Skip to comments.Bob Woodward Book: Debt Deal Collapse Led to 'Pure Fury' From President Obama (Drudge)
Posted on 09/05/2012 7:11:40 PM PDT by Hojczyk
An explosive mix of dysfunction, miscommunication, and misunderstandings inside and outside the White House led to the collapse of a historic spending and debt deal that President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner were on the verge of reaching last summer, according to revelations in author Bob Woodward's latest book.
The book, "The Price of Politics," on sale Sept. 11, 2012, shows how close the president and the House speaker were to defying Washington odds and establishing a spending framework that included both new revenues and major changes to long-sacred entitlement programs.
But at a critical juncture, with an agreement tantalizingly close, Obama pressed Boehner for additional taxes as part of a final deal a miscalculation, in retrospect, given how far the House speaker felt he'd already gone.
The president called three times to speak with Boehner about his latest offer, according to Woodward. But the speaker didn't return the president's phone call for most of an agonizing day, in what Woodward calls a "monumental communications lapse" between two of the most powerful men in the country.
When Boehner finally did call back, he jettisoned the entire deal. Obama lost his famous cool, according to Woodward, with a "flash of pure fury" coming from the president; one staffer in the room said Obama gripped the phone so tightly he thought he would break it.
"He was spewing coals," Boehner told Woodward, in what is described as a borderline "presidential tirade."
"He was pissed
. He wasn't going to get a damn dime more out of me. He knew how far out on a limb I was. But he was hot. It was clear to me that coming to an agreement with him was not going to happen, and that I had to go to Plan B."
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given how far the House speaker felt he’d already gone.
He was going to sell us out...OBAMA saved us I guess???
FYI for later tonight or in the morning..
I read this whole article- it is remarkable...now Obama is going to have Romney, Ryan AND Bob Woodward living inside his head :)
Almost sounds like a Yassir Arafat deal.
Obama acted Stupidly.
If there’s any truth in this tale, I imagine that weak-spined Boner offered to give Obama 99% of what he wanted, but The One naturally wouldn’t settle for anything less than 100%.
Hard to say. Boner did not call him back even though Odumbo tried to call him 3 times, based on this article.
But anytime odumbo gets mad and doesn’t get his way, I get a tingle up my leg.
Did you expect Boehner wasn’t going to sell us out? Of course he was, he’s Republican leadership.
Thanks for the ping. Here s the link for those interested:
——”He was pissed . He wasn’t going to get a damn dime more out of me. He knew how far out on a limb I was. But he was hot. It was clear to me that coming to an agreement with him was not going to happen, and that I had to go to Plan B.”——
Translation: Obama thought he could intimidate Bonher to get more taxes and when he couldn’t, Obama threw a hussy fit and Bonher told Obama to ( Clint implied it )
“Obama phoned in to deliver a “high-minded message,” he writes. Obama went on so long that Pelosi “reached over and pressed the mute button on her phone,” so they could continue to work without the president hearing that they weren’t paying attention.
As debt negotiations progressed, Democrats complained of being out of the loop, not knowing where the White House stood on major points. Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., the ranking Democrat on the House Budget Committee, is described as having a “growing feeling of incredulity” as negotiations meandered.
“The administration didn’t seem to have a strategy. It was unbelievable. There didn’t seem to be any core principles,” Woodward writes in describing Van Hollen’s thinking. “
Zero is probably a pretty risky meet in a dark alley.
Exactly the same mindset as Yasser Arafat, exactly as murderous, and probably just as homosexual.
I’ve always wondered about that picture .Did it actually happen, or was it photo-shopped?
just finished- as if you needed more proof it just further shows what an arrogant, narcissistic, POS obama is....
Walk stupidly and carry a big stick.