Late Friday afternoon, President Barack Obama went to the White House press room after House Speaker John Boehner reportedly walked away from the debt-ceiling negotiation.
He had some very stern words about Boehner and the Republicans in the House. But Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer wasn’t impressed with Obama’s anger.
During Friday’s “Special Report” on the Fox News Channel, Krauthammer said this was Obama at his worst.
“This is Obama at his most sanctimonious, demagogic, self-righteous and arrogant,” Krauthammer said. “And given the baseline, it wasn’t a pretty sight. Look, he started out by summoning the leaders of Congress – summoning on them at 11:00, who does he think he is? In the American system, the executive and Congress are coequal … The way he demanded their appearance in the Oval Office I thought was disgraceful,” Krauthammer said.
He said the president’s consternation was curious because Obama has yet to publicly offer his own plan.
“As Steve [Hayes] indicated the Republicans have offered a detailed plan – the Ryan plan in the House, and they offered Cut, Cap and Balance this time around,” Krauthammer said.
“President offered nothing except if you go in the back room, my staff will give you tick-tock, a detail of everything I was supposed to have given. He has never once spoken about real cuts. And lastly, what was interesting is even at the late date where he says that the fate of the republic hangs on the debt ceiling extension, he said if given a short extension of say half a year, I won’t accept it. Why? Because he says I want this to go past Election Day. That is self-serving and political and he pretends he is the one who is not interested in politics.”