“According to The Times, the president will showcase measures he is taking on his own to revive the economy. The Associated Press reports he will unveil at least two or three directives per week.”
The White House on Tuesday downplayed news reports that President Obama will go it alone with Congress this year.
Two senior administration officials said there’s work to be done with Congress — including work on the deficit and full-year extension of the payroll-tax cut — and Obama will look for opportunities to work together with Congress to improve the economy.
The administration officials said Obama will also be pushing lawmakers to pass some parts of his jobs package that did not win approval in 2011. Anything that hasn’t been signed into law, Obama still wants to sign into law, the officials said.
Jay Carney says this isn’t an “either or” situation… and also that President Obama “hopes” Congress will work with him.
You can stop laughing now.
But he also said that if Congress does the one thing it does so well– obstruct– “the president’s not going to just sit here.” That’s more like it.
White House officials believe that some Republicans who are up for reelection will break with their party and do what Eric Cantor refuses to do, compromise. In fact, in his interview on “60 Minutes”, Cantor said he wants to “cooperate,” but the other C word is not an option, because it really means compromising “principles”. That’s funny, I thought it meant meeting someone half-way.
Let’s ask Mr. Webster, before wittle Ewic’s press secretary interrupts to cover Ewic’s wittle hiney again:
1a: settlement of differences by arbitration or by consent reached by mutual concessions
b : something intermediate between or blending qualities of two different things
2: a concession to something derogatory or prejudicial <a compromise of principles
So Eric Cantor and his buddies cherry pick the definition (“derogatory” Eric?) that is the least relevant or applicable in order to avoid giving the president so much as an inch.
And this is who President Obama still feels will meet him half way.