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


  • Grandma Perkins


  • 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


    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.