At yesterday’s sequestration presser, Obama averred the following:
I recognize that Speaker Boehner has got challenges in his caucus. I recognize that it is very hard for Republican leaders to be perceived as making concessions to me. Sometimes I reflect, is there something else I can do to make these guys — I am not talking about the leaders now, but maybe some of the House Republican caucus members not paint horns on my head, and I genuinely believe there is an opportunity for us to cooperate.
Allow me to translate:
Republican leaders know I’m right about the need to raise taxes yet again. But they can’t admit that I’m right because it may cause angst in their ranks, especially among those crazy Tea Party types. There’s no way anyone can possibly believe that our unsustainable deficits are due to over spending. We don’t have a spending problem and I’m tired of hearing that. No rational person can think that another massive tax hike in this awesome economy could have negative repercussions — unlike, say, a $44 billion spending reduction in a $3.8 trillion federal budget which would bring on the apocalypse. Taxpayers can live with less of their money, but I can’t. That fiscal cliff deal I signed two months ago which contained $15 billion in nominal spending reductions and $620 billion in tax increases, more than half of which went to fund more government spending, was just the first installment of my responsible, balanced approach to
growing the government decreasing the deficit. It’s only their obsessive dislike for me that’s keeping those recalcitrant Republican back benchers from seeing the light and cooperating with me on endless tax increases while forgetting spending cuts.
I think that about sums up President Narcissus’ statement. Click image below to watch:
Update: Obama’s friends at the Washington Post caught him in a rather large (four Pinocchios) lie at yesterday’s presser:
“Starting tomorrow everybody here, all the folks who are cleaning the floors at the Capitol. Now that Congress has left, somebody’s going to be vacuuming and cleaning those floors and throwing out the garbage. They’re going to have less pay. The janitors, the security guards, they just got a pay cut, and they’ve got to figure out how to manage that. That’s real.”
— President Obama, news conference, March 1, 2013
This was a pretty evocative image the president offered at his news conference Friday on the sequester — janitors sweeping the empty halls of the Capitol, laboring at less pay.
When we first heard his remarks, we thought he was perhaps overstating matters. Even at federal agencies that have planned furloughs, none are expected to begin on Saturday; such actions are weeks away at many federal agencies. But that’s perhaps a minor rhetorical overreach.
But then our colleague Ed O’Keefe obtained the sequester plan released by the Architect for the Capitol, which employs Capitol Hill janitors on the House side. (The Sargent-at-Arms employs the janitorial staff on the Senate side.) UPDATE: Obama’s remarks also prompted a warning from AOC officials that his comments were “not true.”
Obama’s remarks continue the administration’s pattern of overstating the potential impact of the sequester, which we have explored this week. But this error is particularly bad–and nerve-wracking to the janitors and security guards who were misled by the president’s comments.
We originally thought this was maybe a Two Pinocchio rating, but in light of the AOC memo and the confirmation that security guards will not face a pay cut, nothing in Obama’s statement came close to being correct.
Et tu, Brute? First Bob Woodward, now the Post’s fact checker. If the lefties at the Washington Post are beginning to question what Obama’s selling, maybe his days of complete adulation by the D.C press corps is over. Who knows, maybe they’ll even start doing their job instead of Obama’s. I doubt it, but one can hope. Read the entire WaPo report here. It’s quite revealing.