President Obama delivers his much trumpeted budget deficit speech today, a move likely to kick off a months-long debate with Republicans while alienating some members of his own Democratic Party, the Wall Street Journal writes. POLITICO helpfully suggests seven things Obama should say to make the politics of the thing work.
Obama faces a rebellion on the left, with key groups concerned that he has let the GOP message of reducing government trump that of creating jobs, writes the Washington Post. But some lawmakers in both Parties are urging Obama to cap spending or they won’t vote to raise the debt ceiling.
Setting himself up as the “reasonable alternative” to Donald Trump, Mitt Romney declared that Obama was born in the United States and that “The citizenship test has been passed.”
National Security Adviser Tom Donillon carried a letter from Obama to the Saudi monarch.