President Obama today appeared to leave the door open – after appearing to leave the door shut during a speech in Ohio Wednesday – on extending the Bush-era income tax cuts for the highest earners.
Here’s what he said in the East Room at his press conference.
Question: Is there room for a middle ground whereby, for example, the tax cuts on the wealthy could be extended for a period of time and then allowed to expire?
OBAMA: Well, certainly there’s going to be room for discussion.
He then went on to bash the idea. But, in the world of Washington tea leaf reading, the message was very clear. He didn’t have to say there is “room for discussion.” But he did.