No Backing Down

Obama explicitly and repeatedly called out Republicans for blocking his jobs agenda, without their offering up what he considers reasonable counter-offers. His tone and word choice continued his recent pattern of confrontation — to try to leverage public opinion — rather than compromise. He was not asked to address the fact that centrist Senate Democrats remain part of his challenge in getting his employment package through Congress. The White House has to hope that today's session is part of a successful accumulation of efforts that changes the dynamic in Washington — because nothing said in his press conference would seem to have the potential on its own to revolutionize the stalled Beltway debate on job creation, or his relationship with GOP leaders.

POTUS remakes the case for jobs bill, emphasizing hiring teachers and fixing infrastructure.

Says he is “comfortable with” Senate Democrats’ ideas for taxing millionaires instead of his revenue plan.

Obama gives unusually long answers to reporters’ questions.

Obama: “Historically Republicans haven’t been opposed to rebuilding roads and bridges. So why would you be opposed now?”

President: “There is no doubt the economy is weaker.”

On Pakistan, Obama says the nation has “hedged their bets on what Afghanistan would look like and part of hedging their bets is having interactions with some of the unsavory characters.”

Obama: “Europe is not going to be able to export its way out of this problem.”

Obama explicitly and repeatedly called out Republicans for blocking his jobs agenda, without their offering up what he considers reasonable counter-offers. His tone and word choice continued his recent pattern of confrontation — to try to leverage public opinion — rather than compromise. He was not asked to address the fact that centrist Senate Democrats remain part of his challenge in getting his employment package through Congress. The White House has to hope that today's session is part of a successful accumulation of efforts that changes the dynamic in Washington — because nothing said in his press conference would seem to have the potential on its own to revolutionize the stalled Beltway debate on job creation, or his relationship with GOP leaders.
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