He’s a uniter.
Obama’s ripped Republicans during his “fiscal cliff” speech today for not agreeing to raise taxes. He praised himself for his “responsible” approach. At one point in his speech he bragged about how he got Republicans to agree to raise taxes on wealthy Americans.
His supporters cheered.

His speech left several Republicans angry and confused.
Huffington Post reported:

With hours remaining to avert the so-called fiscal cliff, President Barack Obama said a deal is “within sight” and urged lawmakers to come together to avert automatic tax hikes and spending cuts that kick in on Tuesday.

But his midday press conference, with a group of middle-class Americans looking on, was not without a bit of bravado as well. Obama took multiple shots at Congress for its clumsiness in negotiations and insisted that he’d demand more tax hikes if the legislative body used the impending debt ceiling standoff to demand spending cuts.

In the process, the president irked several Republican aides, who suggested that the entire fiscal cliff deal had been complicated because of his tone and criticism.

“Potus just moved the goalpost again. Significantly. This is new,” tweeted a top aide to McConnell.

Doug Heye, a spokesman for House Majority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.), tweeted, “If Obama’s goal was to harm the process and make going over the cliff more likely, he’s succeeding.” Another Cantor spokesperson said, “So….I’m confused….does POTUS want a deal or not? Because all those jabs at Congress certainly sounded like a smack in the face to me.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said the president “sent a message of confrontation” to Republicans, who could be voting on a deal in the next 24 hours. “I’m not sure … whether to be angry or to be saddened,” he added.

A source close to House Republican leadership went even further, telling HuffPost that the lower chamber was in revolt over Obama’s remarks and that the deal could blow up because of them.

UPDATE: The US House will not hold a vote on a fiscal cliff deal tonight.

 

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  1. F YOU, Obama…!!!

    You stupid, lying sombitch…

  2. Think I agree with rags…

  3. Dear leader needs to make sure his subjects in congress understand who is the boss. I’m sure Cantor and the boys will say “Thank you dear leader, can I have another?”

  4. Question, is Obama angry or is he wanting to goad the GOP in the House to turn all of this down by pissing them off?

  5. Boo hoo hoo, they got their pitiful egos bruised. I guess the truth hurts. Do your jobs congress. You’ve had more than 500 days to get this sorted out.

  6. “insisted that he’d demand more tax hikes if the legislative body used the impending debt ceiling standoff to demand spending cuts.”

    Negotiating in bad faith.

    Again.

  7. Um, if our so called President, er, King O had started work on budget FOUR YEARS ago and was willing to COMPROMISE- one of his favorite words, than the cliff would have been avoided. Instead of behaving like a true leader, O thinks that since he has a “mandate” he can truly behave as the King he thinks he is, while his media lackeys and stooges, look on and stroke his MASSIVE EGO. Sure Congress must work together, but when King O puts partisanship above the welfare of the nation, and than insults Republicans on national tv, wouldn’t You be angry and upset? Thanks to O’s posturing and preening, the other side has struck back. Who knows when he other side will trust O after this. Now both parties will be even more partisan than they’ve been all year!

    THANK YOU O VOTERS! Don’t expect tears from me when your Utopian “America” comes crashing down!

    Happy New Year! And remember you’ve foisted this man on the rest of us, as he reminded us today, for THE NEXT FOUR YEARS!!!

  8. #6

    You ARE aware that the HOUSE has done its job SEVERAL times, right…???

    No.

    You are a typical low-information Collectivist moron.

  9. There is only one group of people that stands squarely in opposition to the caliphate that Obama is helping to establish. That’s us conservatives. Obama hates us worse than anybody else on this planet because we are armed and we’re not going to bow down to that so-called religion called islam. So he is trying to impoverish us financially, and hurt this country anyway he can. The left is way too stupid to realize what is going on here.

    It’s all about hurting conservatives who make up a good chunk of the American population, who are Christian and who are standing in his way, since he bloody well knows that as far as we are concerned he can shove his precious islamic caliphate up his a$$.

    He’s got four years to break down and oppress Christians and he’s getting an early start. Stand your ground, America.

  10. #9:

    You are exactly correct! It never ceases to amaze me that Obama supporters seem to give the president a pass on any responsibility for the current economic conditions in this country.

  11. Apparently they HAVEN’T done their job. Keep your insults to yourself.

  12. I’m somewhat surprised that Republicans are surprised by Obama’s behavior. When I heard Mark Steyn (on Rush’s show) say that ‘middle-class’ Americans would be on the stage with him, I figured that he would be using it as a political event to further his agenda, rather than announce a deal.

    This was another example of Obama in his “dick” mode, which is at times so obvious, that Mark Halperin made reference to it 18 months ago on Morning Joe:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2-HjBI_1ag

  13. Hold the line. What else is there to do? If they capitulate, they lose, if they hold steady to principle they lose . . . according to Obama and the low information voter. People who are informed and aren’t interested in the chip-on-shoulder fundamental change that the radical in office has in mind and who ACTUALLY want sound fiscal policy that ACTUALLY support growth will be VERY happy if they go that route. STAND FOR SOMETHING! Don’t play Obama’s game. He is really enjoying himself.

  14. Gutless establishment Republicans refused to stand their ground on principle throughout 2011, preferring instead to deal with the Democrat devils (CRs, the sequester, debt deals, etc.) after the good people of America rose up and “shellacked” them in the 2010 mid-term.

    Result:
    Obama gets re-elected in 2012,
    Dems gain seats in BOTH chambers in 2012,
    “Tea Party” Republicans get thrown off key committee positions,
    and the pitchfork gets shoved up the Republicans’ a**es by the Dems when it’s all said and done.

    Is anyone really surprised here?

    Republicans have nobody but themselves to blame – “Fool me once, shame on you, fool me hundreds of times (and STILL counting) and I’m either just a fool, or maybe a tool.”

    Anything short of just allowing the clock to run out in the absence of REAL spending cuts and the Republicans will have been fooled again. Sad, but it appears that we are seeing the modern day re-enactment of the demise of the Whig Party.

  15. UPDATE: The US House will not hold a vote on a fiscal cliff deal tonight. . .good, shove it back in this arrogant @$$’s face. . .don’t cave and give into anything this b@$t@rd wants. . .let him own it–take us over the cliff and then lets see how all the low information morons who voted for him like living in Amerika!

    Don’t give in GOP. . .stand up, speak out and fight back. . .that’s what we sent you there to do on our behalf; not to negotiate and surrender to the most corrupt regime in the history of our country!

  16. Isn’t Obama doing what he knows best? He feels he is still in the streets of South Chicago organizing the uneducated dependent class. Getting CHEERS to “tax the millionaires and billionaires” who make more than $200,000 a year, or $400,000 maybe. He just gave a raise to congress and fed workers which means more tax income. He doesn’t see the spending side of anything!

  17. FO MO YEARS!

  18. #6 Lincoln’s widow. . .you do realize that the House has passed budgets/legislation that HARRY REID won’t even allow to come to the floor of the Senate to vote on so if you are going to point a finger at anyone, point it at Harry Reid and the Senate who have not done their job and passed a budge for over 3yrs!

    Education is a wonderful thing. . .maybe you should get one!



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