Thursday, January 10, 2019

Flashback: Obama abrubtly walked out of meeting with GOP leader in 2011

The leftist media is having fits because President Donald Trump quickly walked out of a budget meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer after saying "bye-bye."

As someone who negotiates for a living I've learned that sometimes it's your best tactic to walk away from a bad deal.

Back to politics: While listening to Ben Shapiro's daily podcast just now I was reminded that seven years ago President Barack Obama, sans the "bye bye," which by the way is both a hilarious and effective way of putting the other side off balance, stormed out of a meeting with a GOP political leader.

From Politico in 2011:
"[Obama] 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.

On a day when the Moody’s rating agency warned that American debt could be downgraded, the White House talks blew up amid a new round of sniping between Obama and Cantor, who are fast becoming bitter enemies.

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.

Democratic sources dispute Cantor's version of Obama's walk out, but all sides agree that the two had a blow up. The sources described Obama as "impassioned" but said he didn’t exactly storm out of the room.

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