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Obama Picked Up His Peas And Went Home

From the Politico:

Obama abruptly walks out of talks

By: Jonathan Allen and Jake Sherman
July 13, 2011

President Barack Obama abruptly walked out of a stormy debt-limit meeting with congressional leaders Wednesday, a dramatic setback to the already shaky negotiations.

Funny, but the news media is not calling this a tantrum. There are no front pages calling Mr. Obama a cry baby. Why is that?

“He shoved back and said ‘I’ll see you tomorrow’ and walked out,” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) told reporters in the Capitol after the meeting…

When Cantor said the two sides were too far apart to get a deal that could pass the House by the Treasury Department’s Aug. 2 deadline — and that he would consider moving a short-term debt-limit increase alongside smaller spending cuts — Obama began to lecture him.

“Eric, don’t call my bluff,” the president said, warning Cantor that he would take his case “to the American people.”

Is Mr. Obama admitting that he is bluffing? But we say, ‘call his bluff!’ What have we got to lose? The worst he can do is veto what Congress comes up with. And it will all be on his shoulders.

Besides, we seem to recall Obama took his case to the American people back in November 2010. And the American people said ‘hell no!,’ in one of the most lopsided electoral blowouts in our nation’s history. In fact, we’re pretty sure the American public are sick of hearing your ‘case.’

He told Cantor that no other president — not Ronald Reagan, the president said — would sit through such negotiations.

‘Mr. Obama, we knew Ronald Reagan, Ronald Reagan was a President of ours. You, sir, are no Ronald Reagan.’

Democratic sources dispute Cantor’s version of Obama’s walk out, but all sides agree that the two had a blow up. The sources described Obama as “impassioned” but said he didn’t exactly storm out of the room.

“Cantor’s account of tonight’s meeting is completely overblown. For someone who knows how to walk out of a meeting, you’d think he’d know it when he saw it,” a Democratic aide said. “Cantor rudely interrupted the president three times to advocate for short-term debt ceiling increases while the president was wrapping the meeting. This is just more juvenile behavior from him and Boehner needs to rein him in, and let the grown-ups get to work.”

You see, no one is allowed to talk when the professor is lecturing. Besides, Mr. Obama may have been late for a tee time – or worse yet, a fundraiser.

Still, it’s hard to think of him as the only grownup when he picks up his peas and goes home at the first disagreement. But Mr. Obama seems to be incapable of having a serious discussion with people he disagrees with.

On exiting the room, Obama said that “this confirms the totality of what the American people already believe” about Washington, according to a Democratic official familiar with the negotiations, and that officials are “too focused on positioning and political posturing” to make difficult choices.

It certainly confirms what a lot of people think about Mr. Obama. That he gets cranky when he doesn’t get everything his way. That he puts the pout in POTUS.

Remember how he treated that local reporter in Texas, when he wasn’t worshipful enough? ("Let me finish my answers next time.")

Even today the White House Press Office is upset with reporters for shouting unscripted questions at Obama. You see, reporters never shouted questions at President Reagan.

Cantor insists he never interrupted the president, and was “deferential,” seeking permission to speak…

Obama told Cantor that he would either have to agree to tax increases or give up on his demand that the debt hike be matched dollar-to-dollar to the cuts — that is, $2.5 trillion in deficit-reduction over 10 years in exchange for a $2.5 trillion hike in the debt ceiling…

“Then he said we also ought to get in the mode here, because we’re going to have to decide by Friday which way we’re going,” Cantor said. “He said really we ought to all start to think about things we can do rather than things we can’t.”

That’s when Cantor said he would be willing to abandon his own insistence on having just one vote on the debt ceiling if they could agree to a smaller package of cuts in exchange for a shorter-term hike that would require another increase before the 2012 election.

But Obama said he wouldn’t do the debt-limit increase incrementally and that he would veto a short-term bill.

In other words, it is either Obama’s way or the highway. (You know, the very attitude that he likes to chide others about.)

Apparently, Mr. Obama has absolutely no negotiation skills. Which is what happens when you elect someone with no real world business experience.

“That’s when he got very agitated,” Cantor told reporters.

“Obama lit him up. Cantor sat in stunned silence,” said an official in the meeting. “It was incredible. If the public saw Obama he would win in a landslide.”

And we are supposed to believe this anonymous (but surely Democrat) "official." What a laugh. Nobody likes a spoiled brat.

By the way, does all this mean that Joe Biden is now President?

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, July 14th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

22 Responses to “Obama Picked Up His Peas And Went Home”

  1. jimreport says:

    Tip for the idiot savant of negotiators – When bluffing, its best not to say you’re bluffing.

  2. BillK says:

    Obviously he’s learned from Wisconsin’s Democratic legislators.

  3. Petronius says:

    On eating peas :

    For an ideologue, whenever there is a conflict between his ideological doctrines and reality, then reality must always give way. This is a characteristic of ideological thinking in general, and of Liberalism in particular.

    There is no conceivable amount of evidence or logical analysis, no observation, no quantity of facts, that will shake a Liberal ideologue from his doctrine.

    Therefore, negotiations with an ideologue on matters covered by his ideology are always a waste of time, unless you happen to share his ideology.

    For the true believer can never lose. His solutions, policies, answers, and attitudes are derived from his firmly held ideological beliefs, which are an impervious bulwark against all facts, evidence, arguments, and observations that might tend to contradict them.

    For him, matters covered by his ideology are so obviously correct that even the slightest opposition to them he regards as a mark of stupidity, bad faith, or ill will. Hence Nerobama’s legendary impatience, rudeness, and temper tantrums.

    So Republicans should go about their business, and take their example from the Georgia militia — rather than sitting around listening to the ravings of an ideologue, how much more delightful to spend your time wearing out your grinders, eating goober peas :


    • proreason says:

      Absolutely correct Petronius. Let’s be very serious for a few moments.

      1. The US debt is a serious problem that threatens the well-being of the country.
      2. Obama has skyrocketted that debt by over 4T in just 3 years. Rather than help the economy, the new spending has damaged it severely. There isn’t any doubt about it.
      3. Now Obama acts as if that useless new spending is the baseline. Of course, many people knew at the time that it was the plan all along.
      4. There is plenty of tax money coming in every month to service the debt, and the other key government activities, including the military, SS, and Medicare. To say that the country would default if the debt ceiling is not increased is ludicrous.
      5. The goal of the Democrats is to raise taxes; because by raising taxes, they will be able to spend still more. It doesn’t HAVE to be that way. It’s just that it has ALWAYS been that way. It’s as close to a fact as you can get.
      6. The people demagogueing the issue are the Democrats, particularly Obama. No Republicans are making threats or outrageous claims.
      7. Federal spending is now about 24% of GDP, a jump of at least 4% in the last 3 years. This is unparalled in peacetime in this country. Given that the spending has done no good, it is very difficult to argue that the spending is necessary.
      8. During this period when the economy has been in a deep recession, the Democrats jammed through a massive new entitlement, with $200B in preset funding, and new taxes of nearly $500B. The country solidly rejects Obamacare, but the Democrats refuse to concede one dime of it. Moreovr, there is very little history in this or any country of a massive government program ever being rolled back.
      9. The corporate tax rate in the US is the highest of any country in the world. Personal taxes are also very high compared even to countries that are clearly socialist. There is no question that taxes of every sort transfer economic activity from the private sector to the public sector.
      10. There is little question that the massive innovation and improvement in lifestyles that have occured throughout the world since the mid 1700’s have resulting from private, not public, activities. This has been proven over and over, most recently in the failure of communism and China’s resurgance after allowing capitalism in its economy.
      11. The economic crises in debt-ridden small countries like Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Spain is currently threatening to destroy the European economies
      12. Northern European countries are currently backpedalling furiously from the socialist economic model because they have finally realized that the other guy is broke.

      Yet, Obama continues attempting in every way that he can to force his marxist/socialist ideology down the throats of Americans.

      How anybody can conclude that he is anything other than a totalitarian madman is beyond understanding. If he isn’t stopped, the USA is going to plummet into economic and political tyranny,

    • tranquil.night says:

      All the masks are off. What’s left is a desperate despot being unhinged by his Marxist zeal. He cannot slither away this time unless the Republicans remain squeezed with fear.

    • proreason says:

      Oh I don’t think all the masks are off, by a long shot.

      The entire strategy is predicated on a) massively increasing spending which created an unsustainable problem and then b) ignoring that and insisting on massive tax increases to solve the unsustainable problem caused by the massive spending increase. And that was known AT THE BEGINNING, because lots of conservatives were saying it 3 years ago. But I highly doubt that 90% of the public understands it.

