As you may have seen today, President Obama finally held his FIRST press conference, five days before his inauguration on January 19th. You may have read my earlier post, “Obama’s Inauguration Will Be Smaller” (below the fold, read a few excerpts of my post).

Fox News’s headline story is “Obama demands debt ceiling hike, rejects negotiating cuts with GOP.” Below you’ll find excerpts:

The debt ceiling, saying that Washington must increase the limit to pay its bills and such brinksmanship would be “absurd” and “irresponsible.”

“The issue here is whether Washington will pay its bills,” Obama said. “We are not a deadbeat nation.”

Below are more excerpts from the Wall Street Journal and Fox News:

Obama used the press conference to attempt to frame the debt-limit issue to the American public as one about the perils of not paying past debts – not future spending.

“Raising the debt ceiling does not authorize more spending,” he said. “These are bills that have already been racked up.” Fox News.

The Wall Street Journal added:

The president said the threat of default already is harming the economy and that an actual default could push the country into another recession, increase the deficit and cause the markets to “go haywire.” Mr. Obama warned GOP leaders against shutting down the government to get the kind of deal they want. And while he said he won’t negotiate over the debt limit, he said he would accept an agreement that included a debt-limit increase as long as it exceeded more than several months.

“We are not a deadbeat nation,” Mr. Obama said. “And the consequences of us not paying our bills … would be disastrous.”

Republicans responded by refusing to back down on their plans to negotiate over the issue and pointing out past instances in which debt-limit increases were linked to deficit-reduction agreements.

The Wall Street Journal added a video:

Mitch McConnell, the Senate Republican Leader, said. “[W]e are hoping for a new seriousness on the part of the president with regard to the single biggest issue confronting the country, and we look forward to working with him to do something about this huge, huge problem.”

John Boehner, the House Speaker, said “… that a default would cause economic harm but said not reining in government spending also carries consequences.”

Additionally, Boehner noted, “Without meaningful action, the debt will continue to act as an anchor on our economy, costing American jobs and endangering our children’s future.”

The House will do its job and pass responsible legislation that controls spending and that it meets and keeps the government running.

John Boehner said that he has urged “the Democratic majority in Washington do the same.”

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Here are a few excerpts from my post:

I am not surprised that the attendance at the inauguration for President Obama is receiving far less attendance than his first inauguration, as reported article at Fox News’s article, “Obama’s second inauguration a small affair, though city expects businesses to profit. …” “Obama’s Inauguration Will Be Smaller

I hope you caught the press conference.

Please comment on the debt crisis below.

  • getfitnow

    The Obamaphone Lady re-emerges

    God help us.

  • getfitnow

    Where was the GOP leadership after That One’s campaign speech yesterday? WH says budget will be late (as always). Where was Paul Ryan on this?

    Rush said yesterday that this presser contained a lot of slow curve balls. The problem is, he said, the GOP has no home run hitters.

  • KenoshaMarge

    GOP congressman threatens impeachment if Obama uses executive action for gun

    Texas Republican Rep. Steve Stockman threatened Monday
    afternoon that he would file articles of impeachment against President Barack Obama if he institutes gun control measures with an executive order.

    Stockman warned that such executive orders would be
    “unconstitutional” and “infringe on our constitutionally-protected right to keep and bear arms.”


  • Canaan

    The President shows the definitive mental attribute of a dope addict: the total incapacity to process future consequences. I won’t negotiate = I refuse to cut spending.

    He is more insane than 1984’s 2+2=5. His junkie brain can’t process the concept of the future tense on debt. Why go through this farce of passing a debt ceiling, only to raise the debt ceiling every time we reach it? Can’t we at least use the debt ceiling farce as a wake-up call on spending? That’s all the Republicans ask. Try getting the concept of a ‘wake up call’ through a junkie’s skull.

    The left’s TP is that, well, the GOP raised the debt ceiling for Bush. Their logic: I ignored my doctor’s warnings before I had my stroke. Therefor, after my stroke (the Fiscal Cliff), I can run from Intensive Care right to Domino’s Pizza. Yes, GOP was criminally reckless under Bush. But only Team Obama says we can keep stuffing our face with pepperoni & double-xtra cheese after our first coronary. Like a junkie, Obama will shoot debt up his veins the day after an overdose.

    • Dave L.

