President Barack Obama’s Jan. 14 press conference included many attacks and much self-praise and numerous contradictory charges — few of which were recognized or highlighted by the reporters that presented the event in terms vary favorable to the president.
Republicans “demonize” him, Obama complained, shortly after he declared that Republicans were putting an economic “gun at the head of the American people … [and] threaten to wreck the entire economy.”
“I’m a pretty friendly guy,” he said, not long after suggesting that he would stop checks for veterans and retirees if the GOP didn’t raise the White House’s $16.4 trillion credit limit.
“I don’t think anybody would consider my position unreasonable here,” he said, shortly after he called for additional spending that would further boost the nation’s debt. The debt is already slated to reach $20 trillion by the end of his second term — or roughly $125,000 per working-age American.
Obama declared that GOP politicians “have suspicions about whether government should make sure that kids in poverty are getting enough to eat,” but then added that “Michelle and I are very nice to them and we have a wonderful time” on congressional picnics.
GOP staffers and mainstream commentators were quick to highlight the televised contradictions.
“Wasn’t Barack Obama supposed to put an end to partisan bickering and finger pointing?,” read a tweet from Doug Heye, a spokesman for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.
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