of $5000/acre would generate over a Trillion dollars in new revenue.

DrW on July 11, 2011 at 2:13 PM

American Women’s Soccer team ties in 122nd of 123 minute long game, and then wins the shootout

When the going gets tough…
When it’s down to the wire…
When you don’t work for the government…..

tomg51 on July 11, 2011 at 2:13 PM

Rush…Ramadan…brilliant.

SouthernGent on July 11, 2011 at 2:15 PM

It is always hard for a man to admit when he is wrong, making today somewhat difficult for me.

For the last 6 months I have reserved judgment on Speaker Boehner and have been willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. I kept telling myself “he will listen to the words and feel the needs of not only his caucus, but his constituents.” I truly thought Mr. Boehner had it in him to be a quite effective leader.

Sadly, on this day I have come to learn I was wrong.

I am not a Tea Partier or ALL the way to the right of the political spectrum, but I surely do not mind telling you that no party better represents my needs and viewpoints than the Republican party. As a result, I require that the head of my party (who is currently the Speaker of the House) listen to the voices of their voters, take stock of what their voters are asking for, and never do anything that would put their title, their voters, or their party in a position of embarrassment or great unrest.

John Boehner failed on all fronts this weekend.

We do not yet know with great certainty of why Mr. Boehner wanted a “grand deal,” as opposed to a short term deal, nor do we know whether he was at one point open to putting tax increases on the table. However, the New York Times is reporting that the following, according to sources on both sides, likely occurred:

Boehner did not mind revenue increases as part of a grand deal, but faced a backlash from his party, and in the process went around the will of those who made him Speaker.

This creates the impression that he is not in sync with his caucus or his voters, and in the process makes him look rather weak.

I have tried defending Mr. Boehner for half a year, but there is simply no way around this: John Boehner is not the most fit Republican to be Speaker of the House. Attempting to strike a grand bargain for the sole purpose of making “history” while at the same time cutting off our countries nose to spite its face and splintering the GOP in the process is just reckless.

Indy82 on July 11, 2011 at 2:15 PM

“…he again touted the stimulus, saying it did what the federal government designed it to do.”

Oh yeah, except for that part about how “… shovel ready projects weren’t as shovel ready as we thought. Ha, ha, ha, ha …” That just cracks us all up and makes us roll in the aisles. What could be funnier than dumping a trillion dollars down the sewer?

stefano1 on July 11, 2011 at 2:18 PM

DrW on July 11, 2011 at 2:13 PM

Now imagine closing down, say, the Dept. of Agriculture and selling off all its buildings and the contents thereof at auction. And EPA. And FCC. And Education. And Labor.

Why in no time at all we can get rid of the spending and get some short-term income to shore up things until the government gets cut down to size.

The land, the buildings, the contents… and get rid of the bureaucracy, the overhead, the employees… the moment that NoVA and MD have to actually get into the recession, then the D’s will crumble.

ajacksonian on July 11, 2011 at 2:20 PM

I’ve just got to stop watching this man speak. It’s not good for my blood pressure. November 2012 can’t come soon enough.

Chris of Rights on July 11, 2011 at 2:21 PM

yubley on July 11, 2011 at 2:02 PM

You forgot the:

LSM: Come, thou long expected messiah.
Blind Masses: You Are the One We Have Been Waiting For.

Wethal on July 11, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Eat your pea’s.

Knucklehead on July 11, 2011 at 1:59 PM

Visualize Whirled Peas!

pilamaye on July 11, 2011 at 2:22 PM

Does he ever STFU?!

Duct Tape is a blessing for sure.

upinak on July 11, 2011 at 1:47 PM

Duct tape is silver.

Silence is golden.

ajacksonian on July 11, 2011 at 2:22 PM

Out: DOTUS (Destroyer of the United States)

In: President Obama Depression

Own it Libs!!

PappyD61 on July 11, 2011 at 2:25 PM

I was particularly disappointed with his references to corporate jet owners and big oil companies.

