The Hill: President Obama has taken his negotiating powers to the kitchen table to talk to the middle class in the latest round of debt talks with Republicans. It’s led to criticism from Republicans that the president should be meeting with them instead of taking time for campaign-style visits to suburban homes.
Besides the ridiculous packaging that such meetings are “campaign style” empty visits, Republicans look agonizingly desperate.
Boehner’s spokesman Brendan Buck replied, “Every day spent campaigning rather than offering a solution is a day wasted and a day closer to the economy going over the cliff.” Yet the complaints from Boehner’s spokesman and Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell who repeatedly has criticized the president for campaigning on the tax issue, suggest the vulnerability Republicans feel when confronted with Obama’s use of the bully pulpit.
For about 30 minutes, Obama sat at a round kitchen table with the teacher, her husband who works at a local car dealership and their parents to discuss how they might be affected by the looming crisis.“They have dreams and ambitions, they have a beautiful six-year-old son Noah,” Obama told reporters inside the apartment. “They’re keeping it together, they’re working hard, they’re meeting their responsibilities. For them to be burdened unnecessarily because Democrats and Republicans aren’t coming together to solve those problems gives you a sense of the costs on personal terms.”
Obama acknowledged that people need to make their voices heard for Congress to act. “I want the American people to urge Congress, soon,” Obama said.