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CBS says President Obama “abruptly” left the debt negotiations meeting with Congress. He said “enough’s enough” and that he had been “very patient.”

During the meeting, Speaker of the House John Boehner reportedly challenged the President to offer real spending cuts. He said the gimmicks and accounting tricks that Washington has used for decades are not applicable here, according to the GOP aide.

When White House officials allegedly attempted to justify budgetary gimmicks, the House Speaker John Boehner said pointedly and, “We’re not doing that anymore,” according to the GOP aide.

Politico has details of the stormy exchange between Eric Cantor and Barack Obama.

President Barack Obama abruptly walked out of a stormy debt-limit meeting with congressional leaders Wednesday, throwing into serious doubt the already shaky negotiations, according to GOP sources …

“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 put up with the treatment he was getting from the House majority leader. …

“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.

Despite the drama, nobody has cleared political leather yet. Things are still in a stage similar to those Sergio Leone showdowns. The camera focuses on Lee Van Cleef’s eyes. It cuts away to Clint Eastwood’s. Then back to Van Cleef. Back to Eastwood. Then a closeup of Van Cleef’s six-gun. Then a long shot of both gunfighters circling each other. Then back to Eastwood and then … so it goes for an interminable period. All the while the tension builds as Enrico Morricone’s score reaches a climax and then … and then … the camera switches to Eli Wallach.

“You see in this world there are two kinds of people, my friend. Those with loaded guns and those who dig.”

Who knows what’s going to happen next? Nobody. But it sure is epic.

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