Obama just had what was possibly the most insulting press event I’ve ever seen from a President — I’ll post the video when available, it will infuriate you.
He spiked the football, overtly insulted Republicans and Congress, and laughed that he is on the verge of getting what he wants. Either he wants to nix any deal, or he’s actually just enjoying his victory but is emotionally incapable of being presidential about it.
Everything you ever wanted to know about our dysfunctional government was on display.
Until the video is available, here are some tweets: (video added)
So Obama just said this was just the START of higher taxes, is not willing to cut, & dissed the GOP. He WANTS the cliff. #SameAsItEverWas
— Monica Crowley (@MonicaCrowley) December 31, 2012
Shorter Obama: I rolled the Repubs on upper-income tax rates and will kick their ass on the coming debt ceiling/entitlements fight.
— Ryan Lizza (@RyanLizza) December 31, 2012
Obama’s jaunty pre-deal White House event could also be a Machiavellian strategy to make sure the deal collapses and the GOP gets the blame.
— adam nagourney (@adamnagourney) December 31, 2012
On New Year’s eve, a campaign-style event? This is WH’s way of warning GOP, January will bring more P.R. hammering if they don’t cut deal
— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) December 31, 2012
Obama takes an early victory lap: “Obviously the agreement that is being discussed would raise those rates, & raise them permanently.”
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) December 31, 2012
This Obama event strikes me as a half victory lap
— Luke Russert (@LukeRussert) December 31, 2012
Does Obama not want a deal? Because taunting Republicans is a good way to not get a deal.
— Francesca Chambers (@fran_chambers) December 31, 2012
Is it really a good strategy to give a speech bashing Congress while trying to work with Congress?
— Elise Foley (@elisefoley) December 31, 2012
How exactly did Obama just help conclude a deal? Smacked of dancing in the end zone while giving the finger to House GOPers.
— Toby Harnden (@tobyharnden) December 31, 2012
If Obama’s goal was to harm the process and make going over the cliff more likely, he’s succeeding.
— Doug Heye (@DougHeye) December 31, 2012
#Obama is the Partisan in Chief. That speech was bizarre
— Tim Stanley (@timothy_stanley) December 31, 2012
Not sure a partisan pep rally helped. Maybe POTUS is trying to nudge liberal Ds who are upset.
— Larry Sabato (@LarrySabato) December 31, 2012
What is this? A roast?
— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) December 31, 2012
Seriously, this is a strange message. Does his base really need to hear him tweak and tease the GOP? Or is this just self-indulgence?
— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahNRO) December 31, 2012