After Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell noted that Democrats’ opening statements had lasted twice as long as Republicans, President Obama responded that his time shouldn’t count in the calculation.
“There was an imbalance in the opening statements, because I’m the President,” Obama declared. “And I didn’t count my time in terms of dividing it evenly.”
Throughout the morning session, Obama repeatedly cut off Republicans, citing time constraints. Yet he took as much time as he wanted to respond to Republicans.
Not only did Obama use more time, he also tried to limit the terms of the debate. Whenever Republicans criticized his proposal, for instance, he tried to stop them and argue that they should only be focusing on “areas of agreement.” He also chastized Republicans for using talking points, and argued that it was out of bounds to suggest that the Democratic bill was based on the idea that “Washington knows best.” He said this was unfair argument to make, because there’s a lot of anger at Washington now.
Here’s the video of Obama’s declaration that he is, in fact, president.
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