Perhaps we news junkies should have had an inkling about what kind of a day President Barack Hussein Obama was going to have yesterday, when his Press Secretary, Jay Carney, scolded the reporters assembled for the daily press briefing over the time-honored practice of shouting their questions to the president.
Obama does not like the practice and has gone so far as covering his disdain for it by only allowing stills of his appearances at the press briefings, instead of live cameras, because they might capture Obama being the petulant snob that he is.
Carney explained why they only allowed still cameras in yesterday’s briefing:
People shouted questions at him. The purpose of the meeting is not to create a circus, but to negotiate, so today we’re doing stills only.
So, there! Nyah nyah nyah nyah nyah nyah.
Then, our petulant president got upset at the 2:45 p.m. meeting he held with Congressional leaders yesterday, and abruptly walked out of the meeting, according to politico.com.
He shoved back and said ‘I’ll see you tomorrow’ and walked out.
Obama’s First Presidential Temper Tantrum (TM) comes on the heels of an announcement by Moody’s rating agency warning that American debt could be downgraded.
The president had a hissy fit when Cantor said the two sides were too far apart to get a deal that could pass the House by the Treasury Department’s Aug. 2 deadlineand that he would consider moving a short-term debt-limit increase alongside smaller spending cuts. At that point, the former collegiate guest lecturer, who resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, began to lecture him.
Scooter upon telling the Congressman that he would take his case “to the American people” and that no other president, including Ronald Reagan, would sit through such negotiations.
The president warned Cantor:
Eric, don’t call my bluff.
Of course, Scooter’s playmates say that Cantor got the indicent all wrong. The Democrats said that Obama was “impassioned” but claim he didn’t exactly storm out of the room.
Cantor’s account of tonight’s meeting is completely overblown. For someone who knows how to walk out of a meeting, you’d think he’d know it when he saw it. Cantor rudely interrupted the president three times to advocate for short-term debt ceiling increases while the president was wrapping the meeting. This is just more juvenile behavior from him and Boehner needs to rein him in, and let the grown-ups get to work.
So, there, again! Nyah nyah nyah nyah nyah nyah.
As he stormed out of the room, heading upstairs to Mama, Scooter said that
…”this confirms the totality of what the American people already believe” about Washington, according to a Democratic official familiar with the negotiations, and that officials are “too focused on positioning and political posturing” to make difficult choices.
The striking difference between what Rep. Cantor related about the presidential Temper Tantrum and Scooter’s account of the incident, is the fact that Cantor spoke directly to reporters about the president. Obama’s minions told the story, trying to cover for Obama’s decidedly un-presidential actions.
Cantor went on to accuse the president and his Congressional minions of increasingly low-balling, over the last several days, the savings that could be achieved from proposals discussed by Vice President Joe Biden’s working group on deficit reduction. According to Cantor, the group has not yet identified enough cuts to win House passage of a $2.5 trillion debt-limit increase, the size the president says is needed to get through the 2012 election.
Obama ordered Cantor that he would either have to agree to tax increases or give up on his demand that the debt hike be matched dollar-to-dollar to the cuts — that is, $2.5 trillion in deficit-reduction over 10 years in exchange for a $2.5 trillion hike in the debt ceiling.
Cantor said that when they return to the White House this afternoon, they are supposed discuss savings from health care programs, budget caps and options for raising revenue. The president gave additional orders to the participants, according to the Congressman:
Then he said we also ought to get in the mode here, because we’re going to have to decide by Friday which way we’re going. He said really we ought to all start to think about things we can do rather than things we can’t.
Cantor said that he would be willing to take incremental steps to help solve the debt ceiling-increase issue.
However, Obama said he wouldn’t do the debt-limit increase incrementally and that he would veto a short-term bill.
According to Cantor:
That’s when he got very agitated.
An anonymous [Democratic] witness said:
Obama lit him up. Cantor sat in stunned silence. “It was incredible. If the public saw Obama he would win in a landslide.”
Because, as we all know, American’s just loove a president who acts like a schoolyard bully when he can’t get his way...NOT.
I’m trying to represent where the votes are in the House. and we’ve always said the votes in the House are consistent with the principles that the speaker’s laid out that we’ve been operating on. It is dollar-for-dollar match, it is the no tax increase and it is this other subject that we are discussing tomorrow the enforcement mechanisms … I understand why he’s frustrated. But again, we’re trying to get this thing done, and that’s why I was a little taken aback.
Obama has stated that he wants an assessment on Friday of where the process stands .
Obama is watching the calender, and has given a deadline of August 2nd for a decision to be rendered.
It just so happens that August 1st is the start of Ramadan, the Muslim Holy Days, during which the devout are not allowed to work.
That’s our boy Scooter…always putting the welfare of America first.