‘debt limit negotiation update’

HopeandChange.net: Just leaked! A partial transcript of today’s session in the ongoing budget negotiations between Republican Congressional leaders and the President and Treasury Secretary at the White House:

Obama: I still don’t get how you guys are suddenly all concerned about the debt, after all of you voted to double the national debt during the Bush administration.

Boehner: Well for one thing, back then we didn’t have these damn Tea Party people breathing down our necks. Those folks are crazy!

Obama: I sympathize. But what do you want us to do? You don’t have a plan to balance the budget this year. That means you either have to raise the debt limit or you have to raise taxes.

Boehner: What we want, Mr. President, is for you to propose a solution, so we can attack you for it. It’s not fair that people expect us to solve all their problems just because Republicans have taken over the House of Representatives. It makes me want to cry.

Read it all here – love it! I especially adore the fact that even though it’s satire, it’s probably really close to what was actually said 😆
Thank you Joe!

26 Responses to “‘debt limit negotiation update’”

  1. 1 PoliticalJunkessa
    June 2, 2011 at 10:54 am

    😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 Probably not far from the actual truth. LOL!

    They are about to get their asses handed to them in a very public, humiliating fashion.

    *invests in popcorn*

  2. 2 Fred
    June 2, 2011 at 10:57 am

    this is too fracking funny 😆

  3. 3 Sonjia Duncan
    June 2, 2011 at 10:57 am

    I needed a good laugh.

  4. June 2, 2011 at 11:05 am

    The DNC goes after the nominal frontrunner Mitt Romney tonight, compiling a ‘yearbook’ of prominent 2008 Romney supporters who have backed away from his candidacy in 2012.

    The site shows photos of prominent conservatives like Sen. Jim DeMint, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, and ACU chairman Al Cardenas who played roles in the 2008 Romney campaign but have since dropped their support for the former Massachusetts governor.


  5. 6 Mae who love our CIC
    June 2, 2011 at 11:05 am

    This is so pathetic, it is a joke. Just think these sissys are acting like punks and they are representing their constituents.

  6. June 2, 2011 at 11:07 am

    “Friend —

    Someone is about to tap you on the shoulder.

    It’s someone who’s already made a donation to the 2012 campaign — and who’s willing to give again if you’ll step up and take ownership of it, too.

    They’ve made a promise to match your first donation to this campaign, so if you decide to give $5 now, you’ll double your impact.

    Will you?


    We’re not just gathering donations here. We’re gathering people.

    We didn’t get this far by doing things the usual way. Our campaign doesn’t take money from Washington lobbyists or special-interest PACs.

    We’re doing this the right way — with a whole lot of people like you taking the lead.

    One of our earliest supporters is prepared to make a second donation in order to persuade you to make your first. It’s that kind of commitment that creates a grassroots campaign capable of changing the outcome of an election — and capable of changing the course of this country.

    That’s the spirit that drives us. And it starts with a tap on the shoulder.

    Now all you have to do is take them up on the offer. Give it a go:


    Thank you,


  7. June 2, 2011 at 11:09 am

    FIRST IN SCORE – TOSS-UP ON THE ECONOMY – Democrats have reclaimed the narrowest of edges with voters when it comes to jobs and the economy, according to a presentation prepared by Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg. Greenberg’s holding a conference call at 1 p.m. to outline results from a new national poll his firm – Greenberg Quinlan Rosner – conducted for Democracy Corps. Some early takeaways:

    (1) Between April and May, Democrats gained 9 points against the GOP on who voters trust to handle the economy, going from a 38-46 percent disadvantage to a 42-41 percent statistical tie. On handling the deficit, Republicans still have a 9-point advantage.

    (2) Contrary to the GOP’s belief, Democracy Corps numbers will make the case that the political debate isn’t all about fiscal conservatism: Voters also care about the squeeze on the middle class (rising costs, declining incomes.)

    (3) Greenberg will argue that Democrats need a forward-looking message for 2012, and can’t try to relitigate 2008: “Paradoxically, Democrats must forget the past and the financial crisis. That is counter-intuitive and painful because conservative policies were so destructive and Democrats did right and brave things. Voters understand this more than you appreciate, but that is at least three years ago now, and voters think a focus on that misses the country’s urgent current reality. They want to serious plans, not triumphalism about jobs reports.”

    • 9 theo67
      June 2, 2011 at 4:34 pm

      A flag goes up for me regarding Greenberg’s advice for Dems to let Republican policies off the hook for the crisis that we’re still reeling from. I agree that we need a positive, forward-looking statement, but people also need to have it drummed into their heads that Republican policies have been proven to be complete and utter failures. We are still dealing with the impact of those policies, while they continue to roll out even more disasterous policies now across different states and at the Federal level. If people forget what they did in 2008, then they may be convinced to give Republicans another bite at the apple, like they did in 2010. That cannot be allowed to happen. Their policies are totally toxic.

  8. June 2, 2011 at 11:12 am

    THE CALIFORNIA SPECIAL – WHERE PELOSI HELPS: The former House speaker will publicly embrace Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn at a low-dollar fundraiser next Wednesday, as Hahn campaigns for the open 36th District House seat. Democrats have been rallying around Hahn since Republican Craig Huey unexpectedly edged out Secretary of State Deb Bowen for a place in the runoff in the deep-blue coastal district. Sen. Barbara Boxer became the latest prominent Dem to back Hahn on Wednesday. Hahn’s event with Pelosi is also notable since the two have notably different relationships with former Rep. Jane Harman – Hahn is close to the woman she’s aiming to the replace, while Pelosi is famously not.


  9. 11 Asher in Boston
    June 2, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Funny, but not too further from the truth. That is the repugs acting all crazy, whinning, lying and spining facts.

