Obama spent a lot of time making political hay out of the payroll tax cut, but when Congress passed it, Obama signed the bill in private without a bipartisan signing ceremony. Is that because actually touting a bipartisan piece of legislation would get in the way of his campaign and election year politics?
SHOT: “Obama Signs Payroll Tax Cut In Private.” OBAMA: “And so, Bill, the question, then, is, will Congress do something? If Congress does something, then I can't run against a do-nothing Congress. If Congress does nothing, then it's not a matter of me running against them; I think the American people will run them out of town because they are frustrated, and they know we need to do something big and something bold.” (President Barack Obama, News Conference, Washington, D.C., 10/6/11)
CHASER: In October 2011, Obama Said “If Congress Does Something, Then I Can’t Run Against A Do-Nothing Congress.”After months of back-and-forth with Congress, President Obama signed the 10-month extension of the payroll tax cut Wednesday in the privacy of the Oval Office. The White House issued only a brief statement and a blog post last night summarizing the bill, which also includes an extension of unemployment insurance and a delay in Medicare reimbursement cuts to doctors.” (David Jackson, “Obama Signs Payroll Tax Cut In Private,” USA Today, 2/23/12)
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