      It’s the equivalent of me breaking you leg and then charging you to fix it, while denying that I broke it in the first place.

      And the idiot Republics are virtually mum about it. Maybe they think the Make Believe Press will reveal what has actually happened.

      I’ve said it before…why the Republicans chose to address Social Security and Medicare instead of Obamy’s one trillion dollar increase in annual spending is beyond understanding. And now the idiots are allowing the marxists to imply that all of the spending cuts are in those two programs. A couple of nights ago, a libwit on Hannity said just that, and nobody, including Hannity, stopped her. Nobody even said that Ryan’s plan has zero impact on anybody over 55. I wanted to throw a brick through the TV.

      It blows my mind.

    • tranquil.night says:

      “why the Republicans chose to address Social Security and Medicare instead of Obamy’s one trillion dollar increase in annual spending is beyond understanding. And now the idiots are allowing the marxists to imply that all of the spending cuts are in those two programs.”

      It was beyond wisdom, and certainly beyond intelligence. But they thought they were obligated by respect for the office to defer leadership to the man who’s sole objective everyone knew was going to be to set the premise with lies which would then be used to box them in, a mistake they’re tacitly admitting, although they’re probably willing to yield on entitlements just like you mentioned. There’s also InstaPundit’s creative ideas for revenue increases that’re going totally ignored.

      Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. But fool the Republicans as much as Dick has, and the people who believed in the electoral process start to feel like the fools.

      That’s why this emerging argument about the McConnell option forcing the regime into showing a plan is bunk. Who cares? I’ve lost count of how many do-overs he’s had. He’s not interested in reason.

    • TerryAnne says:

      “It’s the equivalent of me breaking you leg and then charging you to fix it, while denying that I broke it in the first place.”

      Close, pro; however, my take on it is being the equivalent of me breaking your leg, convincing you that you paying to fix it is in your best interest, and then charging you a consulting fee.

  4. TerryAnne says:

    Note that this article drops the bomb in the middle…the person “reporting” all of this to the media is a Democrat aide. 95% of the time, aides are fresh out of college or kids working their summers as an intern. They are early to mid 20s and usually straight out of Georgetown or the like…schools that are supposed to endow their students with an education but, more often than not, bless them with an inflated ego and belief in their “intelligence”.

    For that reason, I can’t help but laugh at the arrogance of such comments, knowing that they came from a kid.

  5. BigOil says:

    Our adolescent President pulled this same stunt on Netanyahu – who returned later to school the boy king. Republicans…were you paying attention?

  6. Right of the People says:

    “Democratic sources dispute Cantor’s version of Obama’s walk out,”

    For once I would have to agree, Cantor was way too diplomatic. I’m sure what really happened was Barry the Bungler stomped his foot, stuck out his lower lip in a pout and screaming shrilly of Mommy Mooshell ran from the room.

    This narcissistic little prick needs a time out in the worst way.

  7. proreason says:

    Republicans LISTEN UP. Here is what you should say.

    “Obama went on a massive spending spree which he claimed would create jobs but was actually political payoffs to his cronies. Now we have 5 million fewer jobs and 4 trillion in new debt.

    Now he wants Seniors to pay for it by eliminating Social Security, plus writing him a blank check for another 3 Trillion in bribes for his cronies.

    We say NO. Stop OBAMA’S spending NOW. No new blank checks. This won’t affect SS, Medicare, the military, or debt payments at all. Just Obama’s payoffs to his crooked cronies, and his illegal Obamacare program.

    STOP OBAMA’S SPENDING NOW. If we don’t, America’s glory days are over.”

  8. P. Aaron says:

    ‘Peas’ eh? Is the O getting tired of arugula?

  9. P. Aaron says:

    Obama’s idea of management: Everyday gov’t functions are to be budgeted as though they’re constantly in ‘crisis’.

  10. Natural Born Citizen says:

    Wow did ObaMao actually compare himself with Ronald Regan? That’s a laugh. He said even Ronald Regan would not sit through this like Ronald Regan ever suffered any fools. What lil Barry threw a hissy fit over was Cantor is not suffering any fools either. And going to the poker analogy when you look around the table and don’t know who the sucker is it is probably you. Mooshell’s little man realized he was the sucker and got his pea sized cajones twisted in his panties!

