Obama Says He Didn’t Know Ryan Was Going to Be at His Nasty 2011 Budget Speech… Even Though He RSVP’d & White House Sat Him in Front Row

Barack Obama told Bob Woodward that he regretted criticizing Paul Ryan at his budget speech last year. Obama said he would not have attacked Paul Ryan if he would have known Ryan was going to attend the speech.
The Obal reported:

President Obama told book author Bob Woodward he “made a mistake” criticizing Paul Ryan during a 2011 speech that Ryan attended.

“I’ll go ahead and say it — I think that I was not aware when I gave that speech that Jack (sic – Paul) Ryan was going to be sitting right there,” Obama told Woodward, reports ABC World News, which reviewed an audio tape of the interview.

Woodward conducted the interview on July 11, a little less than a month before Republican candidate Mitt Romney tapped Paul Ryan as his running mate, ABC reported. The interview was done for the Woodward book The Price of Politics, which hits stores Tuesday.

Obama gave a speech in April 2011 on the federal budget and debt, and used the occasion to criticize Ryan for his proposed budget.

“And so I did feel, in retrospect, had I known — we literally didn’t know he was going to be there until — or I didn’t know, until I arrived,” Obama told Woodward. “I might have modified some of it so that we would leave more negotiations open, because I do think that they felt like we were trying to embarrass him.

There’s just one thing…
Obama personally invited Paul Ryan to the speech… And Paul Ryan RSVP’d the White House saying he would be there.

Paul Ryan responded to the disgusting attack after the speech:

“I’m very disappointed in the president. I was excited when we got invited to attend his speech today. I thought the president’s invitation to Mr. Camp, Mr. Enserling and myself was an olive branch. Instead what we got was a speech that was excessively partisan, dramatically inaccurate and hopelessly inadequate in addressing our country’s fiscal challenges… Rather than building bridges, he’s poisoning wells.”

The Hill has more, via True North.

Before the speech began, according to the Times, then-White House Chief of Staff William Daley “spied an unexpected guest in the audience: Rep. Paul D. Ryan, the Republican chairman of the House Budget Committee, whose budget plan Mr. Obama was about to shred.”

The story says Daley told an aide to try to warn Obama and appears to imply that Obama might have toned down his rhetoric had he known Ryan was in the audience.

The problem with this account, Ryan’s office says, is that the White House invited Ryan to the speech.

“Chairman Ryan was invited by the White House. Ryan RSVP’d in the affirmative to the White House, and he was given his seating assignment by the White House,” spokesman Conor Sweeney said.

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  • Joe Blow

    Obama couldn’t tell the truth if his life depended on it.

  • kato

    There’s a lot of stuff Obama doesn’t know. He’s big-time sub-prime.

  • Ragspierre

    D’er…!!!

  • Grandma Perkins

    Nasty!

  • Ghost

    how does anyone think this punkass is Likeable?
    lunacy! the narcissist is a Gang Leader

  • Sarah

    I remember this. Obama treated Ryan with such disrespect, as if Ryan were some school boy in need of scolding. Ryan attended with good intentions and all he got was distain from Th’won.

  • Sarah
  • http://www.opaobie.com/ Opaobie

    The common term for what Obama did this time is “Scr….. the pooch”…but of course, his media accomplishes will cover it up…again. Bart Simpson had a colorful way of expressing it:

    Gosh, President Obama, you keep trying to leapfrog over that dog, but every time you jump, you just don’t quite make it.

  • rhonda

    I’m so sick of these republicans who rip their republican challengers apart to get the nomination and then disappear.

    Where are all these ads Romney is supposed to be running? Haven’t seen a damn thing coming. When he was running for the nomination he tore Newt and Santorim. I afraid he’s pulling a McCain on us. Even Romneys staff just like the back-stabbing mccain staff are dropping stories to the huff post that they are losing.

  • Sarah
  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    Obama said he would not have attacked Paul Ryan if he would have known Ryan was going to attend the speech.

    Yeah, right.

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  • succotash1

    More shuckn’jive from the dear leader.

  • Ragspierre

    #10

    WTF…??? Are you looking, or do you have to be spoon-fed?????

  • Alana

    Not only did his own office invite Ryan – but hey, can’t Obama think on his feet at all? If I had looked out at the audience and had seen Ryan in, what, the front row? I think I could have managed to tone down my speech if I were really that concerned about it.

  • Granny

    “Jack Ryan”?? Somebody has been reading “Sum of All Fears” way too much!

  • valerie

    #18 September 10, 2012 at 4:25 pm
    Granny commented:

    Or maybe he’s got David Axelrod on the case, trying to scare up either dirt or people who will pretend there’s dirt. Jack Ryan was a viable candidate in Illinois until his sealed divorce records just mysteriously appeared.

  • BurmaShave

    This made realize that perhaps bald-face liar DWS is angling to be the next Press Secretary for the White House. DWS has recently sure been working hard in the lying department, and this article illustrates the very high level of lying required to measure up to the White House standards.

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  • bigkahuna

    Lips are moving…Obama’s lying.

    Great ad potential. Get your sh*t together Romney.

    Enough of the pantywaste ads. Kick him in the nuts

  • Cindy Starfish

    Here are 95 examples of Barack Obama’s lying, lawbreaking, corruption, and cronyism: http://tinyurl.com/95examples

  • mg4us

    i had not heard of this or if I did had totally forgotten or did not fully appreciate the magnitude of the situation. . this IS TERRIBLE

    Obama demeans, belittles and tarnishes the Office of the President of the United States with his trash talk and uncouth words and actions.

