President Obama is holding a press conference right now. He opened by saying we’re poised for economic growth and reasonable deficit reduction…if the nutbags don’t crash the economy.
Ooooh, calls out Republicans and Boehner — says they won’t collect a ransom for paying bills they already racked up.
On gun control: Will push for “meaningful” background checks, restrictions on assault weapons and high-capacity mag clips.
Chuck Todd: Why won’t you use 14th Amendment to solve debt ceiling crisis? Obama: Congress needs to pay the bills. If they want to give me the authority to raise the debt ceiling, I’ll be happy to accept the responsibility. There are no magic tricks or easy outs.
Has used the phrase “we are not a deadbeat nation” twice.
Again with the hostage metaphor — “gun at the head of the American people.” He sounds serious to me, fellow citizens.
Says House GOP has “suspicions” about the role of government, including feeding poor children, keeping seniors out of poverty, etc. Their view was rejected by the American people. But if they want to shut the government down, that’s their prerogative. Hopes common sense prevails.
Shorter Obama on diversity of team: Chill the fuck out. I’ve got this.
Shorter on partisanship: Quit electing lunatics and we won’t have to operate in crisis mode 24/7.
And…that’s a wrap!