As he recounted the White House effort to get the GOP to relinquish its support for those cuts -- something he described as the party's "holy grail" -- the president admitted bluntly, "I have not been able to budge them." Opinion polls show overwhelming popular support for ending the tax breaks for higher earners. He later added, "I think it's tempting not to negotiate with hostage takers, unless the hostage gets harmed, then people will question the wisdom of that strategy. In this case, the hostage was the American people, and I was not willing to see them get harmed."Emphasis mine. I'm glad to see that the President is taking things so well.
Tuesday, December 07, 2010
Changing the Tone
Do you remember when President Obama pledged to change the tone in Washington? He sure did it today. Behold as he describes his negotiating session with the Loyal Opposition: