Oh my: Angry Obama storms out of debt-ceiling negotiations; Update: “This may bring my presidency down, but I will not yield on this”

posted at 8:25 pm on July 13, 2011 by Allahpundit

Between this and the Moody’s news, tomorrow ought to be fun on Wall Street. Per Slublog, remember during Campaign ’08 when this guy’s big selling point was his “first-class temperament”?

Also, am I right in thinking that the only two times O has walked out on a meeting are today and when he met with Bibi Netanyahu back in March of last year? That’s quite a record of indignation, champ. You really know how to get tough with the enemy.

Cantor said he told the president that the two sides remain so far apart at this point that he doubted they could get to $2.5 trillion in cuts (to match the debt increase requested by the administration, enough to get through the 2012 election) given the time available. President Obama has said he will not sign any increase to the debt ceiling less than that amount, and Cantor had previously insisted that the House would vote no more than one time to increase the debt limit. Cantor said he was willing to abandon his position in order to allow some kind of short-term measure to increase the debt limit and reassure credit markets while negotiations continue, and asked the president if he would be willing to consider this option.

At this point, Cantor explained, the president became “very agitated” and said he had “sat here long enough,” that “Ronald Reagan wouldn’t sit here like this” and “something’s got to give.” Obama then told Republicans they either needed to compromise on their insistence on a dollar for dollar ratio of spending cuts to debt increase or agree to a “grand bargain” including massive tax increases. Before walking out of the room, Cantor said, the president told him: “Eric, don’t call my bluff. I’m going to the American people with this.” He then “shoved back” and said “I’ll see you tomorrow.”

The Democratic spin on what happened is that Cantor “rudely” interrupted The One mid-finger-wag and he got huffy and walked out. As for what he means by “going to the American people,” I don’t want to get my hopes up but we might be in store for another 45-minute lecture tomorrow morning about corporate jets. As an ironic gloss on this drama, read Chuck Todd’s take on how, in principle, Obama and Boehner aren’t all that far apart. If O publicly committed to a truly significant concession, like means-testing for Medicare or raising the eligibility age for Social Security, then maybe the GOP could be persuaded to take another look at letting the Bush tax cuts lapse for the wealthy. But since he won’t, they can’t. Said Boehner to a gaggle of reporters this afternoon, “Dealing with them the last couple months has been like dealing with Jell-o.”

Before he threw his tantrum, Obama also reportedly told Republicans today that Friday’s the deadline for deciding whether both sides should continue to pursue a real deficit-reduction deal or whether they should shift to looking for some sort of fallback plan a la McConnell to avoid default. So, the good news: The first stage of the debt-ceiling drama will kinda sorta be over in the next 48 hours. The bad news: Three more weeks of the next stage to come, guys. Three. More. Weeks.

Update: To steal a line from our Greenroom contributor Karl, here’s more of what the “adult in the room” had to say before he, er, left the room:

“This process is confirming what the American people think is the worst about Washington,” the president said. “Everyone is more interested in posturing, political position and protecting their base than in solving problems.”…

“I have shown enormous willingness to compromise and have taken huge heat for it,” he said, “but my responsibility is to the American people and there comes a point when I need to say, ‘Enough.’”

“It cannot all be on us,” the president said, arguing that Republicans need to give on the revenue side of things as Democrats are willing to do so on spending cuts.

Weigel also clarifies the terms of the actual dispute between O and Cantor. Cantor says they can get a deal for $1.5 trillion in cuts through the House. Problem is, the GOP’s vowed not to raise the debt ceiling by more than the amount in total cuts and a $1.5 trillion debt-ceiling hike won’t get us past the election next year. That makes The Perpetual Campaigner unhappy, so either the GOP will have to step back from its vow or O will have to agree to deal with the debt ceiling again — just a few months before election day, when the incentives on both sides to hold out will be even greater than they are now.

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I’m taking my ball and going home.

vcferlita on July 13, 2011 at 9:18 PM

talk about a scripted moment of outrage….

chasdal on July 13, 2011 at 9:18 PM

O’s a flake.

HellCat on July 13, 2011 at 9:19 PM

God bless you, Mr. President.

crr6 on July 13, 2011 at 9:19 PM

Narcissism at work

Wade on July 13, 2011 at 9:19 PM

Oh, so this will bring your presidency down? I love the dramatic martyrdom and sudden command of representing the American people, most of which know better. Nice try though.

RDE2010 on July 13, 2011 at 9:19 PM

Palin on Presidency: “Legally there are timeframes. That time is coming rapidly” 14 days and counting…

faraway on July 13, 2011 at 9:20 PM

Emperor Norton on July 13, 2011 at 8:40 PM

Unfortunately, that may be true.

CPT. Charles on July 13, 2011 at 9:20 PM

God bless you, Mr. President.

crr6 on July 13, 2011 at 9:19 PM

you mean Allah?

Wade on July 13, 2011 at 9:20 PM

God bless you, Mr. President.

crr6 on July 13, 2011 at 9:19 PM

PBUH

/

IrishEi on July 13, 2011 at 9:20 PM

Wade

;-)

IrishEi on July 13, 2011 at 9:21 PM

God bless you, Mr. President.

crr6 on July 13, 2011 at 9:19 PM

What? Did he sneeze or something?

KingGold on July 13, 2011 at 9:21 PM

Update: “This may bring my presidency down, but I will not yield on this”

Than you better figure out a face saver champ, because you have painted yourself into a corner. The optics are bad, trying to blackmail the Republicans with withholding Senior’s their SS checks. Who came up with that idea? Don’t tell me -Valerie Jarrett. It’s a ham handed move. It is received in the same manner it was delivered “Bullying” Nobody likes a bully.

Who is forgetting the country is watching?

Dr Evil on July 13, 2011 at 9:13 PM

Very well said DE! It would be interesting to know how many times Obama has called Emanuel in the past few weeks.

Rovin on July 13, 2011 at 9:22 PM

I think he wanted to watch the espy’s – to see if his set shot was rated the best or was it his bunker shot on 17 last weekend?

Fuquay Steve on July 13, 2011 at 9:22 PM

So, have you ever met a kid on the playground that was such a putz, such an azz, such a big mouthed skeletor bully that challenged you to a fight after school?

Do you remember how you dreaded it? Oh, my.. Please, Lord, don’t make me face this bully.. but then you had to?

And you walked right out in the middle of the field and kicked his butt?

/Obama’s getting a butt kicking.

I feel sorry for the WH servants tonight. And Lawd Have Mercy he’s gonna have to face The Mooch. Now, that my friends is a frightful night; one I would not wish to face.

Key West Reader on July 13, 2011 at 9:22 PM

Republicans have no one who can call out this phony outrage with outrage of his own. That’s the problem.

Obama’s goal is to characterize the Republicans as self-interested ankle-biters trifling with a serious issue for political advantage and risking national solvency in the process. It doesn’t matter that he’s the one who’s already risked it. The republicans have failed to educate people, and are now failing to stand up to him. The longer this goes on, the greater chance Obama’s strategy will work. People become sick of the issue and will identify with Obama’s anger.

When he stands up and gets angry, you need to stand up and get angrier. You’re not dealing with a man who has any intention of good faith. He’s abused you and will always abuse you because he couldn’t care less about the country. He wants the country to go broke.

We need anger of our own.

Republicans are caught in the passive mediator mode, and over-compensating out of fear of how the media will make them look.

Walking on eggshells won’t work.

Republicans the ones with the right to invoke national interest. They should be calling taxes a “moral hazard,” they should be calling out the White House and Washington out for its squalid overspending that has put the nation at risk. They need to find their inner anger.

The problem isn’t only that they don’t have any, but that they don’t recognize who Obama is.

rrpjr on July 13, 2011 at 9:22 PM

I have to tell you, this news has tickled and encouraged me more than in anything in days.

Cindy Munford on July 13, 2011 at 9:11 PM

Me too. I can’t wait for him to “bring it to the American people”. We could all witness a meltdown on TV because that’s where I think this is going.

Knucklehead on July 13, 2011 at 9:23 PM

crr you’re pathetic. Such a toadie.

Here is Obama just a few years ago:

The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. … Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that “the buck stops here.” Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.

CW on July 13, 2011 at 9:23 PM

Eric, don’t call my bluff.

Did he realize what he was saying?

When he’s off the TelePrompter he garbles things. Or makes Freudian slips.

INC on July 13, 2011 at 9:23 PM

“I’ve got an illegal fundraiser in the Oval Office, then an important meeting with Aretha Franklin to celebrate Motown, and right after a tee time with Reverend Wright.

So’s I’m just gonna mosey on out of here and let you cracka’s fight it out. Peace!”

