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Barack 'No Drama' Obama finally loses his cool with Republicans

Alex Spillius

Published 14/07/2011 | 12:22

Moody's threatened to lower the US credit rating if Barack Obama failed to make progress on an agreement on the country's borrowing limit
Moody's threatened to lower the US credit rating if Barack Obama failed to make progress on an agreement on the country's borrowing limit

It has taken two and a half years, but Barack "no drama" Obama has finally lost his cool.

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It has taken two and a half years, but Barack "no drama" Obama has finally lost his cool.

He walked out of a meeting with Republican congressional leaders on deficit reduction, telling them "enough was enough".

It was the fourth such meeting in as many days to end fruitlessly, and the president's mounting frustration had been clear.

In a press conference on Monday he ruled out a temporary agreement on raising the US debt limit, insisting "we might as well do it now – pull off the Band-Aid, eat our peas".

"They're in one week and they're out one week," he said, making his irritation plain. "You need to be here. I've been here. I've been doing Afghanistan and bin Laden and the Greek crisis. You stay here. Let's get it done."

Liberals will ask what took him so long. Losing the public option on health care, failing to close Guantánamo, extending Bush tax cuts for the rich – none of this caused the famously cool operator in the White House to lose his rag. He has often been accused of excessive detachment, of failing to empathise with the plight of ordinary Americans.



But the prospect of the United States losing its top credit rating, of failing to make Social Security payments, of defaulting on loans, was too much. My hunch is that he may have picked the right issue on which to make a stand.



Mr Obama reportedly said before he stormed out that his presidency might be wrecked by failing to reach a deal, but the Republicans would be unwise to be saddled with the blame for driving the country further into the mire.





Telegraph.co.uk

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