Rep. Anthony Weiner appearing on this Friday's Washington Journal was asked to respond to the Republicans who apparently got a bad case of the vapors and had to be carried to their fainting couches to recover after President Obama gave his speech on the budget this week.
Here are some excerpts host Susan Swain read from this article at the Washington Post -- Obama address was surprise attack, GOP lawmakers say:
“Yes,” the tenor of the speech was surprising, said Erskine Bowles, who headed Obama’s fiscal commission and is working with a bipartisan group of six senators to develop a compromise plan to rein in borrowing.
Camp said he received a call from fiscal commission co-chairman Alan Simpson, who was also in the audience and was “concerned about the partisan nature of the event and how unnecessary and unproductive and unhelpful it would be.”
Still, Republicans said, did Obama have to attack the men to their faces? “Reagan had the decency to insult his enemies when he was out of town,” grumbled one GOP aide.
Here's a rough transcript of Weiner's response:
WEINER: Boy oh boy. Have these Republicans been listening to themselves over the past three years? Have they been listening to the tone that they have used against the president when having this debate? I've got to tell you something. I was watching that speech, and I was the opposite. I was thinking “Boy the president's being so gentle and modest.” I mean, you know what I would have said. I would have said the Republican plan stinks and I will chew my right arm off before I sign any part of it. The fact is, this is a competition of ideas. And now my Republican friends, they have the audacity to say what common sense, what a fifth grade math student can tell, which is they're idea is a terrible abdication of our responsibilities as Americans. Their math doesn't add up. And if you go back and take a look at the speech, it was remarkably gentle.
The president said, look we have two different views. Did my Republican friends think they were going to be invited there to so we'd say “Oh we love the Ryan” plan that eliminates Medicare? Oh this is a terrific idea to give tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires and drive up the debt even more? Of course not. You know we have an expression, you know, if it's too hot, stay out of the kitchen.
If you don't want to have your program criticized by the President of the United States I say two things. One, don't make dumb proposals. And two, maybe you should think a little bit about the tone in this town when they've been eviscerating the president for everything from being a Socialist, a Communist and not even being born in this country. I thought the president's tone was remarkably measured considering the attacks that he's on every day. I mean President Weiner certainly wouldn't have been that measured.