July 24, 2011 by USA Post
Obama Boehner, Obama hopes a / Boehner “bromance,” which began with a game of golf, to rescue the negotiations from debt ceiling vanished on Friday night as Obama himself compared to a jilted lover. President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) have been working together in a package and 3 trillion-deficit reductions to help lower the nation and 14,500,000,000,000 debts before Boehner walked away from negotiations Friday.
“I have stayed at the altar twice,” Obama said at a news conference Friday night.
Obama also refers to the former “great deal”, and 6000 billion of deficit reduction packages that Obama and Boehner had worked previously. Boehner walked away from negotiations after meeting strong opposition from Republican tea party in their caucus.
In dueling news conferences, Obama and Boehner offer different versions of who was responsible for the collapse of negotiations on a package of 3000 billion and the deficit reduction.
Obama was visibly angry at what happened. As Obama described his relationship with Boehner as “cordial”, also complained that Boehner had not returned their phone calls on Friday and said the talks were “intense.”
“And I think one of the questions that the GOP will have to ask is that you can say yes to something? Can say yes to something?
“Now we have proposed a package that has been able to reduce the deficit and debt. It would be the package of debt reduction larger than we’ve seen in a long time. And it has achieved without increasing individual tax rates. It has to a manner consistent with the “no taxes” pledge that a lot of these people signed on to, because we knew we had boxed them and try to find a way for them to generate revenue in ways that not put them in a bad place. So the question is, what can you say yes to? “Said Obama.
The agreement we are working for Obama and Boehner would have required the House and Senate to work on a broad fiscal reform package in the coming months that would end many tax deductions and credits and lower tax rates in general. To encourage the Republicans to reach an agreement, a “trigger” would be put in place, the Bush tax cuts expire and the rates could increase if there is tax reform were approved.
Boehner called for an additional trigger to encourage Democrats to agree on tax reform, the repeal of the individual mandate as part of the right of Obama health care reform. Obama disagreed with this trigger.
In its history, Boehner said Obama, who left after Boehner objected to a last minute request for additional income.
“The White House moved the goal post. There was agreement on some additional income, until yesterday, when the president demanded $ 400 million and more, it would be nothing more than a tax increases on the American people.
“There was an agreement with the White House and 800 million dollars in revenue. It is the president who withdrew from their agreement and demanded more money in the last minute,” said Boehner.
Boehner also compared their negotiations with Obama’s work with “a bowl of jelly.”
Obama was probably pushed by Democratic leaders to call for additional income. In a tense meeting with the Budget Director Jack Lew White House Thursday, Senate Democrats complained about not being included in private meetings Obama and Boehner. Lew warned it would not support any agreement if it remained outside the negotiations.
Obama asked the four leaders of Congress, Boehner, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Majority Harry Reid (D-Nev.), and the Senate, Mitch McConnell, Minority Leader (R-Ky.) to join him at the White House at 11 am Saturday. Boehner said that while away from the talks on Friday, will attend the meeting.
Recent events serve as a reminder that the debt limit negotiations are not only the technical aspects of an agreement can muster enough votes in the House and Senate. Negotiators also experience human emotions such as feelings of pain and pride, which can affect the success or failure of the negotiations.
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