Paul-Cincy on July 11, 2011 at 2:25 PM

The President has said:

A) “I want to be crystal clear: Nobody has talked about increasing taxes now, nobody has talked about increasing taxes next year.”

B) “You don’t raise taxes in a recession. We haven’t raised taxes in a recession.”

Therefore,

C) Obama thinks we will be in a recession in 2012.

WashJeff on July 11, 2011 at 2:26 PM

“I would rather be talking about the NFL lockout”

This man is insane

faraway on July 11, 2011 at 2:26 PM

Lost in the budget talks is this fact:

The US Federal government owns 30% of the land in the US…over 650 MILLION acres.

Why do the Feds own so much of the US? In the western states they own well over 75% of all land.

Doing some simple math here…and you can check my numbers. If the Feds were required to sell 1/3rd of their holdings..approx 215 Million acre, even a lowball estimate of $5000/acre would generate over a Trillion dollars in new revenue.

DrW on July 11, 2011 at 2:13 PM

The first thing you and I would do if we were in financial trouble is to sell off things we can do without, whether it’s through a garage sale or an auction or your stockbroker. Why can’t the federal government do the same?

slickwillie2001 on July 11, 2011 at 2:28 PM

Hey, he’s a “constitutional law professor,” and the government can tell us to eat our peas under the commerce clause.

Wethal on July 11, 2011 at 1:56 PM

Not to mention Nobel Prize winner…

Visualize Whirled Peas!pilamaye on July 11, 2011 at 2:22 PM

I, for one, was always confused why people gave Obama such a hard time over winning his Nobel Peas Prize. He’s consistently been an advocate of peas at every level.

BlueCollarAstronaut on July 11, 2011 at 2:29 PM

“Let them eat PEAS!” – B.O. July 11, 2011

hobbit on July 11, 2011 at 2:30 PM

“I’d rather be talking about stuff that everybody welcomes, like new programs or the NFL season getting resolved. Unfortunately this is what’s on our plate.”

Another gem.

Given the references to eating what’s good for you, one assumes that Michell’s “healthy eating” program in the White House living quarters has not been very popular.

(And you know he’d rather be out on the golf course than working.)

Wethal on July 11, 2011 at 2:31 PM

Never before have we had a president who speaks so highly of himself and so lowly of the American people.

Scrappy on July 11, 2011 at 2:31 PM

Raise some revenue…. sell Obama’s corporate jet. He hates them anyway.

kringeesmom on July 11, 2011 at 2:33 PM

slickwillie2001 on July 11, 2011 at 2:28 PM

The gov’t should sell every other desk.

kringeesmom on July 11, 2011 at 2:34 PM

Whew! Just got the electricity back on from this morning’s storms around Chicagoland. I’ve been kept in the dark all morning.

So… anything new happen? Are private jet users still evil and the reason Bobby and Susie can’t get a college education?

Fallon on July 11, 2011 at 2:34 PM

slickwillie2001 on July 11, 2011 at 2:28 PM

It can and does, regularly. Not only for stuff captured during drug busts but for excessed equipment… and land and buildings.

What gets me is that in the Constitution the federal government must ask each State for permission to each piece of land it wants and get the permission of the State to use it. It hasn’t done that with most of the stuff it grabbed out west and the States should start kicking the federal government off of their land… or just revoke the permissions for those cases where it was given in the past.

The land is owned by the States, not the federal government.

ajacksonian on July 11, 2011 at 2:35 PM

The GOP needs to call his bluff.

If the limit is not increased, the Administration will have to make real choices to meet the debt obligations… and they will do ANYTHING not to have to make real choices.

Droopy on July 11, 2011 at 2:35 PM

“Let them eat PEAS!” – B.O. July 11, 2011
hobbit on July 11, 2011 at 2:30 PM

Hey, all we are saying is give…..no, never mind, I can’t bring myself to post it.

tommyboy on July 11, 2011 at 2:37 PM

Tina: Thanks for the interesting article. Not to pick nits, but the only criticism I can offer is that I think you may have mistyped “redound” as “resound” in the phrase “resound to his own acclaim”.

mr.blacksheep on July 11, 2011 at 2:41 PM

I happen to like peas… in cream sauce rich w/butter and new potatoes.. Yummy…. I do not like debt or taxes though. So I would much rather eat peas.

