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Obama’s Worst Line of the News Conference

It came in response to criticism that he has no plan at all to solve the nation’s entitlement program.

So what I’ve said is that if you look at the history of how these deals get done, typically it’s not because there’s an Obama plan out there; it’s because Democrats and Republicans are both committed to tackling this issue in a serious way.

Sorry, Mr. President, but it does take an Obama Plan. Only the president has the bully pulpit and can build popular sentiment for doing the unpopular things necessary to fix the biggest drivers of the deficit, Medicare and Social Security.

The country isn’t really staying up late to watch C-Span just to see what Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.), the GOP point man on the budget, is going to say next.

Most people probably think Paul Ryan plans plays for the Steelers. And Boehner can’t get through a paragraph without weeping.

So it’s got to be you to do the difficult political work, the courageous stuff, to get the process started.

And just to extend the football metaphor, you punted.

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5 Responses to Obama’s Worst Line of the News Conference

  1. I am sick of the “punt” thing, no offense. He situated himself so the other side would suffer–pure politics. Not what you would hope for from a president, esp one who is supposed to be so smart and upstanding, but there it is and it’s not the first time and won’t be the last. The good of the country–learfership–not even in play.

      • Leadership requires a person to stand up and take the punches. Years ago, a quarterback (Bart Starr included) was required by Lombardi to stand straight and take DIRECT hits (at full speed) from men like Ray Nitchske and other monsters on defense … to teach them how rough-and-tumble life in the NFL would be. It made men of Starr, Hornung and Taylor and turned Green Bay into a World Champion. Leadership demands *suffering*.

        Obama and Company have never suffered (or wanted) for anything. And since traditional leadership is not something he learned (the liberal version of leadership is ‘consensus’) from his parents or in school … Obama will punt on the major issues so that he doesn’t take the heat.

        He is, in effect, a sissy; yellow, a Coward. I’ve never seen such a man before in politics – a pure sissy. He may be straight (which I doubt) but I am sure in that relationship, Michelle cracks the whip.

  2. If Obama is not punting hard decisions, he’s voting present on tough budget problems. For heavens sakes this prig could not even choose a SIDE during the Super Bowl …. afraid to upset Pittsburgh or Green Bay. The problem is, Obama is the QB, but he plays third string while the team wins the ballgame (Democrat voters) and then he forces the team to carry him off the field on their shoulders.

  3. The reason SocialSecurity and Medicare are called “entitlements” is because we paid for them and are “entitled” to receive their benefits.
    People who benefit from Medicaid, Earned Income Credit, Welfare benefits, Food Stamps, Farm subsidies, and SocialSecurity Disablility need not have paid anything to receive these “entitlements”.
    The point is that every discussion on cutting the deficit seems to revolve around the SocialSecurity disbursments and not much else. Both Dems and Repubs are carrying the same scapel and are afraid of losing their cushy jobs by cutting the wrong program.
    Holding elected office must be a wonderful thing.