Looks like Biden didn’t pursue that “kinda” unity as promised at the recent National Prayer Breakfast.
Just consider House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s most recent commentary on Biden’s rather insufficient “negotiation” on the debt ceiling.
“Mr. President, congressional Republicans are ready to act – to save our country and to make America stronger. I hope you will join us … Defaulting on our debt is not an option. But neither is a future of higher taxes, higher interest rates, and an economy that doesn’t work for working Americans,” McCarthy urged.
McCarthy’s plea arose shortly before Biden’s State of the Union address, and it underscores the growing issue with Democrats’ obsession with wanton spending.
“A responsible debt limit increase that begins to eliminate wasteful Washington spending and puts us on a path towards a balanced budget is not only the right place to start… It’s the only place to start,” McCarthy argued, before making his most salient point of all.
“We must return Washington to a basic truth: debt matters,” McCarthy boomed.
If only Biden had come to that realization at a recent prayer breakfast.
The National Prayer Breakfast is generally known for inspiring unity, though President Biden made a rather strange request for unity.
Directing remarks to House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, Biden blithered on about a form of “kinda” unity.
“Let’s just sorta, kinda, join hands a little bit … Let’s start treating each other with respect. That’s what Kevin and I are going to do. Not a joke,” Biden prattled.
“Sorta, kinda, join hands a little bit …” Right. So descriptive.
Any reason “sorta” and “kinda” have to be present at all? Biden unsure of what his handlers want him to say?
“We had a good meeting yesterday,” Biden continued in reference to a meeting with McCarthy, “I think we got to do it across the board. It doesn’t mean we’re going to agree – fight like hell. But let’s treat each other with respect.”
Great. Given that the meeting pertained to the ever looming (and growing) debt ceiling, it’s a problem when the president thinks it’s appropriate to “fight like hell” to keep elevating debt.
“My prayer for this prayer breakfast is you started to see each other again, look at each other, travel with each other again. Argue like hell with each other again, but then still go to lunch together,” Biden brayed.
For a president who campaigned on unity, Biden sure likes to fixate on fighting.
His commentary is all the more bizarre when contrasted with the more measured remarks of McCarthy.
“The president and I had a good first meeting. I shared my perspective with him, he shared his, and we agreed to continue the conversation,” McCarthy remarked neutrally.
Translation: No agreement on the debt ceiling was reached after the prayer breakfast, nor has any debt ceiling agreement been reached in the (multiple) days that have unfolded since.
“We want to make sure we do this in a responsible, reasonable way, and we’ll be talking again … [we] have different perspectives on this, but I thought it was a good meeting. We promised we would continue the conversation,” McCarthy added.
One can only hope the conversation will be continued, given that it was emphasized twice.
At least McCarthy didn’t feel the need to include “kinda” or “sorta” in his commentary, however.
“We’ll see if we can get there. I think, at the end of the day, we can find common ground,” McCarthy said swiftly and confidently.
If only Biden could speak with such confidence.
Especially given how confident he is with his White House Press Secretary firing off various alleged dictums in his defense.
For instance, in a recent statement, Karine Jean-Pierre declared that the debt ceiling is non-negotiable.
“Like the President has said many times, raising the debt ceiling is not a negotiation; it is an obligation of this country and its leaders to avoid economic chaos. Congress has always done it, and the President expects them to do their duty once again. That is not negotiable,” Jean-Pierre asserted.
Way to display “kinda” unity there, Mr. President … especially with the repetition.
Jean-Pierre began by saying “raising the debt ceiling is not a negotiation” and she ends by saying “that is not negotiable.”
Doesn’t feel much like “kinda” unity, which Biden apparently has yet to achieve after half a century in DC.
“’I know I don’t look it – but I’ve done it for a few years,” Biden recently chortled, in reference to years of political service.
The length of time served is not necessarily correlated to competence acquired.
Alas, Biden is still angling for a 2024 presidential run … or, at least, his handlers are.
Author: Ofelia Thornton