Boehner chastises Obama for 'forgetting' about GOP jobs bill
Obama does this kind of thing all the time and the press lets him get away with it: He lies about Republican bills that counter or complement what he himself is proposing.
Recall during the Obamacare debate, the president kept chiding Republicans for not offering their own ideas, when there were two detailed bills in the congressional hopper that did just that. The fact that the Democrats were in control of the congress at the time meant that the bills would never see the light of day. But at nationally covered news conferences, GOP leadership explained what was in the legislation and hoped that some of the ideas could be incorporated into the final legislation.
The president continously ignored these facts and kept insisting the GOP had no ideas.
Now, we're getting similar lies from the president about the jobs bill and Speaker Boehner is calling out the president.
At a press conference with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, Obama said he is prepared to work with Republicans but added that "I haven't yet seen" a GOP plan that would create jobs in the near term.
"And so, eventually, I'm hoping that they actually put forward some proposals that indicate that they feel that sense of urgency about people - needing to put people back to work right now," Obama said.
The speaker, who last spoke with the president three weeks ago, reminded Obama that the House GOP released a jobs plan in May and that his leadership team has spoken with Obama and his staff about the plan "on numerous occasions."
"The speaker told the president that when he sent his jobs plan to the Hill, Republicans pledged to give it consideration, and have done so," the release stated. "The president was reminded of a memo written by GOP leaders outlining the specific areas where they believe common ground can be found. The Speaker also noted that a number of the president's ideas have already been acted on in the House, including a veterans hiring bill, trade agreements, and a three percent withholding bill approved by the Ways & Means Committee today that will be considered on the House floor this month."
Josh Earnest, deputy White House press secretary, declined to comment on the details of the conversation.
This is how Obama will run for re-election. And since the press won't call him out for his lies, it will be up to the GOP candidate to set the record straight.
Hat Tip: Ed Lasky