Open thread: Obama phones Boehner to tell him he doesn’t want to talk right now

posted at 1:21 pm on October 8, 2013 by Allahpundit

After a week of reports about 90-year-old vets being barricaded out of war memorials and federal park rangers trying to cone off the roads in front of Mt. Rushmore, The One’s decided it’s time for a messaging reboot. He’s holding a snap presser at 2 p.m. ET to remind America that (a) Republicans are suicidally stubborn and unreasonable in digging in when the debt limit is approaching and (b) that he himself is dug in and categorically refuses to negotiate even though the debt limit is approaching.

Speaking of which, evidently we’ve reached the crucial “communications about not wanting to communicate” stage of the negotiations. Next comes negotiations over whether or not to negotiate, and then finally a triumphant agreement to punt this whole process to next year sometime, when we’ll do it all again.

Who says our leaders can’t work together?

Late this morning, the President telephoned Speaker John Boehner from the Oval Office and repeated what he told him when they met at the White House last week: the President is willing to negotiate with Republicans — after the threat of government shutdown and default have been removed – over policies that Republicans think would strengthen the country. The President also repeated his willingness to negotiate on priorities that he has identified including policies that expand economic opportunity, support private sector job creation, enhance the competitiveness of American businesses, strengthen the Affordable Care Act and continue to reduce the nation’s deficit.

The President urged the Speaker to hold a vote in the House of Representatives on the Senate-passed measure that would re-open the federal government immediately. Citing the Senate’s intention to pass a clean, yearlong extension of the debt limit this week, the President also pressed the Speaker to allow a timely up-or-down vote in the House to raise the debt limit with no ideological strings attached.

Does that mean Obama’s fully prepared to hit the debt ceiling if the GOP insists on some concession in return, even if it’s a token one like repealing ObamaCare’s medical-device tax? We’ll know at 2, assuming any reporter thinks to ask him. In the meantime, some glorious news from the GOP camp: They’ve decided that the way out of this mess might be … a new Super Committee.

U.S. House Republicans are weighing legislation requiring the creation of a new negotiating panel to find deficit-reductions as part of efforts to reopen the federal government and increase Treasury Department borrowing authority, a senior House aide said.

The aide likened the proposal to the creation in 2011 of a “supercommittee,” made up of Republicans and Democrats from the House and Senate, who were tasked with finding trillions of dollars in new budget savings over 10 years. That panel collapsed in failure in November 2011.

No thanks, say Democrats. Their whole strategy here, as masterminded by Harry Reid, is to convince Boehner and the rest of the House that future debt-limit brinksmanship is a dead end. And the only way to do that, in theory, is to delegitimize the tactic by not agreeing to talks of any kind until after the shutdown is over and the debt ceiling raised. Even if they were inclined to cave, they’re not going to do it for something as lame and futile as a new Super Committee, the best-case scenario for which is an agreement to hold future talks on tax reform and deficit reduction next year in exchange for raising the debt ceiling now. (The committee idea is really just a fig leaf for Boehner to raise the ceiling while telling conservatives that he got “something,” i.e. a blue-ribbon commission that’ll go nowhere, in return.) Assuming Democrats don’t budge on their no-talk strategy, which isn’t at all assured, the only thing that might tempt them to make a major concession on deficit reduction right now instead of a token concession designed to give Boehner political cover to end this process is if the House GOP agreed to include some kind of provision that would mitigate or eliminate the risk of future debt-ceiling crises. Doing that, though, would probably sink Boehner’s Speakership even more decisively than a clean debt-ceiling hike would; it’s one thing to cave now, it’s another thing to cave on behalf of future Republican-majority Congresses, which might not be able to repeal the sort of mitigation/elimination law I’m talking about. With that off the table, it means one side or the other is going to have to cave substantially in its demands. Stay tuned for the presser.

Update: He’s not wrong.

Speaker John Boehner rallied his troops this morning at a closed-door conference meeting at the Capitol. Democrats are trying to “annihilate us,” he told his members. “We can get through this if we stick together.”…

Republicans’ spines stiffened yesterday when a top White House official said at an event that Obama’s goal was to set a precedent going forward against negotiating over the debt ceiling.

“The president sent strong signals to us which we find offensive,” says Representative Pete Sessions of Texas, the chairman of the House Rules Committee. “He’s not a dictator. We have a constitution,” he adds. “It’s unreasonable and very selfish,” adds Representative Jason Chaffetz of Utah about the Democrats’ refusal to talk.


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Another speech! Be still my heart!

katy the mean old lady on October 8, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Spoiled man-child president is going to hold everyone’s breath til they turn blue. Grade A-1 @sshole.

rbj on October 8, 2013 at 1:24 PM

Obama phones Boehner to tell him he doesn’t want to talk right now

Tee time, I suppose

Electrongod on October 8, 2013 at 1:24 PM

Wow, the Republicans are finally using the d word? (That would be dictator).

MobileVideoEngineer on October 8, 2013 at 1:24 PM

Boehner has an Obamaphone

pain train on October 8, 2013 at 1:24 PM

Obama phones Boehner to tell him he doesn’t want to talk right now

Deja vu all over again.

Lost in Jersey on October 8, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Obamaphone?

pain train on October 8, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Will Obama continue the ‘threaten’ rhetoric or will he go back to the hostage and gun to the head rhetoric from last week? Maybe something new.

supernova on October 8, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Yup, he is doing so great on the whole ‘funding of government’ fight that he now wants one on the debt limit.

What a maroon.

ajacksonian on October 8, 2013 at 1:26 PM

President stompy foot is going to stomp his foot..? Again? What, no golf until we get this fixed..?

d1carter on October 8, 2013 at 1:26 PM

I hear Obowma went for a walk…

… and got something to eat.

Or something…

Seven Percent Solution on October 8, 2013 at 1:27 PM

By shutting down the government, Republicans are satisfying the Koch Brothers while millions of people are suffering.

— Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) October 08, 2013

Whaaaat? No Bilderbergers and Tri-Lats?

Hypocrite Harry has lost his mind.

Resist We Much on October 8, 2013 at 1:27 PM

“He’s not a dictator. We have a constitution.”

Stop letting him be one.

Start using it to get rid of him.

ConDem on October 8, 2013 at 1:28 PM

“It’s unreasonable and very selfish,” adds Representative Jason Chaffetz of Utah about the Democrats’ refusal to talk.

I would add childish as well.

sadatoni on October 8, 2013 at 1:28 PM

1. Obama’s got nothing to loose, he has played out his sorry hand of hate, now he grinds U.S. all down under his heels of hate. Even the Democrat Party gets run over now by this out of control hate bus.

2. Our only solution is a long term solution and it is U.S. voteing all the go along and or hate America freeks out of office.
We know who they are, we do not need the msm to show U.S. by who they lie about, we do not need conservative talking heads to tell U.S. or blogs. So,,

3. Go after them via the vote and in required the Mark Levin way.

4. Start now an example is Katrina Pierson who is runnin for the 32 House seat in Texas aginst Pete Sessions the no. 4 R in the house. He is the stall of the Bengazie Special D.A. and he has turned out to be an ear mark down to his shoes.

http://www.katrinaforcongress.com

Obama’s hate is to strong for U.S. and we must stand firm now.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on October 8, 2013 at 1:28 PM

President Obama doesn’t want to talk with anyone and that is the fault of… Republicans?

Someone has taken up some space in his head rent free and has gotten to the controls. Sadly that individual is deranged.

ajacksonian on October 8, 2013 at 1:29 PM

when a top White House official said at an event that Obama’s goal was to set a precedent going forward against negotiating over the debt ceiling.

After all, it is sooooo unprecedented!

‘Congress is trapped on the question of raising the national debt by one of its own legislative tricks — postponing disagreeable decisions until the last hours of rush to adjournment when there is no further time for deliberation and the situation is ripe for trading.’

- President Eisenhower, 1953

Who was president when this was written?

