President plays defense on the sequester
Ed Henry reports from the White House
- Duration 3:27
- Date Mar 13, 2013
Ed Henry reports from the White House
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From Rome back here in Washington perhaps no issue has come to symbolize the fallout from the recent sequestered cuts like the White House -- force.
-- Obama now says he's trying to get some of them reinstated.
Chief White House correspondent Ed Henry tells us tonight the president is changing his tune and changing his story.
The fallout over White House -- continues after President Obama mixed up who shut them down.
In an interview with ABC news's George Stephanopoulos you know I have to say this was not a decision -- Went up to the White House that contradicts what spokesman Jay Carney told reporters last week.
About the back and forth between the Secret Service in the White House in order to allow the Secret Service to best fulfill its core mission.
The White House made a decision that.
We -- unfortunately have to temporarily suspend.
These two wars pressed on that contradiction today Carney insisted there was no contradiction the Secret Service.
Made a decision about its budget and to withdraw personnel from -- And -- -- that we had to cancel the chores that comes as the president plays defense on the sequester suggesting he may reopen some tours.
Well what I'm asking them as are other ways for example processor company school -- You know who may have traveled here was to -- sales can we make sure that kids potentially can can still come to tour.
A new Washington Post poll found nearly three quarters of the public says they're feeling no impact on their lives.
In fewer than half expect a sequestered -- their finances the same percentage as those who do.
A bigger problem for the president the same poll found that on the question of who the public trust more to deal with the economy.
Back in December the president held an eighteen point advantage over congressional Republicans.
But he's dropped fourteen points since then and now only holds an edge of 44% to 40%.
Aides privately tell fox they're getting antsy.
The budget battles are overshadowing the president's efforts to move on to other second term legacy issues like immigration reform and gun control.
Which explains where the president was back on Capitol Hill for a second straight day.
As Democrats rushed to his defense about whether the outreach is sincere.
Good -- with a missile.
Can pieces shirts.
He hasn't come here yet and already were criticizing you coming here or what his motivations are as he works lawmakers on a grand bargain though the president could hurt his case for action.
But also telling ABC news there's not really a crisis saying quote.
We don't have an immediate crisis in terms of debt.
In fact for the next ten years it's going to be in a sustainable place but different from what he said during the 2008 campaign about then President Bush's stewardship.
We now have over nine trillion dollars of debt.
Debt that we are gonna have to pay back.
30000 dollars for every man woman and child.
It's unpatriotic and.
-- explanation the deficit is being cut slowly.
Work needs to be done but the president's point is we don't have an immediate debt crisis we are on the right trajectory.
Now the Washington Post notes the president's numbers are sliding be easy getting caught up in the Washington Malays just as this hour the president is going to speak.
To an outside group known as organizing fraction of the bunch of former Obama campaign -- -- that's been criticized for allegedly selling access.
The White House aides insist there's no fixed price on tonight's meeting.
-- all this for their second panel Ed Henry -- north lawn -- tax.