NYT Reporter: The White House Is So Much Cockier Right Now (Video)

NY Times reporter Helene Cooper told the panel on Meet the Press that Obama will have to own the recession if the US economy goes off the cliff.
Via TowhHall:

Helene Cooper:

“I think when you talk about the feeling at the White House, there’s a palpable difference now compared to 2011 — the summer of 2011. They are so much cockier right now at the White House than they were a year and a half ago when they were doing this. They really believe they’re have set out — you come to us, we’re not going to negotiate against ourselves. [Remember] the summer of 2011, when President Obama was perceived, and they believed at the White House, that he kept making concession after concession and didn’t get anywhere? They are definitely not doing that now.”

Cooper also went on to say Obama will own the recession if the US economy goes off the cliff.

HELENE COOPER, NEW YORK TIMES: “I really do think at the end of the day, Larry, what you describe sounds like sort of the White House negotiating right now — easily saying, ‘Yeah, we can go over the fiscal cliff.’ But at the end of the day, this is a president, he would have to own it. He may not think he has to own the recession; but if we go over that, he is going to have to own that. And that’s something he definitely knows.”

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  • Nah, he’ll blame it on Bush

  • gastorgrab

    “…..when President Obama was perceived, and they believed at the White House, that he kept making concession after concession….”


    When exactly did this take place?????

  • bigkahuna

    Gastro…She said Percieved…. Thats what happens when you have liberals, MSM and Obama claiming they do something they dont !

  • destroy this country financially is what the marxists want to do.

  • Tom Doniphon

    Who in the Hell is she kidding? This stenographer will do her her darnedest to blame W and Boehner!

  • MarkJ

    Headline in 2013:

    “U.S. officially in double-dip recession; Obama blames “Mess left behind by Abraham Lincoln Administration”.

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  • Joanne

    Blah, blah, friggin’ blah. Obama doesn’t own anything. Did he own the six trillion he ramped up the debt – no, of course not. He’ll only own what his leftard media makes him own and that is zip, zero, nada. It is the fault of all those Christian, white, right-wing terrorists. Obama does what he wants and he’s keeping track of all those who have spoken out against him – saving those for the firing squad.

  • cc

    It’s all theirs! Let them have it. They created it and they want to create more destruction.!

  • Practical Jane

    The 47% have no problem believing that 33% of the government controls 66% of the government. Obama will not own anything. Ever.

  • P. Aaron

    Uh, lady. We’re in a recession because Obama took the economy off the cliff a long while ago!

    Low information media specialist…this media is.

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  • JenBee

    “But at the end of the day, this is a president, he would have to own it. He may not think he has to own the recession; but if we go over that, he is going to have to own that. And that’s something he definitely knows.”

    Oh, THAT is not the narrative, lady. Boy are you in trouble now. Talk to her tomorrow and she’ll have changed her tune to the ‘it’s all the fault of those eeevil Republicans.’ She’ll fall in line, watch.

    And LOL @ ‘he’s going to have to own that’ and ‘that’s something he definitely knows.’ RIIIIGHT!! What he knows is that the media has his back, and with the lone exception of FOX News and right-wing talk radio, he won’t be owning anything. They’re already setting the narrative for him! Dems are out there saying how strategic it’d be to let us go over the cliff, then come back and let Obama orchestrate a ‘tax cut’ for just the middle class, and he’ll be sainted for giving the middle class brand new tax cuts! Of course all the other taxes will stay in place: the death tax, capital gains, and dividend taxes rising sharply, etc.

    Let it all burn down to the MF ground. We’re gonna get blamed for it all anyway, so let that single mother of two who brings home about $1,000 every two weeks see her take-home pay shrink as her taxes go up 50%, from paying 10% in federal taxes to 15%. And let her cry when she sees her $1,000 per-child tax credit shrink to $500 per-child. That is the ONLY WAY these ignorant masses will finally realize that those eeevil Bush tax cuts weren’t just for the ‘rich.’

  • bobdog

    Obama is more than happy to go over the cliff. If Boehner caves, he raises taxes on the evil rich. He gets far more revenue, with no strings attached, if he just points at the House Republicans and lets it happen.

    There’s one thing for certain, as far as I can see it. If he does, we go from stagnant growth to hard recession.

    He not only owns the crappy stated of the economy we have today, he will own the recession that’s coming. You can take that to the bank.

  • Tractor Beam Ron

    The White House is cockier because they think that God-fearing white Christians are in disarray because of losing the election in such a humiliating way, after having thrown in our lot with a Mormon cultist RINO. Let’s get back to basics, people. Santorum proud, Palin strong.

  • JenBee

    Oh yeah, and nobody’s talking this: of course raising taxes on ‘millionaires’ who earn over $200K a year hurts small businesses, but then there’s the double whammy on them if taxes also go up on the middle class, because most employers pay half of the federal income tax for their employees. Right now, someone in the 25% tax bracket only sees 12.5% coming out of their paycheck cause their employer pays the other 12.5%… Raise that to 29%, and another 2% comes out of that small business… on top of their own increase of 4-5% for being an eeevil ‘millionaire’. What a disaster, all around.

