Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Obama Checks Out

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) blasted the president on Wednesday, saying Obama had “lost his courage,” scuttling hopes for a grand bargain, and had “checked out," ending efforts to work with Congress.

In a pre-recorded interview broadcast on CBS's "This Morning," Boehner was asked by host Charlie Rose why Congress and the White House were unable to reach an agreement to resolve the nation’s fiscal challenges.

“I sat for months with the president. He wanted revenue,” said Boehner. “I said, 'Mr. President, I'll put revenue on the table that we can achieve out of fixing our tax code. But the only way I'll do it is if you're willing to have real, fundamental reform of our entitlement programs.’ And the fact is we have an agreement,” the Speaker said.

“And then two days later, the president decided he wanted $400 billion of more revenue, which was, in effect, a $400 billion tax increase.

“He lost his courage,” Boehner said.

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