‘With the Senate entangled in a filibuster over natural gas prices, Congress let the Friday midnight deadline slip by without passing final legislation to raise the debt ceiling.

‘Our intention is to continue…,’ said Sen. Howard Metzenhaum, D-Ohio, who is leading the filibuster with Sen. James Abourezk, D-S.D. ‘I guess we could continue the filibuster for another week, 10 days, maybe two weeks without much trouble.’

– The Associated Press, September 1977

This occurred when Democrats controlled Congress and Jimmy Carter was President.

FTR: Congressional Democrats eventually relented, and a temporary debt limit increase was signed into law on October 4, three days after the statutory deadline.

Resist We Much on October 8, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Why is Obowma giving a speech…

… I thought Harry Reid was in charge now?

I’m confused, anyone seen that Rodeo Clown lately?

Maybe he can explain things…

Seven Percent Solution on October 8, 2013 at 1:30 PM

After a week of reports about 90-year-old vets being barricaded out of war memorials and federal park rangers trying to cone off the roads in front of Mt. Rushmore…

Armed Guards Kick Senior Citizens Out of Yellowstone Park

NotCoach on October 8, 2013 at 1:31 PM

SHOCK: Police arrest veterans at war memorial

faraway on October 8, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Repeal the Second Liberty Bond Act of 1917, and make the Congress vote on every issuance of USG debt.

Make that the hill on which we die…

JohnGalt23 on October 8, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Is he getting medicated for his press appearance. watch him spin on his heel and stalk away from the podium taking no questions. Good job 52%ers.

Murphy9 on October 8, 2013 at 1:31 PM

The President is willing to negotiate with Republicans — after the threat of government shutdown and default have been removed – over policies that Republicans think would strengthen the country. The President also repeated his willingness to negotiate on priorities that he has identified including policies that expand economic opportunity, support private sector job creation, enhance the competitiveness of American businesses, strengthen the Affordable Care Act and continue to reduce the nation’s deficit.

Translation:

If you give me What I Want Right Now! I’m willing to talk to you later about giving me more of What I Want Later Too!

He’s so magnanimous. Totally.

PetecminMd on October 8, 2013 at 1:33 PM

I’m glad I’m at work and don’t have to listen to him. I would rather set my hair on fire and put it out with a hammer.

kingsjester on October 8, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Good job 52%ers.

Murphy9 on October 8, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Feds: US adults are dumber than the average human

How do they think Obama got elected?

Resist We Much on October 8, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Obama phones Boehner to tell him he doesn’t want to talk right now

The Prezzy probably butt dialed Bohner.
Then he had to think up an excuse as to why he called him so he wouldn’t look like a complete and utter fool.
Too late.

Jomama on October 8, 2013 at 1:33 PM

I just called to say that I’m not calling you because I’m not talking to you because I’m mad at you.

steebo77 on October 8, 2013 at 1:33 PM

President Pantywaist is still having a Temper Trantrum.

kingsjester on October 8, 2013 at 1:35 PM

The clown President Obozo is n the wrong line of work

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kHhx2SJ51Y

roflmmfao

donabernathy on October 8, 2013 at 1:37 PM

SHOCK: Police arrest veterans at war memorial

faraway on October 8, 2013 at 1:31 PM

That one actually isn’t shutdown theater. Read Ed’s earlier post on it.

NotCoach on October 8, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Speaker John Boehner rallied his troops this morning at a closed-door conference meeting at the Capitol. Democrats are trying to “annihilate us,” he told his members. “We can get through this if we stick together.”…

Wow Boehner finally awake? Or is this just an act?

Hold fast, republicans.

dogsoldier on October 8, 2013 at 1:38 PM

We’ll know at 2, assuming any reporter thinks to ask him.

Well, if it’s slated to start at 2, he probably won’t show until at least 2:15.

And, given his track record, I’d be surprised if he took any questions. But, if he did, I wish someone would ask if his tactics are part of the Cloward-Piven strategy.

Syzygy on October 8, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Seven Percent Solution on October 8, 2013 at 1:30 PM

I read he got work in Texas.

dogsoldier on October 8, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Then the White House and Democratic strategy is now clear.

