WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama stormed out of tense debt-limit talks Wednesday with his top Republican foes after declaring he was ready to stake his reelection on the outcome, a Republican aide said.
After Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor proposed to raise the US debt ceiling in more than one catch-all vote, Obama got "heated" and insisted on one comprehensive deal, said the aide, who requested anonymity.
Obama said he would not be "afraid to veto" a short-term approach or "defend it to the American people" and warned that a US debt default would amount to "a tax increase on every American," said the aide.
Obama said "I have reached the point where I say enough," and added "I've reached my limit. This may bring my presidency down, but I will not yield on this," according to the aide.
This isn't a surprise to anyone who has been playing attention to our child president over the past three years. The Obama administration has been a veritable Mecca for narcissism and incompetence from the time Obama took the oath of office.
Now, for the first time since taking office, Obama is forced to make a decision that entailed personal risk. It isn't a pretty sight.
*kudos to my colleague Ben Howe who "captured the event" on video, so to speak, for posterity.