  11. Tater Salad says:

    Hey ABC, NBC, MSNBC, CBS and CNN…………your boy President is a “crybaby”! Get it! A crybaby! Bet you can not say it twice…………….or even once! He’s a looser and everyone with even a PEA brain gets it! Take your social security checks, your combat wounded veterans disability checks along with your extortions for support Mr. President and shove them where the sun doesn’t shine. You’re not buying our support, not now or in the future. Your legacy has just been written. One term and you have placed a smile on the face of the other worthless bloat…..Jimmy Carter!

    If Americans do NOT get their social security checks it is because Barack Obama is withholding them from you. There is enough money collected in revenues each month to pay these checks. This is what is called “Obama Extortion”! It isn’t going to work. With due respect Mr. President but take this social security check and shove it where the sun doesn’t shine!

    1. http://weaselzippers.us/2011/07/13/fact-if-social-security-checks-arent-sent-out-it-would-be-because-obama-chose-not-to-send-them/

    2. http://weaselzippers.us/2011/07/12/allen-west-rips-obama-over-warning-social-security-checks-might-not-go-out-this-is-fear-mongering-sad-and-pathetic/

    3. http://www.moonbattery.com/archives/2011/07/obamas-threat-t.html

    4. http://www.moonbattery.com/archives/2011/07/government-depe.html

  12. tranquil.night says:

    Otherwise insightful Ann Coulter embraces the defeatist mentality of the New England cocktail circuit, and shills for the McConnell option. I do have a question for her hero Mr. Christie though, which is how would he balance principle with managerial pragmatism as lead negotiator of the Republican Party in this situation? Big men are born from big moments of opportunity, and I haven’t heard much from the Big Man – the next anointed President himself – at this highly crucial point in American History yet.


    Republicans can’t cut anything as long as they control only one-half of one branch of government. If purist conservatives on the outside want serious spending cuts, they’d better give the GOP a two-thirds majority in both houses of Congress first.

    The ol’ one-half of one-third argument again. Thought we went through this the last time we had to eat a turd sandwich deal that this excuse wasn’t going to cut it again if the Republican leadership wouldn’t adopt a strategy that didn’t involve getting snookered into a backroom for weeks on end before emerging with a crap deal about which we’re lied and told is victory.

    But tell you what Ann – you move to my D +14 state of California and start telling people to put down the joints and electing Constitutional Conservatives, and I’ll move to the Northeast and tell your too-big-to-fail crowd that their century-long bubble of influence in the Republican Party is rapidly shrinking – as Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Virginia find themselves liking it on this side of the tent it seems – and that it’s time to start sending all that big money to Constitutional Conservatives instead of machine cronies.

    Republicans tried using the expiring debt ceiling to force the Democrats to agree to budget cuts. But the Democrats still refused to propose any.

    The effort up until the point McConnell signed onto the Cut, Cap & Balance Act has been milquetoast, if not out-right evasive, and the battle is not over just because Obama dictates false deadlines.

    Disappointing, but expected, because as Coulter blatantly puts it – her belief is that the problem lies with a voting majority’s addiction to government handouts, and that perspective has reared itself a lot through the years, spiting me in as much as I admire that beautiful brain and writing ability of hers.

    • TerryAnne says:

      I have to agree with Ann, given her bottom line: nothing is going to change, despite the options (McConnell’s plan, Ryan’s plan, Cantor’s plan, etc.), since the government handout babies keep electing those who still cling to parts of the government handouts themselves. Since 47% of the populace doesn’t pay taxes, that is a daunting number to overcome; those people will, 95% of the time, vote Democrat. Since there are plenty of guilty-feeling entreprenures and multiculturalists who earn an income by hugging trees, getting the Democrats over the 51% needed to win is an easy feat. McConnell’s plan, while one that has the greatest opportunity of backfiring, may be the best option right now; at least, if it does pass and the economy immediately tanks, there’s the possibility that people will put two and two together; but, yes, there is the stronger possibility, that our Teflon President would still come out of it smelling like roses and, thus, making things worse for us on the right. However, if it is the plan that passes and it does work as we’d like it to…this plan would have the greatest return. We’re not going to get what we currently want – no new taxes or tax hikes – any way we do it. Democrats know that and are intentionally hamstringing things because, when this mess clears, they can say, “see…the Republicans drug this out!”…and people will believe that. Caving to the Man Who Gets Everything is horrible, but I believe that this one could work in our favor.

