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July 14, 2011

The Gelatin President: Obama Hisses "I Absolutely Will Not Yield On This," Then Demands Both Sides Find A Compromise

Sorry to hit this again, but the MFM isn't going to notice, so it's on us to point it out.

Amid new warnings and fresh signs of strain, President Barack Obama and congressional leaders are entering a perilous debt-limit endgame. The president, declaring "enough is enough," is demanding that budget negotiators find common ground by week's end even as the Senate's top Republican gained followers for his own last-ditch scheme to avoid a government default.

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And in the cauldron of the White House Cabinet Room, Obama and top lawmakers bargained for nearly two hours Wednesday on spending cuts. Obama curtly ended the session when House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., urged Obama to accept a short, monthslong increase in debt instead of one that would last through next year's presidential election.

"Enough is enough. ... I'll see you all tomorrow," Obama said, rising from the negotiating table and leaving the room, according to several officials familiar with the session.

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Earlier, in comments to a small group of reporters before the White House session, House Speaker John Boehner complained that negotiating with the White House "the last couple months has been like dealing with Jell-O."

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The [Democratic] officials said Obama went on to say they all had a responsibility to find a compromise.

Can anyone explain how Obama's claim that others have a responsibility to find a compromise squares with Obama's "I shall not yield"?

Obama is once again pretending he's nothing but a referee in this. But apparently the kind of referee who gives orders to both teams and gets testy when his demands are not satisfied.



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