Boehner: Obama Will Work With Putin, But Not GOP?

A valid question

(The Hill) The Speaker contrasts the White House’s policy on Syria with its stance on debt-limit negotiations.

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) released a Web video on Thursday seeking to contrast the White House’s willingness to work with the Russians to find a diplomatic solution in Syria against President Obama’s declaration that he won’t negotiate with Republicans over the debt limit.

“The Obama administration on working with Congress to address the debt and deficit,” the ad says, before cutting to a montage of Obama and senior members of his staff saying they will not negotiate over the country’s debt ceiling.

“The Obama administration on working with Putin on Syria,” the ad continues, before cutting to pictures of Obama looking chummy with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“Why is the Obama administration willing to negotiate with Putin on Syria … But not with Congress to address Washington’s spending problem?,” text from the ad asks.

Let’s be fair, John. Obama needed Putin to save his bacon after setting a “red line”, then not having the fortitude, nor plan, nor backing of Congress and the American People, nor any international partner other than France willing to participate in military action. Nor did his silver tongue do its job in convincing anyone to change their minds. Obama backed himself into a corner of his own making, one in which Obama looked weak and ineffective, especially when he played golf twice, and Obama latched on to the Putin plan like a guy in Great White infested waters latches on to a life line. It was all about Saving Obama. With most of the negotiations outsourced to John Kerry and others. Negotiating with the GOP? Obama doesn’t see anything in it for Obama. Plus, that’s, you know, work.

Crossed at Pirate’s Cove. Follow me on Twitter @WilliamTeach.

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