There’s politics happening in Washington, Obama complains
It’s a bit like being surprised there’s gambling in Las Vegas.
Politics in Washington?
President Barack Obama riddled his speech in Pennsylvania with criticism of people (think capital R) who would play politics with important issues like the budget.
“So we’ve agreed to a compromise, but somehow we still don’t have a deal, because some folks are trying to inject politics in what should be a simple debate about how to pay our bills,” Obama said.
“Companies don’t like uncertainty and if they start seeing that suddenly we may have a shutdown of our government, that could halt momentum right when we need to build it up — all because of politics.”
Very little about Washington doesn’t involve politics, so even trying to blame the other side for playing politics can itself be seen as a bit of politicking.
House Speaker John Boehner, for his part, blamed Obama for not showing leadership on the budget.
“I like the president personally, we get along well,” Boehner began.
“But the president isn’t leading. He didn’t lead on last year’s budget, and he clearly is not leading on this year’s budget.”
No politics there…
Photo credit: Reuters/Larry Downing (Obama at town hall discussion in Pennsylvania)