President Barack Obama, the “bully-in-chief,” grew repeatedly impatient with House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, during fiscal cliff negotiations held in the Oval Office, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
At one point, the president reportedly told Boehner that he would use the occasions of both his inauguration and the upcoming State of the Union address to cast the blame squarely on the Republicans for failure to reach an agreement.
A participant to the negotiation process who took notes indicated that at another stage in the talks, Boehner reminded the president, “I put $800 billion [in tax revenue] on the table. What do I get for that?”
“You get nothing,” the president replied. “I get that for free.”
Is it any wonder nothing gets done in Washington? We have a thin skinned president lacking any conception of the word, “negotiate.” It’s impossible to hammer out an agreement when one party to the process wants all the marbles and is unwilling to offer anything in return.
“My way or the highway” is not conducive to negotiations.
Read more at The Wall Street Journal.