(Video) President Obama’s presser

President Obama defended his deal with the GOP, and took on his liberal critics in his harshest tone yet on Tuesday, as the fallout from the tax cut extension proposal continues …

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Greg Sargent has the harsh words for the left…

The whole thing is worth quoting at length. Asked by a reporter if the Bush tax cuts deal showed that he has no core principles that he’s willing to stand firm on, Obama said:

This notion that somehow we are willing to compromise too much reminds me of the debate that we had during health care. This is the public option debate all over again. I pass a signature piece of legislation where we finally get health care for all Americans. Something that Democrats have been fighting for for a hundred years. But because there was a provision in there that they didn’t get, that would have effected maybe a couple of million people, even though we got health insurance for 30 million people, and the potential for lower premiums for maybe 100 million people, that somehow that was a sign of weakness, of compromise.

If that’s the standard by which we are measuring success or core principles, then let’s face it: We will never get anything done. People will have the satisfaction of having a purist position, and no victories for the American people. And we will be able to feel good about ourselves and sanctimonious about how pure our intentions are and how tough we are.

And in the meantime the American people are still saying to themselves, [I'm] not able to get health insurance because of pre-existing conditions. Or not being able to pay their bills because their unemployment insurance ran out. That can’t be the measure of how we think about public service. That can’t be the measure of what it means to be a Democrat. This is a big, diverse country. Not everybody agrees with us. I know that shocks people…

This country was founded on compromise. I couldn’t go through the front door at this country’s founding. If we were really thinking about ideal positions, we wouldn’t have a union.

Read the whole Sargent post here.

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4 Responses to (Video) President Obama’s presser

  1. The President is right about one thing here: it is the health care debate all over again.
    The health care bill that was passed established as a principle that health care will be, as far as we can see, in the arena of the for-profit market, ~when it didn’t have to be that way.
    The tax bill will ensure that the U.S. decline will proceed even quicker, as the future deficit and the balloning debt completely cut off any hope of middle-class survival ~when it didn’t have to be that way.
    But once again I’m not blaming Mr. Obama. There is simply no flexibility for the President or the Congress to move very far in either direction of Libertarianism or Socialism because the purpose of the State is to defend the industrial and financial centers of wealth, which are trans-national.
    Again, without a social force to oppose the economic force, there is simply no possibility of ‘progress.’

  2. Rupert says:

    One note, Stephen, many economists (don’t know if I agree, but I’m not an economist) believe extending the tax rates along with the other parts of the deal will create jobs. But if the Republicans start talking again about deficit reduction, we have more proof that they are not serious.

  3. bsudah says:

    what’s the bg deal? if the rich (or you liberals ) are soooo concerned about the deficit( where were you when obama was spending like a drunk sailor?), then you can voluntarily cut a check to the irs/treasury and pay higher taxes if you want to!!!!

  4. Flo says:

    Oh come on, BSudah; the first drunk sailor was named Bush.

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