Obama to GOP on debt ceiling: “I will not play that game”

posted at 3:31 pm on December 5, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

As Ed thoroughly outlined this morning, one of the fiscal-cliff contingency plans Republicans have reportedly been considering as an option would be to agree to Obama’s tax hikes in order to avert going over the cliff, and instead hold out for substantial entitlement reform next year using the debt ceiling as leverage.

But that is an entirely childish, irresponsible, unacceptable plan — sanctimoniously says the guy who has already received six debt-ceiling raises and is currently running the country at a trillion-plus deficit every single year.

Citing what he acknowledged were unconfirmed reports of Republican thinking, the president said “the thinking is the Republicans will have more leverage… and they will try to extract more concessions with a stronger hand on the debt.” But, he told the business leaders, “I have to just tell you. That is a bad strategy for America. That is a bad strategy for your businesses and it is not a game that I will play.”

Calling the last debt battle in 2011 a “catastrophe” that led to the lowering of the nation’s credit rating and stalled economic recovery, he said a repeat of that battle would cause great uncertainty around the world. “There is no uncertainty like the problem if the United States of America, the largest economy, the world’s reserve currency, potentially defaults on its debts.”

He added, “If the Congress in any way suggests they are going to tie negotiations to the debt ceiling and take us to the brink of default once again as part of a budget negotiation… I will not play that game because we’ve got to break that habit before it starts.”

No, no, no — a thousand times, no. A debt limit is good for a lot of things; most notably, forcing you acknowledge when you’ve spent too much money. Just eliminating the debt ceiling so we can all live in a la-la-land without spending limits is going to solve precisely zero actual problems, because the problem of the debt ceiling is unconditionally preempted by the problem of our gaping debt. The debt ceiling is meant to be a mechanism to force tough political battles and “hostage-taking,” for goodness’ sake — how can the president stand there and say with a straight face that haggling with the debt ceiling is a “bad strategy for America”? You know what else is a bad strategy for America? Having $16 trillion in debt and only having plans to increase that number.

Of course, the president would really rather not pay any political prices for the trillions of dollars he’s wracking up, so here’s another great idea for him: Why not require the credit-card industry to eliminate credit limits? That way, cash-strapped consumers can just keep spending consequence-free, no matter how much Obama’s policies perpetuate only meager economic growth! That can work, right?


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YOU GO GIRL!

GhoulAid on December 5, 2012 at 3:34 PM

The Poser in Chief won’t play ball… good…

LET IT BURN!!

Khun Joe on December 5, 2012 at 3:36 PM

The GOP will rue the day they give him the power to just unilaterally raise the debt ceiling. We need to actually abide by it, not just raise it whenever we feel like it.

changer1701 on December 5, 2012 at 3:36 PM

He’s such a dummy but the land is dumber still.

Schadenfreude on December 5, 2012 at 3:37 PM

I still can’t believe we have to endure this for another 4 years…

Gatsu on December 5, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Of course not

Schadenfreude on December 5, 2012 at 3:37 PM

“I raise the limit to infinity trillion dollars”-obama

ChunkyLover on December 5, 2012 at 3:38 PM

He [Obama] added, “If the Congress in any way suggests they are going to tie negotiations to the debt ceiling and take us to the brink of default once again as part of a budget negotiation… I will not play that game because we’ve got to break that habit before it starts.”

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the GOP had “real” leaders in Washington instead of the big government “wusses” (Boehner and McConnell) that we have right now.

Strong leaders would have passed a bill (or bills) extending all of the Bush tax cuts for everyone, closed up shop, and told Obama and the Dems to go pound sand should they so desire.

With respect to the debt limit, they should get Obama and the Dems to practice saying “default” unless they agree to real spending cuts.

But alas…

TheRightMan on December 5, 2012 at 3:41 PM

No one can convince me that Obama is not trying to purposely take down our country. He needs to be removed from office immediately for treason.

Charlemagne on December 5, 2012 at 3:41 PM

If you’re worried about the US defaulting on its debts, maybe you might consider not running up so much. Better still, pay it down.

The Schaef on December 5, 2012 at 3:43 PM

There is absolutely no reason Obama and his communist horde can’t work under the current debt ceiling.