  10. 12 dotster
    June 2, 2011 at 11:53 am

    I couldn’t believe that freshman Repub. Rep. Jeff Landry refused to attend the meeting yesterday, saying he didn’t feel like being lectured to by President Obama. The blatant disrespect shown this President—“You lie!”—by so many of these Republicans is unbelievable to me. Can you imagine the reaction if Obama refused a mtg. at the WH with Bush when he was a new senator, saying he didn’t feel like it? The Repubs would have been going wild.
    I wish the President could speak to the American people and say, “Here’s the deal. Here’s what the Republicans are doing etc.—-just lay it all on the line. It would be nice if there were other Dems who would step forward, but at this point it seems to me only President Obama is capable of setting the record straight.

  11. 13 meta
    June 2, 2011 at 11:57 am

    President Obama just announced that WH Counsel Bob Bauer is returning to private practice and Deputy Kathryn Ruemmler will replace him. What this signals is that Bauer will be serving in PBO’s re-election efforts just as he did in 2007-08. Bob Bauer is a fierce fighter and great counsel to PBO. GO TEAM!!

  12. 14 Dorothy Rissman
    June 2, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Chipsticks, this is priceless. LOL! I love it. Boner is dead meat.

    • 15 utaustinliberal
      June 2, 2011 at 3:48 pm

      WORD. I always knew it wouldn’t be POTUS or the Dems who would have a direct hand in the repug’s destruction. The tea party pretty much does a great job.

      Very funny satirical version of events. 😆

  13. 16 GGail
    June 2, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Great laugh! And probably real close to the truth

  14. 17 barb
    June 2, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    I’d like to see a big turnover in the Congress in 2012. The word needs to get out what the Republicans are doing in explicit terms. I can’t stand the media at the press conferences. They want Jay to give them some dirt so they can complain about Obama. They are so blatant about it and keep asking Jay riduclous questions. They want him to mindread constantly and when I hear “You guys” I know it is Chuck. So much time is being wasted by all those jerks. They have no complex thinking skills. Dorothy, I hope you are right about Rusty Mohawk Boner. When Ryan came out with that plan, he had a sneaky grin on his face. He complains about the President calling it vouchers but that is what it is.

  15. 18 Left-Indie
    June 2, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    I admire the republicans. I also hate them. I admire how they can often set the agenda in the media, the perpetual fake outrage of the week (Obama chews gum), the terms of expression (Obama care, death tax, prolife even as they are pro death penalty). Whether we talk about jobs or the national debt often depends on where the Republicans put the emphisis, while the Dems respond in defense, often in scattered sort of way. They effectively assault where we are strong and weaken it over time. Make no mistake, Obama is a strenght to the Democratic party and what Republicans are doing to him is death by thousand cuts. I often wonder what the Republicans would do if they had an asset such as Obama. They would be sharping the axes for an addition to Mt. Rushmore. What would they do with a senator who publicly says he is working for his defeat, for a talk show host who says I hope he fails (at a time of war no less!!!!) Oh, how they would have painted all of us as treasonous. They are so good at this political magic that I hope they never get someone as good as Obama on their side. If they ever did, we are done for.

    • 19 theo67
      June 2, 2011 at 4:46 pm

      The President chews gum because he’s giving up smoking while under the worst kind of sustained stress a person can go through (and last week, he did that while probably jet-lagged). That shows extreme strength of will and commitment – those qualities are to be admired. Contrast with Boehner who simply refused to quit, or even try. I’m tired of hearing that meme.

      But I get everything you’re saying. I just wouldn’t use the term “admire” with republicans. There is nothing to be admired about them, at all. They are vile, even in their lockstepping. The reason why they set the topic of conversation is because Republicans basically own the airwaves. They’re not setting the Administrations agenda, because if you go to Whitehouse.gov, you’ll see that they accomplish about 50 things a day that are never covered in the news.

      What you are looking at is the difference of people who talk and people who do. Democrats and the President are doing things that change lives for the better. Republicans spend a lot of time talking about things that will make life worse. They don’t actually accomplish anything – even their evil plans have been thwarted on almost every vote, every front. The only thing they accomplish is perpetuating hate, and feeding the lowest forms of humanity living in this country. That’s it.

  16. 20 anniebella
    June 2, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    There is nothing about the Republicans I admire. Nothing at all.

    • 21 EDP4BHO
      June 2, 2011 at 2:47 pm

      I know, huh? That’s like saying you admire Satan. Satan is very crafty and clever, but he never stands the test of time 😀

    • 22 utaustinliberal
      June 2, 2011 at 3:57 pm

      I understand what Left-Indie is saying. The repugs are dangerous b/c they have this amazing way of setting the tone and coercing the media to preach that meme. The way they took “death panels” and made that the dominant topic in the healthcare debate showed me that not only are they dangerous but their organizing machinery is scary. Democrats need to have a better offense, defense and organization machine. PBO is pretty much the only Dem in a while who is a master at building up an organization machine. Republicans keep setting the discussion/agenda and just imagine if they had a Barack Obama. They would destroy this nation in months. Look at the sunday shows; they’re always filled with repugs who spout their messed up talking points. Dems have to do a better job of coining the message. The time for soft and subtle approaches is done.

  17. 23 collegekay
    June 2, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    I thought this was real for a sec.

  18. 25 zizi
    June 2, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Actually what PBO told the House Repugs yesterday in the White House is even snarkier. To Paul Ryan’s whining about Democrats demagoging he Repug Medicare killing bill, Pres, Obama told them he had borne more insults from them: He reminded them of how they painted him as —

    “I’m the death-panel-supporting, socialist, may-not-have-been-born-here president,”

  19. June 2, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Thanks so much for re-posting and linking my piece, Chipsticks. I’m glad you and others like it. You’re the greatest!

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