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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-05-11 11:27 AM
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111. He did no such thing.
The quote in context was made to bloggers


THE PRESIDENT: But I guess Id make two points. The first is, Im President and not king. And so Ive got to get a majority in the House and Ive got to get 60 votes in the Senate to move any legislative initiative forward.

Now, during the course the 21 months of my presidency so far, I think we had 60 votes in the Senate for seven months, six? I mean, it was after Franken finally got seated and Arlen had flipped, but before Scott Brown won in Massachusetts. So thats a fairly narrow window. So were right at the number, and that presumes that there is uniformity within the Democratic caucus in the Senate which, Barbara, youve been around a while. You know that not every Democrat in the Democratic caucus agrees with me or agrees with each other in terms of complicated issues like health care.


This notion that somehow I could have gone and made the case around the country for a far bigger stimulus because of the magnitude of the crisis, well, we understood the magnitude of the crisis. We didnt actually, I think, do what Franklin Delano Roosevelt did, which was basically wait for six months until the thing had gotten so bad that it became an easier sell politically because we thought that was irresponsible. We had to act quickly.

And getting 60 votes for what was an unprecedented stimulus was really hard. And we didnt have the luxury of saying first of all, we didnt have 60 votes at the time. We had 58. And we didnt have the luxury to say to the Senate, our way or the highway on this one.

So we did what we could in an emergency situation, anticipating that we were going to have to do more and hoping that we could continue to do more as time went on.


He was basically saying that he didn't do what FDR did because he didn't have the luxury of waiting until he had 60 Democratic votes or until things got so bad that that it became an "unprecedented national emergency" as FDR inherited.

Here's something else Krugman said.

The President's position on Social Security is clear.

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