  • texascitizen

    Obama said what needed to in order to be re-elected. Now he has the toke to finish the :ask of destruction. Bye bye miss American Pie.

  • Earthmover

    Dont forget the increase in the cost of goods and services because of Obamacare.
    Making popcorn…..

  • Flintstone F.

    Obama’s most fundamental belief in attaining his stated goals is to slow society down. The economy must be in the toilet for that to happen. Obama won’t rest until there is maximum damage.

    May he blow out a knee on his next attempted lay up. By the way his dog theme isn’t clever or subtle. It’s childish. He’s the man who was elected a second time to occupy the White House as Commander In Chief and all I can think of when I see his smiling face is “Drive it like you stole it.” He doesn’t even see himself as an American. He’s still just working behind enemy lines.

  • Faye

    Well Ms Cooper, that was an extremely RACIST comment, shame on you. Nothing is dear leader’s fault, dear leader does not “own” anything. If anything negative happens it is all W’s, conservatives, the Tea Party’s and those EVIL people who own businesses and employ people and write out the pay checks’ fault.
    Back to the indoctrination class for you.

  • FurryGuy

    Having Barry “own” the coming recession will truly be the least of our concerns if/when the US economy goes off the cliff. The Great Depression will be a pleasant memory of prosperity in comparison to what will happen.

  • Amash

    This loser has never and will never own anything that he does to destroy this country. On the other hand, he takes more than credit for the few good things that happen.
    He is a narcissist. Look up the characteristics of one. He fits every single one.

  • there will no spending cuts withput tax increases. does anybody really believe politicans want to raise taxes to spend less money?

  • Stella Baskomb

    Did you all know that a new director’s cut of Star Wars is due out just before New Year’s? Christmas.

    In this version, in the scene where Han Solo warns Skywalker “Don’t get cocky, kid” – – Skywalker answers

    “F*** you Solo!!”

  • Brian

    This is *just like* fast and furious (or the burning of the Reichstag). He’s going to cause the crisis, blame his enemies when the crisis hits, then grab more power for himself, throwing more dirt on the constition while he’s at it. I strongly believe the only way we avoid this is by some act of God. Get praying people!

  • Brian

    Also IMHO the fiscal cliff is lost. What the House MUST DO is to not budge the deficit cap. The runaway spending must be stopped dead in its tracks.

  • mark1973

    #5,With all due respect, Bush and Boehner and the repub establishment in general,are left wing and fully collaborative and complicit in pushing every part of Obama’s agenda, which is also their agenda and more importantly the Rockefeller/Rotschilds Banksters agenda through.

    Every last bit of Obama’s agenda,from Obamacare,to Dodd/Frank,to the Food Safety and Modernization Act,to the Start 2 Treaty,to the NDAA and much,much more,could have been easily stopped but alway’s at the last second a repub or Groups of repubs as in the case of the Light Bulb Ban,Start 2 and the NDAA alway’s steps forward to bail Obama out. That’s not stupidity or cowardice or fecklessness but Treasonous Complicity toward the dem and the Banksters goals. That Goal is to create a “New World Order,One World Government” marxist/islamist slave state,in order to committ genocide upon 90% of the World’s population. We are battling collectively pure satanic Evil! It’s literally that Bad!

  • Chris Matthews

    Not good. You can’t say describe a Black man as being “cocky”. That’s a dog whistle for “uppity negro” or “arrogant”.
    tsk tsk tsk.

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    But at the end of the day, this is a president, he would have to own it.

    What does she mean, “would”? Four years on, he OWNS it all already.

    Anything less is just denial, period.

  • Gravelyvoice Jim

    Folks, the Republicans also own this mess, at least in part. They have had control of the House for the past two years and done nothing but cave to Obama’s demands in the name of the “2012 election”. Look where that has gotten us since the patriot uprising of 2010 put the Repubs in control of the House and took away the super majority in the Senate, giving them the ability to filibuster Obama’s cabinet and court appointments.

    Since electing these Republican Bozos in the November 2010 election, do we have more or less of the following:

    National debt?
    Obama Care?
    Leftist judges on federal benches confirmed with not even a whimper from Republicans?

    And don’t forget that the pink-tie wearing, over-sized gavel wielding, tearful orange man, John Boner has been lately throwing conservatives off of key committee positions the way Sherman marched to Atlanta…

    We can pretend that Obama owns all of this but we are only kidding ourselves. We elected Republicans to gain control of the House in 2010 then pretty much went back to sleep waiting for 2012; the Republicans sold us out throughout 2011 and 2012. So in fact, Boner and his bandits own this just as much as Obama and the Dems do. Sadly we are also to blame.

  • Lightwave

    At this point the GOP needs to walk away from the fiscal cliff negotiation, let Obamee own the guaranteed recession, and then extract both entitlement cuts and tax cuts over the debt ceiling.

    Obamee knows the combination of the fiscal cliff and a US default will crash the economy. He won’t have a choice. Republicans win if they stick with their guns.

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    At this point the GOP needs to walk away from the fiscal cliff negotiation,…

    They don’t have the balls to do it.

    When it comes to a political brawl, Republicans largely are unwilling and unable to engage in one. Those with the will and the ability, like LTC West, get little to no support from the party poo-bahs.

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