During the final press conference of his first term in office, President Obama once again blamed Congressional Republicans for failing to work with him on fixing the nation’s financial problems, including raising the debt ceiling so that Congress can “pay its bills.”
He even asked Congress to give him permission to raise the debt ceiling himself so that “we don’t have a debate every three months” on the issue. While a deal was reached that delayed the nation from falling off the so-called ‘fiscal cliff’ on January 1, the government is due to reach the $16.4 billion debt limit sometime next month.
“[It] is not a question of authorizing more debt spending. [Raising the debt ceiling] simply allows the country to pay for the spending that Congress has already committed to and we need to pay them,” Obama explained.
“America cannot afford another debate with this Congress about whether we should pay the bills they’ve already racked up.”
“Raising the debt ceiling doesn’t authorize us to pay more. We are not a deadbeat nation,” the president continued.
The president left no stone unturned when it came to attacking Congressional Republicans during the last-minute press conference, even going so far as to say that their insistence on getting what they want without compromising was ruining the country.
“In order for us to get our way on our spending priorities that we would risk the full faith and credit of the United States that I think is not what the founding fathers intended and how most Americans think our democracy should work,” Obama said.
After all, the American people re-elected him last fall so they must agree with him when it comes to raising America’s debt limit, as he pointed out several times during the conference.
“I don’t think anyone would consider my position unreasonable here,” he opined at one point.
He also apparently doesn’t think that Congress – or the press – understands what the debt ceiling is. Obama spent about half of the presser giving analogies, such as dining and dashing, to explain how the debt ceiling works to the White House press corps.
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