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The Obama Morning News || July 14, 2011

President Obama abruptly left debt negotiations with congressional leaders at the White House when House Republican leader Eric Cantor said there was no longer time to engage in the large-scale deficit reduction discussions

Republicans clashed over Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell’s plan to allow Obama to raise the debt ceiling, as McConnell warned that default could “destroy” GOP brand but House GOP Leader Eric Cantor rejected breaking the stalemate.

Obama declared during the meeting that he would not yield on his vow not to allow a short term extension.

If there’s no deal, the president would be forced to make difficult choices about what to pay or not pay. Lawmakers scrambled to come up with backup plans to decide who would still get paid if the government bumps up against its debt limit next month.

Sarah Palin said McConnell’s plan to allow Obama to raise the debt ceiling amounted to a “white flag.” Palin may wait until August or September to decide on whether to run.

Rudy Giuliani said he’ll run for president if no other Republican can beat Obama.  Michele Bachmann leads the House Tea Party Caucus, but for New Hampshire tea partyers, Rep. Ron Paul appears to be the GOP presidential candidate of choice.

Republicans have too many messengers, and not one who can go toe-to-toe with Obama, writes POLITICO.

And NBC chronicles Michelle Obama’s various missteps.

55 Responses to The Obama Morning News || July 14, 2011

  1. I’m directing all my attention towards MO’s husband in this election year. I did countless videos on her extravagance, her hypocrisy…she recently wore $1000 Lanvin sandals on the Fourth of July… It never changes. Unless she comes out with more insane policy statements, I’m ignoring her. She’ll be crushed. ;-)

    • Good idea to focus on the prime character in this upcoming election. Michelle is her own worst enemy…saw video of her scowling at the memorial service for Betty Ford. He must really be jonesing for a ride on AF1. Seems like all this work is really cramping his style. Might also have something to do with his latest temper tantrum.

      • There is a site were all they do is detail every item of clothes, shoes
        and jewelry she wears. They do her no favors as you can then see
        how much she spends. Like the arm full of bracelets that by looking them up was about $8,000 or more:(

        • I guess, me being a guy, it’s just impossible to wrap my mind around that much for a pair of sandals. The most I ever spent was about $200 for a pair of high-tech mountaineering boots.

          • William if I could spend the money she does I wouldn’t buy the
            ugly stuff she does. When you look them up the model is always
            a size 4 30 year old. Guess Michelle doesn’t own a mirror:)

          • Lizzy – she does have a mirror – MOTUS – Mirror of the United States. Just google Michelle Obama Mirror. Very funny “stuff”.

  2. Really? Politico doesn’t think anybody can go toe-to-toe with a petulant, whiny, self-absorbed, unqualified, inexperience, ungrounded, wishy-washy, teleprompter-dependent, holier-than-thou, self-important, snooty, elitist man-child?

  3. The Prez is insisting on raising taxes on the wealthy top-tier taxpayers to meet some ill-defined redistribution of wealth that some of his way-lefty supporters believe is a form of social justice. This kind of thinking, coupled with threats to the most vulnerable Americans, is not sitting well with the public.
    At this point, MrO can’t win no matter how this budget fight resolves. He’s in charge, he’s the Prez, he’s the big shot and if he can’t get this done and settled, he’s the one who will take the blame.
    While the MSM ( and some hopeful Dems) claim that the Repubs will be held responsible for any default, they have dismissed the mandate the voters gave to Congress in 2010.
    The message: fix the mess, cut the spending.

    • I know that some people think that only the last election matters, but actually all elections matter. The country is fickle. They rebuffed the Republicans in 2008, the Republicans regained some ground in 2010. In 2012, who knows? But if you are going to declare that any one election is an unfettered mandate, then you ought to love Affordable Care. That was, after all, part of Obama’s mandate.

  4. Just reading where Obama is planning his 50th Birthday bash. It’s in Chicago and $50 a head or $35,800 per couple special tickets. Lots of
    celebs of course. Now let’s circle the date Aug 3rd ring a bell that’s the day
    he throws the Seniors under the bus why not celebrate? Party like Nero!

  5. I had a werid idea this morning. How about a professional facilitator running these meetings. That person can sum up, categorize ideas, keep things moving, calll on people incl the president…Keep things on track. “Now, Mr Cantor, I hear you saying…. what do you think of what Mr Obama just said…” That sort of thing.

    • While a facilitator sounds practical, in the MN shutdown, at that (more or less) suggestion, some folks properly bristled, saying none of those names were on the ballot. Also, it costs extra money, and some folks thought those elected officials ought to earn their keep, do the job they were hired to do.

      • Yeah, a facilitator would have to be paid–but what–$1000 a day or something? Maybe these servants could serve by agreeing to listen to a neutral third party.

        • I had to take people to small claims twice–by then, both parties despised each other, but facilitation was required and tamped things down, relegated issues to categories, kept circling the issues noting each change in position, and most importantly, did not involve one party being the boss of the other, running the meeting like a schoolmaster. It worked! People spend whole careers learning this skill–how to get to “yes.”

  6. The Social Security scare is just proof positive that they have stolen all the money from the program. I know I am stating the obvious, but nevertheless, that program was never suppoosed to be used as it was (for more federal spending). I am disgusted with this government, republicans and dems alike.

    • They started robbing the lock box under LBJ. How do you think they paid for the Medicare start-up costs? The Washington elites have been robbing us blind for decades and now that the piggy bank is empty they are pointing fingers at each other.

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