Obama uses fiscal cliff press conference as victory lap

Obama wasn’t making any friends today. In fact, he looked somewhat like a tool.

With less than 12 hours to go until the United States dove off the fiscal cliff, the President took the podium to make a public service announcement: I won.

Just as sources were reporting that Senate Republicans were close to cutting a deal with Senate Democrats and the White House, but that no deal has officially been made, the President disparaged Republicans in Congress at a live event with “middle class Americans” at the White House.

President Obama’s televised campaign event on Monday did the exact opposite of help.

“There are still issues left to resolve, but we’re hopeful that Congress can get it done,” President Obama said during his fiscal cliff event. “But it’s not done.”

Obama’s press conference was expected to nudge Congress along toward a deal. Instead, the President used the opportunity to take a victory lap, blaming Republicans for the lack of a complete deal.

“I have to say that ever since I took office, throughout the campaign and over the last couple of months, my preference would have been to solve all these problems in the context of a larger agreement, a bigger deal, a grand bargain — whatever you want to call it — that solves our deficit problems in a balanced and responsible way,” he said.

The President added that with “this Congress” that was just “too much to hope for at this time.”

Obama said the fiscal cliff problems would be solved in a matter of steps and would include both tax hikes and spending cuts.

As POLITICO reported, the possible deal would raise taxes on households making $450,000 or more yearly and individuals making $400,000 or more yearly. Obama said during his press conference that the wealthiest two percent of Americans would face a tax increase, but did not specify the salary cutoff point.

“You know, keep in mind that just last month, Republicans in Congress said they would never agree to raise tax rates on the wealthiest Americans,” Obama said, taking a jab at Republicans. “Obviously the agreement that’s currently being discussed would raise those rates and raise them permanently.”

Obama said preventing the fiscal cliff tax hike was his top priority in these negotiations. A deal that would prevent those increases is “within sight,” according to the President.

But with the President using his press conference to point fingers at Republicans, a deal might be farther than he thinks. Protip: It’s never a good idea to purposefully outrage the other side.

Comments

Comments

  1. Tim says:

    He is the divider in chief and nothing more. A poor excuse for an American president. The cliff was just changed into a tobaggan chute. Maybe the crash at the end will be a little gentler.

  2. Pat says:

    Wow, what a negotiator! Make rude comments about the Republicans, put all the blame on them when they don’t cater to his whims, hold their noses and vote for his plan. It’s his way or the highway, no deals except his deals. He has all the skills of an 800 pound gorilla, hope the Republicans remember the strong message sent in 2010 when conservative Republicans were voted in to stop the financial bleeding in DC. A $1 cutback for each $41 in new taxes is beyond ridiculous. What in the Hell are they thinking?

  3. Andrew says:

    Liberal here. While trying to work out a deal with a Party that can’t come to a unified position itself has been frustrating and ridiculous, pretty disappointed in the childish-ness exhibited by Obama hours before the deal was supposed to be done. Reminded me of Pelosi ripping Republicans before the first bailout attempt. At least this transgression by Obama didn’t derail kicking the fiscal cliff can down the road.

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