Obama Tells Cantor 'Don't Call My Bluff,' Then Walks Out of the Debt Meeting
Are you kidding me? This is the President of the United States? What. A. Child.
President Barack Obama abruptly walked out of a stormy debt-limit meeting with congressional leaders Wednesday, a dramatic setback to the already shaky negotiations.
“He shoved back and said ‘I’ll see you tomorrow’ and walked out,” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) told reporters in the Capitol after the meeting. ...
When Cantor said the two sides were too far apart to get a deal that could pass the House by the Treasury Department’s Aug. 2 deadline — and that he would consider moving a short-term debt-limit increase alongside smaller spending cuts — Obama began to lecture him.
“Eric, don’t call my bluff,” the president said, warning Cantor that he would take his case “to the American people.” He told Cantor that no other president — not Ronald Reagan, the president said — would sit through such negotiations.
Eh, he was probably just itching for a smoke.
Seriously, when you bluff...you don't tell people you're bluffing. It sort of wrecks the whole point of bluffing.
But now that we know The One is bluffing, well, that changes the high stakes game a bit.