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Obama’s Deliberate Lack Of Leadership Dooms Super Committee

RNC Communications - November 21, 2011

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) Says That The President Is Going To Be Judged On The Results Of The Super Committee And Should Be Part Of The Fight For A Solution

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV):  “Well, you know, Mika, it's the leader – if – I was the governor of the state of West Virginia, people relied on me to make, set the tone of what we were going to do and push it through and everybody has a different style. I'm not going to criticize it, but people are going to judge the results we receive, and if we don't get results, we're in trouble. Right now, if the committee of 12 is not able to come to an agreement, we have about 140 members of congress, about 44 senators and about a 100 members of the house that are saying go big, be bold, stand tall, let’s pull out Simpson and Bowles and let's vote on this thing, let's move it forward for the next generation.”

Mika Brezinski:  “Do you want the president – I mean, I'm just looking at your comments made on "Face the Nation" for the president, that you hope he would step forward and take leadership. I'm assuming on the Super Committee. What should he do at this point? Should he call them out?”

Sen. Manchin:  “You know, yes. He has to have the results. People are going to be judged on the results we receive. It's everybody's fault. If this will be the first generation that's ever failed a generation. Ever turned over the keys and left it more shaped than it was when we received it. That can't be an option. You can't accept that. Nobody can and I know the president is hopefully he's going to fight for this thing. We've got to clear this up. It's a mess.” (MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” 11/21/11)

The Administration “Couldn’t Be Happier That This Is Failing” Because It Fits Into Their Campaign Narrative And They “Have Deliberately Refused” To Engage The Super Committee

Jeff Glor: “President Obama is back at the White House after a nine-day trip to the Asia and the Pacific region and his potential rival Mitt Romney faulted Mr. Obama for not being more involved in pushing the super committee towards a deal. Senior White House Correspondent Bill Plante has more on that. Bill good morning to you, what is the White House's role at this point?”

Bill Plante “Well Jeff, you will not be surprised to learn that the president and his staff have deliberately refused to play on this. All they’ll say is, ‘hey, the president made detailed recommendations back in September.’ And yesterday, as it became clear that the committee would fail, the White House put out a statement admonishing them for kicking the can down the road and saying ‘congress needs to its job here and make the kind of tough choices to live within its means that American families make every day.’ But its’ safe to say that in the absence of a real debt deal, which, of course, they would like to have, the administration couldn't be happier that this is failing because they will try to blame it all on the republicans going into the election year.” (CBS’, “The Early Show,” 11/21/11)

Obama Is Already Positioning Himself For The Committee’s Failure And Choosing Not Be Part Of The Solution

President Obama Has Not Reached Out To Congressional Leaders In Recent Days To Try And Find A Solution. “As the clock counts down to the deadline for the supercommittee to come to a deficit-reduction agreement, President Barack Obama hasn’t been in touch with congressional leaders in recent days, the White House said here Saturday.” (Jennifer Epstein, “Carney: No Recent Calls To Congress On Deficit Talks,” Politico, 11/19/11)

  • The Obama White House Spent The Weekend Preparing A Coordinated Response To The Super Committee’s Failure With Top Democrats. “Aides to President Barack Obama — largely out of the loop and out of the country for the past week — had been preparing a statement over the weekend in coordination with top Democrats, sources say, and he’s expected to pound Congress yet again.” (Manu Raju and Jake Sherman, “Parties Brace For ‘Super’ Fallout,” Politico, 11/21/11)

Obama Is Returning From A Nine-Day Trip Overseas But Has No Plans To Get Involved In The Super Committee Negotiations. “President Barack Obama returns Sunday from a nine-day trip to the Asian Pacific just in time to swoop in and save the deadlocked supercommittee from failure. But nobody in Washington expects an eleventh-hour intervention. Obama hit a low point in his presidency in August when his direct negotiations on a massive deficit-cutting package crumbled, and the country narrowly dodged a debt default. Four months later, as Washington braces for another possible budget breakdown, Obama isn’t likely to engage in any last-minute heroics.” (Carrie Budoff Brown, “Obama Unlikely To Rescue Supercommittee,” Politico, 11/18/11)

