With Republicans refusing once again to accept any new revenue [tax increases] as part of a deficit reduction deal and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (according to some sources) interrupting the president to propose, for the third time, passing only a stopgap increase in the debt ceiling, Obama reportedly told Cantor that he’d veto such a bill – and that he was prepared to “take it to the American people.”This morning:
Via multiple media accounts, Obama went on to lecture Cantor about Republican intransigence [response to their constituencies], suggesting that a president like Ronald Reagan would never have put up with such treatment. “I’ve reached my limit,” Obama reportedly said. “This may bring my presidency down, but I will not yield on this.” At that point Obama pushed back from the table, angrily in some accounts, saying “I’ll see you tomorrow.”
During his press conference today on the debt ceiling debate, President Obama dropped a whopper. According to him, 80 percent of American’s are “sold” on his debt deal:According to the president, the American people are "sold" on his plan. Unless Obama's plan brings his presidency "down."
“The bottom line is that this is not an issue of salesmanship to the American people, the American people are sold. The American people are sold, I just want to repeat this. … You have 80% of the American people who support a balanced approach. 80% of the American people support an approach that includes revenues [tax increases] and includes cuts. So, the notion that somehow the American people aren’t sold is not the problem. The problem is members of Congress are dug in ideologically into various positions because they boxed themselves in with previous statements. And, so this is not a matter of the American people knowing what the right thing to do is, it’s a matter of Congress doing the right thing and reflecting the will of the American people. And if we do that, we will have solved this problem.”
One or the other.
Can this president truly bring himself to believe that the cheering celebrants of his "hope and change" electoral victory in 2008, many of whom have since run out of unemployment insurance benefits for jobs they lost under his watch, still think of him unequivocally as the new Messiah, or at least a guy they can trust with their money?
Does this president truly live in a world in which people like the Obamatons of Brooklyn, NY, who gave Barack Obama more votes than any other county in the state, will overlook the meteoric rise in their unemployment under his presidency?
|Ecstatic Obama supporters in Brooklyn, NY, celebrating Barack Obama’s 2008 election. Brooklyn gave Obama more votes than any other county in New York State. Brooklyn's unemployment rate back then was 4.7 percent. By January of 2011, Brooklyn's unemployment rate was 10.1, "making it one of the hardest hit counties in New York State." (The Brooklyn Ink)|
The man is really stuck on the horns of a dilemma. He may have to choose between fact and delusion.
Just like Brooklyn.
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