Obama sure didn’t see this coming.
A reporter today mocked Obama for his debt ceiling scare tactics.
The question came from CNN reporter Jessica Yellin.
This was her first time she asked Obama a question. Possibly her last.
Transcipt from the White House website:
THE PRESIDENT: Jessica Yellin. Congratulations, your first question here.
Question: Thank you, Mr. President.
THE PRESIDENT: No pressure. You’re going to do great. (Laughter.)
Question: Thank you. Your administration has laid out four different dates by which you’ve said that the debt ceiling must be raised or the U.S. would face potential dire consequences. Three of those dates have come and gone and we haven’t faced financial calamity. Some of your critics have argued that these are then scare tactics to force a deal. So why should the American people believe that the August 2nd deadline is the final deadline by which a deal must be raised? And would you also spell out for us what you believe will happen if the debt ceiling is not raised by that date?