And here I was thinking that Dear Leader was skipping golf these last few weeks because it was looking incredibly crass for him to continue playing a “rich man’s game” while the country is going bankrupt.
Nope, it’s just too hot for golfing, apparently:
At the beginning of today’s 11:00 am debt negotiations meeting, President Obama and Speaker Boehner engaged in light banter about the sport they both love to play on weekends.
“I think everybody agrees it’s too hot to play golf today,” Obama told Boehner.
Little if anything was accomplished at the meeting with the Congressional leaders who were “summoned” to the White House, this morning:
US President Barack Obama met with leading members of congress on Saturday to forge agreement on the balance of tax and spending cuts that Republicans will accept if they are to agree to raise the level that the government is able to borrow.
“The bipartisan leadership in congress is committed to working on new legislation that will prevent default while substantially reducing Washington spending,” said Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell after the 50-minute meeting.
Top Republican leaders broke off negotiations with Obama on Friday aimed at raising Washington’s $14-trillion (9.75 trillion-euro) debt ceiling, just 11 days before a default deadline.
The White House on Saturday urged Congress to “refrain from playing reckless political games” with the economy.
“Reckless political games”. That’s a good one coming from guy who refused for three years to release his “long form” birth certificate, fought it in court, watched as half the country questioned his legitimacy, watched an army officer go to jail for insisting on answers, uh – ostensibly because it helped him politically for conservatives spin their wheels on the slippery issue..
Nothing weird or “recklessly political” about that, at all.
Speaking of weird….as you know, Obama’s throwing himself a lavish 50th birthday party/fundraiser, August 3rd. How crass and cultish is this thing going to be?
Well, since you asked…
ABC News’ Devin Dwyer (@devindwyer) reports: No gifts, please. Just your name will do.
That’s the message President Obama’s re-election campaign is pushing in an elaborate nationwide effort to expand the president’s grassroots network on his 50th birthday.
While aides plan a glitzy Aug. 3 fundraiser-bash for Obama at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom, organizers are encouraging thousands of supporters who can’t attend to plan and host house parties of their own.
The campaign has rolled out a website dedicated to promoting the parties — and a glossy 4-page, step-by-step guide that instructs would-be hosts on everything from “recruiting” attendees to electronically relaying participants’ personal information back to headquarters.
Who should be invited? “At least 50” friends and neighbors.
Where should it be held? “A quiet and focused place to talk and organize.”
When should it start? “Sometime between 6:30 PM and 6:45 PM ET.”
Aides say Obama will deliver a live video message to house party attendees that will stream over the internet on hosts’ computers once the events are underway.
They’re also offering help with decorations, selling special “host packs” of birthday hats, buttons, balloons, stickers and signs, all emblazoned with a giant 5-0, “Happy Birthday,” and the campaign’s official logo.
The $150 Obama Birthday Host Pack has “everything you need for a party to grow this movement as you help President Obama ring in his 50th.”
With a contribution of $150, we’ll send you 50 balloons, 50 hats, 50 buttons, 200 stickers, 20 signs, and one limited-edition T-shirt to commemorate the event.
Aren’t you excited? Especially the part about the “live video message” from Dear Leader that will stream over the internet to hosts’ computers…..
You know what’s sad? Not just that we have a President who’s a raging narcissist, but that he has so many enablers, and still so many of Americans who are willing to vote for him.
It would certainly be a terrible shame if his very special day had to be postponed because of the Republicans’ reckless political maneuvering.
Sarah Palin, whose eagle eyes don’t miss a thing, pounded Obama on her Facebook page, Friday, calling him a “lame-duck President”:
After listening to the President’s press conference today, let’s keep in mind the following:
This is the same president who proposed an absurdly irresponsible budget that would increase our debt by trillions of dollars, and whose party failed to even put forward a budget in over 800 days! This is the same president who is pushing our country to the brink because of his reckless spending on things like the nearly trillion dollar “stimulus” boondoggle. This is the same president who ignored his own debt commission’s recommendations and demonized the voices of fiscal sanity who proposed responsible plans to reform our entitlement programs and rein in our dangerous debt trajectory. This is the same president who wanted to push through an increase in the debt ceiling that didn’t include any cuts in government spending! This is the same president who wants to slam Americans with tax hikes to cover his reckless spending, but has threatened to veto a bill proposing a balanced budget amendment. This is the same president who hasn’t put forward a responsible plan himself, but has rejected reasonable proposals that would tackle our debt. This is the same president who still refuses to understand that the American electorate rejected his big government agenda last November. As I said in Madison, Wisconsin, at the Tax Day Tea Party rally, “We don’t want it. We can’t afford it. And we are unwilling to pay for it.”
Now the President is outraged because the GOP House leadership called his bluff and ended discussions with him because they deemed him an obstruction to any real solution to the debt crisis.
He has been deemed a lame duck president. And he is angry now because he is being treated as such.
His foreign policy strategy has been described as “leading from behind.” Well, that’s his domestic policy strategy as well. Why should he be surprised that he’s been left behind in the negotiations when he’s been leading from behind on this debt crisis?
Thank you, GOP House leaders. Please don’t get wobbly on us now.
2012 can’t come soon enough.
– Sarah Palin
She hit on all the relevant points, there, and I agree with every word of it – especially the “2012 can’t come soon enough” part.
After Reid followed Obama’s lead, accusing Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) of “intransigence” in their approach to the debt talks, Boehner says a “two stage” process is now inevitable:
It is not “physically possible” to get everything done before the Treasury Department’s August 2 deadline for raising the debt ceiling, Boehner said on Fox News Sunday. “There is going to be a two stage process.”
“I don’t want to get anywhere close to [default],” he said. “This is about what’s doable at the eleventh hour.”
Boehner also criticized President Obama for recommending a debt ceiling deal be timed to last beyond the next election season.
“The president’s worried about his next election, but my God, shouldn’t we be worried about the country?” Boehner said.