(The Hill) While Obama said Friday he was "modestly optimistic" that a deal could be worked out, he placed the blame for the delay on Congress. "America wonders why it is in this town why you can't get stuff done in an organized timetable, why everything has to wait until the last minute." Obama told reporters on Friday. "We're now at the last minute." Just as he has in recent days, Obama -- who cut his Christmas vacation in Hawaii short to return to Washington earlier this week -- urged lawmakers to "do their jobs" to help the economy to continue to grow. "The housing market is healing, but that could stall if folks are seeing smaller paychecks," the president said. "The unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been since 2008, but already, families and businesses are starting to hold back because of the dysfunction they see in Washington. "You meet your deadlines and your responsibilities every day," Obama added. "The folks you sent here to serve should do the same. We cannot let Washington politics get in the way of America’s progress. We’ve got to do what it takes to protect the middle class, grow this economy, and move our country forward."I have a really simple question I would like to see someone ask Obama. Mr. President, if you are so concerned about middle-class Americans and the plight you, your administration, and the rest of our government has placed them in, why did you even bother to go to Hawaii for vacation? Why didn't you stay in Washington and try to drive the conversation and the negotiations forward in a meaningful manner? Could it be the small fact that your priorities are creeping to the top? Instead, Obama chose to spend millions of taxpayer dollars for a vacation in a place that most of us only dream of going. Instead of taking any kind of responsibility for the fiscal crisis we find ourselves in, Obama places the blame on Congress and asks them to "do their jobs". How much longer do we have to suffer through a presidency that refuses to take responsibility for their actions? How much longer before someone, the media, anyone holds President Obama responsible for his part in this fiscal calamity? Wait, I know. We still have four more years to watch him cast blame at everyone but himself. All because so many Americans were fooled by his lies and deceit. It's going to be a long four years until January 20, 2017.
Cross posted from Political Realities.