    • proreason says:

      Seems to me that the right answer is to allow a small increase to the debt ceiling, but only if the budget is cut to 2008 levels, plus whatever new spending is required for SS, Medicare, food stamps and unemployment (even though I think food stamps and unemployment are counter-productive).

      What the idiot Repubs consistently fail to do is to say that ALL of Obamy’s new spending is unnecessary, and my approach highlights that.

      I believe, however, that the budget probably does not balance, even if Obamy’s payola spending is removed, because tax receipts have gone down because of the Obamy Depression, and because SS and Medicare costs (and food stamps and unemployment) continue to go up. So, without major reform, a balance budget right now isn’t possible. And major reform won’t happen with a marxist in the WH.

      So to recap: to avoid a potential political disaster, lift the debt ceiling, but stop all of Obamy’s new spending (including Obamycare and Libya).

    • tranquil.night says:

      The McConnell plan is not the best option because the Economy is not in danger of immediately tanking so long as the Republicans pass the proper bills. If there were a partial government shutdown, any pain to federal workers, or any non-payment to our debt, would be a direct result of the President’s veto or Senate’s refusal to bring stop-gap measures for a floor vote. The House is Constitutionally in control of the purse strings; it is there right and duty to serve as a sane check to an out-of-control despot. If the Republicans can’t overcome the Make Believe Media to politically tie such toxic results to the man who is obviously responsible for them, then how the HELL is giving him free reign to raise the debt ceiling going to successfully and effectively be used as some grand political liability on his shoulders that automatically trumps his reelection chances all the way through 2012? It won’t. Debates don’t last that long unless they’re tied to relevant issues, and this deal takes the debt discussion off the table of action and back into the land of theory. It’s a continuation of the status quo. The media would spin such a compromse as a victory for him, just like the FY2011 budget, and it would be.

      The threat of Economic Calamity is regime fear-mongering which Mitchtoast has only given a strain of veracity by publicly considering his plan and then sending the WSJ, Coulter, and the rest of the Establishment clique to tell us Wingnuts that it’s time to eat our peas. The Democrats politically capitalized on his offer as proof that the debt limit HAS to be raised, or else. It doesn’t, and even if the plan WAS eventually going to be the ONLY option in the end, then McConnel STILL has almost cut off the entire effort to stand united on our values at the knees. Why? Because he’s folding his hand in the first round, showing the incredible negotiating and principled weakness that we’ve come to expect from the Republican leadership. These are people who’ve spent their whole lives seeking this type of power, and when their big moment finally comes, they get scared of the opinion of voters who are dependent on government, are 100% guaranteed to vote Demoncrap anyway, and too selfish to ever even consider listening to the reality that it’s unsustainable. Meanwhile, despite whatever pessimistic news the polls has about the electorate’s feelings on entitlements, Conservatives still outnumber Liberals ideologically 2:1, with Independents consistently breaking towards us +10 since before 2010.

      There is no practical political argument for advocating this option that has convinced me at this juncture in time. So far it’s already only served as a political liability for how it’s serving to prop up the Liberal’s firewall of Lies.

      Dollar for dollar cuts, enforceable caps in growth, and an open debate/up or down vote on a BBA. Those are our negotiating points. If he wants to talk about entitlements, a fair discussion must include an objective look at Obamacare. If he wants to talk about not having to go through this again until after 2012, then he’s going to have to find more than 1.5T in discretionary, non-gimmicked cuts. These are the terms the House Members are establishing in the absence of good faith negotiations.

  13. canary says:

    He told Cantor that no other president — not Ronald Reagan, the president said — would sit through such negotiations.

    Obama is studying Ronald Reagan to figure out a way to gain Reagan’s popularity. I’ve suspected lately, he is rewording speeches.
    Obama is probably making his speech writers and teleprompter operators working 24/7

  14. Tater Salad says:

    To all veterans/seniors with 401k plans:

    Democrats want to bankrupt America by their “continued spending”. If the debt ceiling bill is not passed the markets will go haywire. Seniors, veterans and everyone who has a 401k plan will take a “hit”. To protect your 401K plans until a deal can be reached since Obama said he will not sign a short term deal you need to put ALL of your 401K investment in the “Income Funds” offered, drawing simple interest and stay away from all of the mututal funds. Please do this now!

    Please forward this message to everyone you know. Protect your investments! You can rearrange your funds “after” any deal is reached but for now you need to do this!

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