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Obama gives in to Republican demands - Republicans walk out in protest
7/25/2011 9:20 AM Floyd Harden
In the midst of debt ceiling negotiations with the Republican leadership, President Obama has done an abrupt about-face and made major concessions, forcing Republicans to walk out on the talks in protest.
Shortly after today’s meeting came to an abrupt end, Speaker of the House John Boehner expressed his frustration with the President. “Look, if he’s going to just agree to everything we ask for, we’re never going to be able to find common ground. The American people aren’t stupid, you know. They understand that if the President gives us everything we want, we must not want enough. So now we have to start over and come up with some even nuttier demands that even he can’t go along with. When President Obama is ready to take these negotiations seriously, we’ll be ready to go back to ignoring him. Until then, the ball is in his court, unless he agrees that the ball is in his court, in which case the Republican Party hereby demands that he change the ball to a hockey puck.”
Senior White House officials confirmed that the President upset Republicans by agreeing to their demands that he tackle the deficit by gutting Social Security and Medicare, dismantling "Obamacare," slashing Education spending, and forcing babies to change their own diapers. Negotiations broke down for good when Republicans balked at the President’s suggestion that billionaires should be required to chew their own food. Obama quickly apologized and withdrew the suggestion, a move widely seen as a slap in the face to Boehner.
Minutes after the meeting broke up, President Obama, speaking to reporters in the White House press room, expressed his frustration with the direction talks have taken. “I can’t figure out what these folks want. I caved on every issue. I agreed to all of their cuts and I promised not to seek higher taxes. I ordered pizza for everybody, picked off the bell peppers for Cantor, waxed Boehner’s limo, ironed all of McConnell’s dress shirts, and what do I get for my trouble? They treat me like I’m their Secretary of Transportation. That’s it, I’m drawing a line in the sand. As soon as I finish vacuuming Paul Ryan’s office, I’m done compromising.” - Return to Previous Page
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