According to POLITICO, word of Obama’s foot stomping departure came from House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who appears to be the one who pissed the president off.
Cantor said the president became “agitated” and warned the Virginia Republican not to “call my bluff” when Cantor said he would consider a short-term debt-limit hike. The meeting “ended with the president abruptly walking out of the meeting,” Cantor told reporters in the Capitol. “I know why he lost his temper. He’s frustrated. We’re all frustrated.”
The group is nevertheless scheduled to reconvene tomorrow at 4:15 pm ET.
UPDATE: Democrats deny Cantor’s version. From POLITICO.
Democratic sources dispute Cantor’s version of Obama’s walk out, but all sides agree that the two had a blow up. The sources described Obama as “impassioned” but said he didn’t exactly storm out of the room.
A video reenactment of what happened can be seen at White House Dossier.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney today suggested that the press, for shouting questions at President Obama during the photo op before yesterday’s debt ceiling meeting, was being punished by getting excluded from the photo op before today’s meeting.
Because The President and the Leaders of Congress have important work to do.
Video at link.
Legal Insurrection has more:“Don’t call my bluff,” the president said.
Per ABC News, Obama stormed out of a meeting with Eric Cantor and others when Republicans suggested a short term solution to the debt ceiling dispute because the negotiations were still far apart:
“Don’t call my bluff,” the president said. “I am not afraid to veto and I will take it to the American people.”
Good luck with that…. “The American people” don’t believe word the Lyin’ King says.
DrewM at Ace of Spades: Obama To Cantor: Don’t Call My Bluff
Pro tip…don’t tell people you’re bluffing.
And then like a teenage girl whose parents just don’t understand her, he ran away in a huff.
Legal Insurrection for audio of Cantor’s full comments: Is it too early to talk about Eric Cantor for V.P.?