It has been apparently a plan for a long time.

If you are going to set a “precedent”, then it would have to be “Default & Blame”. Even though it would be a “technical default” of non-governmental payments, the “talking points” will be “Default” because of the Republicans and the Tea Party.

He has been trying to bring down the markets.

He has been trying to incite class warfare.

He has been trying to use incendiary language against anyone who opposes his dictates.

Handwringing is useless. Prepare for a “technical default”.

Starlink on October 8, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Yep.

Market is shakey today. He want’s to bring it down even further. He wants destruction. No doubt about it.

WisRich on October 8, 2013 at 1:41 PM

He should just let Putin handle it.

vcferlita on October 8, 2013 at 1:41 PM

From the Congressional Research Service:

On 02.17.09, the debt ceiling was increased by $789 billion (P.L. 111-5).

On 12.28.09, the debt ceiling was increased by $290 billion (P.L. 111-123).

On 02.12.10, the debt ceiling was increased by $1.9 trillion (P.L. 111-139).

On 2 August 2011, President Obama signed the Budget Control Act of 2011 into law, which increased the debt ceiling by $2.1 – $2.4 trillion in three stages. Upon his signature, the debt ceiling was increased by $400 billion. The second tranche of $500 billion was triggered on 22 September 2011. On 01.12.12, presidential certification triggered a third, $1.2 trillion increase on 28 January 2012.

Federal debt reached its limit on 12.31.12. ‘Extraordinary measures’ were estimated to allow payment of government obligations until mid-February or early March 2013. H.R. 325, which suspended the debt limit until 19 May 2013, was passed by the House on 01.23.12 and by the Senate on 01.31.13. Obama signed it into law on 02.04.13.

According to the White House Office of Management and Budget, those ‘extraordinary measures’ amount to about $550 billion, which means that $6.7 trillion has been added to the national debt under the Obama presidency and we now have an estimated $17.25 trillion national debt.

For those keeping score at home, that adds up to $5.929 trillion in debt ceiling increases and ‘extraordinary measures’ on Obama’s watch, which has lasted 4 years, 8 months, and 19 days so far.
.
.
Under Bush?

Per the CRS:

06.28.02: $450 billion (P.L. 107-199)

05.27.03: $984 billion (P.L. 108-24)

11.19.04: $800 billion (P.L. 108-415)

03.20.06: $781 billion (P.L. 109-182)

09.27.07: $850 billion (P.L. 110-91)

07.30.08: $800 billion (P.L. 110-289)

10.03.08: $700 billion (P.L. 110-343)

That totals $5.365 trillion in debt ceiling increases over a span of 8 years.

Resist We Much on October 8, 2013 at 1:41 PM

SPEEEEEEEECH!!!!

HURRY…someone get Chris Matthews a catheter to avoid more messes!!!

LordMaximus on October 8, 2013 at 1:42 PM

Obama, WANTS A CRISIS.

It’s that simple.

His presser today is designed to try and spook the market again after his first pass didn’t work.

Seniors, Military, Welfare, Hospitals, Medicare reimbursements, it’s all going to collapse (stop) if Obama has his way. The WWII vets at the memorial are just the tip of the iceberg that this President is willing to go to.

THIS is why he should have been confronted long ago by the gop but they didn’t have the stones to do it. And now, here we are.

POUND ON THESE DEMOCRAT OFFICES. Keep calling them and posting on their facebook pages, don’t let up. Use Alinsky on THEM for a change.

PappyD61 on October 8, 2013 at 1:42 PM

Hypocrite Harry has lost his mind.

Resist We Much on October 8, 2013 at 1:27 PM

Just faxed to his office! Eat it Harry.

Harbingeing on October 8, 2013 at 1:43 PM

Surely there is a pill on the market nowadays that one can take for an unwanted presidency?

bobcalco on October 8, 2013 at 1:44 PM

Senator Mark Begich of Alaska.

