The White House is pushing back against the growing narrative that Obama is “sitting on the sidelines,” as reported by the New York Times yesterday, and letting Congress do all the work.
As John Boehner spent the night trying to wrestle members into place to support his debt ceiling deal, Valerie Jarret reminded reporters yesterday that it was President Obama who was losing sleep over the issue.
“He’s getting absolutely no sleep. He’s working tirelessly, meeting with his economic team, doing a lot of outreach, exploring all kinds of possibilities for compromise,” Jarrett said.
How terribly, terribly sad.
Supposing Harry Reid’s cynical debt plan, which guts defense and withdraws America from the world, passes, our young president stands to lose a great deal more sleep as the 3 am phone call will run into the 3:15, the 3:30, and so on.
American credibility and prestige, both of which buttress the Pax Americana of the past century, are on the line and the President of the United States is whining through his functionaries about his lack of sleep. Each time it appears that we cannot get any less from this president, he manages to outsloth himself.