September 9, 2012
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Inside story of Obama's struggle to keep Congress from controlling outcome of debt ceiling crisis (Bob Woodward, 9/09/12, Washington Post)
It's our House, not his. Posted by Orrin Judd at September 9, 2012 8:55 AMBoehner said he believed that he and the others -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi -- had a plan. He told Obama: We think we can work this out. Give us a little more time. We'll come back to you. We are not going to negotiate this with you.Obama objected, saying that he couldn't be left out of the process. "I've got to sign this bill," he reminded the leaders as they sat in the Cabinet Room off the Oval Office."Mr. President," Boehner challenged, "as I read the Constitution, the Congress writes the laws. You get to decide if you want to sign them."Reid, the most powerful Democrat on Capitol Hill, spoke up. The congressional leaders want to speak privately, he said. Give us some time.This was it. Congress was taking over. The leaders were asking the president to leave the meeting he had called in the White House.Fine, Obama said. Talk. Knock yourselves out. There is no pride of authorship here, just do it -- if you can.How did it feel, I asked the president in an interview on July 11, 2012, to be voted off the island in his own house? [...]Around 10 p.m., Obama called Boehner, who was at dinner with friends.I am not going to sign a bill that requires me to deal with the debt ceiling a second time before the election, the president told him. He was furious."Listen," Boehner said he told Obama, "I understand it. All right? But you're not going to have a choice. We've got an agreement."The speaker recalled, "He was moaning and groaning and whining and demanding . . . threatening. . . . He was pretty desperate."