Anchorage, AK 99501
phone. (907) 271 – 5915

Fairbanks, AK 99701
phone. (907) 456 – 0261

PappyD61 on October 8, 2013 at 1:44 PM

Ed and AP are working overtime to frame every new development in a way that does not demoralize the base.

Yesterday: Obama was blinking, and burried or barely mentioned all the polls (which were bad for everyone, but just worst for repubs) that were released…for some reason. This audience doesn’t believe in polls that are not in line with what is wanted at that particular time.

Today:

After a week of reports about 90-year-old vets being barricaded out of war memorials and federal park rangers trying to cone off the roads in front of Mt. Rushmore, The One’s decided it’s time for a messaging reboot.

lol…because you think Obama cares about the barricades? They could have stopped if he wanted to get the limelight off of him. He doesn’t give a flying F! So please stop the “we are putting pressure on Obama” fakery….the guy is loving every moment of this

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on October 8, 2013 at 1:46 PM

That one actually isn’t shutdown theater.

NotCoach on October 8, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Everything is shutdown ‘theater’ during shutdown theater.

faraway on October 8, 2013 at 1:47 PM

If you have family or friends in this state please urge them to call Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana.

New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: 504-589-2427

Baton Rouge, LA 70801
Phone: 225-389-0395

Shreveport, LA 71101
Phone: 318-676-3085

She is also on Facebook, feel free to comment on her pages and posts.

Don’t buckle, keep fighting. We are the Minutemen of 2013.

PappyD61 on October 8, 2013 at 1:48 PM

We already know the speech by heart.

1. The shutdown is the fault of the GOP and Americans are suffering as a result. John Boehner can end this. Today. All he has to do is pass a clean CR bill.

2. The country has to pay its debts or faces real economic harm. Congress can’t let the country default. John Boehner and the House GOP needs to pass a clean bill raising the debt ceiling. They need to do it now otherwise the steady economic recovery is in jeopardy.

3. Obama is the most reasonable person on the planet. He’s eager to sit down and talk to Republicans about a host of issues. But he can’t do that with a gun to his head in the form of demands. Once the Republicans give him everything he wants without conditions, he’s happy to talk about how to make Obamacare better.

4. Then he’ll take one question repeat all of the above without ever answering whatever the question was and walk off.

Happy Nomad on October 8, 2013 at 1:48 PM

Just Words!

Bmore on October 8, 2013 at 1:49 PM

The Obama #SpiteHouse strikes again!

ITguy on October 8, 2013 at 1:51 PM

I just called to say that I’m not calling you because I’m not talking to you because I’m mad at you.

steebo77 on October 8, 2013 at 1:33 PM

I wouldn’t take such talk seriously unless the lazy stupid coward also “unfriends” Boehner as well.

Happy Nomad on October 8, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Drudge has changed his lead story to the one about ‘Gestapo tactics.’

Resist We Much on October 8, 2013 at 1:52 PM

Surely there is a pill on the market nowadays that one can take for an unwanted presidency?

bobcalco on October 8, 2013 at 1:44 PM

Straight up funny right there.

msupertas on October 8, 2013 at 1:52 PM

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on October 8, 2013 at 1:46 PM

You’re actually worse than a typical troll. You’re one of those kind of people who thinks they are clever because they take a dump in everyone’s Cornflakes. I really don’t see the point of your posts. As stupid as Obama supporting trolls are, they at least are making an effort to be on a side (or make a point sometimes, I guess). You just want to be contrarian all the time. You sir, serve no purpose in life.

NotCoach on October 8, 2013 at 1:52 PM

Judging from MJB and now, this Troll, the meme du jour is that “Obama is winning. We should just capitulate.”

NUTS!

kingsjester on October 8, 2013 at 1:52 PM

Unbelievable. From CNN headline on their website.

THEY’RE TALKING

Boehner gets a call

Soon after the House speaker said he wanted to talk, the president called. Now Obama will brief reporters at 2

Obama calls Boehner and tells him to go to He11, and the LSM says Obama is doing what Boehner asked and their taking?

No bias here. Nope, none at all.