Don’t give in to this insane nut.

darwin on December 5, 2012 at 3:44 PM

A losing GOP hand
http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/losing_gop_hand_ujI83rD2fNsV1u8sxSE0fK

Obama doesn’t care. This is war — not against the Taliban, but war against the GOP. He has Republicans on the ropes, and that’s a victory he savors and desires — unlike Afghanistan, where he seems only to want to turn tail.

The truth is, every way you look at it, the GOP is trapped. Republican politicians will cave and give the president most of what he wants. The only real question is when. The answer is: Probably at the worst possible time, when they’ve done even more damage to the party’s “brand.”

Here’s some small comfort for Republican politicians trapped in this Hell: On Nov. 6, the American people chose this box.

We get the government we ask for.

Galt2009 on December 5, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Obama to GOP on debt ceiling: “I will not play that game”

Of course Obama won’t play that game, the whole “Let it Burn” concept is basically his idea, he just means it for the exact opposite reason as the conservatives suggesting it do.

SWalker on December 5, 2012 at 3:45 PM

I like how most Republicans have accepted the premise that refusing to raise the Debt Ceiling is a refusal to pay our bills.

Yes, defaulting on our loans is an option. However, making the cuts necessary to pay our bills is also an option.

DeathtotheSwiss on December 5, 2012 at 3:46 PM

“There is no uncertainty like the problem if the United States of America, the largest economy, the world’s reserve currency, potentially defaults on its debts.”- Obama

And his answer is to borrow more money with no plan to pay it back.

I hope someone jumps up and calls it a bad risk.

Jabberwock on December 5, 2012 at 3:47 PM

My goodness bho(aka I won) is really getting his undies in a wad isn’t he? HE won’t stand for or play games until he gets 1000% of what he wants?

Guess I better not post any longer on this here, the ban will get me stat!
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letget on December 5, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Aww. He said he won’t play. He’s such a child.

alwaysfiredup on December 5, 2012 at 3:47 PM

“Calling the last debt battle in 2011 a “catastrophe” that led to the lowering of the nation’s credit rating and stalled economic recovery,…”

The last debt ceiling ‘battle’ WAS a ‘catastrophe’ because Boehner rolled over with his ar$e up in the air like Obama’s b!t@h, giving him exactly what he wanted….

And the reason the U.S. Credit rating was downgraded was because, although warned that if he did not make a SERIOUS move to lower the U.S. debt & bring spending under control, Obama REJECTED ALL BUT $50 BILLION IN REAL SPENDING CUTS! (Boehner bragged he had received hundreds of billions of spending cut concessions from Obama…only to have it exposed a week later that he LIED & only got $50 BILLION in REAL spending cuts!)

easyt65 on December 5, 2012 at 3:47 PM

“If the [Democrats] in any way suggest they are going to [ignore] negotiations [on the fiscal cliff] and take us to the brink of [failure] once again as part of a budget negotiation… I will not play that game because we’ve got to break that habit before it starts.”

Sounds good to me.

Dear President Obama,

In case you missed it, you are president, not emperor. You don’t just get what you want.

If you want to have a balanced budget, fine. If you don’t, then you are going to have to start negotiating with the Republicans in good faith. Translation: you are going to have to screw over everyone on your side. Because raising any taxes by so much as a single penny screws over the Republican side. So if you want them to do that, you’re going to have to reciprocate.

Since you’re not willing to do that, your blather has no meaning or value. Enjoy running into the debt limit.

Greg Q on December 5, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Tood bad, Scooter. Why don’t you tall all your toys and go home to where your publicist said you were from?///

kingsjester on December 5, 2012 at 3:49 PM

If the debt ceiling is raised every time the limit is reached, is it really a debt ceiling?

xblade on December 5, 2012 at 3:49 PM

hey Communist-in-Chief….. fu

ultracon on December 5, 2012 at 3:50 PM

The Land of Oz

Schadenfreude on December 5, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Here’s a novel thought, let’s not increase the debt ceiling. Let’s say we will, but first we have to lower tax rates and cut spending dramatically. Once we’ve done that, then maybe we’ll raise the ceiling. Maybe.

Iblis on December 5, 2012 at 3:52 PM

“I will not play that game”

My game is golf – FORE ward!

Wander on December 5, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Isn’t it curious that Obama and his fellow progressives never actually like to talk about how much taxes will have to be raised and on whom in order to pay for the current size of our federal government?

