“What was the point of giving a prime time address to the nation without an Obama plan?”
Must watch video of Obama’s mouthpiece getting hammered by the press corps for the lack of ANY Obama plan.
Longer version here
We all know why he hasn’t produced a plan. They are scared that the GOP will use it against him next year. So instead of offering a plan all he does is give speeches with flowery rhetoric…but gives no plan and then has the gall to blame “the other side.”
It’s all politics to this candidate.
Over the last five days, the president has (a) undermined a bargain with John Boehner by introducing an unacceptable eleventh-hour condition, (b) rejected “out of hand” a bipartisan compromise that he found to be politically unpalatable, and (c) delivered a speech that painted his opponents as the intractable extremists. In light of this behavior, it’s entirely reasonable for Americans to wonder what, precisely, Barack Obama’s proposed solution might be.
And when the White House press secretary is asked WHERE IS HIS PLAN? All he does is say it’s a GOP talking point.
It’s a talking point to wonder where in the flying f&!* is Obama’s plan?
Todd asked Carney about the White House’s reluctance to release its plan to deal with the national debt and raising the debt ceiling. Carney acknowledged the White House was playing games. “We’re showing a lot of leg,” he said. When Todd pressed for details – “Why not just release it?” – Carney seemed surprised. “You need it written down?”
What a difference two years makes. In the spring of 2009, with Republicans in the minority in the House of Representatives, the White House and its Democratic allies were demanding specifics. The House GOP had to produce an alternative budget, the White House demanded, in order to show that they were serious about governing.
On March 24, President Obama complained that the White House and its friends “haven’t seen a budget from the Republicans.” Two days later, after the Republicans presented a 19-page budget framework, the White House press secretary, Robert Gibbs, mocked the plan for its lack of specifics. CNN reported that Gibbs “laughed off the Republican’s proposal, joking that their blueprint has more pictures of windmills than charts.”
What a difference a few years make eh?
After bobbing-and-weaving for nine minutes, Carney finally says what everybody knows: the president won’t put his plan on paper because he doesn’t want it to become “politically charged” before a compromise can be reached. In other words, you’ve got to pass it to find out what’s in it