The September Presser, Synopsized
3:08 PM, Sep 10, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
Well, now that we've got that straightened out. I think he's been "perfectly clear."
On tax cuts, the president persisted in his willful misundertanding of tax terms by calling his gracious willingness not to jack up the current tax rate substantially on a particular segment of the population, "middle-class tax relief." He also said he wants to "provide certainty" for that particular segment of the population, just not the other parts, where people would need it to invest in new businesses and new employees.
He then declared that he's after "broad-based growth and economic expansion," but acknowledged he's "doing that against some tough headwinds," such as his aforementioned fervent desire to raise taxes in an economic downturn.
There was one question from Chuck Todd, who I think spoke for all of us, when he asked with a hint of dejection and disillusionment, "Have you changed Washington?" Obama professed to have changed it very much indeed. You see, before 2008 the capital was full of untelevised hearings, backroom deals, and outsized special interest influence, and now... Barack Obama's the president.
He finished this answer with a customary flourish, positively dancing a jig with his favorite straw man, as he restated the question disingenuously: "If you're asking if I've done every thing perfectly for the past 18 months, the answer is no."
And, that loyal readers, to the best of my recollection and ability to regurgitate, was the presser, synopsized.
Flashback: 2009's primetime presser, synopsized.
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