All Obama’s saying, is give peas a chance:
“I’ve been hearing from my Republican friends for some time it is a moral imperative to tackle our debt and deficits in a serious way,” Mr. Obama said. “What I’ve said to them is, let’s go.”
The president said today he would not accept a smaller, short-term deal. “We might as well do it now,” he said. “Pull off the band aid. Eat our peas.”
Time to “eat our peas”? This from the guy who got to the White House by selling the promise of free filet mignon and Dom Pérignon to his adoring minions.
The president then left his “eat our peas” press conference and wolfed down a chili dog with an ice cream chaser.
The biggest spending president in the country’s history seems awfully eager to cut $4 trillion over the next ten years, don’t you think? It makes you wonder what else is going to be dropped into that package if Republicans agree to it, which it doesn’t look like they will. And I mean “what else” besides the huge tax increases we know Obama is insisting on including in the package. My guess is that Obama’s $4 trillion in cuts would require at least $6 trillion in new spending to make happen.
Hold firm, Republicans. Obama needs you on this, but you don’t need him. You were sent to Washington to reverse the skid, not merely slow it down a little.
Update: The “Pea Council” responds. No, seriously:
A spokesman for the pea council said it wasn’t interpreting the remarks in a negative context.
“We take President Obama’s comment on the need to ‘eat our peas’ as a reference to the first lady’s push to get all Americans to eat a more healthy diet as part of the Let’s Move campaign,” Pete Klaiber, the council’s director of marketing.
“We know that if tasty and nutritious meals featuring peas are served more frequently in the White House and in the cafeterias of both Houses of Congress, it will contribute to a balanced diet, if not a balanced budget.”