Obama's Hot Mic Paul Ryan Dis: It Needed to Be Said

In a speech to donors Thursday night, President Obama commented on the GOP's budget proposal in a more casual manner than in his speech. Citing the time it took him to accomplish his huge health care win and scoffing that they apparently think they could 'nickel-and-dime' him, he also landed a spectacular dis to Paul Ryan, chiding how he fancies himself 'America's accountant' yet pointing out that he voted for two wars, Bush tax cuts and the prescription drug bill -- none of which were 'paid for,' all of which continue to be incredibly costly.

The right-wing blogosphere of course jumped on it, and today Boehner tried to ride with the GOP's lunk-headed party line that Obama's a perpetual campaigner.

But, as Salon's Joan Walsh points out, shouldn't we be focusing more on these details? Shouldn't everyone be talking about how Paul Ryan (and John Boehner, for that matter) is far from the kind of fiscal mind we need to straighten out this economy?

Also, let's be honest: When President Obama decided to politely thrash Paul Ryan's budget plan with Ryan as an honored guest in the room, he'd made his wager about whether confrontation or conciliation was going to give him more political capital with the GOP. Ryan came out whining immediately, and what Obama told his donors Thursday night in Chicago couldn't really make a bad relationship that much worse.

Watch Walsh on Lawrence O'Donnell last night.


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AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at April 16, 2011, 6:35am

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