Yesterday the President was the guest of House Republican leaders at the congressional GOP issues conference. The questioning was pretty respectful and Obama fielded them with ease.
- Things heated up when Jeb Hensarling, a former chief of staff to ex-Sen. Phil Gramm of Texas, asked the final question.
His question was framed as a critique of the "unconscionable debt", Obama had piled onto us and our children. Hensarling indicated Democrats has ignored Republicans and prevented them from offering input on 2009 budget issues. He dismissed the Obama economic stimulus as being bad for the economy.
- "Many of us believe it's part of the problem and not part of the solution," said Hensarling.
Obama shook his head many times as Hensarling structured his question. It was obvious Obama was not in agreement with the criticism concerning Hensarling's budget claims. Eventually Obama interrupted the Texan.
- "The whole question was structured as a talking point to run a campaign," Obama told the House Republicans.
As usual, once Obama is put on the carpet he resorts to the blame game. We need honest answers - not finger pointing.