So Senator Max Baucus now confirms Bob Woodward’s report that the sequester was proposed by the Obama administration (in the summer of 2011). Thereafter, in November 2011, the president warned, “I will veto any effort to get rid of automatic spending cuts.”
But yesterday, with the sequester barely a week away, the president excoriated those in Congress who won’t halt its implementation, declaring, “If congress allows this meat-cleaver approach to take place it will jeopardize our military readiness. It will eviscerate job-creating investments in education and energy and medical research. It won’t consider whether we’re cutting some bloated program that’s outlived its usefulness or a vital service that Americans depend on every day. These cuts are not smart. They’re not fair. They’ll add hundreds of thousands of Americans to the unemployment rolls. . . . These cuts are a bad idea, they’re not good for the economy, they’re not how we should run our government. There’s a smarter way to do this.”
That’s quite a parade of horribles caused by something that was proposed by his White House and that he felt so strongly about that he threatened to veto any attempt to undo it. Good thing the tenacious press corps isn’t preoccupied with something as trivial as being prevented from getting pictures of the president with Tiger Woods, otherwise they might not call the president on his historical jiu jitsu.
Still not finished, the president added with a straight face, “It seems like every three months around here there’s some manufactured crisis.”
For his next magical trick: “President Obama Lambasts Republicans for Multiple Catastrophes Resulting from Their Failure to Repeal Obamacare.”