Both President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner held press conferences today. Important to note:
— McKay Coppins (@mckaycoppins) December 19, 2012
.@speakerboehner‘s remarks brief, didn’t take questions. Said Obama’s offer of $1.3T in tax hikes to $850B in spending cuts not balanced.
— David M. Drucker (@DavidMDrucker) December 19, 2012
Do you want to read Obama’s comments? I saved you the trouble. There are fourteen instances of the words “I”, “me” or “mine” in there. I know there were at least two uses of the word “folks”, too, Obama’s attempt to be just like everybody else. To get down on our level, you know?
Here’s one part worth noting [emphasis mine]:
Q: Mr. President? Mr. President? Mr. President?
PRESIDENT OBAMA: So I’ve got — I’m going to take one last question. Go ahead, Jake [Tapper].
Q: It seems to a lot of observers that you made the political calculation in 2008, in your first term and in 2012 not to talk about gun violence.
You had your position on renewing the ban on semiautomatic rifles that then-Senator Biden put into place, but you didn’t do much about it. This is not the first issue — the first incident of horrific gun violence of your four years. Where have you been?
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, here’s where I’ve been, Jake. I’ve been president of the United States, dealing with the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, an auto industry on the verge of collapse, two wars. I don’t think I’ve been on vacation. And so, you know, I think all of us have to do some reflection on how we prioritize what we do here in Washington.
The entire transcript is here, if you really want to hear more like that.
A breakdown of Obama’s speech (humorously done, that is).
EDIT.1: via Memeorandum: Did Boehner Just Pull The Plug On Fiscal Cliff Negotiations? Good question.
EDIT.2: Thanks for the mention, The Other McCain!