If she gave him one of hers they’d both have two

Obama tries to grow a pair:

Axelrod: ‘We’re not in a negotiation’ on Obama $447B jobs package

Obama’s top political adviser David Axelrod said Tuesday that the administration was unwilling to break up the president’s $447 billion jobs plan if Republicans were only receptive to passing certain elements.

“We’re not in a negotiation to break up the package. It’s not an à la carte menu. It’s a strategy to get this country moving,” Axelrod said Tuesday on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

So what is the White House gonna do if the House busts Obama’s package into pieces?

Will he veto anything less than 100%?

Hot Air:

Obviously, Axelrod thinks that Obama can score with independents by looking tough and refusing to negotiate with Republicans, but that’s a very dangerous strategy. If the GOP starts breaking up the package into individual elements that Obama himself proposed, it’s hard to call that a do-nothing Congress. If the Democrat-controlled Senate refuses to take up the House bills, John Boehner can rightfully point to Democratic obstructionism as the real culprit. It’s also rather doubtful that Obama would veto bills with elements that he proposed in the AJA if they pass the Senate, either. Axelrod is setting Obama up for another backtrack, and another point of weakness in dealing with Boehner.

If Obama had been POTUS at the Potsdam Conference we’d all be speaking Russian now.


Via Hot Air:

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8 Responses to If she gave him one of hers they’d both have two

  1. votermom says:

    Is Carney wearing Biden’s tie?

  2. yttik says:

    Having hissy fits and refusing to compromise is not strength. “Looking tough” is not leadership. Refusing to listen to other people is not a “strategy to get the country moving.”

    I read this sentence in a news article and it actually made more sense:

    “In fact, any sign that Democrats and Republicans can cooperate to produce a jobs package might be of more value than whatever legislation eventually results.”

  3. ralphb says:

    At this point Obama is running low on options. Since polling seems to indicate, at this point, that voters approve of his plan (whatever) he can afford to hang tough. One of his larger problems with a lot of the electorate is not that he’s been wrong, though he has, it’s that he has been weak.

  4. Wow, that was painful to watch. Jay looks like a high school sophomore.

  5. Dario says:

    Obama has demonstrated he has no conviction. There is no principle to be defended on the jobs bill, create jobs. If a part of that bill is good (NOT), then compromising is the best deal. Obama is all about image, and finding that the one he sold in 2008 is in tatters, he wants to rebuild it at the expense of the Republicans. Americans have seen the gutless unprincipled president for almost 3 years, and that image is seared in their minds now. The few who were wowed by his recent speech were the obots.

    CNN Poll: President gets no bounce from speech, but disapproval rating peaks

    There is some good news for Obama in the poll. Among Democrats, his standing has improved. Opinions among the Democratic base have turned the corner after a drop in the wake of the debt ceiling agreement. The number of Democrats who wanted the party to renominate Obama dropped to an all-time low of 70 percent in early August, but it’s on the rise now-72 percent in our last poll and 76 percent in the current survey.

  6. Rocky Hussein Squirrel says:

    In Compromise, Republicans Allow Obama to Create One Part-Time Job
    Step in Right Direction, President Says

    In what the White House hailed as “an example of what can be accomplished when we put aside partisan differences,” congressional Republicans today responded to President Obama’s $447 billion American Jobs Act by allowing the President to create one part-time job.

    While details of what the job would entail remain to be determined, it was expected to be in the lawn work or handing-out-flyers industry.

    At the White House, the President acknowledged that creating one part-time job fell somewhat short of the millions of full-time jobs envisioned in his proposed legislation, but added, “This is clearly a step in the right direction.”

    In order to secure funding for the part-time job, Mr. Obama had to cave to a series of Republican demands, including tax breaks for second homes and third wives.

    But even as the President and congressional Republicans announced their agreement on the part-time job plan, the proposal came under attack from GOP presidential front-runner Rick Perry, who blasted the plan for creating yet another worker who would someday be eligible for Social Security.

    “If we don’t cut Social Security now, we won’t have enough money to execute our children’s children,” Gov. Perry said.

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