In his statement praising the payroll tax cut extension, President Obama praised and thanked the American people, and made sure that House Republicans got zero credit.
Obama said in a statement:
For the past several weeks, I’ve stated consistently that it was critical that Congress not go home without preventing a tax increase on 160 million working Americans. Today, I congratulate members of Congress for ending the partisan stalemate by reaching an agreement that meets that test.
Because of this agreement, every working American will keep his or her tax cut – about $1,000 for the average family. That’s about $40 in every paycheck. Vital unemployment insurance will continue for millions of Americans who are looking for work. And when Congress returns, I urge them to keep working to reach an agreement that will extend this tax cut and unemployment insurance for all of 2012 without drama or delay.
This is good news, just in time for the holidays. This is the right thing to do to strengthen our families, grow our economy, and create new jobs. This is real money that will make a real difference in people’s lives. And I want to thank every American who raised your voice to remind folks in this town what this debate was all about. It was about you. And today, your voices made all the difference.
Notice who was missing from Obama’s statement? Did you happen to catch who wasn’t mentioned in any way, shape, or form? President Obama got one final shot in at the House Republicans by completely ignoring them in his statement. Unlike after previous House temper tantrums, Obama did not sound a bipartisan tone this evening.
By not mentioning the Republicans, Obama didn’t try to give them any of the credit that they didn’t deserve. The message was clear. The president was not going to praise House Republicans for finally doing what Speaker Boehner agreed to do in the first place. Obama tried to give the credit to the American people, but the truth is that much of the credit goes to the president.
Last year, the Republicans successfully used the threat of millions of people losing their unemployment insurance to get the Bush tax cuts extended. When House Republicans tried the same holiday tactic again in 2011, Obama and the US Senate were prepared by making sure that the Senate passed the bill first and then leaving town for Christmas recess. Obama and the Democrats took away the House’s leverage.
With the only hostages that the House tea party might have had already out of town, their ransom tactics were toothless. Their only hostages were the members of their own caucus who were willing to support the Senate bill. Faced with the prospect of being solely to blame for raising taxes on 160 million Americans, John Boehner had no choice but to allow the Senate bill to come up a vote and pass.
His statement tonight made it clear that bipartisan Obama is dead, and President Cojones is in the house.
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