Skip to comments.President Obama to Bob Woodward: 'Mistake' to Dress Down Paul Ryan to His Face in Budget Speech
Posted on 09/10/2012 12:21:46 PM PDT by presidio9
President Obama told author Bob Woodward that he didn't know Rep. Paul Ryan was going to attend at a major speech he delivered last year on spending and debt, and says in retrospect that it was "a mistake" to dress down Ryan and his budget plans to his face in that setting.
"I'll go ahead and say it I think that I was not aware when I gave that speech that Jack Ryan was going to be sitting right there,"
"I do think that they felt like we were trying to embarrass him," Obama continued. "We made a mistake."
(Jack Ryan is the name of a famous Tom Clancy character,
Last April, shortly after Paul Ryan released his budget proposal, "The Path to Prosperity," Obama chose to get more specific about his budget goals in a speech at George Washington University in Washington.
But as Ryan and two GOP House colleagues settled into their seats, barely 25 feet from the president, they were in for a shock. The president lit into the Ryan budget plan, saying it was "less about reducing the deficit than it is about changing the basic social compact in America."
Woodward writes that the "spotlights in his eyes" prevented the president from immediately noticing that Ryan was in the audience, though he was seated in the front row.
Ryan thought it was a planned attack, and he was incensed. Ryan rushed out of the room even as Gene Sperling, a top Obama economic aide, tried to stop him to explain that the speech "wasn't a setup," Woodward writes.
"I can't believe you poisoned the well like that," Ryan told him.
Back at the Capitol,
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Jack Ryan was great as Ben Aflack that insurance duck in that one Clancy movie.
Obama regrets that he said all that with Ryan right there? He would rather have said it all behind his back?
Either way, there was no good faith intention to accomplish anything.
Could we please have a President who is a grown-up?
Jack Ryan (born October 6, 1959) is a Republican from the state of Illinois who was forced to withdraw from the 2004 United States Senate race due to an alleged sex [scandal] ...Ryan was "forced to withdraw" because of Obama's team who leaked Ryan's divorce records. Obama know precisely who Jack Ryan is and knows precisely that he is not the same man as PAUL Ryan, the Congressman from Wisconsin.
Exactly correct. A Freudian slip, at best.
The first thing said by Mr. Obama is what he’s really thinking. Anything following that is just a lot of drivel.
Hasn’t Obama pulled this kind of thing several times to other Republicans? Invited them, only to insult them?
Obama iis such a liar.
So what was O’s excuse when he tried to embarrass the Supreme Court members at the State of the Union? The bright lights blinded him? They were wearing black robes? He didn’t know they were coming?
This so-called slip is much more calculated that this article claims. Jack Ryan is a Republican from the state of Illinois who was forced to withdraw from the 2004 United States Senate race due to an alleged sex scandal. Forces friendly to Obama accessed his supposed-to-be-sealed divorce records and made the information public. This is how Obama got to be state senator. He is trying to connect the two Ryans in people’s minds. Despicable.
Negative. he knew he was there and he mispronounced
the name on purpose because it is an insult. i should know,
because i do the same thing with obammas ridiculous name.
Apologizing for saying to his face what what was intended to be said behind his back in public?
We know now that Slick was working for the Chinese .... but it's hard to say, to this day, who Obozo is really working for. The Saudi king? The Salafists? Russian or Chinese Communists? Just damn -- he's selling out America faster than we can follow his treasons.
FUbo... and I made NO MISTAKE in my statement sparky!
He’s correct: Much better to do it behind Ryan’s back?