Obama continuing the sequestration blame game?
Reaction to no deal to avoid cuts
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- Date Mar 1, 2013
Reaction to no deal to avoid cuts
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Where it is here President Obama is expected to sign an executive order to not implementing.
85 billion dollars in cuts to the growth of federal spending.
An idea he put on the table at the start of one of the biggest games of political poker in recent memory.
We have -- -- coverage tonight chief political correspondent Carl Cameron reports.
This is just the beginning in a series of potential budget battles but we begin with -- White House correspondent Ed Henry on the presence.
Exasperated reaction really -- good.
Good evening Brett the president's top aides say any moment now he will sign that authorization ordering his budget office to start the cuts.
Obama to come out today and try to insist.
He's not to blame.
President Obama called the force cuts arbitrary and -- Repeatedly framing this as a situation where if the economy goes south it's not his fault every time that we get a piece of economic news.
Over the next month next two months next six months.
As long this question is employees will know that bad economic news could have been better.
If congress -- not fail to act blame game a strategy the president insisted just three days ago.
Not engage not interest -- to him.
Playing a blame game.
At this point all -- mentions there has -- solve the problems except the president waited until Friday the day the cuts start falling into place to try and solve the problem with Republican leaders in a meeting both sides knew would lead to nowhere.
Then the president came out and it at 35 minute news conference blamed Republicans you.
We just need Republicans in congress to catch up Liberal Party and the country on this I am not.
That dictator I'm the president so ultimately if Mitch McConnell or John -- say.
We need to go to catch a plane.
I can't have Secret Service blocked the doorway.
Right and when -- he said over and over he did not bear any responsibility.
Give me an example of what what I might do.
This idea that somehow there's a secret for -- secret sauce to get.
Or Mitch McConnell to -- say you know what Mr.
President you're right.
We should close some tackle tax loopholes for the role often well.
-- -- the president never mentioned and was not questioned about the fact that his -- dreamed up the sequester.
And in an exclusive interview with FOX News Sunday Republican Mitt Romney charged mr.
Obama has never stopped campaign.
People doing rallies around the country flying around the country.
And parading Republicans and blaming -- point now what does that do that costs as the Republicans sit to retrench.
And it put up a wall in the fight back.
Republicans are digging in and believe they're gaining steam because unlike the fiscal cliff fight so far they're not leaving on taxes.
Present -- god -- taxation on January 1.
This discussion about revenue.
In my view it is over.
It's about to take him on the spending problem here in Washington.
And on spending they're actually was some agreement Boehner and the president both said they want to avoid a government shutdown at the end of march.
Which means they plan to extend government funding at its current levels that were lowered by the budget control act of 2011.
In private some of the president's aides say they're worried that.
If people do not feel pain from the sequester early on.
He's even lower spending levels will be the new normal which is why mr.
Obama was careful to -- -- expectations.
About how bad it will be.
This is not going to be -- Apocalypse I think there's some people who -- Now Republicans -- tonight it was the president and his cabinet that suggested some of those bad things were going to be happening and if these cuts are not as bad as expected he'll be a lot harder for the president.
With these new lower spending levels to get new money to pay for some of the programs in his state of the union some of those legacy items like free preschool for every four year old Brett.
-- -- add the fact checking is continuing even today the president saying janitors at the capitol would see their pay can't pay cuts.
And the architect at the capitol saying.
That's not the case that.
That claim by the president getting to put oak -- from the Washington Post because the Architect of the Capitol saying that's not gonna happen.
I can tell you administration officials here insist though that part time employees and contract employees in the capital will be it.
Impacted so they believe that the president's claim was true but of that go to the Washington Post -- to put -- little better though that now what.
The education secretary Arne Duncan got a few days -- days ago just for Pinocchio is proclaiming teachers -- giving pink slips -- hating them and out here is OK Ed thank you.