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What They Are Saying “Been There, Done That”

- April 13, 2011

The Washington Post: Obama’s Proposal “Falls Short Of Targets Set By His Deficit Commission And House Republicans.” “President Obama unveiled a framework Wednesday to reduce borrowing over the next 12 years by $4 trillion — a goal that falls short of targets set by his deficit commission and House Republicans — and called for a new congressional commission to help develop a plan to get there.” (“Breaking News Alert: Obama Unveils Plan To Reduce Borrowing By $4 Trillion Over The Next 12 Years,” The Washington Post, 4/13/11)

  • WaPo: Obama’s Latest Attempt At Fiscal Discipline “Steered Clear Of Fundamental Changes To Medicare, Medicaid And Social Security — The Primary Drivers Of Future Spending.” “In his most ambitious effort to claim the mantle of deficit cutter, Obama proposed sharp new cuts to domestic and military spending, and an overhaul of the tax code that would raise fresh revenue. But he steered clear of fundamental changes to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security — the primary drivers of future spending.” (“Breaking News Alert: Obama Unveils Plan To Reduce Borrowing By $4 Trillion Over The Next 12 Years,” The Washington Post, 4/13/11)

Roll Call’s David Drucker: “So, in a speech about deficit reduction and less spending, @BarackObama opens w/ a case for govt spending.” (David Drunker, Twitter Feed, 4/13/11)

The Washington Post: Obama’s Budget Speech Has Partisan Tone” (Perry Bacon Jr., “Obama’s Budget Speech Has Partisan Tone,” The Washington Post4/13/11)

  • WaPo: “It was billed as President Obama’s big speech on reducing the federal budget deficit. But the Wednesday afternoon address sounded at times like the speech he did not give when he launched his reelection campaign last week.” (Perry Bacon Jr., “Obama’s Budget Speech Has Partisan Tone,” The Washington Post,4/13/11)
  • WaPo: “Obama repeatedly attacked the budget released by the House GOP last week in a sharp, partisan tone he has largely avoided since November’s elections.” (Perry Bacon Jr., “Obama’s Budget Speech Has Partisan Tone,” The Washington Post4/13/11)
  • WaPo: “Even as he savaged the GOP proposal, Obama was less than specific about his own.” (Perry Bacon Jr., “Obama’s Budget Speech Has Partisan Tone,” The Washington Post4/13/11)

Talking Points Memo Editor Susan Crabtree: “‘Go To China And You’ll See Businesses Opening Research Labs And Solar Facilities’ -- Yeah On The Interest They Get On Our Debt!!” (Susan Crabtree, Twitter Feed, 4/13/11)

  • Crabtree: “Not Another Blue-Ribbon Commission On Medicare/Entitlements....Been There, Done That.” (Susan Crabtree, Twitter Feed, 4/13/11)

David Gregory: “This was a down payment on more than the debt, it was a campaign speech.” (David Gregory, “Quick Thoughts After The President’s Speech,” MSNBC’s Press Pass,” 4/13/11)

  • Gregory: “One could question why he simply wants to ‘study’ further defense cuts after all this time.” (David Gregory, “Quick Thoughts After The President’s Speech,” MSNBC’s Press Pass,” 4/13/11)

MSNBC’s First Read: “But more than anything else, the address was the president's first 2012 campaign speech a week after he formally filed for re-election.” (Mark Murray And Domenico Montanaro, “Obama’s First 2012 Campaign Speech,” MSNBC’s First Read,” 4/13/11)

  • First Read: “The White House hasn’t posted a plan, and the president called for creating another group, led by Vice President Biden and congressional leaders, to come up with legislation.” (Mark Murray And Domenico Montanaro, “Obama’s First 2012 Campaign Speech,” MSNBC’s First Read,” 4/13/11)
  • First Read: “Yet how the math adds up to achieve those reductions remains an open question.” (Mark Murray And Domenico Montanaro, “Obama’s First 2012 Campaign Speech,” MSNBC’s First Read,” 4/13/11)

ABC’s Amy Walter: “While politicians on both sides of the aisle have stressed the need to “put it all on the table”, the President made clear that he was leaving a lot on the floor.” (Amy Walter, “Analysis: Obama's Debt Speech Sounded Like Campaign Fare,” ABC News’ “The Note” Blog, 4/13/11)

  • Walter: “This speech wasn’t so much about coming up with a bi-partisan plan to tackle the deficit as it was about setting up the battle lines for a 2012 campaign.” (Amy Walter, “Analysis: Obama's Debt Speech Sounded Like Campaign Fare,” ABC News’ “The Note” Blog, 4/13/11)

The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin: “The President Speaks, Says Very Little.” (Jennifer Rubin, “The President Speaks, Says Very Little,” The Washington Post’s “Right Turn” Blog, 4/13/11)

  • Rubin: “It was rather embarrassing in what it did offer: negotiations with Joe Biden, more defense cuts and taxes on the rich. How utterly trite.” (Jennifer Rubin, “The President Speaks, Says Very Little,” The Washington Post’s “Right Turn” Blog, 4/13/11)
  • Rubin: “His own ‘plan’ is, well, not a plan at all.” (Jennifer Rubin, “The President Speaks, Says Very Little,” The Washington Post’s “Right Turn” Blog, 4/13/11)

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