The wheels coming loose on Hopey Change has inspired so many good political books lately that it’s hard to keep up with them. The Price of Politics by Bob Woodward looks particularly promising, providing an answer to the question, who the hell is running the country while the Adolescent Narcissist in Chief poses in front of the mirror? That answer is: nobody.
Woodward’s book, which comes out September 11, purportedly uncovered what ABC News calls “an explosive mix of dysfunction, miscommunication, and misunderstandings” both inside and outside of the White House. The situation was apparently so intense as a result of these factors that the historic deal [to avoid defaulting on the national debt] ended up flat-lining, leaving essential issues unresolved and positioning America to continue on a path that some say will end in fiscal chaos.
The key issue that apparently led to the communication breakdown was Obama’s push for extra added taxes, something Boehner wasn’t prepared to give in on. When the deal had progressed along and this disagreement was evident, Obama tried to unsuccessfully reach the House speaker three times. When the president finally spoke with him later that day and Boehner rejected the deal, the president purportedly became irate.
Woodward’s book claims that Obama had a “flash of pure fury.” Even Boehner admitted to the author that Obama “was spewing coals” in an incident that the book describes as being on the edge of a “presidential tirade.” …
“He was pissed….He wasn’t going to get a damn dime more out of me. He knew how far out on a limb I was,” the speaker told Woodward. “But he was hot. It was clear to me that coming to an agreement with him was not going to happen, and that I had to go to Plan B.”
Plan B, as described by Woodward, led Boehner to cut Obama out from key negotiations. Both parties in Congress, minus Obama, then essentially came together to come up with a plan that would ensure that the nation avoided default.
Another revelation: even Nancy Pelosi despises Obama enough to mute him during conference calls when he begins to bloviate.
It may take years to compile the full picture of just how absurd it was to elect this clown president. Woodward is probably planning a sequel already.
On a tip from The MaryHunter.