      I am not sure that Obama only used drugs while in school. I believe that he still uses drugs on a regular basis.


    iran may hang imprisoned US pastor.
    the state dept wrote a strongly worded letter. maybe a little bit more should be done, you think?????


    a giant WTF
    backtrack lawyer, USA should stop military pursuit of al qeda


    per biden 19 executive orders ready in white house on guns

  • getfitnow
    • HELENK2

      Report: US Justice Dept. could join lawsuit seeking to reclaim sponsorship money given to Lance Armstrong – @WSJ

      the Oprah curse?????? something like the backtrack “kiss of death”


    Secretary of State Clinton to testify before House Foreign Affairs Committee about Benghazi attack on Jan. 23 – @lynnsweet, @stevebruskCNN

    • Hokma

      This should be interesting. Will she throw enough of a bone to the committee to keep looking further up the food chain?

      • getfitnow

        Who knows. I see Bill was, imo, “courting” Hollywood — laying the ground work for another POTUS run?
        For me, at this point, there’s nothing she could say or do to get my vote.

  • getfitnow

    May the Force be with you David Coleman:

    BTW, the comments following this article are quite interesting.

    • Hokma

      Thanks. This should be a major step in the right direction finally.

      Education has become indoctrination and the one thing that has been lost is the ability of a student to reason.

      “People (employers) don’t give a damn about what you feel and what you think. What they instead care about is, can you make an argument with evidence, is there something verifiable behind what you are saying or what you think or feel that you can demonstrate to me?””


      Next is to make sure there is a move to have teachers and not indoctrinaters in schools and colleges.

    • HELENK2

      brought this up from down stairs

      bomber billy ayres still involved in the educational system

  • getfitnow

    this looks pretty good
    easier to type on tablet


    pentagon prepping to cut training, furlough workers, slash maintenance

  • HARP2

    A new Pew Research Center poll suggests that 64 percent of Americans support the National Rifle Association’s proposal of having armed guards in schools.

    • Hokma

      And one school district that agreed to have armed police in schools is Newtown Connecticut. Of course you won’t find the news of that very readily because it conflicts with the political narrative of media.


    54000 people in Mexico City sign petition for US gun control

    • TeakWoodKite

      Perhaps they need to talk to Barry about him running guns.


    just found this. do not have to agree with all , but seems a good place to get different info


    and in the YOU HAVE TO BE KIDDING dept , we have john conyers filing resolution seeking slavery reparations

    yeah just as soon as there are reparations for every union soldier and underground railroad worker that fought to end slavery

    • TeakWoodKite

      HelenK2, you recall that meme by BO was out there in 2007.

      When I used to watch “democracy now” , I recall Ray McGovern to Conyers to school in a segment of very embarrassing video. RayMcGovern was attempting to have Conyers keep his word about Iraq and Bush lying us into a war and man what abject moron Conyers is.

      I see a very similarity with BO, but Barry is 10 times more dangerous to the Constitution of the nation, in spite of Bush calling it “just a piece of paper”.
      What reparations do the American people get for the asshole staying at Motel 1600?

    • Dave L.

      When John Conyers dies, they will have to screw that crooked bastard into the ground.


    more reasons to worry about john brennan.
    I think you would be interested in this


    Oracle Corp. says flaw in Java software is fixed; Department of Homeland Security recommends users disable Java – @AP


    essnyc tweeted:

    The union says New York City school bus drivers will strike effective Wednesday morning. #BreakingNews


    at huff post no less

    poll results

    backtrack a poor president

  • HARP2

    “The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here. Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt
    problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.”
    ~ Senator Barack Obama – 2006

    So now Barry admits he is a failure as a leader…finally.

    • Hokma

      At some point someone (s) in the GOP are going to have to hammer Obama on the fact that HE drove up this debt and deficit. The fact is that Obama is incapable of having personal relationships with people and therefore negotiate. He wants it his way and will use whatever language is necessary to demonize those who conflict with his socialist beliefs. Someone is going to have to stand up to him (and the feckless media) or we will be Greece.

      • HARP2

        Mark Levin: If Obama unilaterally acts on raising debt limit he should be IMPEACHED!

        NO Congress would tolerate this from any president! I don’t care if the president was Abraham Lincoln. This Congress would not have tolerated it from Richard Nixon. No Congress can tolerate such a complete and brazen frontal assault on its enumerated power. No Congress! No twisting of the language in the 14th amendment or any way else. Because we will cease to be a federal government of three coequal branches.

    • TeakWoodKite

      Harp2, Barry admitting he is a failure is not going to happen. The fact that he is a dismal failure does not register with Barry, who is a legend in his own mind.