It’s almost like telling every citizen that they are going to pay a 50% income tax as well as see every product they purchase skyrocket in price as they are hit with VAT taxes is a losing political message. Instead he’s going to bankrupt the country and rebuild us in his image.

gwelf on December 5, 2012 at 3:53 PM

“I will not play that game”

Cut him out of the game.

End negotiations until he comes back with spending cuts. Period.

If he won’t come back with cuts then tell him, you own this and enjoy both default and higher taxes for everyone.

Remind him about the need for shared sacrifice…even for the 47%.

newtopia on December 5, 2012 at 3:54 PM

The GOP should simply say: We’ll agree to whatever ‘balanced’ approach the president wants in tax increases and cuts – as long as the annual budget is balanced.

Let the Democrats choke on their big lie that we can tax our way out of our mess.

gwelf on December 5, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Oh and pass a bill and send it to Reid that retains Bush era tax cuts with no debt ceiling raising.

Send it to Reid and let him eat it and remind DAILY that you have done something to avert the cliff.

newtopia on December 5, 2012 at 3:57 PM

If Boehner & the GOP had one hair on their arse they would do whatever it took to fight the next debt ceiling increase, affectively shutting down the government UNTIL A BALANCED BUDGET IS PASSED & A PLAN IS PUT INTO AFFECT INVOLVING ENTITLEMENT REFORM & TAX REFORM, & SIGNIFICANT SPENDING CUTS ARE AGREED TO!

Every day the government was shut down would be another victory for America / another day of saving hundreds of billions of dollars.

And every day the government is officially shut down & our Congress works to make a deal – they should NOT BE PAID – that should be a FREE DAY out-of-pocket, punishment for not doing their jobs while they had the chance!

easyt65 on December 5, 2012 at 3:59 PM

“play that game”. Oh, you mean politics? Your the King of politics dude. What a little man.

Hummer53 on December 5, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Says the man who is already playing the game…

This is where republicans hold him by the, well you know, and he knows it too. I would like to see the House simply say no to raising the limit, not even negotiate, simply say no. Another downgrade? Fine. We have a spending problem and increasing the limit on the credit card will not help. Paying for China’s military so we can live beyond our means and give everyone a unicorn in a pot is simply insane.

Ellis on December 5, 2012 at 3:59 PM

President Toonces speaks!

As he accelerates toward the cliff.

iurockhead on December 5, 2012 at 4:00 PM

He attempts to look so smart. He looks like an underdeveloped stupid teenager who dresses well.

Schadenfreude on December 5, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Don’t you just love how we have all this krap around Christmas? bhocare was doing the same thing several years ago at this same time, and IIRC, it passed on Christmas eve?

I can hardly wait for the Friday dump, will bho do a morsi and make himself king/dictator/pharaoh?
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letget on December 5, 2012 at 4:01 PM

I will not play that game because we’ve got to break that habit before it starts.”

You have been playing games for the past 4 years and now the American people have voted once again to watch you play games for another 4 years.

Give the people what they voted for.

Let. It. Burn.

#Pain
#Revenge

JPeterman on December 5, 2012 at 4:02 PM

Anyone else see the video of the Detroit councilman demanding Obama bail out the city because they voted for him? That is what we face in this country.

Ellis on December 5, 2012 at 4:03 PM

TO PUT THINGS INTO CONTEXT:

If the Government was a COMPANY – a bunch of Fund Managers – and our tax dollars were our investments…

If this Company/these Fund Managers were so fiscally inept & engaged in such CRIMINAL mis-management of our funds as to end up $16 Trillion in the RED…

And if this Company / Fund Managers came to us, the investors, & INSISTED the answer to resolve the problem THEY CREATED would be for US to simply PAY / GIVE THEM MORE MONEY….

At the VERY LEAST they would be FIRED….and they would probably be FACING CRIMINAL CHARGES!

So why are we treating our elected officials with whom we have entrusted our money any differently?

easyt65 on December 5, 2012 at 4:03 PM

He just realized he’s about to get played, the GOP is going to cave on the tax rates (as he campaigned on) and when it comes to the debt ceiling they are going to get back all of their self respect and then some.

