Read time: 1 minute

Obama Finally Gets It: Budgets Are Not Bi-Partisan

Talk about stating the obvious! Welcome to reality, guys: President Obama ditched his bipartisan budget sales pitch Tuesday and went on the offense a

Talk about stating the obvious! Welcome to reality, guys:

President Obama ditched his bipartisan budget sales pitch Tuesday and went on the offense against his Republican critics. The move comes after the president felt substantial pushback from lawmakers in both parties who sharply attacked key elements in his $3.55 trillion proposal.

Sensing the lack of support, Obama has changed strategies and challenged members of Congress who have blasted his plan to come up with “constructive alternative solutions.” While the president said that he and Democrats are committed to a budget resolution that will put the nation on a path to prosperity, he decried opponents who have turned to “political tactics” and “point scoring” instead of “problem solving.”

[...] This time around, Obama appears to be employing a more partisan strategy. Obama’s top budget aide, Peter Orszag, went further in dismissing Republican critiques on Tuesday, saying that most reflected a viewpoint that “just empirically doesn’t work.”

Orszag, the Office of Management and Budget director, said some lawmakers’ suggestions during congressional hearings have been helpful, but input elsewhere hasn’t been.

“The chatter that fills the cable news networks I don’t think is intended to be constructive,” Orszag said at a lunch with reporters sponsored by The Christian Science Monitor.

[...] In response to GOP attacks, Obama and his allies are shifting into campaign mode. Obama is scheduled to push his budget plan during a rare sit-down interview Thursday on “The Tonight Show.” His presidential campaign manager, David Plouffe, sent an e-mail to his backers last weekend asking them to support the budget plan. And, which galvanized liberals online to oppose President Bush’s agenda, has been asking its members to get behind Obama’s proposal.

Can you help us out?

For 17 years we have been exposing Washington lies and untangling media deceit, but now Facebook is drowning us in an ocean of right wing lies. Please give a one-time or recurring donation, or buy a year's subscription for an ad-free experience. Thank you.

More C&L Coverage


New Commenting System

Our comments are now powered by Insticator. In order to comment you will need to create an Insticator account. The process is quick and simple. Please note that the ability to comment with a C&L site account is no longer available.

We welcome relevant, respectful comments. Any comments that are sexist or in any other way deemed hateful by our staff will be deleted and constitute grounds for a ban from posting on the site. Please refer to our Terms of Service (revised 3/17/2016) for information on our posting policy.

Please Do Not Use the Login Link at the Top of the Site.

In order to comment you must use an Insticator account. To register an account, enter your comment and click the post button. A dialog will then appear allowing you create your account.

We will be retiring our Crooks and Liars user account system in January, 2021.

Thank you.
C&L Team