Join the Meeting Place for Moms!
Talk to other moms, share advice, and have fun!

(minimum 6 characters)

News & Politics News & Politics

Republican leaders’ sequester ‘meeting’ with Obama: Seven minutes

Posted by on Feb. 28, 2013 at 7:53 PM
  • 30 Replies

Obama to host Hill leaders Friday on sequester deadline day

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The White House’s characterization of this momentary huddle at the Capitol as a meeting illuminates Mr. Obama’s strategy in dealing with Republicans on the budget cuts and other fiscal deadlines.

With speeches and other staged events, the president has tried to build public pressure for his agenda of tax increases coupled with spending cuts.

But he has made little time for negotiating directly with lawmakers who oppose his plans.

“It is a sincere conviction among Republicans that the president’s negotiating posture isn’t about getting a deal done, it’s a zero-sum political game where his aim is to destroy the Republican [House] majority in the next election,” said Steve Schmidt, a Republican strategist who served in 2008 as Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign manager. “It’s certainly not an effective strategy for a leader in search of a deal.”

Since Mr. Obama’s contentious deficit-reduction talks with Republican leaders in 2011, which resulted in the “sequester” cuts set to take effect Friday, the president has been taking his case to the public on questions of taxation and spending.

Mr. Obama made his re-election campaign a referendum on his policies to aid the middle class and to force wealthier households to pay more, both for reducing deficits and for spending more on certain areas such as education, infrastructure and research.

Months before he won a second term in November, Mr. Obama predicted that his re-election would break the Republican “fever” that he viewed as the GOP’s knee-jerk opposition to his agenda. Since his victory Nov. 6, the president has been telling lawmakers who are fighting his efforts to raise taxes that "Elections have consequences."

His strategy worked in the “fiscal cliff” negotiations at the end of last year, resulting in a tax hike on households earning more than $450,000 per year and a temporary extension of the nation’s borrowing limit. There were few direct negotiating sessions with Republicans, the president preferring instead to call on the public to pressure GOP lawmakers into making a deal.

Now he is trying the same tactics, warning the public of airport delays, lax border security and thousands of teacher layoffs if the pending budget cuts take effect. He is trying to force Republicans to agree to ending tax breaks that would raise as much as $580 billion.

“I’m not interested in playing a blame game,” Mr. Obama told shipyard workers in Newport News, Va., on Tuesday. “All I’m interested in is just solving problems. I want us to be able to look back five years from now, 10 years from now, and say we took care of our business and we put an end to some of these games that maybe, I guess, are entertaining for some but are hurting too many people.”

Said Republican strategist Whit Ayres, “The president is really good at campaigning and really bad at governing. So he’s doing what he’s good at.”

Mr. Schmidt said the president may have miscalculated that he can beat congressional Republicans with this strategy again because they conceded on tax increases two months ago.

“Republicans gave in on the higher tax rates on the revenue front, but that doesn’t mean a permanent acquiescence on these issues,” Mr. Schmidt said. “The president is beating Republicans in a public argument, but in fact Republicans are highly likely to retain the [House] majority because of demographics and where the competitive races are. If you’re lurching from crisis to crisis, people eventually get numb to it. There’s a ‘boy who cried wolf’ quality to it.”

The president’s effort to blame Republicans for the sequester is particularly galling to lawmakers who remember how it came about in the summer of 2011. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, gave a brief history of the episode Tuesday on the Senate floor.

“I was less than 100 yards from this very spot when Vice President Biden called me at my desk to lay it out,” Mr. McConnell recalled. “He explained the sequester in exquisite detail, and then, as has been reported, the administration stubbornly stuck by those details throughout the negotiations, refusing any effort by Republicans to adjust its design in any way.”

Since the fiscal cliff negotiations ended Jan. 1, Mr. McConnell’s aides say the president did not reach out to him on the sequesters until making a phone call last week. The two men didn’t have any personal encounters until Wednesday at the Capitol.

Mr. Obama’s motorcade arrived at the Capitol at 10:57 a.m. for the dedication of a statue of civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks. The ceremony began at 11:04 a.m. Somewhere in between, White House spokesman Jay Carney said, the president held a “brief meeting” on the budget cuts with Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, and Mr. McConnell.

