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The Narcissist in Chief, exposed. Obama objected, saying that he couldn't be left out of the process. "I've got to sign this bill," he reminded the leaders as they sat in the Cabinet Room off the Oval Office.
"Mr. President," Boehner challenged, "as I read the Constitution, the Congress writes the laws. You get to decide if you want to sign them."
He wanted to do it all, and get all the credit.
Reid spoke up. The congressional leaders want to speak privately, he said. Give us some time. The leaders were asking the president to leave the meeting he had called in the White House.
Fine, Obama said. Talk. Knock yourselves out.
Before the meeting, without telling Obama, the four leaders had tentatively agreed on the framework of a deal. The congressional plan guaranteed that the debt limit would have to be revisited during the 2012 presidential campaign, and Obama was insisting that any agreement would have to take the country through the election.
Apparently, someone leaked the plan to The One.
Around 10 p.m., Obama called Boehner. I am not going to sign a bill that requires me to deal with the debt ceiling a second time before the election, the president told him. He was furious.
"Listen," Boehner said he told Obama, "I understand it. All right? But you're not going to have a choice. We've got an agreement."
The speaker recalled, "He was moaning and groaning and whining and demanding . . . threatening. . . . He was pretty desperate." Obama again said he would veto such a bill.
We're too close to default to reopen the talks, Boehner said. Congress is going to move forward on its own.
At this point, I have saved you the cost of buying Woodward's book, or even going to the WaPo site and putting up with the ads and wading through five pages. In the interests of fair and balanced, I report, you decide, I offer the following rebuttal.
Asked recently about Boehner's description of their late-night call, Obama said, "Listen, anybody who knows me knows I don't moan, I don't groan, I don't whine."
No, he gets even. This can't be good for Obumble, featured on the front page of the Washington Post.
Posted by Bobby 2012-09-09 06:45||
#2 "This can't be good for Obumble, featured on the front page of the Washington Post."
Unfortunately, his worshipers Kool-Aid drinkers won't care, Bobby. They'll blame the Repubs.
Posted by Barbara 2012-09-09 08:36||