Finally! The Barack Obama we’ve been waiting for.
I was sitting on the set, Friday evening, ready to debate Pat Buchanan on MSNBC, when word came down that President Obama was going to make a statement from the White House Briefing Room.
For the next half-hour I sat there transfixed, watching him finally take the gloves off and pummel John Boehner and the Republicans.
“I’m at the White House every day,” I told host Al Sharpton when we eventually got on the air. “I see President Obama a couple of times a week. But I’ve never seen him so angry, so forceful, and so effective as he was tonight.”
When he finished, everybody knew the truth about debt negotiations:
- 1. Republicans aren’t serious. This is the second time Boehner’s walked away at the last minute.
- 2. Either Boehner’s not in charge, or he’s not willing to take charge.
- 3. Obama’s already given Republicans 80 percent of what they want. But he could give them 100 percent and they’d still say no deal.
It makes you wonder, Obama said, whether Republicans can ever say yes to anything.
The answer to that is obviously NO – so Obama should now invoke the 14th Amendment and raise the debt ceiling on his own.
That’s my parting shot for today.