If you follow me on Twitter from the White House, you might have noticed that I nailed yesterday’s briefing with Press Secretary Jay Carney.
Before he walked in, I tweeted that reporters would try to blame President Obama for the failure of the Super Committee to reach an agreement. And, sure enough, the very first question – from a reporter for AP – was: Do you think things would have turned out differently if only the president had intervened?
And variations of that same question were then asked by at least seven other reporters. One even wanted to know why Obama didn’t sit down and negotiate with the Super Committee instead of going on his trip to Southeast Asia.
First, don’t they realize? They’re just repeating the talking points of Republican members of Congress, who try to blame everything on Obama.
Second, don’t they get it? This was a congressional committee. Congress created it, by law, with six members, a given deadline and a specific mandate. There were 12 seats at the table, six Democrats and six Republicans, all members of Congress. There was no seat at the table for President Obama.
At some point, Congress has to do its job. The American people are sick and tired of their always blaming somebody else.
That’s parting shot for today.