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The Obama Morning News || August 1, 2011

by Keith Koffler on August 1, 2011, 7:13 am

President Obama and congressional leaders sealed a debt increase deal that includes sharp spending cuts of about $2.4 trillion but no new taxes.

Republicans appeared to be rallying around Speaker John Boehner. But some Republicans are still grumbling, as are liberals.

Final votes on the debt ceiling could come as early as today. But the deal, of course, could still fall apart.

Chris Cilizza of the Washington Post picks the political winners and losers. But USA Today argues that everyone is taking a political hit. And POLITICO notes Obama’s problems with his liberal base are likely to worsen.

With the new agreement, Obama has flipped from spending to cuts in a weak economy.

Michele Bachmann panned the deal, but Jon Huntsman is in.

Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol wants a Ryan-Rubio ticket for 2012.

Hollywood steps up for Obama as movie mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg donates $2 million to a pro-Obama group.

Joe Biden is charging the Secret Service to protect him, forcing the agency to pay rent on a cottage near his home near Wilmington, Del.

And coming this fall to a TV near you: Michelle Obama will guest star on ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”


Just2old August 1, 2011 at 8:04 am

Chris Cilizza of the Washington Post picked the political winners and losers. I respectfully have to disagree with Mr. Cilizza. Clearly, Pres Obama was a huge loser in this debate. His failure to be able to broker a deal forcing Congress to lead was evident for all to see. As Steve McCann put it in his article on AT, “his incompetence, inability to lead, prevarications, petulance and immaturity in the debt ceiling crisis have indelibly created an image of abject failure in the minds of a critical mass of people in the United States and around the globe. He will never be able to overcome the portrait that has been etched in too many minds.”

srdem65 August 1, 2011 at 8:49 am

The NYT, in a desparate attempt to spin the results of this “historic” deal, frames the result; “The Democrats WON (my caps) almost nothing…”.

In the win/lose section; when the Prez asked his followers to help him convince Congress to go his way, he became the loser on the playground who wants the teacher to tell the other kids to play-nice.
MsNoonan was right; MrO the loser, that nobody likes.

Star August 1, 2011 at 10:55 am

Cilizza is a Richard. In my not so humble. If he’s a bud, Keith, sorry.

William August 1, 2011 at 9:04 am

There are no winners. We’ve all lost. There won’t be any actual cuts and the nation is going to spiral deeper into debt until the dollar collapses.

Susan August 1, 2011 at 10:15 am

Unfortunately, you are absolutely right William. The credit downgrades will probably happen before the ink dries on this deal.

Just2old August 1, 2011 at 10:27 am

Look on the bright side; this is one more nail in Obama’s coffin!

srdem65 August 1, 2011 at 9:05 am

The $2,200 monthly rent the SecretService pays to their landlord (VPBiden) shouldn’t be an issue that would reflect on the Bidens. The story claims that the rent is the same paid by the previous tenant and the Service pays for lodging everywhere their “client” travel.

MrsO, and her new-found love of all things military, doesn’t fool us or the members of our military. Her appearances on cable programs won’t earn a single vote for her husband. In fact, both of the O’s have lost their new&historic appeal and are over-exposed. They’ve become typical DC politicos and we’ve turned off the TV.

Star August 1, 2011 at 10:53 am

They seem to still think of themselves as lovable icons whom the American people want to shower with perks.

Scott August 1, 2011 at 12:44 pm

I respectfully disagree. While charging the Secret Service rent may make sense in an abstract accounting sense, I think Biden’s “lemme get all I can get from the people” approach to the matter speaks volumes about his character, or lack thereof. The guy lives a charmed life with every need taken care of, with us footing the bill. Seems like he could forego a relatively modest amount on rent to house the people that have sworn to lay their lives on the line for his.

srdem65 August 1, 2011 at 2:00 pm

The SecretService pays for the agent’s travel and lodging wherever their ‘clients’ wander. VPBiden could have kept a tenant in his rental and the agents would have had to rent something elsewhere.
I’m not objecting to any monies spent to protect our leaders, but wish that they would be more selective about their travels and their destinations.
The irony of MrO’s attempt at class warfare of rich vs poor is that he seems to be the epitome of the elite, priviledged rich. Watching the O’s fly hither and yon for mostly personal reasons is making all of us grumpy

Star August 1, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Two grand a mo? That’s feed for those vacay homes–doesn’t he watch SELLING NY or any of those tax-evading rich people shows?

AnonnA August 1, 2011 at 9:54 am

Why doesn’t Michelle Obama stay in the White House as a politician’s wife should and keep herself busy with some charities that can be handled inexpensively over the phone? She is as embarrassing as a new reality star who seeks to consolidate a full fifteen minutes of fame by appearing everywhere and on every show.

Sure she cares about the military — laugh out loud!

Star August 1, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Yeah–if they care so much why send Mullen to Afghanistan to say, “I don’t knooowwww…you may not get paid…”

J GORDON August 1, 2011 at 10:14 am

Never will i vote another democrat . They are weak beyond words . They can take their debt plan and @##$#@#$#$##@#$$#$#@@@@ with it .

jan August 1, 2011 at 10:30 am

Guess this means the birthday bash is still on. Wonder how much flying all the O’s, friends and family to Chicage will cost us. Do you suppose Bo will have his own plane again?

Star August 1, 2011 at 10:52 am

She’s on Extreme Makeover Home edition–how about What Not to Wear?
Yes, our dear little solons had to work all weekend and looked plenty ticked about it. Maybe–maybe!–this slowed some growth and changed the focus a little. Several things stuck out in the coverage: (1) Even though they would not have defaulted on interest–this because default, default, default. (2) Those evil rich people–they sure get to skate. (3) Those oil cos–same. Everything was so oversimplified it was like Ding Dong School. (Dating myself there.) And who said this was a Sugar Coated Satan Sandwich–I had to laff at that one.

Susan August 1, 2011 at 11:24 am

The creator of the satan sandwich comparison was Chairman of the CBC, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO). That’s okay because he is also a pastor so he can say that kind of stuff.

Thought of you on Saturday while watching the Boehner/McConnell press conference. Boehner accused Obama of “driving us into a cul-de-sac” three times in that interview. At least he didn’t say he was kicking the can down the road ;-)

Star August 1, 2011 at 11:28 am

Ooo–new one! Thanks. I fear, though, that across the pond may have to go on the list. Look, I just report, I don’t decide.

jan August 1, 2011 at 3:49 pm

NO MORE BOOB-BELTS. Sorry….didnt mean to yell.

iyeen holmes August 1, 2011 at 12:34 pm

i feel bad about the slave thing when you talk about the bond thing.

lc southern August 1, 2011 at 3:18 pm

This deal is just wrong..