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NYT: Obama Rejects GOP Offer of Short-Term Limit

From a shameless New York Times:

No Quick Deal, but Offer by G.O.P. on Debt Shifts the Tone

By JACKIE CALMES and ASHLEY PARKER | October 10, 2013

WASHINGTON — President Obama and House Republicans failed to reach agreement on a six-week extension of the nation’s borrowing authority during a meeting Thursday at the White House, but the two sides kept talking, and the offer from politically besieged Republicans was seen as an initial step toward ending the budget standoff.

The original headline of this article was: ‘Obama Rejects G.O.P. Offer of Short-Term Debt Limit Plan.’ But The Times editors soon realized that sounded bad, so they re-wrote it.

Notice how the story is now about how Obama and the Republicans "failed to reach agreement." Not that Obama rejected the Republican offer out of hand.

In statements afterward that struck the most positive tone in weeks of acrimony, House Republicans described their hour-and-a-half-long meeting with Mr. Obama as “a useful and productive conversation,” while the White House described “a good meeting,” though “no specific determination was made” about the Republicans’ offer.

Again, every effort is made to make things sound positive, and cover up the fact that Obama won’t take yes for an answer on extending the debt limit. Even though yesterday Jay Carney said that Obama would sign a short term debt ceiling extension.

Both agreed to continue talks through the night.

People familiar with the meeting said that Mr. Obama pressed Republicans to reopen the government, and that Republicans raised the possibility that financing could be restored by early next week if terms for broad budget negotiations could be reached…

In other words, the Republicans are promising to surrender if Obama will just promise to negotiate someday.

Senate Democrats had their own White House meeting with Mr. Obama and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. three hours before the House Republicans arrived, and the majority leader, Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, declined to embrace the Republicans’ debt limit proposal until he saw it.

He told reporters that Democrats would not negotiate on further deficit reductions until House Republicans agreed to the measure passed by the Senate to finance and open the government through mid-November.

“Not going to happen,” Mr. Reid said. “Open the government,” he added. “There is so much pain and suffering out there. It is really tear-jerking [sic], to say the least.” …

"Tear jerking"? Still, you see "the new tone." You see all the good Boehner’s grand compromise has done.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, October 11th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

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