Barry is all about keeping his opponents off balance, and his presser today was startling in its unpredictability. In a twist that we've never seen before from this president, he told Republicans not to adopt a "my way or the highway" attitude, being unusually harsh with the Republicans as he has never cast them as obstructionists before. But, ever the peacemaker, Obama declined to blame any party for the impasse, saying that he and the American people, with whom he as such a great affinity (practically like a native!) are not interested in "blaming somebody." So true- the American public never wants to find fault when the government shuts down!All in all, this press meet marks a new strategy for approaching the budget process: a Continuing Resolution Advance Preemption. It's audacity is something we've come to expect from the fertile mind of The One.
Barry also correctly pointed out that this budget could have been done one month or three months ago, but stopped short of really rubbing it in by mentioning that it should have been done before this fiscal year started– six seven months ago, when, inconveniently, the Democrats, the party of the President, were running everything as though they were the Bluths in "Arrested Development." Unfortunately, when talking about big numbers, the President is always in a bit over his head, so when pressed about how the math works that shows the Dems meeting the Republicans "half-way," Barry handed off that question to the resident expert on the technicals, Jay "Hoover" Carney, who will then presumably toss the potato to Joe Biden for all that "in the weeds" stuff.