As for the bandaid, perhaps it is better on Obamas mouth.

But I don’t know anything about debts and deficits. I’m not a politician.

kringeesmom on July 11, 2011 at 2:44 PM

I’m happy to consider all options, all alternatives. …

Translation: As long as they are MY options and alternatives.

Lying sack of crap!

GarandFan on July 11, 2011 at 2:45 PM

Is it “the obama depression” or “Obamalaise” or “Obamaralysis”
or “Obamagnation” or “Obamabjection”

Hmmmm… so much to ponder.

WashingtonsWake on July 11, 2011 at 2:46 PM

However, the New York Times is reporting that the following, according to sources on both sides, likely occurred:

Indy82 on July 11, 2011 at 2:15 PM

Let me see if I understand you. You are relying on a report from the NYT as to what went on inside the meeting? Mentioning unnamed sources on both sides? (To me when the NYT mentions both sides I assume the two sides they are talking about are the Dems in the Congress and Obama’s White House. The NYT does not see either the Repubs or conservatives as a legitimate voice in the conversation!)

Don’t give up on Boehner. Media reports give no real evidence of what is actually happening. The real evidence is in what they are doing. The fact that Obama found it necessary to give another presser to buttress his position indicates that there is no movement from Boehner. Obama would not be trying to up the pressure if he thought Boehner was going to cave.

rlyle on July 11, 2011 at 2:52 PM

WashingtonsWake on July 11, 2011 at 2:46 PM

I prefer Obamageddon

tommyboy on July 11, 2011 at 2:52 PM

An insufferable ass is an insufferable ass, of course, of course
And no one can talk sense to an insufferable ass of course
And especially, of course, if the insufferable ass is the famous Barack Obama

Go right to the source and ask the insufferable ass
He’ll give you the answer that deceivers will endorse
He’s always on a dissemblers course
Talk to Barack Obama

Barack Obama just yakkity yaks a streak and wastes your time of day
Does any sane person even believe anymore a single thing he has to say?

An insufferable ass is an insufferable ass, of course, of course
And this one’ll talk in prevaricating circles til his voice is hoarse
You never heard of a talking insufferable ass?

Cheshire Cat on July 11, 2011 at 2:54 PM

That Obama calls this a compromise is amazing in its dishonesty and gall. And the MSM will cover for him.

Wethal on July 11, 2011 at 1:52 PM

The media don’t care about anything except being able to call “another win” for Obama. That’s all he did today, framed this so that whatever actually happens can be called a “win.”

rockmom on July 11, 2011 at 2:58 PM

The first thing you and I would do if we were in financial trouble is to sell off things we can do without, whether it’s through a garage sale or an auction or your stockbroker. Why can’t the federal government do the same?

slickwillie2001 on July 11, 2011 at 2:28 PM

You and I would also CUT UP THE CREDIT CARDS and STOP SPENDING MONEY WE DON’T HAVE. Not just run to the bank and try to get our credit limit increased so we can keep buying stuff we don’t need.

rockmom on July 11, 2011 at 3:02 PM

It is groundhog day – March 2009 which was the last time we heard “if not now, when?” – Obamacare.

at 6:11

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dE2hQqC-Il0

sherryande on July 11, 2011 at 3:31 PM

He says he couldn’t handle it if the debt limit deal didn’t require “best-selling authors” to do their part. Well, Mr. President, do it. Donate all that excess income you talked about today to the cause of deficit reduction. “President donates millions to deficit reduction” would make a heckuva better headline than, “Obama talks a big game, but does nothing.”