Tater Salad on December 5, 2012 at 4:06 PM

So. Are we going to see a Presidential Temper Trantrum before Christmas?

kingsjester on December 5, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Isn’t it curious that Obama and his fellow progressives never actually like to talk about how much taxes will have to be raised and on whom in order to pay for the current size of our federal government?

It’s almost like telling every citizen that they are going to pay a 50% income tax as well as see every product they purchase skyrocket in price as they are hit with VAT taxes is a losing political message. Instead he’s going to bankrupt the country and rebuild us in his image.

gwelf on December 5, 2012 at 3:53 PM

That’s how they got elected (and will stay elected). The abandoned the message and focused entirely on the messaging (focus groups, anyone).

Deets on December 5, 2012 at 4:09 PM

moral high ground…..seized.

ted c on December 5, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Make them put their debt ceiling NEEDS on paper.
Than we get to see what their REAL plan is.

A good strategy actually- force them to actually state a plan.
Enough of this glossing over crap.

And what actual cuts are they going to propose. Reps should play THEIR game more often.

FlaMurph on December 5, 2012 at 4:10 PM

The GOP should cave today, just go ahead and announce they will allow the rates to go up on the high earners. Obama will then be in a corner because he will have to accept it, knowing full well the debt ceiling fight is where he is trouble.

Tater Salad on December 5, 2012 at 4:11 PM

so barry’s taking off the mask. Santorum was trying to explain this all to Greta last night.

barry is more comfortable being the unitary president, where the congress is his subordinates. The left feels very confident in their position now, so now is the time to change lots of rules. A humanitarian rule in the Senate…w/out filibuster..is one.

This is just another ‘arrogance of power’…spending maters orginate in the house…that’s the Constitution. To have no debt ceiling, and for that matter no budget, give barry wide latitude to transform the country.

i have a feeling that Santorum thinks SCOTUS is next. Like i say, the left feels pretty good about their future prospects,else killing the filibuster could backfire on them…they think they’ve Won

r keller on December 5, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Remember, Obama(know matter how hard he tries) can only spend what the House gives him.

Tater Salad on December 5, 2012 at 4:14 PM

If all of our taxes go up, so bet it but give Obama nothing. The debt ceiling belongs to the house and they had damn well better keep it and use it sparingly. What’s he going to do, break the law and ignore the debt ceiling . . . I hope he does because that will be cause for impeachment. He may have won the election but the fact remains that half of those that voted didn’t want him elected. He doesn’t have a mandate, he barely got a simple majority so he can stop thumping his chest blowing his own horn.

rplat on December 5, 2012 at 4:14 PM

$16 trillion is way too much debt, it is an economic missile aimed at the American people by their own corrupt government. The debt limit needs to be slashed if we’re to have any hope for a prosperous future again. America needs to turn away from the dark side of the force and walk back into the light.

I suppose that factoring in compromise in the spirit of taking a balances approach, instead of raising the debt limit or lowering it, all we can expect is to leave the debt limit unchanged.

FloatingRock on December 5, 2012 at 4:14 PM

I don’t know why he’s worried, the Republicans haven’t figured out how to play the game yet. Perhaps he’s worried they’ll figure out how they’re getting rolled and get a new strategist. Boehner better be careful how he handles this because, once you let those powers go, you aren’t going to get them back. Pretty soon, stupid Boehner will be re-writing the Constitution and all spending will originate in the Senate and the White House.

bflat879 on December 5, 2012 at 4:15 PM

…in the spirit of taking a “balanced” approach…

fix

FloatingRock on December 5, 2012 at 4:15 PM

The GOP should cave today, just go ahead and announce they will allow the rates to go up on the high earners. Obama will then be in a corner because he will have to accept it, knowing full well the debt ceiling fight is where he is trouble.

Tater Salad on December 5, 2012 at 4:11 PM

The King does not have to accept anything, he’ll just move the goal posts once again. You seem to have forgotten that “he won” and can do anything he wants.

It’s good to be King.

JPeterman on December 5, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Yes, defaulting on our loans is an option. However, making the cuts necessary to pay our bills is also an option.

DeathtotheSwiss on December 5, 2012 at 3:46 PM

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Cuts ? We don’t need no stinking cuts……

Whatsamattayou?

FlaMurph on December 5, 2012 at 4:18 PM

The King does not have to accept anything, he’ll just move the goal posts once again. You seem to have forgotten that “he won” and can do anything he wants.