Pressed by reporters about the substance of a meeting that lasted less time than the average person’s morning shower, Mr. Carney conceded that the president mainly discussed his “anticipation” of a Friday meeting at the White House with congressional leaders.

That session, widely perceived as a photo opportunity, will be held on the same day that the budget cuts are to begin taking effect.

by on Feb. 28, 2013 at 7:53 PM
Add your quick reply below:
You must be a member to reply to this post.
Replies (1-10):
JustCJ
by on Feb. 28, 2013 at 9:11 PM
6 moms liked this

Why is this ok? Why are the liberals ok with this? Why hasn't this man been impeached?

SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Feb. 28, 2013 at 11:12 PM
1 mom liked this

It is my understanding that holding seven minute meetings most likely does not rise to the level of an impeachable offense. But I could be mistaken.

It would be hilarious to honestly say, "Yes, this or that President was impeached for holding seven minute meetings and being a big meanie!


Quoting JustCJ:

Why is this ok? Why are the liberals ok with this? Why hasn't this man been impeached?



SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Feb. 28, 2013 at 11:17 PM
2 moms liked this

Not 10 minutes or even 9. ONLY SEVEN MINUTES.

Pretty much the same effect as putting your hands over your ears and saying, "La la la, I can't HEAR you!"


Quoting JustCJ:

Why is this ok? Why are the liberals ok with this? Why hasn't this man been impeached?



SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Mar. 1, 2013 at 12:37 AM

BUMP!

143myboys9496
by Gold Member on Mar. 1, 2013 at 1:56 AM
5 moms liked this

 Outrageous behavior. Whit Ayers is right, he's good at campaigning and speaking...preaching. And a master of doing nothing.

toddler tantrum 

 

"A government big enough to give you everything you want, is a government big enough to take away everything that you have."---Thomas Jefferson

143myboys9496
by Gold Member on Mar. 1, 2013 at 2:50 AM
2 moms liked this

 I wonder...if Barry had his aide actually write the meeting down in his agenda..and if it was if it was literally allotted 7 minutes..My guess was that it was a media ploy "quickie"....

 

Are we moving forward yet?

 

 

 

"A government big enough to give you everything you want, is a government big enough to take away everything that you have."---Thomas Jefferson

SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Mar. 1, 2013 at 5:01 AM
1 mom liked this

I think you are right. Maybe it was just an appearance - but the WH office did list it in the calendar as a "meeting".

I think we are moving forward with our meeting schedule!

Quoting 143myboys9496:

 I wonder...if Barry had his aide actually write the meeting down in his agenda..and if it was if it was literally allotted 7 minutes..My guess was that it was a media ploy "quickie"....

 

Are we moving forward yet?

 

 

 



143myboys9496
by Gold Member on Mar. 1, 2013 at 5:53 AM
1 mom liked this

 sidesplittinglaughterSomeone actually put a 7 minute meeting on an agenda?? Oh that is rich...sidesplittinglaughter

Quoting SallyMJ:

I think you are right. Maybe it was just an appearance - but the WH office did list it in the calendar as a "meeting".

I think we are moving forward with our meeting schedule!

Quoting 143myboys9496:

 I wonder...if Barry had his aide actually write the meeting down in his agenda..and if it was if it was literally allotted 7 minutes..My guess was that it was a media ploy "quickie"....

 

Are we moving forward yet?

 

 

 

 

 

 

rocketracer
by Gold Member on Mar. 1, 2013 at 6:27 AM
1 mom liked this

Seven minutes....just enough time to snap a few photos...

Kate_Momof3
by Platinum Member on Mar. 1, 2013 at 7:19 AM

 LOL.

What?

I think you need to review what is impeachable. What has he done that's impeachable? Tried to give the appearance that something was being done? Sheesh. If that was the case, we'd be impeaching every president since Washington.

You're funny with your silly outrage!

"Why hasn't this man been impeached?" Too funny.

Quoting JustCJ:

Why is this ok? Why are the liberals ok with this? Why hasn't this man been impeached?

 

Add your quick reply below:
You must be a member to reply to this post.
Join the Meeting Place for Moms!
Talk to other moms, share advice, and have fun!

(minimum 6 characters)