He can cut that check this afternoon. As can all of his wealthy friends who say they want to pay higher taxes. Mr. Gates, Mr. Buffet – why don’t you put some of your money where your mouth is? Cut a check to Uncle Sam for the amount you normally spend on tax accountants.

hawksruleva on July 11, 2011 at 3:36 PM

What I’ve said to them is, ‘Let’s go.’ …
I’m happy to consider all options, all alternatives. …

“Except the options that make actual economic sense. Things like cutting back unnecessary government spending, and reducing burdensome regulations that hamper business growth.

I’ll consider all options but those.”

AZCoyote on July 11, 2011 at 3:56 PM

All this hullabaloo about what he said and how he said it is really a senseless exercise. The MSM will run with his “statesmanship” and his professorial (read: smarter than all of YOU) demeanor. He is the true adult who has been losing sleep over the debt crisis. He is the moderate King Solomon presiding calmly and wisely over the bickering children. He cares when congress and mainly the republicans are derelict in their duties. The non-political class, I fear, will eat this stuff up and reelect Teflon Barry for his America-killing second term.

Huckabye-Romney on July 11, 2011 at 4:01 PM

Can the Republicans mount an effective truth campaign? How about running some Obama ads, videos of his fund raisers in June?

GaltBlvnAtty on July 11, 2011 at 4:03 PM

Can the Republicans mount an effective truth campaign? How about running some Obama ads, videos of his fund raisers in June?

GaltBlvnAtty on July 11, 2011 at 4:03 PM

The Ad is simple:

You elected us to stop the spending and that is what we are doing.

Any ordinary fool can make that sort of ad campaign stick.

But the Republicans are not ordinary fools.

ajacksonian on July 11, 2011 at 4:14 PM

Weeweed up now peas, does this guy have a bladder problem? I may not have as complete a grasp on treasury options as the next redneck, but could get through it if explained by a 5th grader. I do manage my own money better than a Harvard grad and wish these professional politicians would stop spending money we don’t have.

Kissmygrits on July 11, 2011 at 4:29 PM

How about, instead of the mean-spirited class warfare, they consider some savings which will not negatively impact the lives of any Americans, such as:

Immediate, universal reduction of all foreign aid by 25%, unless your nation isn’t named Israel or Australia, in which case, 50%, unless your nation has openly harbored or supported a terrorist, any terrorist, anywhere, who has condemned the U.S., in which case you lose 100%. Disaster relief exempted.

End the Permitorium. You know, that thing which was declared illegal by a federal judge, and which is destroying the livelihood of thousands of American families.

Open ANWR for drilling.

Stop all payments to the U.N. In spite of the U.S. suiting W.C. Fields’ words, this club which does not want us as a member is not the one to which we should belong.

Only after doing those things should any actions which could be classified as “sacrifice” for the American people be considered.

Freelancer on July 11, 2011 at 4:43 PM

We need to stop being polite and deferential. It’s one thing to respect the office, but when a man is disgracing that office he must be called on it.

Obama is a bald-faced liar. He stands up there and lies outrageously, secure in the knowledge that the sycophantic press will not call him on it. It’s time we started calling him out.

Adjoran on July 11, 2011 at 4:57 PM

Is it possible that we are missing something and that bho has a strategy and working toward somehow creating an embarrassment for Boehner and the GOP? (I don’t think he is smart enough for that but listen up)…..bho has upped the ante as to how much he insists be in increased taxes. That is contrary to his ideology and why would he do this? Certainly not because he thinks it will help pass the House. He knows ever larger tax increases won’t pass the house by now but why is he pushing ever higher tax increase numbers. Is he possibly playing chess and anticipating a mistake from Boehner. What is he thinking – or not?

highninside on July 11, 2011 at 5:26 PM

His arrogance is almost intolerable.

MJZZZ on July 11, 2011 at 1:56 PM

Almost?

ALMOST??!?

Midas on July 11, 2011 at 5:56 PM

Is it possible that we are missing something and that bho has a strategy and working toward…

Wile E. Coyote always had a plan too.

Dingbat63 on July 11, 2011 at 6:10 PM