    Obama is the GREAT DIVIDER not the uniter we saw at the DNC in 2004 or the Hope we saw in 2008. . .
    He is an Alinsky Agitator – – a community agitator always in search of an enemy

    No wander we have so many divisions and wars, , ,war on women, class warfare, war on wealthy, war on success, war on small business, war on suburbs, war on oil, war on catholic church. . .and I can go on and on. . .

    No wonder Obama never reached across the aisle in the first two years when his party controlled both House & Senate. . Obama is a user and usurper . . .and nasty one at that. . .

    The sooner Obama goes the sooner we can restore and renew our country.

  • BK Masterson

    Frankly, I believe Obama’s personality is so rude and thuggish, he without a second thought would deliberately invite Paul Ryan with the express intention of publicly giving him the back of his hand. Further, with such a mores guiding him, likely he was surprised at the almost universal dismay and disgust that a President of the United States would publicly engage in that sort of vicious behavior. I regard his SOTU lies, particularly aimed a the Supreme Court as the same category of effrontry.

    Clint was dead right and succinct … “a hoax” — and not fit to carry the bags of these honorable men he has publicly insulted.

  • bigkahuna

    Cindy…What couldnt make it an even 100 ??? Slacker… LOL

  • mg4us

    Borrowed from Opinion on Hotair

    Let me submit into evidence the following:
    1) Nov 2010 midterms results
    2) WI Gov. recall results
    3) Republican enthusiasm gap margin
    4) 2-1 cash on hand margin
    5) Cont’d neg. polling on Obamatax
    6) Swing recently that is pro-Mitt in NC and FL
    7) The Peter Party DNC, denying GOD 3x
    8) 8+% UE
    …………………………………….LANDSLIDE.

    hillsoftx on September 10, 2012 at 5:22 PM

  • SoLongSong

    obama did the same thing to the Supreme Court at his state of the union speech. He only does it in situations where he can’t be answered directly back. He is THIN SKINNED.

  • http://none tommy mc donnell

    obama lied again. he lies more then bill clinton, which i didn’t think was possible.

  • Freedom! Keep our FREEDOM!

    I think he and Joe are crack heads and he really doesn’t care his eyes are always glassed over–he is so so skinney. I’m telling you crack heads have no emotions..they are hollow, empty– Once they get hooked they can’t get off of it–he doesn’t remember half the stuff he is saying and then he snorts some more then he is all attack attack and just makes stuff up.Look at what Larry Sinclair said..and that guy Danny Young (his ex). Janis Jopiln and that Jimmey Hendrix was like this–when their high they are like super stars then they got weird. Now they are saying he’s been using a fake SSN? I think the SSN is from Connecticut.When they crash its really bad…

  • Stella Baskomb

    “Obama said he would not have attacked Paul Ryan if he would have known Ryan was going to attend the speech.”

    Oh, so he would have preferred to say what he said about Ryan behind his back and not to his face?

    That’s the behavior of a sneak and a coward.

    It’s shameful – for people who can still feel shame.

  • Katie

    Whether Ryan was there or not is moot. The content of Obama’s speech would have gotten out. Obama isn’t sorry about the
    Content, only about the biteback in being so nasty with Ryan there. It was embarassing to listen to, and it came back to bite him. I doubt he really expected to be criticized for it.

  • serfer62

    What differance if he knew Ryan was present of not?
    He belittled a congressmen for peeveishness/
    Obama, the PunkOTUS

  • lizzytalorburton

    Obama knew Paul Ryan would be there and saw him as Ryan was sitting very close by and the White House invited Ryan to be there. Obama also insulted the Supreme Court on another occasion the same way knowing they were in the audience too Also, as Obama was being sworn in as President, try to remember as I will never forget that he also insulted President Bush who was sitting right in front of him. He has no shame, doesn’t care about people’s feelings. Obama lies all the time, has no character and has no empathy for people sitting right in front of his nose, including outgoing President Bush, Paul Ryan and also The Supreme Court, as I stated above. I just can’t understand why the election is close, ya gotta be really an idiot to vote for him again, but I guess there are a lot of them out there????

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  • Patty

    It seems just about anyone on the left can say just about anything about someone on the right.

    But for Obama with no moral values and the competence of an ant. It is amazing that he fooled America the first time around.

    NOW, NO MORE SECOND CHANCES TO DOWNGRADE AMERICA, OBAMA HAS ONE TERM AND GOD ONLY KNOWS WHAT A MESS HE HAS MADE FOR US AND THE FUTURE GENERATIONS.

  • Patty

    Barack Obama and Mitt Romney to Attend and Address the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting

    President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney to Attend and Address the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting

    http://press.clintonglobalinitiative.org/press_releases/president-barack-obama-and-governor-mitt-romney-to-attend-and-address-the-2012-clinton-global-initiative-annual-meeting/

  • Patty

    #38

    ot

  • Sharon

    I remember the incident and had thought Ryan was specifically invited. I’m glad someone actually checked it out, since it appears Woodward did not. But then what else can we expect from the media.

  • Jeannie

    #18 – Well if he READ “Sum of All Fears” he sure didn’t get the point of it!

  • Jeannie

    How come we have forgotten how Obama went into the presidential records and for each president inserted something self-aggrandizing about himself in relation to their term?

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  • Limousine Barry

    Ah, crap!

    They busted another on of my lies!

    But, don’t fret. I got lies coming out the arse!

  • roger

    Obama is a liar. God help us if he gets reelected.

  • Finncrisp

    The say-ANYTHING campaign remains at full tilt. They figure if they lie all the time, then the effect of one lie will be minimized and the MSM is too “tingly up the leg” to call him for CONSTANT lies.