-PBHO

Bishop on July 13, 2011 at 9:23 PM

God bless you, Mr. President.

crr6 on July 13, 2011 at 9:19 PM

In your world does Obama bless himself?

CW on July 13, 2011 at 9:24 PM

God bless you, Mr. President.

crr6 on July 13, 2011 at 9:19 PM

You can whipe his snot off your knees.

We’ll look away.

Key West Reader on July 13, 2011 at 9:24 PM

SunTzu: “Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance.”

faraway on July 13, 2011 at 9:24 PM

So’s I’m just gonna mosey on out of here and let you cracka’s fight it out. Peace!”

-PBHO

Bishop on July 13, 2011 at 9:23 PM

Fo’ shizzle my G.O.Pizzle.

KingGold on July 13, 2011 at 9:24 PM

I feel sorry for the WH servants tonight. And Lawd Have Mercy he’s gonna have to face The Mooch. Now, that my friends is a frightful night; one I would not wish to face.

Key West Reader on July 13, 2011 at 9:22 PM

With his mother-in-law listening through the wall too! haHAHa

IrishEi on July 13, 2011 at 9:24 PM

When he’s off the TelePrompter he garbles things. Or makes Freudian slips.

INC on July 13, 2011 at 9:23 PM

No doubt. He really is a terrible speaker.

CW on July 13, 2011 at 9:25 PM

Angry Obama storms out of debt-ceiling negotiations

It’s got to be very hard for Obama, There he was in the Greek columns, the oceans were going to recede, the globe would heel, everyone would love him and America, he would spread his Obama stash money to every liberal in the world, it was going to be great.

He had it all, White House, filibuster proof Senate and the House and he rammed socialist policies and more down America’s throat exactly like his father, Harvard and the Chicago machine told him it should be done and it’s all blown up in his face.

Now he’s worse than Jimmy Carter and he has nothing new left to do, so he wants to quadruple double down on known failure that is so bad that it appears even the establishment Republicans won’t go along with any more of his failures. When the establishment Republicans won’t walk across the aisle, as a Democrat you know you’re in trouble.

RJL on July 13, 2011 at 9:25 PM

LOL crr6. Come on hun, even you aren’t that naive.

angryed on July 13, 2011 at 9:25 PM

I Wonz!

Bishop on July 13, 2011 at 9:25 PM

Hannity calling Obowma a ‘Cry Baby’…

… too funny!

Seven Percent Solution on July 13, 2011 at 9:26 PM

crr6 on July 13, 2011 at 9:19 PM
For what? Acting like a spoiled brat? Sheesh

chewmeister on July 13, 2011 at 9:26 PM

He’s not running off to Illinois is he? This seems to be the place that petulant Dems run to when they don’t get their way…

Fallon on July 13, 2011 at 9:26 PM

He’s toast.

scalleywag on July 13, 2011 at 9:26 PM

God bless you, Mr. President.

crr6 on July 13, 2011 at 9:19 PM

You can whipe his snot off your knees.

We’ll look away.

Key West Reader on July 13, 2011 at 9:24 PM

What is it with those type of comments from crr?

It really makes one look like a lapdog and useful idiot.

CW on July 13, 2011 at 9:26 PM

Wait till Bulldog finds out he walked out.

Wade on July 13, 2011 at 9:26 PM

Key West Reader on July 13, 2011 at 8:55 PM

Hey those words that aren’t yours are great. Drudge reads “Obama walks” so before I got here I thought he had actually quit! Nope, just throwing a hissy.

RDE2010 on July 13, 2011 at 9:27 PM

even you aren’t that naive.

angryed on July 13, 2011 at 9:25 PM

Oh yes she is.

Once again.Senator Obama on the debt ceiling–>>>>>>>>
“The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. … Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that “the buck stops here.” Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.”

crr you’re a dupe.

CW on July 13, 2011 at 9:28 PM

Wait!

Does this mean he voted “Not Present” when he walked?

Or by walking he voted “Present” on the whole mess?

skatz51 on July 13, 2011 at 9:28 PM

The problem isn’t only that they don’t have any, but that they don’t recognize who Obama is.

rrpjr on July 13, 2011 at 9:22 PM

Heh. Yes we do. We’re just trying to be gentle, because we know how easily he bruises.

I’m a girl, but I could knock the snot out of him in a debate in less than 90 seconds.

