Here’s the CBS audio of remarks by President Obama last night that were accidentally transmitted over the White House feed and into the White House press room, where the indefatigable Mark Knoller was working, apparently alone. It appears Knoller alertly flipped a switch and recorded the comments, which Obama made to some donors at a fundraising event in Chicago
You can hear Obama’s contempt for GOP budget writer Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) which was also reflected in Obama’s remarks Wednesday calling Ryan’s proposals unserious and un-American.
Anyway, see what you think about the rest of it. I think there’s kind of an angry tone to it, and he clearly thinks Republicans are disingenuous about wanting to cut spending, using it as a stalking horse for other agenda items.
He has a point in that Republicans when last in power spent too much – though they resisted Democratic attempts to shell out even more on domestic programs. He doesn’t seem to understand that this is a chastened GOP caucus that was sent to town to reign in spending by a public that is genuinely angry about the debt Obama helped create.
This makes Obama’s fraudulent speech Wednesday more comprehensible. I don’t think he gets that the public is dreadfully serious about slashing the deficit. This is why he thinks he can get away with faking a campaign to cut spending. He can’t.