I just can’t let the week go out without making this quote part of the OOTD pantheon:

“No matter what some agency may say, we’ve always been and always will be a triple-A country.”

NBC’s Jeff Greenfield calls this “the lamest single line of his Presidency,” and asked, “What next? ‘American’ ends in ‘I-CAN’’”?” Jim Geraghty responds:

Great. Now he finds his veto pen, and he wants to use it on Standard & Poor’s. What the heck does that even mean? We’re silver medalists, but in his mind, we’ll always be gold?

I’m sorry, Mr. President, but declaring that we’ll always be AAA in your heart means jack squat to lenders. Obama’s policies have just run headlong into basic market realities – too much is going out, and not enough is coming in. He and his Treasury Secretary seem to think they can demonize Standard & Poors enough to get them to ignore that fact.

Say what you will, but it does have a certain wistful quality to it:

We could have used this in 2008. “If that candidacy leaves the ground and we’re not ready to stop it, we’ll regret it. Oh, maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow — but soon, and for the rest of our lives.” At least we’ll always have AAA … and the Barackopolis.

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