Key West Reader on July 13, 2011 at 9:28 PM

I wonder what Rush will say tomorrow. Perhaps he’ll be like the boy in “The Emperor’s New Clothes.”

Except Rush’ll be saying what people in the US may be thinking: “Obama is cracking under the strain.”

Wethal on July 13, 2011 at 9:10 PM

He does have to be under tremendous strain. This is the first real job he has had in his entire life of leisure. It’s the first time he is not being evaluated on an AA basis.

What if he cracks? Who will perform the intervention?

slickwillie2001 on July 13, 2011 at 9:28 PM

I guess Cantor and Boehner didn’t eat their peas, so the Daddy-in-Chief had a grown up tantrum and left them alone to think things over on the timeout mat. He’ll be back tomorrow with new techniques to force them to eat after consulting Nanny911, gathering some polling data, and sending out some new fundraising letters demonizing America’s recalcitrant children.

Buy Danish on July 13, 2011 at 9:28 PM

What is it with those type of comments from crr?

It really makes one look like a lapdog and useful idiot.

CW on July 13, 2011 at 9:26 PM

CWForFreedom,

What do you think your comments make you look like?

crr6 on July 13, 2011 at 9:29 PM

Obama walks out of the room, the petulant child he is, never in his life being told he was not something special. Perfect. If this happened, now is the time for Boehner and McConnell to double down. Pass something in the House in the next two days that’s really full of the things Obama can’t fathom, how about a one-month debt-rise tied to a $100 billion spending cut this month.

Let the Senate or Obama kill or veto it. Either way, the Republicans are on record for doing the right thing, and they on record for their own disaster. Then, do it again and again. Stop playing defense, for God’s sake, and lay the failure at your enemy’s feet.

For once.

TXUS on July 13, 2011 at 9:29 PM

Nah, cr isn’t as stupid as she pretends to be. But she is a troll. And saying stuff like Bless You Mr. President is classic trolling.

angryed on July 13, 2011 at 9:29 PM

ery well said DE! It would be interesting to know how many times Obama has called Emanuel in the past few weeks.

Rovin on July 13, 2011 at 9:22 PM

Yes, but is Rahm taking his calls?

Dr Evil on July 13, 2011 at 9:29 PM

CW on July 13, 2011 at 9:23 PM
Another pot meet kettle moment for Barry, eh?

chewmeister on July 13, 2011 at 9:30 PM

Knucklehead on July 13, 2011 at 9:23 PM

We could fix the debt because I would pay to see that and I know I’m not alone.

Cindy Munford on July 13, 2011 at 9:30 PM

What do you think your comments make you look like?

crr6 on July 13, 2011 at 9:29 PM

A real American

Wade on July 13, 2011 at 9:30 PM

“This process is confirming what the American people think is the worst about Washington,” the president said. “Everyone is more interested in posturing, political position and protecting their base than in solving problems, including me!

glennbo on July 13, 2011 at 9:31 PM

Looks like an acute case of Twisted Knickers !

Sandybourne on July 13, 2011 at 9:32 PM

CWForFreedom,

What do you think your comments make you look like?

crr6 on July 13, 2011 at 9:29 PM

I’m like rubber
You’re like glue
Whatever you say to me
Bounces off me
And sticks to you.

:-p~

(…just trying to keep it on a level crr6 can understand)

IrishEi on July 13, 2011 at 9:32 PM

A real American

Wade on July 13, 2011 at 9:30 PM

haha. I love you guys, seriously.

crr6 on July 13, 2011 at 9:32 PM

It really makes one look like a lapdog and useful idiot.

CW on July 13, 2011 at 9:26 PM

I think we should respect a poster’s opinions; that’s why we are all here. And, for Crr6, I think the poster has endured much on this forum. I think it is best to refrain from criticism going forward and perhaps welcome them into the fold; this is a big tent as far as I know.

Key West Reader on July 13, 2011 at 9:32 PM

We could will all witness a his meltdown on TV because that’s where I think this is going.

Knucklehead on July 13, 2011 at 9:23 PM

That’s what you meant.

roy_batty on July 13, 2011 at 9:34 PM

our country is leaderless. No leader in the WH no leaders in Congress. Just a bunch of politcal hacks more concerned with their careers and reelection than the country. Screw them all.

unseen on July 13, 2011 at 9:34 PM

Yes, but is Rahm taking his calls?

Dr Evil on July 13, 2011 at 9:29 PM

“Mr. Emanuel with be right with you…..please enjoy the music while your waiting……….