WisRich on October 8, 2013 at 1:52 PM

Well, if it’s slated to start at 2, he probably won’t show until at least 2:15.

Syzygy on October 8, 2013 at 1:40 PM

More like 2:30.

Happy Nomad on October 8, 2013 at 1:54 PM

Feds: US adults are dumber than the average human
How do they think Obama got elected?

Resist We Much on October 8, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Further proof The Idiocracy is already here.

dentarthurdent on October 8, 2013 at 1:54 PM

lol…because you think Obama cares about the barricades? They could have stopped if he wanted to get the limelight off of him. He doesn’t give a flying F! So please stop the “we are putting pressure on Obama” fakery….the guy is loving every moment of this

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on October 8, 2013 at 1:46 PM

Good to see the left finally admitting their President’s gleeful deliberate attempt to damage this nation and harass its citizens.

I don’t doubt that Obama loves this. Nobody here questions it. What we are observing is how far the tyrant pushes the line before the public is forced to push back.

If the media weren’t a thoroughly in the tank propaganda machine this administration would have been finished ages ago. Even as is, he’s managing to lose with a hand that all polling told us should have been an easy win. But it’s not the hand you’re dealt, it’s how you play it, and arrogant thin-skinned bullies always implode into a mess of whiny petulance and embarrassing hissy-fits when somebody dares stand up to them.

Gingotts on October 8, 2013 at 1:54 PM

He truly is The One – the only one capable of making our GOP political whores actually keep their knees together and chant ‘no means no’ in unison.

JEM on October 8, 2013 at 1:56 PM

Half of Americans are dumber than average.

I wonder which party they belong to?

faraway on October 8, 2013 at 1:56 PM

Surely there is a pill on the market nowadays that one can take for an unwanted presidency?

bobcalco on October 8, 2013 at 1:44 PM

The “year after” pill?
RU666

dentarthurdent on October 8, 2013 at 1:57 PM

Obama’s civilian Army is ready.

ctmom on October 8, 2013 at 1:57 PM

Drudge has changed his lead story to the one about ‘Gestapo tactics.’

Resist We Much on October 8, 2013 at 1:52 PM

I think my favorite part of that story is when the NPS Stasi took the tourists to task for looking at the bison.

Happy Nomad on October 8, 2013 at 1:57 PM

Half of Americans are dumber than average.
I wonder which party they belong to?

faraway on October 8, 2013 at 1:56 PM

Every year Harvard graduates a bottom half of the class….

dentarthurdent on October 8, 2013 at 1:59 PM

Signs, signs, everywhere a sign.
Blcoking out the scenery, breakin’ my mind.
Do this! Don’t do that!
Can’t you read the sign?

kingsjester on October 8, 2013 at 1:59 PM

Just so you know what he will be doing later today…

In a book on the inner workings of Obama’s presidential reelection campaign, Politico’s Glenn Thrush reports that although Obama’s biographers “have been more enamored with his complexity,” Obama himself “seeks shallower waters, especially in times of crisis.” When the going gets tough in the White House, Thrush says, the president plays sports and watches ESPN.

Resist We Much on October 8, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Next comes negotiations over whether or not to negotiate, and then finally a triumphant agreement to punt this whole process to next year sometime, when we’ll do it all again.

You forgot the part where they haggle over the shape of the negotiating table.

Bitter Clinger on October 8, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Every year Harvard graduates a bottom half of the class….

dentarthurdent on October 8, 2013 at 1:59 PM

Sometimes Harvard graduates a person whose grades are so horrid that they need to be hidden away from the public.

Bishop on October 8, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Obama himself “seeks shallower waters, especially in times of crisis.” When the going gets tough in the White House, Thrush says, the president plays sports and watches ESPN.

Resist We Much on October 8, 2013 at 2:00 PM

The Presidency is just a stepping stone for Obama. I’m convinced he is going to be more powerful, and rich, using OFA after 2016.

faraway on October 8, 2013 at 2:02 PM

“He’s not a dictator. We have a constitution,” he adds. “It’s unreasonable and very selfish,” adds Representative Jason Chaffetz of Utah about the Democrats’ refusal to talk.

