That was then, this is now?
SHOT: Today, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney Blamed The Weak GDP Figure On The GOP Using The Sequester As Leverage, Saying The Possibility Of Going Through With Sequestration Contributes To The Weak Economy. WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY JAY CARNEY: “I could read you quote after quote after quote from Republicans saying how desperately important it is to avoid sequester because of the impact, the negative impact it would have. And if they’ve changed their minds, they have changed their minds for apparently nakedly political reasons. Now that’s not…” REPORTER: “And what would those be?” CARNEY: “Well it says here in The Wall Street Journal, Speaker Boehner suggests that having sequester in his back pocket is a good thing in terms of negotiations. Now that’s not a positive way to approach an issue that does harm to our economy, and even the uncertainty the possibility creates has contributed to the GDP number we’ve seen today. So, you know, our point is, there are responsible ways to deal with this. The American public believes that we ought to be responsible in the ways that we deal with it. And the President has put forward a good-faith proposal that met Republicans more than halfway in the effort to achieve significant deficit reduction in a responsible balanced way that doesn’t allow for the across-the-board cuts in defense or non-defense spending that everybody understands to be a bad thing. And we look forward to working with Republicans and Democrats to enact that approach because it’s the right thing to do.” (Press Briefing, Washington, D.C., 1/30/13)What kind of person says they will veto any attempt to get around the sequester now says it is the Republicans fault for saying they are going to go with the sequester? A President wed to the politics of fraud and a congenital need to blame others for anything that goes wrong? Yes that is the guy. He is the one who can't remember the last story he told about the sequester. It is really one of his least attractive qualities.
CHASER: Obama In 2011: “I Will Veto Any Effort To Get Rid Of Those Automatic Spending Cuts To Domestic And Defense Spending.” OBAMA: “Already some in Congress are trying to undo these automatic spending cuts. My message to them is simple: No. I will veto any effort to get rid of those automatic spending cuts to domestic and defense spending. There will be no easy off ramps on this one. We need to keep the pressure up to compromise, not turn off the pressure.” (President Barack Obama, Statement On The Supercommittee, Washington, DC, 11/21/11)
Obama: “There will be no easy off-ramps on this one. We need to keep the pressure up to compromise, not turn off the pressure. The only way these spending cuts will not take place is if Congress gets back to work and agrees on a balanced plan to reduce the deficit by at least $1.2 trillion. That’s exactly what they need to do. That’s the job they promised to do. And they’ve still got a year to figure it out.” (President Barack Obama, Statement On The Supercommittee, Washington, DC, 11/21/11)
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney In 2011: “The President Also Made Clear That He Will Not Accept Any Measure That Attempts To Turn Off Part Of The Sequester.”WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY JAY CARNEY: “The President also made clear that he will not accept any measure that attempts to turn off part of the sequester. The sequester was agreed to by both parties to ensure there was a meaningful enforcement mechanism to force a result from the committee. Congress must not shirk its responsibilities. The American people deserve to have their leaders come together and make the tough choices necessary to live within our means, just as American families do every day in these tough economic times.” (Jay Carney, Press Gaggle Aboard Air Force One, En Route San Diego, CA, 11/11/11)