Monday, July 25, 2011

Obama, Boehner address nation; "My way or no way?"

President Obama and Speaker John Boehner continued their dual tonight with speeches on all the networks at 9 PM.  Obama spoke for about 16 minutes; Boehner, much more earthy, for about 8. Curiously, Boehner accused the president of creating a “crisis atmosphere.”

The president emphasized fairness in an old fashioned way, a concept that the Tea Party ignores for ideological reasons (and maybe pleases the right wing “natural family” crowd).

Wolf Blitzer, in the hour before, interview many people (including Alabama’s Senator Sessions), grilling them in detail about all the inconsistencies that have appeared in the past few weeks.

CNN predicted that Obama would warn of “imminent threat of default”, but Obama did not. Obama this time did not threaten to veto any specific bill. But he did object to Boehner’s two-step process, and mentioned that the credit rating agencies had warned that the GOP plan would not stop a downgrade. So far the GOP has not responded to that deficiency.

After the speeches, Wolf Blitzer expressed discouragement, and fear that we would default on Aug. 2.  Most commentators felt that both speeches were partisan. 

But Piers Morgan raised the question of using the 14th Amendment of Sen. Schumer.   He also interviewed White House senior aide David Plouffe.

Morgan then interviewed Grover Norquist.  He said "write it down". 




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