As House Republicans continue to work to avoid a government shutdown and cut spending, the media has branded President Obama and Democrats “MIA” on the budget for their decision to shun hard decisions and play political games intended to shut down the government.
The Washington Post’s E.J. Dionne: “On the budget, by contrast, it’s hard to know what the president’s bottom line is, what deals he would regard as reasonable or when he will even join the fray.” (E.J. Dionne Jr., Op-Ed, “Where’s Obama Resolve On The Budget Battle?,” The Washington Post, 3/30/11)
On The Budget, President Obama Has Acted As “More Of A Pundit Or A Distant Judge.” “Perhaps Obama has the same fear of quagmires when it comes to the budget fight, but this is not a battle he can avoid. So far, he has been more of a pundit or a distant judge, rendering verdicts from afar on the behavior of the various parties.” (E.J. Dionne Jr., Op-Ed, “Where’s Obama Resolve On The Budget Battle?,” The Washington Post, 3/30/11)