He is a dictator if you let him dictate. He’s gotten away with everything, and all Republicans have done is hold hearings that go nowhere. Come on, Congress, remember who elected you into the majority in 2010. If we default, China’s going to go after Obama and the Treasury Department. Boehner and Reid can retire and go home rich men, but Obama’s got 3 more years.

lea on October 8, 2013 at 2:03 PM

He truly is The One – the only one capable of making our GOP political whores actually keep their knees together and chant ‘no means no’ in unison.

JEM on October 8, 2013 at 1:56 PM

Even though the lazy stupid coward doesn’t like it, he needs the House to pass something that will also pass the Senate. You can’t do that by simply bullying the GOP in the media. Sooner or later the filthy bastard will have to negotiate.

Happy Nomad on October 8, 2013 at 2:03 PM

If Boehner caves, and it looks like he will, 2014 elections won’t matter at all. And they may not anyway regardless of what Boehner does.

bgibbs1000 on October 8, 2013 at 2:05 PM

I worked security during the Dayton Peace accords, you would not believe how downright childish adults can be at these things. Shape of tables, square footage of rooms, colors of tablecloths, I’m telling you these adults acted like a daycare facility at naptime.

D-fusit on October 8, 2013 at 2:05 PM

More like 2:30.

Happy Nomad on October 8, 2013 at 1:54 PM

Has anyone concluded that Obama’s always late because the moron can’t even tell time? I’m one who believes he doesn’t know what time it is!!

Deano1952 on October 8, 2013 at 2:05 PM

“I Won”

Yup, at least he’s consistent.

can_con on October 8, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Does that mean Obama’s fully prepared to hit the debt ceiling if the GOP insists on some concession in return, even if it’s a token one like repealing ObamaCare’s medical-device tax? We’ll know at 2, assuming any reporter thinks to ask him.

That’s funny right there.

Bitter Clinger on October 8, 2013 at 2:06 PM

The Presidency is just a stepping stone for Obama. I’m convinced he is going to be more powerful, and rich, using OFA after 2016.

faraway on October 8, 2013 at 2:02 PM

He has said that he wants to be the first billionaire ex-POTUS.

Resist We Much on October 8, 2013 at 2:07 PM

More like 2:30.

Happy Nomad on October 8, 2013 at 1:54 PM

Stage fright. Pot helps, and booze; maybe a little blow

faraway on October 8, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Has anyone concluded that Obama’s always late because the moron can’t even tell time? I’m one who believes he doesn’t know what time it is!!

Deano1952 on October 8, 2013 at 2:05 PM

His golf game always goes into overtime.

Bitter Clinger on October 8, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Wow, the Republicans are finally using the d word? (That would be dictator).

MobileVideoEngineer on October 8, 2013 at 1:24 PM

You forgot:

Dipshit
Dilweed
Dweeb
Dumbass
Douche
Dimbulb
Dork
Dummy
Disaster
Dick

And, that’s just off the top of my head.

trigon on October 8, 2013 at 2:09 PM

By the way, what does “Open Thread” in red letters mean? Aren’t all threads ‘open’?

Midas on October 8, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Or does ‘open thread’ mean all the sub-moronic wombats can crawl out of the woodwork and post?

Midas on October 8, 2013 at 2:10 PM

Or does ‘open thread’ mean all the sub-moronic wombats can crawl out of the woodwork and post?

Midas on October 8, 2013 at 2:10 PM

BINGO!

D-fusit on October 8, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Still nothing on HA about immigration or the amnesty rally taking place today. Funny that.

Mr. Arrogant on October 8, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Allah P has linked to this story on Twitter…Gestapo tactics used on seniors at Yellowstone…

d1carter on October 8, 2013 at 2:14 PM

Dick

And, that’s just off the top of my head.

trigon on October 8, 2013 at 2:09 PM

OT: This reminded me of a comment I read yesterday in regards to Obama’s view on the Washington Redskins. The comment was: “The owner of the Redskins has decided to change the name to Foreskins in honor of the all of the Dic*heads in Washington.

