(Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN

President Obama called himself a “hopeless optimist” about the fiscal cliff negotiations in a statement Friday night.

OBAMA VIA WPLG: “This is something within our capacity to solve. ... We just have to do the right thing. So call me a hopeless optimist, but I actually still think we can get it done.”

But considering the fact those across-the-board spending cuts and the expiration of the Bush-era tax cuts are both set to kick in on January 1st — AND considering lawmakers have left town for the holidays — time is REALLY running short.

But the media sure is hungry for answers — on Wednesday when the president held a news conference about gun control in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting — the first SIX questions were about the fiscal cliff.

And earlier Friday when he announced Senator John Kerry as his pick for Secretary of State — and took no questions — one was shouted anyway:

(OFF CAMERA): “Mr. President - the fiscal cliff - is there gonna be a deal?”

So Friday night’s impromptu statement from the president didn’t answer that burning question — “Will there be a deal?” — but he called it “achievable.” CBS’s Major Garrett sounded less optimistic.

“Tonight there is no bill written to avert the fiscal cliff. There is no road map to the drafts of that legislation. There are only hopes and aspirations, both much smaller than the president would prefer.”

And Thursday night Republican House Speaker John Boehner suffered an embarrassing blow when his so-called “Plan B” proposal to increase taxes on income over $1 million couldn’t get enough support for a vote.

Boehner let his conference head home after that, and President Obama told reporters the first family is headed to Hawaii. No work on the proposal is expected to happen until after Christmas.

Obama on Fiscal Cliff: 'Call Me an Optimist'

by Christina Hartman
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Dec 21, 2012

Obama on Fiscal Cliff: 'Call Me an Optimist'

(Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN

President Obama called himself a “hopeless optimist” about the fiscal cliff negotiations in a statement Friday night.

OBAMA VIA WPLG: “This is something within our capacity to solve. ... We just have to do the right thing. So call me a hopeless optimist, but I actually still think we can get it done.”

But considering the fact those across-the-board spending cuts and the expiration of the Bush-era tax cuts are both set to kick in on January 1st — AND considering lawmakers have left town for the holidays — time is REALLY running short.

But the media sure is hungry for answers — on Wednesday when the president held a news conference about gun control in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting — the first SIX questions were about the fiscal cliff.

And earlier Friday when he announced Senator John Kerry as his pick for Secretary of State — and took no questions — one was shouted anyway:

(OFF CAMERA): “Mr. President - the fiscal cliff - is there gonna be a deal?”

So Friday night’s impromptu statement from the president didn’t answer that burning question — “Will there be a deal?” — but he called it “achievable.” CBS’s Major Garrett sounded less optimistic.

“Tonight there is no bill written to avert the fiscal cliff. There is no road map to the drafts of that legislation. There are only hopes and aspirations, both much smaller than the president would prefer.”

And Thursday night Republican House Speaker John Boehner suffered an embarrassing blow when his so-called “Plan B” proposal to increase taxes on income over $1 million couldn’t get enough support for a vote.

Boehner let his conference head home after that, and President Obama told reporters the first family is headed to Hawaii. No work on the proposal is expected to happen until after Christmas.

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