Tuesday, November 27, 2012

During fiscal cliff fight, Obama avoids personal negotiations with Congress

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Charlie Spiering - As the Wall Street Journal notes this morning, President Obama’s negotiating tactics on the ‘fiscal cliff’ are different than his efforts in 2011 over the debt ceiling fight.

Mr. Obama’s approach is a stark contrast to his negotiating style of 2011′s budget talks. During those talks, he met primarily with lawmakers, and at one point peeled off to unilaterally negotiate with Mr. Boehner. The White House felt that process hurt the president politically.
Obama held a bi-partisan meeting with congressional leaders hours before he left for his trip to Asia. Afterwards, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid D-Nev. and House Speaker John Boehner R-Ohio signaled in a fuzzy press conference that they felt a deal was within their grasp before they left town for the Thanksgiving holiday.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney revealed to reporters yesterday that Obama spoke with both congressional leaders on the phone over the weekend.