Rovin on July 13, 2011 at 9:35 PM

…Cantor says they can get a deal for $1.5 trillion in cuts through the House…

So why are you spending time dilly-dallying with the man-child?? Go ahead and pass it and drop it into Obama and the Senate’s lap!!

They can choose to take it OR leave it and let Grandma starve… AND afterwards GO GOLFING!!!

TheRightMan on July 13, 2011 at 9:35 PM

Time to change the name of the Tea Party to the Pea Party!

The one and only Pea Boy on Letterman:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdD-__nhW9E

And James Brown Horn Section pioneers Maceo Parker (sax), Fred Wesley (trombone) and Pee Wee Ellis (sax) doing “Pass The Peas”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgkhThEMRr8

Del Dolemonte on July 13, 2011 at 9:35 PM

Eric, don’t call my bluff.

I don’t know where this jackalope learned how to play poker…

… but where I come from, he just showed his hand.

Seven Percent Solution on July 13, 2011 at 9:36 PM

crr6 on July 13, 2011 at 9:32 PM
And we love you too, Comrade.

chewmeister on July 13, 2011 at 9:36 PM

haha. I love you guys, seriously.

crr6 on July 13, 2011 at 9:32 PM

Trust me, the feeling is not mutual.

Knucklehead on July 13, 2011 at 9:36 PM

Larry Elder was playing audio of JFK today. JFK was making the republicans’ economic case better in 1962 than they are today. If Cantor really wanted to piss off Obama he should quote JFK. Republicans have no cunning, no panache.

rrpjr on July 13, 2011 at 9:37 PM

If it brings down his presidency it will be worth the suffering and pain.

rplat on July 13, 2011 at 9:37 PM

Wonder what the Republicans did after he stomped out having made such absurd statements. It must have been all they could do not to burst out laughing.

Perhaps the plan is to keep stonewalling until he completely falls apart. I’d love to hear what Boehner, Cantor, et al have said in private after those meetings.

Cody1991 on July 13, 2011 at 9:38 PM

rrpjr on July 13, 2011 at 8:57 PM

Considering how he treated Cantor today…you may get your wish.

Being unfailing polite to ‘the office-holder’ is one thing, being polite to a childish jerk-wad is an entirely different matter.

CPT. Charles on July 13, 2011 at 9:38 PM

“Eric, don’t call my bluff.”

Really? And you wonder why our enemies don’t fear us, don’t even mildly respect us? Because you always show your hand. Even in this case, the thing to say is, “Don’t call me on this, I’m not bluffing.” Instead, you admit that you’re bluffing. Oh, you didn’t mean to, but that’s the only time that the truth slips from your lips.

Freelancer on July 13, 2011 at 9:38 PM

“If your enemy is of choleric temper, seek to irritate him.”

- Sun Tzu

thirteen28 on July 13, 2011 at 9:38 PM

What do you think your comments make you look like?

crr6 on July 13, 2011 at 9:29 PM

Not a lapdog . You really are pathetic. Funny you choose that comment of mine and not Barry’s own comment from his few days as a Senator. Hmmm I wonder why you ignore it.

Do tell

Good to know that point of mine hit home enough to have you respond like the child you are.

CW on July 13, 2011 at 9:39 PM

I still want to know how Tapper is quoting the president. Reporters weren’t in the room, right? He pretty much confirms that with:

“It was, sources from both parties say, the most tense of the deficit reduction meetings yet.”

BKeyser on July 13, 2011 at 9:40 PM

Not a lapdog .
CW on July 13, 2011 at 9:39 PM

So what then?

crr6 on July 13, 2011 at 9:40 PM

I wonder how that quitting smoking plan of his is going this evening.

Koa on July 13, 2011 at 9:40 PM

Usually, it’s the idiotic, wrongheaded, caught-in-his-own-stupidity teenager who storms out of the room in a huff screaming, “YOU JUST DON’T GET UNDERSTAND! (door slam).” And it…looks like that’s the case here.

Looks like we’re lucky to have such, um, ‘leadership’ in the White House on a matter of such national import.

Can we just take a minute to love our President, fellow wingnutz? For, er, some reason? RACISTS.

O_o

Good Lt on July 13, 2011 at 9:40 PM

I think it is best to refrain from criticism

Key West Reader on July 13, 2011 at 9:32 PM

So much for respecting opinions.