Despite Including Themselves In Previous Deliberations, The White House Now Claims That This Is Not Their Fight

“Despite Inserting Obama Directly And Repeatedly Into Previous Budget Battles” The White House Is Now Claiming That President Obama Has No Place In The Current Debate. “Despite inserting Obama directly and repeatedly into previous budget battles, senior aides see the supercommittee as a congressional affair. Obama is not the prime minister or Senate majority leader, they say.” (Carrie Budoff Brown, “Obama Unlikely To Rescue Supercommittee,” Politico, 11/18/11)

The Obama White House Is Accusing Congress Of “Kicking The Can.” “‘Avoiding accountability and kicking the can down the road is how Washington got into this deficit problem in the first place, so Congress needs to do its job here and make the kind of tough choices to live within its means that American families make every day,’ White House spokeswoman Amy Brundage said Sunday.” (Manu Raju and Jake Sherman, “Parties Brace For ‘Super’ Fallout,” Politico, 11/21/11)

  • FLASHBACK: In January 2009, President-Elect Obama Claimed The Country Had Kicked The “Can Down The Road” And “We Are Now At The End Of The Road And Are Not In A Position To Kick It Any Further.”  OBAMA: “What we have done is kicked this can down the road. We are now at the end of the road and are not in a position to kick it any further.” (Michael D. Shear, “Obama Pledges Entitlement Reform,” The Washington Post, 1/16/09)
  • Obama Added That “We Have To Signal Seriousness In This By Making Sure Some Of The Hard Decisions Are Made Under My Watch, Not Someone Else's.” (Michael D. Shear, “Obama Pledges Entitlement Reform,” The Washington Post, 1/16/09)

The President’s Absence Of Leadership Has Made The Super Committee’s Work Harder

Maya MacGuineas, President Of The Committee For A Responsible Federal Budget, Says The Ability To Reach A Compromise Stems From A Lack Of Leadership. “As much as Obama has tried to distance himself from the process, he already is receiving at least some blame. Maya MacGuineas, president of the centrist Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, said her discussions ‘at every single meeting’ in recent months have always shifted to why a deal is so hard. It’s not a lack of policy ideas, she said, but of leadership — in Congress and even more so, from Obama.” (Carrie Budoff Brown, “Obama Unlikely To Rescue Supercommittee,” Politico, 11/18/11)

  • MacGuineas: “Only one person has the bully pulpit … I’m just struck by how any political leader — but most of all, the president — can look at a situation that so obviously, desperately needs a solution and not do everything in their power to get there.” (Carrie Budoff Brown, “Obama Unlikely To Rescue Supercommittee,” Politico, 11/18/11)

The Washington Post’s Robert Samuelson: “There Is No Leadership From The Nation’s ‘Leader.’” “Only President Obama can start such a debate. He has the bully pulpit, but he hasn’t used it. Here’s an exchange between ABC White House correspondent Jake Tapper and the president, at a July 15 news conference, that captures Obama’s calculated obscurity. … Noncommittal gibberish. There is no leadership from the nation’s ‘leader.’” (Robert Samuelson, Op-Ed, “Why There’s A Debt Stalemate,” The Washington Post, 11/20/11)

  • The Washington Post’s Robert Samuelson: “The Reason We Cannot Have A Large Budget Deal Is That Americans Haven’t Been Prepared For One. The President Hasn’t Educated Them …” “The president won’t talk specifics, but government consists of specifics. The reason we cannot have a large budget deal is that Americans haven’t been prepared for one. The president hasn’t educated them, and so they can’t support what they don’t understand. Left or right, there are no comfortable positions. No one relishes curbing Social Security or Medicare benefits. But without changes, taxes will go way up, the rest of government will shrink dramatically or huge deficits will persist.” (Robert Samuelson, Op-Ed, “Why There’s A Debt Stalemate,” The Washington Post, 11/20/11)

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