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Obama Contradicts Debate Statement on Fiscal Cliff

by Keith Koffler on November 14, 2012, 2:58 pm

President Obama today contradicted a statement he made during the campaign, suggesting during an East Room news conference that upcoming negotiations over the budget could well fail and massive spending cuts – known as the “sequester” or the “fiscal cliff” – could kick in.

“We can all imagine a scenario where we go over the fiscal cliff,” Obama said today.

But during his third debate with Gov. Mitt Romney, Obama said that the dire scenario did not have a chance of occurring.

“First of all, the sequester is not something that I’ve proposed,” Obama said then. “It is something that Congress has proposed. It will not happen.”

Obama during the debate was eager to minimize the chances of going over the fiscal cliff because Romney had noted that it would force massive defense spending cuts. During the debate, Obama repeatedly tried to compare his experience with Romney’s by noting he was the Commander in Chief.

After Obama had concluded the news conference, but before he walked off the podium, a Bloomberg News reporter attempted to follow up by noting the contrast with his statement during the debate. But Obama refused to answer, saying he didn’t want a set a precedent by taking questions from reporters out of turn, and promptly left the room.

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Langley Spook (I keep my pants on) November 14, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Shocker. “Pres” Obama speaks out of both sides of his smug mouth.

ol gator November 14, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Keith, one error in your reporting: ubama did not walk off the podium,he slithered.

scottso November 14, 2012 at 6:33 pm

oh you are wrong, Gator. He didn’t walk or slither. He was carried out on the shoulders of the media who asked him questions easily dismissed, or softballed or set up for the ole “we are still investigating 2 months still” mantra.

cincycinco November 15, 2012 at 9:28 am

I thought after one of his holy readings, he was supposed to ascend to Jannah on a zephyr? I guess it’s good that he did not, though, because they’d have to build another one of those onion dome things with minarets around his TelePrompTer then, and frankly DC has enough traffic issues without having a hajj requirement there as well…

KmB November 14, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Lets see Hussein Obama finishes up his presser and the market falls another 122 points. I expect to see more money leave the market before the end of the year and be shipped off shore as quick as possible.

mo1 November 14, 2012 at 3:30 pm

People may want to take any capital gains they can before taxes on those gains go up. Too bad it hurst the 401Ks of the middle class. Obama just cannot think ahead.

Susan November 14, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Hear that loud sucking sound? The good ship America is taking on water and she’s sinking fast. The wealthy are liquidating their investments in America as fast as they can – before the usurious tax rates arrive. This puppet’s usurpation of America is almost complete.

Star November 14, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Two-two-two lies in one. First, he did propose it and then he said it would not happen, which it might.

Janna November 14, 2012 at 3:57 pm

…so he was for it before he was against it ?

cincycinco November 15, 2012 at 9:30 am

Quit having a memory! You KNOW he HATES that…

Langley Spook (I keep my pants on) November 14, 2012 at 3:37 pm

What “precedent” of taking questions out of turn?
Where the H#ll did that come from? Is that the Obama “press” doctrine…?

WH “press” corps = bunch or useless, arrogant, biased, sycophants.

Melvin November 14, 2012 at 4:08 pm
slconfidential November 14, 2012 at 5:21 pm

His handlers were not there to “cover” for him.

Cooper November 14, 2012 at 7:29 pm

Obumbler speaks, the press takes notes. The dictator does not entertain questions from the peons, whether they are “ouf of turn” or in turn, And he does not work with Congress either, that he has already shown for the last four years, he dictates or issues Ex Orders.

cincycinco November 15, 2012 at 9:46 am

The next “Ex Order” will be establishment of a doctrine of Obaminal Infallablity when speaking Ex Ovalis Officium. Why not complete the mockery of his Catholic supporters, since he has more flexibilty now?

Or maybe, we should just cut to the chase and start living under the Fuhrer-Prinzip. That’s where he REALLY wants to be.

On the other hand, as much as he’d like to establish it, I don’t think we have to worry that he’ll bring in Shari’a. That would require him to acknowledge an authority higher than himself. That’s not his style.

srdem65 November 14, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Raise the taxes on the rich, over and over. It’s not going to accomplish anything other than give the rich people’s accountants more work to do finding all those loopholes and legal evasions.
So, he gets the tax raise, then what? Nothing good will happen, no paydown of the deficit, no jobs created, nada, nothing, same old only worse.

I’m not sure he knows that the election is over,that he doesn’t have anyone to convince he’s the best man for the job anymore with his leftist rhetoric. But, he does have to produce, to better our condition, to make inroads on entitlements and our national debt.
He may believe that he has a mandate from the people who voted for him, but he has no mandate from Congress.
It’s up to him to work with them, not the other way around.
He’s up to his ears in a coverup, the tab for Fast & Furious hasn’t been paid yet and he has to face the people he admires to explain his signature tax – Obamacare.

Oregon Jarhead November 14, 2012 at 5:08 pm

When he made that statement during the debate I knew he was not speaking the truth. I was also concerned by his effortless ability to lie.
It’s going to be a long 4 years.

Girly1 November 14, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Oh, but he did say he was interested in picking Mitt’s brain re creating jobs, eliminating loopholes, and making govt. leaner and meaner by ridding itself of duplicate programs, etc. – the bureaucracy he helped to create. He praised Mitt for doing a great job in turning the Olympics around – why not just let Mitt handle of the job of turning the country around!! …I hope Mitt tells him where to go!

Dan Okie November 14, 2012 at 5:24 pm

why even watch this guy? he could come out and say the sky is made of swiss cheese and the media would run to republicans and ask “why has it taken your party so long to admit the sky has changed to swiss cheese – and most probably due to global warming??” I don’t watch this donkey show any more

Girly1 November 14, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Taxpayers, grab your wallets! The FHA is close to exhausting it’s funds for the first time in it’s 78 year history! Another fiscal cliff.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324595904578119140604024484.html

Noma November 14, 2012 at 7:31 pm

One Word: Lie

Owen_Kellogg November 14, 2012 at 9:12 pm

But that ole Baraq was so sly and so slick, that he thought up a lie and he thought it up quick . . .

Quintis Arrius November 14, 2012 at 9:23 pm

Shockingly composed president today. We’ll see if the local press in NY will patiently wait their turn to ask questions.

Star November 15, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Or the ditry, broke, freezing, ruined New Yorkers! We know how polite they are even in the best of times…

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