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  •  hell Obama promised this as President-ELECT (7+ / 0-)

    "We need to send a signal that we are serious," said Obama of the summit.

    Those invited to attend will include Senate Budget Chairman Kent Conrad (N.D.), ranking minority member Judd Gregg (N.H.), the conservative Democratic Blue Dog coalition and a host of outside groups with ideas on the matter, said the president-elect.

    Obama's comments came in a wide-ranging, hour-long interview that came just five days before he will be inaugurated as the 44th president of the United States and become the first African American to hold that title.

     Obama said that he has made clear to his advisers that some of the difficult choices--particularly in regards to entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare - should be made on his watch. "We've kicked this can down the road and now we are at the end of the road," he said.

    As Digby says...
    It is simply not debatable that this agenda has been his agenda since the beginning. He specifically said it, it cannot be any clearer. The idea that it's only in reaction to some new "squeeze" or because the Republicans demand it in order to get a deal is simply not born out by the history. It's very hard for me to understand how they can say this with a straight face --- and how otherwise intelligent people continue to find ways to believe it.
    (emphasis mine)

    without the ants the rainforest dies

    by aliasalias on Fri Apr 12, 2013 at 02:23:54 PM PDT

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    •  Jan. 2009- Prez on new Soc Sec & Medicare bargain (3+ / 0-)
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      Obama Pledges Entitlement Reform - President-Elect Says He'll Reshape Social Security, Medicare Programs

          President-elect Barack Obama pledged yesterday to shape a new Social Security and Medicare "bargain" with the American people, saying that the nation's long-term economic recovery cannot be attained unless the government finally gets control over its most costly entitlement programs.


          Obama reacted to questions about the emerging structure of his White House by displaying confidence in his ability to manage people.
          "The theory behind it is I set the tone," Obama said. "If the tone I set is that we bring as much intellectual firepower to a problem, that people act respectfully towards each other, that disagreements are fully aired, and that we make decisions based on facts and evidence as opposed to ideology, that people will adapt to that culture and we'll be able to move together effectively as a team."  

          He added: "I have a pretty good track record at doing that."  

      "Who are these men who really run this land? And why do they run it with such a thoughtless hand?" David Crosby

      by allenjo on Fri Apr 12, 2013 at 03:01:15 PM PDT

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