Pressed to defend his false attacks on Mitt Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital President Obama told ABC News Friday:
Well, here’s what I know, we were just talking about responsibility and as president of the United States, it’s pretty clear to me that I’m responsible for folks who are working in the federal government and you know, Harry Truman said the buck stops with you.
That is an interesting line of attack for Obama to be making. Romney is claiming he should not be held accountable for decisions made by Bain Capital from 1999 through 2002 because he was on leave and did not make any of the decisions in question. Sounds straight forward enough.
But what about everything that has happened under Obama sine he was sworn into office? The murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and Fast and Furious. The Solyndra bankruptcy. The GSA Las Vegas spending scandal. Twenty-three million Americans either under or unemployed. 8.2 percent unemployment.
Will Obama claim he’s been on leave since 2009? Who would Harry Truman say should be held accountable for all of that?
Romney: Romney senior adviser Ed Gillespie told Meet the Press that Romney “retired retroactively” from Bain Capital.
Florida: The Obama administration has agreed to let Florida use a national law enforcement database to purge residents suspected of not being U.S. citizens from their voter rolls.
Around the Bigs
The Washington Post, Democrats threaten to go over ‘fiscal cliff’ if GOP fails to raise taxes: Democrats are making increasingly explicit threats about their willingness to let nearly $600 billion worth of tax hikes and spending cuts take effect in January unless Republicans drop their opposition to higher taxes for the nation’s wealthiest households.
USA Today, Postal Service default appears likely:
The Wall Street Journal, When Pockets of Strength Just Aren’t Enough: America’s Great Plains and Midwest regions are rebounding from the recession faster than other parts of the country, but economists say their recoveries aren’t enough to lift the rest of the economy out of the doldrums.
The Los Angeles Times, Newly created jobs go mostly to men: Since the recession ended in June 2009, men have gained 80 percent of the 2.6 million net jobs created in the U.S., including 61 percent in the last year.
House Budget Committee Paul Ryan tells National Review that voters don’t care who was running Bain Capital in 1999.
Talking Points Memo‘s Josh Marshall explains why when Romney left Bain is central to the election.
The American Prospect‘s Jamelle Bouie explains why when Romney left Bain is central to the election.
The Washington Post’s Ezra Klein lists 14 reasons why he thinks this is the worst Congress ever.