Deano1952 on October 8, 2013 at 2:14 PM

By the way, what does “Open Thread” in red letters mean? Aren’t all threads ‘open’?

Midas on October 8, 2013 at 2:09 PM

It’s sort of like what QOTD has become – an open topic free-for-all.

Resist We Much on October 8, 2013 at 2:15 PM

Starts out lying, shocked!

D-fusit on October 8, 2013 at 2:15 PM

Yay just had to endure my black union brothers advocate for killing all tea partiers.

Together We Thrive! Obama has his violent free shit army in line and ready to start killing whitey and republicans.

Murphy9 on October 8, 2013 at 2:16 PM

d1carter on October 8, 2013 at 2:14 PM

I’d just like to say, hhhhhehey mr. park ranger
GFYS

MontanaMmmm on October 8, 2013 at 2:16 PM

NPS: You cannot recreate!!!!!!

d1carter on October 8, 2013 at 2:17 PM

THIS is why he should have been confronted long ago by the gop but they didn’t have the stones to do it. And now, here we are.

PappyD61 on October 8, 2013 at 1:42 PM

Exactly.

Boehner didn’t understand the Tea Party movement that flipped more seats in 2010 than the Democrats did in the 1974 mid-term elections, three months after Nixon resigned due to Watergate(*).

Boehner should have done in 2011 what he is doing now. Had Boehner done so, and exposed the true nature of Obama, Reid, and the rest of the Democrats in 2011, then perhaps the 2012 elections might have flipped control of the Senate and Presidency.

(*) Richard Nixon resigned on August 9, 1974, and three months later, Democrats flipped:

3 seats in the US Senate
49 seats in the US House
628 seats in state legislatures

In the wake of Porkulus and Obamacare, Republicans flipped:

6 seats in the US Senate
63 seats in the US House
680 seats in state legislatures

As Ed wrote in 2010:

GOP wins “all-time high” in state legislative seats
posted at 2:55 pm on November 4, 2010 by Ed Morrissey
——————–

Who could have suspected that Barack Obama, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi would spark a national rejection of their party that outdid Watergate?

Obama has been called Nixonian before, but never in this context. When he charged to victory in 2008, Democrats thought they had unlocked the secret of marrying a progressive to the broad center of American politics. Instead, his radical agenda has alienated the center and leaves Democrats with a sharply reduced national base for their future.

ITguy on October 8, 2013 at 2:18 PM

I just called to say that I’m not calling you because I’m not talking to you because I’m mad at you.

steebo77

I remember that call . . . from a girl when we were 15. Good times.

ugottabekiddingme on October 8, 2013 at 2:19 PM

Allah P has linked to this story on Twitter…Gestapo tactics used on seniors at Yellowstone…

d1carter on October 8, 2013 at 2:14 PM

Does anyone still think these obama brownshirts won’t fire on American citizens?

SailorMark on October 8, 2013 at 2:19 PM

Those Park Rangers acted stupidly.

vinman on October 8, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Still nothing on HA about immigration or the amnesty rally taking place today. Funny that.

Mr. Arrogant on October 8, 2013 at 2:12 PM

You mean this from yesterday? Try reading before griping.

Ed Morrissey on October 8, 2013 at 2:20 PM

The marxist in the WH is an idiot. He’s only there because he’s a black man who can read teleprompter. And because he’s black the establishment can use his skin color as a shield to push their tyrannical agenda.

bgibbs1000 on October 8, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Only Nixon could go to China.

Only Obama can destroy Big Government.

ajacksonian on October 8, 2013 at 2:21 PM

When referring to the excemptions for bizz (and not da folks) could someone PLEASE use just stinking word .. ? ..

ILLEGAL excemptions !!

Sigh.

pambi on October 8, 2013 at 2:21 PM

Would someone please tell this clown to get off the stage already?

His shtick has worn quite thin.

Key West Reader on October 8, 2013 at 2:21 PM

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