Once again, class warfare and demagoguery, including disrespect for Republican leaders.
Stage managed questions, with questioner list develped in advance. "I, I, I, I. Me, Me, my." The "oil company subsidies" he's talking about are legitimate deductions for business expenses. The "corporate jets" are in some cases, too. In any case, those two things won't come close to closing the deficit. Instead, he picks emotionally violitile things as cuts that will be needed if those aren't done. We need MASSIVE cuts.
Rubio's speech on Obama's speech- excellent:
Watch speech and press conference:
MSNBC commentary (X-rated)
My other notes:
Once again, described himself as a Constitutional Law "Professor." A proven lie.
Question on War Powers-- Tried to justify himself again with false reasons. Claimed he "spoke to the American people about it. Don't remember him calling me. Tried to claim it's OK because we have no casualties yet. Claims he "consulted" with Congress. Claims, because it's "limited' and "helping a lot of people." Impeach the S.O.B.
Debt limit/deficit reduction- should be part of a job growth program. He wants to spend. Doesn't want cuts. Focus on jobs while focusing on deficit reduction, but doesn't say how.
"Gay" Marriage a civil right-- Claims he did more to eliminate discrimination on this and other discrimination "than the previous 43 Presidents." He thinks DOMA is unconstitutional. He also thinks he is SCOTUS and Congress????? His hubris is sucking up all the air in room.
NLRB Boeing complaint- Govt. complaint going before judge- he can't discuss and doesn't know all facts. It defies logic to shut down plant because labor and management can't come to an agreement. I guess he doesn't realize that Boeing got its clock cleaned at the air show last week.
Regulations hurting job growth- Business is always complaining. He, Obama, will uphold "smart regulations." No one has done before what he is- looking at old regs to eliminate- REALLY?
What are terrorist capture/treatment/justice considerations? Will forces be more likely to just kill them now?- Muddy answer- it depends, will vary case by case.
Afghan drawdown- definition of victory?-- Not say victory, but "we can be successful." Afghan people to provide for own security. We are being successful. We decimated al Queda, ramped up Afghan training 100,000 troops. "Tide of war is receding." Iraq has been able to tamp down resistance and maintain a democratic govt.
McCain/Kerry proposal to continue Libyan war for a year-- Likes it.
Wouldn't answer homo marriage question
Deficit reduction with stimulus? Yes, if he thinks it will stimulate "growth" + "put money in peoples' pockets." Extend payroll tax reduction another year. Need to restore confidence that we're on track.
ATF head replace? Holder wouldn't have approved (Gunrunner).. Won't comment during investigation. O wouldn't have done it
Implement E-Verify? - We need comprehensive immigration reform. Tough border security, employer crackdown, pathway for leagl status for those "living in the shadiows." (Sounds like amnesty) Thinks eVerify has false alarms. Wants Dream Act. Kids illegal through no fault of their own, they should stay. Not just verification system.
*** Budget deal by August deadline is BS? Four different dates given previously?-- Denies 4 different dates. Got pissy about it. Now doing tricks to make sure bills are paid. But August is a hard stop. If default= disaster. Claims no budget=default, may lose credit, pay higher interst rates, hamper job growth. GOP idea of just paying interest first not practical.- he twisted their position. Which will we NOT pay? He made it about bond interest vs Social Security checks. Claims ALL obligations must be paid, Doesn't seem to recognize necessity of cuts. Says that is irresponsible, but doesn't seem to think over-spending is irresponsible. August 2 is potential doomsday. Compared Congress to his 10 year old, implying Congress is less responsible, not doing their job. Not his job. He is "amused" when he hears President should show leadership. In the meantime, he goes on multiple vacations and plays golf.
Payroll tax holiday? That and other stuff make it harder to pass debt limit?-- If we get good deal, we will get it done. Congress avoids the tough votes, so leaven it with stuff like that to make it go down easier. Job growth will help reduce deficit, because it would raise revenues, lower unemployment payments, etc.
Closing: took job "to right the ship." They "know what to do." We can make progress right now, even if not solve all long term problems, if only Congress will put aside "politics." Solvable problems.
At one point, I had to leave the room to vomit and almost missed the rest of the "news conference." It's time to get him out. Not January 2013. NOW.
Even the WaPo thought he was full of it. fact check: