• President Obama Wants More Twitter in the Debt Ceiling Talks

    In case you didn't catch President Obama's live remarks about the debt ceiling negotiations just now, perhaps because you are working or looking for work or hungover, here's what you missed.

    * We should be afraid. We should be very afraid. If we don't raise the debt ceiling our nation's credit rating could get downgraded, which means everyone will have to pay higher mortgage rates and higher credit card rates. Hard-working Americans seeing more money taken out of their paychecks, that sounds rather like something that rhymes with 'faxes' and starts with a 't,' eh, Republicans?

    * We should not be too very afraid, though! The current debt ceiling crisis is not the work of God or terrorists or Morgoth. "The power to solve this is in our hands," the president said…

    * …specifically, it is in our tweeting fingers. Have you called your Congressperson? Great, now the president wants you to explain your thoughts about the debt ceiling in 140 characters or less by @-ing your representative. (Alas, he did not suggest a hashtag.) I am pretty sure this is the first time an American president has asked the nation to tweet, but I could be wrong; Warren G. Harding was something of a visionary.

    As for you, John Boehner, you and your predictable butt dramz have been put on notice

    Mr. Obama delivered a stern warning to Congress: "For all the intrigue and all the drama that's taking place on Capitol Hill right now, I'm confident that — but as I said earlier, we are now running out of time. It's time for everybody to step up and show the leadership the American people expect."

    Really? That's what he wants?

    How funny. I was just thinking it's time for everybody to step up and stop showing the kind of leadership the American people have come to expect from our elected officials.

    Photo by Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

    Tags: Barack Obama, Debt, House of Representatives, John Boehner, Republicans, Twitter


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