Barack Obama’s press conference ends up being an effort to put aside childish games and restore government to an adult level on national issues.
“Call me naïve,” he tells reporters. “But my expectation is that leaders are going to lead.”
At one point, he contrasts Congress’ dealing with the debt limit to the way his daughters do their homework a day early, not waiting until the last minute and “pulling all-nighters” to get it done on time.
Members of Congress “need to do their job. They need to go ahead and make the tough choices…
“This is not a situation where Congress is going to say we won’t buy this car or we won’t take the vacation. They took the vacation. They bought the car. And now they are saying maybe we don’t have to pay. If the United States government, for the first time, cannot pay its bills, if it defaults, then the consequences for the U.S. economy will be significant and unpredictable. And that is not a good thing.”
Meanwhile, with as much apparent patience and good humor as he can muster, the President chides the GOP’s line in the sand against raising taxes for the richest Americans: