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    He’s the only reasonable person, in his own mind

    He’s the only reasonable person, in his own mind

    I was right, mostly. The serious, conciliatory Obama showed up at the press conference today. The only reasonable person in the room was the theme.

    I was wrong to the extent that in his opening statement and throughout Obama framed the issue as the Republicans not being serious, not living up to their word in trying to tackle the deficits, not wanting to deal with an issue that must be dealt with “if not now, when?”  It was the fist covered with a velvet glove.

    There also were some comments peppered throughout about Democrats not wanting to deal with entitlements.  But such comments were few and far between.

    Mostly it was Obama pushing the theme of “I’m reasonable” and they are not.   We need to “eat our peas” and “pull off the bandaid,” he said, with plenty of class warfare, bringing up the “corporate jet owners” and oil companies again.

    It also was a rewrite of history.  A completely irresponsible president who just months ago proposed a budget with devastating deficits, repeatedly demanded that the deficits and debt be dealt with now, without any delay.  Where has he been for two years?

    “Part of what the Republican caucus needs to recognize is that government works when …. we’re able to make sensible compromises….”  Like Obamacare and Stimulus?  Like almost everything this administration has done for two years?  Like how Obama lashed into Republicans after Paul Ryan proposed a solution to the Medicare problem?

    Obama also stated:  “I will not sign a 30 day, or 60 day, or 90 day extension.”  Those might be famous last words.

    It was a good press conference, for Obama, because he was largely unchallenged, and was permitted to frame the issue for the 2012 campaign.   In other words, Obama was able to deal with his own failures without acknowledging any of those failures.


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    David Block | July 11, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    In case he hasn’t noticed, folks aren’t too keen on it when the First Obesity Police, er, First Lady, is dispensing diet advice. So, you know, maybe he should stop the condescension. (I know, the odds are astrophenomical against it.)

    Reasonable people don’t take hostages and make ransom trillion dollar demands.

    The Obama regime realizing threatening the credit rating of the US is not credible by implying bond holders won’t be paid has decided to take senior citizens hostage by implying he won’t allow monthly checks to be mailed to them. Claiming checks “may” not go out on time means he won’t let them go out since he has a choice on who get’s paid. Obama and Geithner wouldn’t dare not pay the bond holders since their entire liberal agenda would unravel instantaneously with interest rates immediately rising. Having realized that we all know this, he’s looking for other leverage to force tax increases. You notice he didn’t threaten not to pay military personnel nor other government employees?

    Go ahead Obama threaten not to pay EPA employees… go ahead I dare you, yeah you know we won’t shed a tear if all of them get laid off.

    Now it’s a PR battle, the hostage takers demanding ransom in the form of tax increases or the victims (taxpayers) burdened by a government that is too expensive already.

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