It’s good to be King.

JPeterman on December 5, 2012 at 4:17 PM

I can only hope he decides to move the goal post after the past year of demogoguing the issue, if so it allows the GOP to no longer take the blame. The MSM will run out of answers as to why he won’t take the deal he campaigned on.

Tater Salad on December 5, 2012 at 4:23 PM

“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… That is money that we have borrowed from the Social Security trust fund, borrowed from China and Japan, borrowed from American taxpayers. This rising debt is a hidden domestic enemy, robbing our cities and States of critical investments in infrastructure like bridges, ports, and levees; robbing our families and our children of critical investments in education and health care reform; robbing our seniors of the retirement and health security they have counted on. Every dollar we pay in interest is a dollar that is not going to investment in America’s priorities.”
–Barry Obama – March 2006

He forgot to mention the Fed’s neo-Alchemy.

As loathe as I am to give Lady MacDeath any credit, she was right about him. “Just words.”

Rae on December 5, 2012 at 4:24 PM

I My <blah Me …is it 2016 yet??? Feels like that dog been preezy for 8 years…L.I.B.

RedInMD on December 5, 2012 at 4:25 PM

He doesn’t want to “play that game” over the debt ceiling because he knows he will lose.

Tater Salad on December 5, 2012 at 4:26 PM

“Racking up”, Erika. I still want to have your babies, though.

The Rogue Tomato on December 5, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Yeah, there’s no game-playin’ goin’ on in that there WretchedHive. Just give him carte blanche. Open up the coffers and he’ll be nowhere to be seen except flyin’ around the world handing out presents, just like Santa Claus.

stukinIL4now on December 5, 2012 at 4:28 PM

There will be NO deal on the Fiscal Cliff (because it isn’t a problem in the eyes of Barry and Harry)

The House is not even a bump in the road to Barry with the exception of the Debt Ceiling… Hasn’t had a budget in 4 years, doesn’t need one for another 4 years… The house can hold hearings all its wants, an Impeachment trial (of Barry or his minions) is never happening in Harry’s Sentate

The Debt Ceiling is the last hurdle between Barry and dictatorship…

phreshone on December 5, 2012 at 4:28 PM

There is no fiscal cliff, Charlie Rangle just said so on Cavuto.

JPeterman on December 5, 2012 at 4:31 PM

It’s not what Obama says. Liberals exist. Democrats exist. And they will for a long time. It’s how we deal with them that’s important. Start playing hardball or stop playing.

Dongemaharu on December 5, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Republicans in Congress are about to fall for the Marxist (aka Democrat Party) trick again. Like Charlie Brown trying to kick the football, Boehner and McConnell are “negotiating” by themselves. With B. Hussein Obama as Lucy, the football (spending cuts) will NEVER be there.

* ANY “agreement” that has ANY Republican tied to it will become a GOP failure.
* NO agreement will ALSO be a GOP failure.

The accomplice media has already written this story for when the Marxist Tax & Spend deal fails (as it MUST).
I can see only one choice and one chance to escape this trap.

Boehner must require a definition of the “rich” who “…have to pay a little bit more…” from the White House, along with a Bill for tax “reform” from the Marxist Party.
He must do this assuring Obama that the GOP will let the bill pass on a straight up-or-down vote without amendment.
The delivered bill should be named “The President Barack Obama Tax Reform Act of 2012”
Once delivered, the House GOP members should all spend one minute on the record stating why the plan cannot work.
Then call the vote, and watch all the Marxists vote ‘aye’.
Have one fewer Republican than their total vote ‘nay’.
Then have every other GOP House member vote ‘abstain’.
The bill would pass with ONLY Marxist fingerprints on it.

Same goes for “The President Barack Obama Jobs/Stimulus Bill” – rinse and repeat.

From that day forward, tell every news outlet, EVERY time that the PRESIDENT is responsible for taxes and the economy now that he has what the voters and he wanted.
They will not want to carry that story, but if it is the ONLY story the GOP tells, they will have no choice.

HammerNH on December 5, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Homie Don’t Play Dat.

SAMinVA on December 5, 2012 at 4:39 PM

“I won’t play that game,” he said, as he played that game.

“We shouldn’t politicize this situation”, he said, as he politicized the situation.

F@#$ you, Obama.

