Only a President can demand and get an hour or so of prime time on television to tell his side of the story without rebuttal. Only this president picks reporters from a pre-pared list. Not one reporter asked a grilling question. Need I explain why?
This morning and ABC News reporter did an excellent job covering Obama’s speech. Her article was an accurate and objective account of what the President said. But the Presidents words were in Washington Speak; here are some translations.
Finally disclosing the details of the plan, the president said the White House offered more than $1 trillion in cuts to discretionary spending, $650 billion in cuts to entitlement redistribution programs and, in return, asked Republicans for $1.2 trillion in additional revenues taxes by eliminating loopholes changing the tax code and engaging in tax reforms increasing taxes.
While the president admitted Democrats wanted more revenue higher taxes than they had initially offered wanted, he said that spending cuts were at least as significant as those put forward in the bipartisan proposals.
The president declared that Boehner walked away from the deal
Yes, that’s what the President said from his bully pulpit. Boehner said it was the President who walked out. But that didn’t get much coverage.
“If you don’t have revenues, the entire thing ends up being tilted on the backs of the poor [who pay no taxes] and middle-class families. And the majority of Americans don’t agree on that approach,” he added.
Actually, it is the GOP position that is the most favored according to this Rasmussen poll of likely voters.
They are going to have to explain to me how it is that we are going to avoid default,” Obama said. “And they can come up with any plans that they want except for the ones they want and bring them up here and we will work on them.
Of course Obama threw in a few lines about corporate jets, a threat to seniors Social Security, how the rich have more money than they need and all that usual stuff. With this show to watch, who needs Barnum & Bailey?