locally speaking


TPM: Hey, remember when House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said President Obama walked out of the debt talks yesterday? So, yeah – Obama says that never happened.

“No,” Obama told Cox TV’s Scott McFarlane in an interview Thursday. “At the end of the meeting, what I said to the group was what the American people feel: We have a responsibility to do the right thing. We shouldn’t be partisan, we should solve problems.”

The interview was one of a few sit-downs Obama did with local television reporters from across the country today. In addition to the interview with McFarlane, he spoke to TV stations in Philadelphia and Washington, DC.

Video here



**** President Obama will hold a news conference at 11 a.m. Friday ****

35 Responses to “locally speaking”

  1. 1 makesense4tulips
    July 14, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    I did’nt hear the word cut i heard strength.

  2. July 14, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    From my twitter timeline:

    RT @NorahODonnell: BREAKING: Source close to Bachmann tells me she will report nearly $4million raised. Banked $2m in 2 ½ wks and transf $2m from cong account

  3. July 14, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Presidential press conference Friday. Anybody know what time? If I were him I would do it at 8 pm!

  4. July 14, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    I knew it- that is not POTUS’s style. That is the style of a a smarmy do nothing lying punk named Eric Cantor

  5. 18 Me4obama
    July 14, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    OT: Piers Tabloid Morgan wanted for questioning by british parliament in phone Hacking. I knew he was hiding something, when I lived in London he was doing tabloid journalism, shame on CNN for hiring him.

  6. 21 GGail
    July 14, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    Bravo Mr. President – take your message directly to YOUR People!

  7. July 14, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    yuck.. I watched the interview until Boehner got on with his lying self… about President Obama “not being serious”, I had to stop it then, will not watch this man lie anymore. EFF you Boehner.

  8. 23 Doris
    July 14, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Secretary Geithner joins Senate Dems to discuss Debt Ceiling


  9. 25 lisalovesobama
    July 14, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Did I hear Chris the interviewer say at the end: “I could tell that this is a president who really wants a deal but whether he could really do what it takes to get it is the question?”

  10. July 14, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    This is excellent, go around the beltway media and take it to the local stations.

  11. 27 utaustinliberal
    July 14, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Good interview. I hope POTUS keeps taking the discussion directly to the American people and calling out the republicans for the shysters they are. Thank goodness he keeps holding their feet to the fire. Cantor wants a three month or six month short term deal that just kicks the can down the road. Then he wants to go on a month long recess, and line his pockets with cash from the lies he will sell. They have met their match. They don’t deserve even a whole weekends rest if they don’t act like adults and resolve the issue.

  12. 28 Doris
    July 14, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    REPORT: In 12 Years, Income For Richest 400 Americans Quadruples, Tax Rate Nearly Halved

    New data released by the IRS reveals that, over a period of 12 years, tax rates for the richest 400 Americans were effectively cut in half. In 1995, the richest 400 Americans paid, on average, 29.93% of their income in federal taxes. In 2007, the last year for which the IRS has released data, the richest 400 Americans paid just 16.63%.


  13. 29 halo
    July 14, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    Saw the interview. I don’t think he clearly explained what the debt ceiling was. Most people don’t know what it is. They think it’s a raise TO SPEND more money when it’s to pay for money ALREADY SPENT.

    Mr. President, please explain what happens when the US AAA credit rating is downgraded and how that effects the regular family and small businesses!

  14. 32 lisalovesobama
    July 14, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    Lawry on fire!! He even brought in his 1993 bill. Plus he gave the PL a nice kick in the ass 🙂 awesome!!

    • 33 ChristiMtl
      July 14, 2011 at 8:22 pm

      What did he say Lisa?

      • 34 hopefruit2
        July 14, 2011 at 10:44 pm

        He said that back in the 1993, when then President Bill Clinton proposed cuts to entitlement programs like SS and Medicaid, there was NO objections from liberals, and when President Bill Clinton proposed tax hikes to generate increased revenue, there was very little objection from Republicans. Both sides cooperated with President Clinton who authorized tax hikes as well as cuts to programs, resulting in a thriving economy, which actually made the rich wealthy as ever, and created jobs.

        Why are people on both sides now outraged when President Obama is proposing essentially the same thing as Bill Clinton?

        That was the gist of Lawry’s argument.

  15. 35 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
    July 14, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    I wonder who is paying O’Donnell to be nice speaking of PBO? Before these debt ceiling talks go heated up he constantly bashed the President. hmmm……….at least we have seen some positive change no matter the motive.

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