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Obama To ‘Campaign’ To Avoid The Fiscal Cliff

From the Washington Post:

Obama public relations effort aims to avoid ‘fiscal cliff’

By David Nakamura and Zachary A. Goldfarb | November 27, 2012

The White House signaled Tuesday that it will try to marshal the momentum from President Obama’s reelection triumph into another victory at the negotiating table, launching a full-fledged public relations effort to avoid a “fiscal cliff” that could jolt the nation back toward recession.

In fact this "public relations effort" is aimed at convinced the US that Obama doesn’t want us to go over the fiscal cliff. But, in fact, he probably does. After all, this was his idea.

Lest we forget, Obama turned down the ‘Grand Bargain’ that the Republicans offered back in August. He wanted this deal, which involves sequestration and the fiscal cliff. So why is he pretending otherwise?

Administration officials said Obama will hit the road this week for a campaign-style series of events with ordinary Americans, including a visit to a toy manufacturer in suburban Philadelphia on Friday…

That is all Obama knows how to do, is campaign. He doesn’t even understand what his job is as President.

Obama’s move to mobilize his reelection apparatus for the fiscal debate signals that he intends to follow through on remarks he made during the campaign, when he suggested that major reform required public pressure from outside the Beltway…

Who is paying for this mobilization of Obama’s reelection apparatus? Have his campaign workers all been given permanent jobs in his administration?

On Friday, Obama will travel to Hatfield, Pa., to visit TinkerToy manufacturers K’nex Brands and Rodon Group, where he will highlight businesses that rely on middle-class consumers, especially during the holiday shopping season…

You see? The Republicans are trying to steal Christmas by denying a tax increase on small businesses!

“The president’s team has finally come to the realization that they can’t negotiate with hostage-takers,” said Democratic strategist Jim Manley, a former aide to Reid. “And so in light of Republicans still being so intransigent, the only way to get something done is if they take their case directly to the American people.” …

Ah. Here is more of that elevated tone in our political discourse that Obama is always promising us.

Republican leaders sharply criticized the president’s approach, saying he is focused on the wrong constituency. Declaring that the “time for campaigning is over,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) said Obama should focus on ensuring that Democrats are willing to compromise over higher tax rates for the wealthy, something Republicans oppose…

The Democrats don’t even think of compromising. Ever.

White House aides said Obama learned his lesson about relying solely on direct negotiations with House Republicans in the summer of 2011, when he was unable to achieve a “grand bargain” over deficit reduction with House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio)…

Even the Washington Post blamed Obama for the failure of the "grand bargain." In fact, even Bob Woodward said it was Barack Obama who walked away from the deal. Not the Republicans.

“Only inside the Beltway do people think that sitting in a room for a photo spray will solve problems,” Carney replied, referring to media slang for an appearance by politicians aimed primarily at photographers. “I don’t think there is a lot of faith that a bunch of people sitting around a table in a room are going to solve problems on behalf of the American people . . . if those sitting around the table aren’t also communicating and engaging with the American people.”

Huh? How else do you negotiate, except by sitting around a table in a room? Are there no adults left at all in this administration?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, November 28th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Obama To ‘Campaign’ To Avoid The Fiscal Cliff”

  1. GetBackJack says:

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    I don’t want to be arrested today

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