White House spokesman Jay Carney said at today's press briefing that the president's proposed budget, which should be released next week, is not what Barack Obama would do if were king:
"What I will say is that this is not the president's idealized budget," said Carney, previewing next week's rollout. "It is not what he would do if he were king, or if only people who supported his proposals were in Congress. It was what he believes is a fair and balanced approach to our deficit challenges. One that allows us to invest, that protects seniors, that helps secure the middle class--and give ladders to those who want to get into the middle class."