President Obama's problem with the press
Is the White House ignoring the tough questions?
- Duration 4:28
- Date Feb 23, 2013
Is the White House ignoring the tough questions?
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These cuts are not Smart they are not fair they will hurt our economy.
They'll add hundreds of thousands of Americans to the unemployment -- this is not an abstraction.
People will lose their jobs.
Obama stage in front of a group of first responders who he says are their jobs are at risk.
Playing -- the cameras there are delivering a dismal forecast for Americans should congress not act.
And should be automatic spending cuts take place on March 1.
The GOP responded.
Today the president advanced an argument Republicans have been making for years his sequester is the wrong way to cut spending replacing the president's sequester.
Will require a plan to cut spending that will put us on the path to a budget that is balanced in ten years.
Keep these first responders on the job what other spending is the president willing to cut.
These staged events is that influencing the coverage.
I think it is I think the president has what they call the bully pulpit.
And it's very powerful and that means it and moves numbers on the voter poll but look back when I moved to Washington back in nineteen I quickly learned the phrase Washington monument syndrome which is to say if you tell department -- You're going to cut one penny from their budget.
But that's the secretary of period won't say what you as I could cut back and desert but the secretaries master mind I drive through whatever they say -- -- we have to shut down why.
Yellowstone park or mount Rushmore or something famous and important.
Yeah -- that the point that suits identifying that syndrome is to say the reporter should make fun of a nation immediately -- and say look that's obvious you're doing this.
Obama is doing it and the -- -- -- it up right because we've heard animals are going to be released.
Because they can't afford -- now this is and not only got that secretary of state John Kerry.
And we have -- a Pallet town how our Homeland Security.
Chief saying it's worse than that ladies and gentlemen.
Our nuclear weapons aren't going to be he'd say if I'm not going to be able to protect ourselves anymore I mean they are really going all out on this and I agree with Jim I think it's working.
The president was labeled president Armageddon by the Wall Street Journal after his doom and -- kind of statement is that an appropriate today.
Well and I actually think this sequester would be bad side and in Armageddon maybe overstating it but I think it's right -- it's not being.
They're not being called out for the claims that they're making including Jay Carney you have lost count how many times his claim that we have to close the corporate jet loophole and it Republicans -- -- keep.
Take money away from babies -- -- -- out of -- now so that could corporate jet owners can.
They get tax -- -- the senate democratic plan doesn't have anything and it about corporate tax act tax cuts for.
Chat right now and it's just a quiet why -- -- get caught out on.
A bright and we see hysteria before like going all the way back to Reagan years you know we've seen the last -- that you know our nuclear weapons are going to be protected.
It -- is not covered the truth about the sequester in large part which -- it is the president's idea was the president's idea and yes congress did in fact vote for a but the president also signed it into one -- And so where's the accountability if the president really believes that it was such a horrible idea and is gonna result in such horrendous consequences why did he propose it and why didn't -- -- -- Judy and Monica mention we're nuclear which makes me think of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission oversees our nuclear power plants that are kind of a big deal and on and one person we won't be hearing from any -- is a felony and Jim Dwyer who as the chief financial officer of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission who said this won't be any problem.
No no sweat we can handle it.
I can't believe he is never going to be quite -- Obama's term they're talking about cutting pennies on the dollar out of the federal budget and and in fact the federal budget is still going to go up.
In the year and I however the thing is that that isn't talked about enough and I -- you know Panetta has talked about it but I don't think liberals in the media really wanna focus on is that there is he -- for more disproportionate.
Focus on cutting the Defense Department they have repeatedly cut the Defense Department every time we have one of these crises -- whether cutting money and and so actually really is going to impact them that's because it's so uncomfortable just and I mean there's so much waste in -- in DOD and other agencies but really this was not the president's idea this was his response to the Republicans holding the country hostage in -- yeah.
-- -- it was Jack lose IDR new treasures are and the president signed off on it immediately next on.