Obama Off-the-Record: Slams Ryan, Calls GOP's Efforts "Sneaking in their Agenda"
This may be one of the best "oops, I didn't know this mic was on" moment in a slew of recent ones. President Obama, speaking at a Chicago fundraiser, was picked up saying some pretty bad-ass things by a member of the White House press corps.ABC World News has made a handy list of the key statements on tumblr, which is already being circulated widely.
Obama on Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc:
“When Paul Ryan says his priority is to make sure, he’s just being America’s accountant … This is the same guy that voted for two wars that were unpaid for, voted for the Bush tax cuts that were unpaid for, voted for the prescription drug bill that cost as much as my health care bill — but wasn’t paid for. So it’s not on the level.”
Obama on Speaker Boehner’s Attempt to Repeal the Health Care Law:
“I said, ‘You want to repeal health care? Go at it. We’ll have that debate. You’re not going to be able to do that by nickel-and-diming me in the budget. You think we’re stupid?’”
Obama on GOP Efforts to De-Fund Planned Parenthood:
“Put it in a separate bill. We’ll call it up. And if you think you can overturn my veto, try it. But don’t try to sneak this through.”
For a more in-context accounting of these remarks and how they got picked up, there's a longer piece at CBS news.
Meanwhile, David Brooksis very, very, concerned that Obama hasn't even invited the super-"serious" Paul Ryan over for lunch.