Obama: I Have Bent Over Backwards Working with the GOP
An interesting definition of “working with” when you won’t even negotiate.
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President Obama told CNBC’s John Harwood that while he’s been president, he’s “bent over backwards to work with the Republican party.”
During the course of my presidency, I have bent over backwards to work with the Republican party. I think I’m pretty well known for being a calm guy. Sometimes people think I’m too calm. And am I exasperated? Absolutely, I’m exasperated. Because this is entirely unnecessary. I am exasperated with the idea that, unless I say that, ‘Twenty million people, you can’t have health insurance,’ these folks will not reopen the government. That is irresponsible.
The President asserted that he’s the most malleable of men; he said he was prepared to “negotiate on anything.” There’s just one tiny catch: the GOP has to submit a bill that’s a clean piece of legislation (read: funds Obamacare) to reopen the government and let him raise the debt ceiling.