CW on July 13, 2011 at 9:40 PM

God bless you, Mr. President.

crr6 on July 13, 2011 at 9:19 PM

(opens notepad)

(highlights text)

(Ctrl + C)

(Ctrl + V)

(Save As)

I have a feeling I will get some mileage out of that over the next year and a half…

Seven Percent Solution on July 13, 2011 at 9:40 PM

the president told him: “Eric, don’t call my bluff. I’m going to the American people with this.”

Who’s going to take it to the American people for us?

Eric – Maybe.

Boehner – Zzzzzzz

McConnel – Yuck.

petefrt on July 13, 2011 at 9:41 PM

God bless you, Mr. President.

crr6 on July 13, 2011 at 9:19 PM

Is that you, Marche?

Del Dolemonte on July 13, 2011 at 9:41 PM

Palin wil make decision in aug/sept.

good.

unseen on July 13, 2011 at 9:42 PM

The focus group on Luntz is shocking me.

SouthernGent on July 13, 2011 at 9:42 PM

I think some of you are reading too much in the “don’t call my bluff” comment. To me that is the same as saying, I’m not bluffing. I don’t interpret him saying he IS bluffing.

angryed on July 13, 2011 at 9:42 PM

Who’s going to take it to the American people for us?
petefrt on July 13, 2011 at 9:41 PM

Asked and answered. Nobody.

rrpjr on July 13, 2011 at 9:42 PM

paulsur on July 13, 2011 at 8:59 PM

That’s the lesser spoken truth.

There’s more than enough cash ‘in-flow’ to cover the basic obligations.

All of his ‘wonderful programs’ on the other hand…not so much.

A government ‘shut-down’ would put the brakes on most of his leftist mischief.

CPT. Charles on July 13, 2011 at 9:43 PM

So what then?

crr6 on July 13, 2011 at 9:40 PM

As usual you avoid the elephant in the room. You play this trick on a regular basis. Let me try this again. Obama as a Senator would not vote for raising the debt ceiling and made great points. Funny now his view is the opposite and he plays games with the GOP over the debt yet you post your little “Thank you Mr. President” and ” God Bless you President Obama ” Comments. You are a lapdog. I am not a lapdog for anyone. I criticized Bush for his spending and I will do the same to Obama.

CW on July 13, 2011 at 9:43 PM

Perhaps the plan is to keep stonewalling until he completely falls apart. I’d love to hear what Boehner, Cantor, et al have said in private after those meetings.

Cody1991 on July 13, 2011 at 9:38 PM

Now you know the origins of the term “jackalope“…

Seven Percent Solution on July 13, 2011 at 9:43 PM

Popcorn!
I’ve been waiting for this all day. Timmy says earlier in the day that they have until Friday now Obama’s throwing his peas and storming out.
Go Cantor! The head socialist narcissis is losing it.
Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

ORconservative on July 13, 2011 at 9:44 PM

Just the fact that he actually said

“Ronald Reagan wouldnt sit here like this”

That my friends is comedy gold.

Koa on July 13, 2011 at 9:44 PM

“This may bring my presidency down, but I will not yield on this”

Best thing he’s ever said. At least it has finally occurred to him that he’s on his way down and out.

Cody1991 on July 13, 2011 at 9:44 PM

The focus group on Luntz is shocking me.

SouthernGent on July 13, 2011 at 9:42 PM

Quick details please, I’m not by a TV.

Knucklehead on July 13, 2011 at 9:44 PM

The focus group on Luntz is shocking me.

SouthernGent on July 13, 2011 at 9:42 PM

I know! And they’re from D.C.!

IrishEi on July 13, 2011 at 9:45 PM

God bless you, Mr. President.

crr6 on July 13, 2011 at 9:19 PM

This was good for another laugh. They deserve each other. Don’t fret, crr6, Obama is coming to you.

GaltBlvnAtty on July 13, 2011 at 9:45 PM

God bless you, Mr. President.

crr6 on July 13, 2011 at 9:19 PM

In January 2007 before the Democrats took over Congress, unemployment was 4.6 percent; now it’s over 9% percent.
America has lost 1.9 million jobs since Obama signed the stimulus.

Chronic unemployment worse than Great Depression

In January 2007 there were 7.1 million unemployed people in America; now there are over 14 million.

