Politico quotes Rep. Eric Cantor (R- VA) on the presidential temper tantrum that concluded the latest round of budget negotiations between the White House and Republicans.
Cantor said the two sides were too far apart to get a deal that could pass the House by the Treasury Departmentâ€™s Aug. 2 deadline â€” and that he would consider moving a short-term debt-limit increase alongside smaller spending cuts â€” Obama began to lecture him.
â€œEric, donâ€™t call my bluff,â€ the president said, warning Cantor that he would take his case â€œto the American people.â€ He told Cantor that no other president â€” not Ronald Reagan, the president said â€” would sit through such negotiations.
Democratic sources dispute Cantorâ€™s version of Obamaâ€™s walk out, but all sides agree that the two had a blow up. The sources described Obama as â€œimpassionedâ€ but said he didnâ€™t exactly storm out of the room.
Reuters adds a hilarious quotation from Mr. Obama.
U.S. President Barack Obama told Republicans at the conclusion of a stormy budget meeting on Wednesday that he would not yield further even if it puts his presidency at risk, a Republican aide said.
“I have reached the point where I say enough,” Obama said, according to the aide. “Would Ronald Reagan be sitting here? I’ve reached my limit. This may bring my presidency down, but I will not yield on this.”
Bringing to mind a skit broadcast a few months back by Jay Leno: