Veteran reporter Bob Woodward slammed President Obama today on MSNBC’s Morning Joe for not negotiating with the debt ceiling. He said it will “be on his head” if there is a default. Oh, and don’t you love the title MSNBC put on the screen? “Quiet Leadership? Pres. Obama Lays Low During Talks.” Think of the headline if a Republican president was “laying low” in the middle of a looming government shutdown and a debt crisis?
“Can I enter in here just for a moment because I think it’s a good question. And there is something the president could be doing. He said he will not negotiate on the debt ceiling. A reasonable position. ‘I will not be blackmailed’ he said. But he should be talking. They should be meeting, discussing this, because as I think Steve Ratner showed earlier, the American economy is at stake and the president, if there is a downturn or a collapse or whatever could happen here that’s bad, it’s going to be on his head. The history books are going to say, we had an economic calamity in the Presidency of Barack Obama. Speaker Boehner, indeed, is playing a role on this. Go back to the Great Depression in the 1930s. I’ll bet no one can name who was the speaker of the House at the time. Henry Thomas Rainey. He’s not in the history book it’s on the President’s head. He’s got to lead. He’s got to talk. And the absence of discussion here, I think, is baffling element.”
I’m glad there are still one or two journalists out there not carrying water for the president.