President Obama told the AP on Friday that he would accept spending cuts as part of a bargain to raise the debt ceiling, revealing the White House’s hand in closed-door negotiations with Republicans, and prompting press secretary Jay Carney to deny that Obama meant what he said.
"I think he's absolutely right that it's not going to happen without some spending cuts," Obama told Ben Feller in Chicago, referring to House Speaker John Boehner’s position on the debt limit.
Hours later, Carney denied that Obama was articulating his own position.
That was only one example of Carney whoring. From Lynn Sweet (Chicago Sun-Times), here's another:
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney shrugged off Friday candid comments President Obama made about Republicans and budget negotiations before a private fund-raiser with donors here, not knowing his remarks were being carried in a live audio feed to a press room in the White House.
And here's Julie Mason (POLITICO) explaining what the remarks reveal:
CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller in Washington caught the comments. Carney brushed it off during a briefing on Air Force One as Obama returned to Washington on Friday from Chicago.
"I said: 'You want to repeal healthcare? Go at it. We'll have that debate. You're not going to be able to do that by nickel-and-diming me in the budget. You think we're stupid?' "
He doesn't really talk like that, ever, in open events. And of course the public and private comments of politicians are different. But for the disciplined Obama White House, the candid moment was unintentionally revealing.
House Speaker John Boehner took a fleet swipe at the incident today at a Capitol Hill press conference on the budget. Republicans have been busy characterizing much of what the president does lately as motivated by politics.
Barack's such a liar and now Jay Carney turned himself into a little whore. How's he going to face his children now? What a cheap little whore.
Linton Weeks has an important piece at NPR entitled "Whatever Happened To The Anti-War Movement?" and this is an excerpt:
But it's just not the same. Now and then, small pockets of protesters still band together. On March 19, for instance, about 100 demonstrators — anti-war protesters marking the eighth anniversary of U.S. military involvement in Iraq — were arrested outside the White House.
"It's a far cry from the Bush years, when hundreds of thousands or millions marched against the war," David Boaz, executive vice president of the libertarian Cato Institute, writes on the Britannica website. He asks the same question: Whatever happened to the anti-war movement?
In the post, he points out that American protests against wars seemed to stop the moment Barack Obama was elected president in 2008. "Maybe anti-war organizers assumed that they had elected the man who would stop the war," he observes.
But the wars have continued. More than two-thirds of Americans have opposed military intervention in Libya, Boaz reports, and nearly two-thirds of Americans — a number that is up dramatically since early 2010 — believe the war in Afghanistan hasn't been worth fighting. "Where are their leaders?" Boaz wants to know. "Where are the senators pushing for withdrawal? Where are the organizations?"
He concludes that the anti-war activity in the United States — and around the world — a few years ago "was driven as much by antipathy to George W. Bush as by actual opposition to war and intervention."
To buttress his assertions, Boaz cites a recently published study of anti-war protesters. The research was conducted by Michael Heaney of the University of Michigan and Fabio Rojas of Indiana University. It concludes that the anti-war movement in America evaporated because Democrats — inspired to protest by their anti-Republican feelings — stopped protesting once the Democratic Party achieved success in Congress in 2006 and then in the White House in 2008.
"As president, Obama has maintained the occupation of Iraq and escalated the war in Afghanistan," Heaney, an assistant professor of organizational studies and political science, said in a news release. "The anti-war movement should have been furious at Obama's 'betrayal' and reinvigorated its protest activity."
It's an important piece. There wasn't room for it in the snapshot for it so I told C.I. I'd grab it. This is the man the Cult of St. Barack worships.
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"