President Barack Obama took to the podium in the White House press room to explain that it is not a good idea to shut down the government just because the president has only cut $2 trillion in spending (so far). This seems fair enough, if you are a communist. But the press corps was all “Whycome Nobumer won’t be nicer wif GOPs?” so Nobumer was all “I am a friendly guy! I like a good party! We can haz friends?” Poor lonely Bamz, wandering around the White House late at night, moaning “but what about our relaaaationship?” to which the correct answer is always “Relationship? Fuck that.”
What else did Eleanor Rigby say at her presser?
“If you think about, say myself and Speaker Boehner – I like Speaker Boehner personally, and when we went out and played golf, we had a great time, but that didn’t get a deal done in 2011,” he said. “When I’m over here at the Congressional picnic and folks are coming up and taking pictures with their family, I promise you, Michelle and I are very nice [...] but it doesn’t prevent them from going onto the floor of the House and blasting me for being a ‘big-spending Socialist.’” Then he said a bunch of stuff about not running out on your dinner check, as that would be A Crime.
But Buzzfeed has some Thoughts on this, and those Thoughts are … really stupid and shitty actually!
In their story Obama Looks To Saddle Republicans With Blame For Debt Limit Fight, reporter John Stanton says:
To hear Obama tell it, he’s simply trying to pay the country’s bills.
“Republicans in Congress have two choices here,” the president said. “They can act responsibly and pay America’s bills. Or they can act irresponsibly and send America into another economic crisis.” He added, “To even entertain the idea of this happening, of America not paying its bills, is irresponsible. It’s absurd.” [...]
Obama, who has spent the better part of the last two years in hand-to-hand combat with Republicans, also demanded that Congress come to the table to try and find long-term solutions to the nation’s spending and debt problems.
“We’ve got to stop lurching from crisis to crisis to crisis … I’m not going to have a monthly or every three months conversations about whether we are going to pay our bills,” he said.
But even as he was calling for cooperation, Obama took a shot at Republicans. “We just had an entire campaign about [spending and the debt]. And by the way, the American people agreed with me … [but] in spite of that conversation and in spite the election results, the position taken by some Republicans is ‘no, we have to do it our way, and if we don’t we won’t pay the nation’s bills.’”
Obama, who — with a lot of help from Boehner — managed to successfully cast Republicans as the villains during fiscal cliff negotiations, is clearly hoping to keep the GOP on its heels, at one point accusing the party of wanting to abandon the elderly, the poor and the sick.
“They have suspicions about social security. They have suspicions about whether government should make sure kids in poverty have enough to eat, they have suspicions about medical research … They have a particular view of what government should be … that view was defeated during the presidential campaign,” Obama said.
The GOP, meanwhile, blames society for making it what it is.