It must be really fun for WaPo and NYT to cause a Massive Emo Freakout simply by quoting anonymous sources who are “familiar with the President’s thinking” (or whatever), innit?
White House spokesman Jay Carney several times during Wednesday’s press briefing criticized a report in the Washington Post, saying the reporter “overwrote” it and questioning the motives of the story’s sources.
[snip] When asked what Carney and the President mean when they say the White House is opposed to “slashing” Social Security benefits, Carney would not characterize their interpretation of what level of cuts or modifications would be acceptable.
“The President is interested in strengthening Social Security in the long term in ways that preserve the promise of the program and don’t slash benefits…,” Carney said. “I’m not going to get into line items and how you achieve that.”
“Slash it’s like that,” Carney said, bringing down his arm in a downward movement, “A significant whack…I think slashing is pretty sharp. It’s not the same thing as cut, it’s a slash…and I don’t mean the guitarist.”
How are people not smarter than this by now? Didn’t we just go through this in April with the Massive Budget Freakout? And didn’t the reports of Obama pre-caving and pre-selling us out turn out to be dumbassery?
P.S. Someone tell Josh Marshall that the “Stunned Dems” screaming headline seems like overkill given the facts that are trickling out about the BS nature of the WaPo and NYT articles.
[It’s mah birfdeh, so I’m not going to be around to play in the comments section. HIDIDDLY HO! -ABLxx]