THE PRESIDENT: Now, I just want to say this — I value the constructive criticism and the healthy debate that's taking place around this package, because that's the essence, the foundation of American democracy. That's how the founders set it up. They set it up to make big change hard. It wasn't supposed to be easy. That's part of the reason why we've got such a stable government, is because no one party, no one individual can simply dictate the terms of the debate…So while he says he welcomes the debate and appreciates it should be hard, he then states that the other side shouldn't be listened to. The bill should be passed immediately, right now, very fast, because the country can't wait to spend another several billion dollars on building vacant federal buildings. He's really going to listen to the other side and include their good ideas--it's just that they haven't had any good ideas yet.
So I welcome this debate. But come on, we're not — we are not going to get relief by turning back to the very same policies that for the last eight years doubled the national debt and threw our economy into a tailspin.
That's why this man is President Chapstick: all he offers is lip service.