Skip to comments.WH 'surprised' GOP laughed at Geithner offer
Posted on 11/30/2012 9:30:23 AM PST by Nachum
President Obamas spokesman said he was surprised that Republicans laughed at a proposal from Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner that would raise taxes by $1.6 trillion, increase spending, and give the president unilateral control over the debt ceiling.
I was surprised they [the Republicans] were surprised, White House Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters today during the press gaggle when asked about the proposal Geithner made in a meeting with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. There is no reason for anybody to be surprised.
Geithner foreshadowed this proposal with comments made to Bloomberg TV last week. It would have been time a long time ago to eliminate it, he said.
McConnell said Obama ought to be embarrassed about the proposal. [H]ere we are witnessing the President running around the country thinking the campaign is not over yet, he told Hugh Hewitt. And theyre presenting laughable suggestions from the Secretary of the Treasury . . . Its a serious blow to his credibility.
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonexaminer.com ...
The list, Ping
Let me know if you would like to be on or off the ping list
Don't you mean, "surprised?" Are you surprised the WH is surprised?
Is “Surprised” the Obama 2.0 version of “Unexpected”?
I still expect that the GOP will wimp out again, but notice something. The Leftists in the Senate and White House are getting a bit arrogant.
Arrogance equals temporary.
” . Its a serious blow to his credibility.”
It worked like a charm during the first 4 years ...
So why would he do anything different? It worked!!! Change requires not simply words but true intentions. If we buy lies then we will get lots of them coming our way.
If you fool me once, shame on you ... if you fool me twice or a dozen or multiple times shame on me!!!
Eddie: You surprised to see us, Clark?
Clark: Surprised Eddie?... If I woke up tomorrow with my head sewn to the carpet, I wouldn't be more surprised than I am now.
I hadn’t heard about them wanting to give the President unilateral control of the debt ceiling.
Another unconstitutional dictator - like power grab from the Stalinist wanna be.
Obama is communist scum.
I am definitely surprised. Shockingly surprised.
Must have been some of that “nervous” laughter the shrinks mention now an then....but then again, maybe they’ve been reading Alinsky...he always said the enemy cannot stand being laughed at!!!!!
"That jug-eared fool smoked pot in college, bows to foreign dictators, and let four American diplomats die in Libya because he was afraid of getting a bad headline you're going to listen his fiscal cliff plan? Don't make me laugh!" (I copied this from another Freeper)
He was not laughing.
(he he he)
(ha haw hee hee)
I meant the vast majority of Democrats are actually fiscally CONSERVATIVE.
I could never be a senator.
I’d counter offer by climbing up on the table, dropping my drawers and leaving a steaming pile right in from of Turbo Tax Timmy.
What they will do is surrender in late December.
All hail King Obama, our beloved dictator. /s/
I laugh every time I look at Geithner...he’s a buffoon.
Of course part of the problem here is that Obama lacks any sense of shame whatsoever.
Well the vice president laughed when Paul Ryan presented some ideas from his plan.
This is going to be the media story for the next two months during the negotiations — the GOP “laughed” at Obama’s proposals, as if the GOP isn’t serious or isn’t willing to negotiate. Remember during the budget negotiations in the 90s, how Newt Gingrich’s alleged temper tantrum over not being seated at the front of Clinton’s plane became the story of how the GOP was being childish during those negotiations.
Anyone who has negotiated knows this is a farce...McConnell has to understand these obama proposal are designed to fail..
Obama wants to go over the cliff...there is very little downside for him
The laughter wasn’t an indication of surprise.
There is no reason for anybody to be surprised.
True enough. We have always known that the Democrats want higher taxes AND unlimited spending.
What I’d like to know is why GOP Congressional leaders are agreeing to meet with Obama’s cabinet members on these issues.. the talks should be with Obama directly. If Obama sends a cabinet member or staffer, the Boehner and McConnell should send their own staffers to meet with them.
I could never be a senator.
Id counter offer by climbing up on the table, dropping my drawers and leaving a steaming pile right in from of Turbo Tax Timmy.
In a way it’s understandable. After serving as a US Senator and then 2 years into his first term as President he was surprised to learn there’s no such thing as a “shovel ready job”.
I'm shocked. Shocked I tell you.
“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” - Albert Einstein
Right - because the Republicans are such good communicators and know how to get their message and the truth out despite the MSM.
The spineless Pub's will ultimately get hammered over this, no matter which way it goes - they are worthless.
That would get my vote.
“Its a serious blow to his credibility.
i’m surprised anyone believes the WH was surprised at the republican reaction.
The US can solve it’s debt problem by:
1)Not allowing illegal immigrants to collect money for procreation in the U.S.
2)Limiting the number of children the state will support at two kids. If people on welfare wish to have more than 2 children, they will have to find a way to support them.
The republicans need to stop the procreation of generational dependency on the government. They’ve got nothing left to lose and must take a stand.
The taxpayers are BROKE.
“I was surprised,” said Hitler, upon learning that England and France had declared war on Germany after Hitler invaded Poland on September 1, 1939. Hitler then turned angrily to Ribbentrop and asked, “Now what?” However, France and Britain did not act on their declarations immediately, and on 17 September, Hitler’s ally, The Soviet Union, invaded eastern Poland.
Haven’t seen this Mitch McConnell in 10 years. Hope he sticks around...
This is what our side should from this point forward - laugh at them. It is all the respect their proposals warrant.
This is what our side should do from this point forward - laugh at them. It is all the respect their proposals warrant.
Why even have a congress?
Oh yeah, maybe as the cheering brigade.
Just don’t be caught being the first one to stop clapping - as in the old USSR. One’s last day outside a gulag.