US house price fall ‘beats Great Depression slide’

* In January 2007 the median home price was $210,600; today it’s $179,300.
* The poverty rate in 2006 was 12.3 percent; now it’s over 14% percent
2007 Deficit: 162 billion …………..2011 Deficit: 1.6 Trillion
2007 Debt: 9 trillion…………………..2011 Debt: over 14 trillion

2000-2007 strongest productivity growth (2.5) in 4 decades
Robust GDP growth (2-3%) after the devastation of 9/11
In the 13 Quarters since the recession,Obama has only produced .8% GDP growth

The federal government has accumulated more new debt–$3.22 trillion ($3,220,103,625,307.29)—during the tenure of the Democratic 111th Congress than it did during the first 100 Congresses.


3.66 billion dollars a day

When the Pelosi Democrats took control of Congress on January 4, 2007, the national debt stood at $8,670,596,242,973.04. The last day of the 111th Congress and Pelosi’s Speakership on December 22, 2010 the national debt was $13,858,529,371,601.09 – a roughly $5.2 trillion increase in just four years.

Obama Added More to National Debt in First 19 Months Than All Presidents from Washington Through Reagan Combined, Says Gov’t Data

More People On Food Stamps Than Ever Before

Since November of 2008, when there were 30,885,000 on Food Stamps, the figure has risen almost 39.87% in two years—22% in 2008–‘09, and “only” 14% in 2009-‘10

Iran still full ahead in getting a nuclear Bomb…..
…..Launching wars in oil rich countries(Libya) without Congressional approval,that did not attack us,and posed no imminent threat….
Israeli/Palestinian Conflict worse than ever….
…….Pakistan turning away from us and headed right to the Chinese…..
…….Surrender in Afghanistan…..
NSA wiretapping..Rendition….Indefinite detention….military tribunals…Gitmo still open…

No transparency…lobbyist making more money than ever on the Hill…..no Pay-as-you-go….still pushing pork in the Bills he signs…..

Yea crr…keep waving those Pom Poms cheering from your knees for this pathetic record of failure.

Baxter Greene on July 13, 2011 at 9:46 PM

Oh, BTW, what do the Krauthammers, Frums, and other establishment idiots have to say about Obama’s “first class tempermant” now?

thirteen28 on July 13, 2011 at 9:46 PM

Maybe Cantor finally gets it. The Virginia Tea Party groups have been ripping him for a while on his fair weather conservatism – voting to extend the Patriot Act, a couple of poor votes on the Libya issue, and porkulus, TARP, and extension of unemployment …

Firefly_76 on July 13, 2011 at 9:46 PM

If your enemy is of choleric temper, seek to irritate him.”

- Sun Tzu

thirteen28 on July 13, 2011 at 9:38 PM

Key West Reader on July 13, 2011 at 9:46 PM

From NRO:

From Sen. Obama’s Floor Speech, March 20, 2006:

The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. … Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that “the buck stops here.” Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.

At the time, Senator Obama was urging Congress not to tolerate an increase that would bring the debt ceiling to $9 trillion. Under President Obama, the debt ceiling has been raised to $14.3 trillion. Even without counting most unfunded liabilities, the national debt is now calculated to be nearing $14.1 trillion. It increases about $4.22 billion per day (each citizen’s share stands at roughly $45K). Thus, Democrats will soon demand that the debt ceiling be raised, lest the sky fall. When they do, they will be asking for a significant boost in a ceiling that is already 60 percent higher than the one Barack Obama said was “a sign of leadership failure” five years ago.

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Obama is playing games and his only conviction is power

CW on July 13, 2011 at 9:46 PM

Obviously the Democrats new line to marginalize the GOP is “Boehner is a good leader, but he’s stuck with those radical Tea Partiers”. They have polled and focus grouped a number of lines like Shumer was overheard repeating. It’s really all they have, we just need to be ready for the fallout if the default happens.

MJZZZ on July 13, 2011 at 9:46 PM

So is crr6 moonlighting as a writer for Esquire?

angryed on July 13, 2011 at 9:46 PM

646 PST Asian markets are even,,, slightly lower

swimcoachmike on July 13, 2011 at 9:46 PM

crr6 on July 13, 2011 at 9:40 PM

Seriously, I know you are young but can you really be thankful of the amount of money spent (between TARP & Porkulous) with zero gains? And how can you, in good conscience, suggest that we borrow more and more money without cutting spending?

Cindy Munford on July 13, 2011 at 9:47 PM

Hey, who’s up for Martial Law?

artist on July 13, 2011 at 9:47 PM

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