Midas on December 5, 2012 at 4:40 PM

There is nothing more insulting in the history of America than having this most incompetent man and biggest liar as President… He talks about fiscal responsibility when he added more debt than any other President in history… and he talks about it with a straight face…

mnjg on December 5, 2012 at 4:40 PM

What the hell is he talking about, he’s already playing the game. He needs to understand that he is dealing with a co-equal branch of the government and he is a president not an emperor. He may have the upper hand at this moment but power differs depending upon situations.

rplat on December 5, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Anyone else see the video of the Detroit councilman demanding Obama bail out the city because they voted for him? That is what we face in this country.

Ellis on December 5, 2012 at 4:03 PM

These wholes can demand all they want. Cities like Detroit are not worth bailing out.
GM was not worth bailing out.

Detroit problems are the result of over 50 years of democratic rule.

American is headed on the same direction.

Who will bail out America??

No one.

We either boost economic output or we die.

All these folks complaining about their pensions can go STFU.

It will be interesting to see what Obama does over the next 4 years.

I guess he could sell America to the Brotherhood.

redguy on December 5, 2012 at 4:48 PM

There is no fiscal cliff, Charlie Rangle just said so on Cavuto.

JPeterman on December 5, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Whew!, good to know. If Charlie says so it must be right

Tater Salad on December 5, 2012 at 4:48 PM

— sanctimoniously says the guy who has already received six debt-ceiling raises and is currently running the country at a trillion-plus deficit every single year.

Not to mention a couple of downgrades to our credit rating.

What an @-hole this guy is.

UltimateBob on December 5, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Publicly held debt (does not include debt held by SSA)

January 28 2009 : $6,317,299,000,000
October 31 2012 : $11,411,598,000,000

An increase of 81% in 45 months.

agmartin on December 5, 2012 at 4:54 PM

I still can’t believe we have to endure this for another 4 years…

Gatsu on December 5, 2012 at 3:37 PM

He’s just getting started. he hasn’t even been inaugurated to his second term yet.

UltimateBob on December 5, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Now let’s see . . . Obama 65 million votes/Romney 61 million votes. Total votes = 128,299,099; winners percentage = 50.9% of total votes (there were also 2,223,004 votes cast for neither Obama or Romney). Yes, he won, but he barely got a simple majority and certainly not the “mandate” he fantasizes about. Nobody is contesting his win but it came a far cry from that needed to be emperor. Buck up Republicans, you have as much support in this country as he dose and possibly even more if you include the 94+ million eligible voters that didn’t vote. All you need is a viable, strong winning strategy and the male parts to use and exploit it. Drive on!

rplat on December 5, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Wow! I finally agree with Obama. Let’s not play the game. Let’s freeze the debt limit right where it is. Then, let’s watch as the constitution violating Marxist ignores it and continues to spend whatever he wants.

btw, the Republicans can stop over-spending any time they want. Every spending bill originates in the House. We’re all getting played for fools by both parties. There’s a good reason they continue to mock and insult the Tea Party.

cajunpatriot on December 5, 2012 at 5:07 PM

A screaming toddler having a temper tantrum. That’s our fearless leader.

BetseyRoss on December 5, 2012 at 5:09 PM

It appears the Republicans are setting themselves up for another four years of pig wrestling. They never learn that they’ll only get muddy and the pig (Obama) likes it.

Republicans should take Glen Reynolds advice and pass the Simpson/Bowles recommendations as well as monstrous tax increases on the entertainment and sports industries. They can then sit back and watch the worst president in American history either choke it down or veto it. The consequences will be all his.

RobertE on December 5, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Y, the only game the Obamoron wants to play is golf.

Marxism is for dummies on December 5, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Calling the last debt battle in 2011 a “catastrophe” that led to the lowering of the nation’s credit rating and stalled economic recovery, he said a repeat of that battle would cause great uncertainty around the world.

Hello, Obysmal, it is our unconscionable debt and deficit that lowered our credit rating, and you OWN that, Bub.

What economic recovery?

onlineanalyst on December 5, 2012 at 5:10 PM

DEMINT/NORQUST 2016 ?

