Obama's press conference today contained this incredible line which Bryan Preston of Pajamas Media copied to video:
So, when you hear folks saying ‘Well, the president shouldn’t want massive job killing tax increases when the economy is this weak.’ Nobody’s looking to raise taxes right now. We’re talking about potentially 2013 and the out years. (emphasis added)You can't make this stuff up. I expect to see it repeated often in the upcoming campaign.
With massive gaffes like this, I'm always reminded of Hubert Humphrey's quote going into the 1968 campaign:
No sane person likes the war in Viet Nam, and neither does President Johnson.*****
Update: John Hinderacker of Power Line has an excellent analysis of Obama's press conference, and his thoughts have coalesced around the subject sooner than mine. Concerning Obama's comments of "What I emphasized to the broader group of congressional leaders yesterday is now is the time to deal with these issues. If not now, when?" John replies:
If not now, when? How about two years ago? Or last year? Or in February, when Obama proposed a budget that contemplated, on the most optimistic assumptions, adding at least $600 billion of new debt every year for the next decade? Obama is now fixated on the “deadline” of August 2, 2011, but where was he in 2009? Or 2010? Or prior to last week? It has been over two years since the federal government has had a budget. For Obama to adopt a sanctimonious “eat your peas” approach to the federal budget is so disingenuous that it is not surprising that Republicans find him infuriating to negotiate with.This is a good point-by-point 'de-construction' of Obama's remarks, concluding with:
Finally, Obama’s presser showed the Democrats’ pet press at its worst. If I am not mistaken, every single question from a reporter came from the left. This, in the view of the White House press corps, is the question of the moment: is President Obama being too reasonable in dealing with those nasty Republicans? Unbelievable.Read the whole thing.