Mr. Arrogant on December 5, 2012 at 5:11 PM

What? All the guy does is play games. He just wants to ram something through so he can go spend 21 days in Hawaii…at our expense. He could care less what happens as a result of his feckless “leadership”. And when he gets back, watch what happens with the spending. If the Republicans fall for any of his promises they’re idiots. Like someone said, they always come with an expiration date.

scalleywag on December 5, 2012 at 5:29 PM

The brazen S.O.B. made these remarks at a “Business Roundtable”? Did the participants laugh out loud…or were they bundlers for favors?

onlineanalyst on December 5, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Brakes is gone Weezie!! “Weeze fweewheelin!”

timberline on December 5, 2012 at 5:45 PM

The brazen S.O.B. made these remarks at a “Business Roundtable”? Did the participants laugh out loud…or were they bundlers for favors?

onlineanalyst on December 5, 2012 at 5:43 PM

We will never know since he booted the press out.

Video: Obama Boots Press From Event…

JPeterman on December 5, 2012 at 5:52 PM

The Executive Branch ruling the other two branches was not the way this Government was set up. Congress better flex their muscles.

mixplix on December 5, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Perfect response: Mister President, managing America’s national debt is not a game.

Of course Boehner babbled on about something else.

slickwillie2001 on December 5, 2012 at 6:29 PM

A screaming toddler having a temper tantrum. That’s our fearless leader.

BetseyRoss on December 5, 2012 at 5:09 PM

An old picture:Crybaby

slickwillie2001 on December 5, 2012 at 6:34 PM

WHY do we still not have a BUDGET???

Murf76 on December 5, 2012 at 6:36 PM

the president would really rather not pay any political prices for the trillions of dollars he’s wracking up

he hasn’t so far with this lsm, they probably think it’s hunky dory to erase the debt limit UNITL a GOP president comes on board….no reprecussions for dear leader

ALL HAIL DEAR LEADER

cmsinaz on December 5, 2012 at 6:36 PM

My name is Homie the Clown and I’m here all week.

tom0508 on December 5, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Obama only has all the power if he can keep all the Democrats in the Senate on his side. They’ll jump ship in a heartbeat if it looks like they might lose their next election.

It would do my heart good to see him do a classic overreach and suddenly be abandoned by the Senate. It’s very much possible. McConnnell has already pushed for Obama’s “offer” to be put to a vote in the Senate, and even hyper-partisan Harry Reid couldn’t run away from it fast enough.

The Democrats are cocky because they know the media will cover for them. But if you confront them directly enough so that they can’t hide behind favorable media coverage, they know they could lose that next election. And that is all they care about.

You won’t win this by being a nice guy. But it can be won.

tom on December 5, 2012 at 7:33 PM

He’s always running around doing this “campaigning style” of “governing” so that he can get out what he wants to say and have it all replayed on the MSM. This way he doesn’t have to hold any press conferences and face the remote chance of actually getting any real or pressing questions.

All presidents before this one actually “worked” in Washington and dealt with congress directly. If they wanted to get their plans or desires before the American people, they’d hold a press conference.

This guy will do anything to avoid dealing directly with the people we’ve elected to represent us or being held accountable to us.

Oxymoron on December 5, 2012 at 7:51 PM

He WILL play by the rules of our Constitution, or let him be impeached.

For the Congress to surrender their control over the debt ceiling is unconstitutional. Let him pursue that, let him play that game at his own peril.

petefrt on December 5, 2012 at 7:58 PM

“I will not play that game”

…good!…spend more time playing golf!…oh… wait a minute!

KOOLAID2 on December 5, 2012 at 8:21 PM

Americans have decided they’re simply not going to acknowledge the tyranny right in front of their faces.

I suppose law abiding citizens will continue to suffer endless regulation and taxation until they have nothing left to lose. Perhaps then they’ll act. Maybe.

If you let these frothing leftists snatch your liberty to arm yourself, to believe in your deity, to buy and sell to make a profit, well, you’ll make a fine concubine to the state.

I remember who we were once.

rebarnard on December 5, 2012 at 8:58 PM

If we had a party that had a set of b@//s, or a press that didn’t lick boots, that clip would be all over the television. All day every day period

Paco on December 5, 2012 at 11:30 PM

The Child Pharaoh has become absolutely insufferable.

VorDaj on December 5, 2012 at 11:56 PM

Just another “Present” vote.

The Emperor STILL has no clothes!

EB

EdmundBurke247 on December 6, 2012 at 7:48 AM

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