Obama Senior Adviser Compares Republicans To Terrorists

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In the latest escalation in the Obama administration’s war of words with congressional Republicans, White House Senior Adviser Dan Pfeiffer compared the GOP to terrorists in an interview on CNN Thursday. “We are for cutting spending. We are for reforming out tax codes, reforming out entitlements,” Pfeiffer told Jake Tapper. “What we’re not for is negotiating with people with a bomb strapped to their chest. We’re not going to do that.”

President Barack Obama and aides have repeatedly called out Republicans for attempt to “extort” and “blackmail” the administration into cutting funding for the Affordable Care Act as part of a deal to keep the government funded into October. But the metaphors have rarely broached the boundaries of terrorism.

The negotiating technique that Pfeiffer was describing, however, is by no means novel. Hostage taking—by promising harm if you do not get your way—has long been a standard way of doing business in Washington. At the beginning of the year, President Obama said he would allow taxes on all Americans to go up when previous tax cuts expired if Republicans did not permit some increase in taxes on the wealthy. Republicans eventually agreed to a tax increases, since they did not want to be blamed for a broad tax increase. This summer, Senate Majority Harry Reid threatened to undo generations of Senate precedent by unilaterally rewriting the rules if President Obama’s nominees were not confirmed. Senate Republicans ultimately agreed to confirm most of the nominees, since they wanted to preserve the rules under which the Senate operates.

In the current standoff, Republicans have threatened to let the government shutdown and to not authorize a debt ceiling increase if they do not get their way on other issues. President Obama has said he will not negotiate on the debt ceiling, a shift from his position in 2011, when Republicans were able to extract significant budget cuts out of Democrats by threatening the nation with default and economic damage.

UPDATE 6:30 PM: Administration officials strenuously pushed back on the notion that Obama has previously engaged in similar tactics to those they accuse Republicans of employing, saying that the president’s position on last winter’s fiscal cliff talks was a standard negotiating stance and not an act of hostage taking since Congress ultimately has the authority to write taxing legislation.

The expiration of the tax cuts for all incomes was written into law by Republicans. Obama issued a veto threat on any measure that included an extension of the tax cuts on the wealthiest Americans — a pledge that included legislation extending the tax cuts for all income levels.

On Twitter, Pfeiffer pointed to Texas Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold’s comments to the Huffington Post Thursday acknowledging that Republicans were risking blowing up the economy by using the debt limit to exact concessions from Democrats.

78 comments
truthbetold2
truthbetold2

Pfeiffer is an idiot. He's the same little puke they sent out to defend Obama on one of the many scandals. He must figure if he uses scary mental images it will shock the sheep. Sorry Pfeiffer but we're not falling for your scare tactics or emotional words anymore. The American People know what's going on and we are furious!! No amount of fear mongering is going to save Obama and this Administration. 

IIzThatIIz
IIzThatIIz

Presidents do not make law. That is the province of the legislative branch. Obamacare was narrowly passed on a strictly partisan vote. 


The American people responsed to the passage of Obamacare by resoundingly throwing the Democrats out of the house in 2010. We purposely sent legislators to the house who promised us that they would overturn Obamacare. 

The peoples decision to overturn Obamacare was upheld in 2012. The Obama administration and the Democratic party must respect the will of the American people. Obamacare must be defunded and overturned.

destor23
destor23

Harsh language is being used?  Fetch me my smelling salts!

NathanChristie
NathanChristie

Republicans say they will try and stop the bill if health care is left in and democrats say they won't pass anything if health care is removed. Not to over simplify stuff but are we sure that any side is really different? It looks like is just two sides of the same coin and nothing will ever be solved.

jmac
jmac

"Democrats are not asking Republicans to give up anything in requesting that they support a debt limit hike. They are not asking Republicans to agree to more spending. They are not asking for new taxes. They are simply asking Republicans to join them in making it possible for Congress to pay obligations it has already incurred, and in so doing, avert economic catastrophe for the whole country. There is no rationale for giving Republicans anything in return for this."   Greg Sargent

Nancy Pelosi did not do this to George Bush.  Republicans take over the House and AGAIN they show the nation that they can't handle the responsibility.   The only thing Pelosi held firm on was not helping to privatize Social Security.   Why is it so hard for Reporters to go after these "terrorist"?   That's exactly what they are when are economy could go in the tank.   The onus is on Zeke to do his job - not play the equivalency game.   

reallife
reallife

You mean they finally found the cojones to call somebody a "terrorist"?

I thought that word wasn't in their vocabulary

Lol

Pathetic

PerryWhite1
PerryWhite1

The 9/11 terrorists brought down the Twin Towers, a symbol of our economic system. Republicans are threatening to bring down the system itself. Tell me again how they're not terrorists.

jsfox
jsfox

A apt comparison.

MrTemecula
MrTemecula

This is a terribly slanted article. Hostage taking is not the normal way of business. It only became normal after the 2010 elections. Prior to 2010, neither Democrats or Republicans have ever negotiated over major policies over a threat of defaulting on America's debt. Ronald Reagan raised the debt 18 times without Democrats ever challenging his policies because Reagan won the elections.

Taxes were going to go up in 2012 because that was written in the Bush tax cut laws. They were supposed to sunset. They were supposed to sunset because nobody was sure how large the deficits were going to be.

Obama set a poor precedent in 2011 caving into the Republican economic hostage taking because he had an election to win. Because of this, the author writes as if it hostage-taking government is the new normal. Caving into the demands of the Republicans now would reward and normalize a form of government where the minority would dictate policy at the expense of American ruin. This is what terrorist do.

MrObvious
MrObvious

The idiot locust is sure out in full force tho - and they don't even know the basic of balancing your bills between revenue and spending.

yogi
yogi

First they told me I couldn't NEGOTIATE with my TODDLER.

Then they told me I couldn't NEGOTIATE with TERRORISTS.

Now I can't NEGOTIATE with the GOP!

WeLl WhO CaN i NeGoTiAtE wItH!?!?!

MrObvious
MrObvious

Terrible analogy but if Cruz can make stupid Nazi references you might as well let every side make specious arguments.

jmac
jmac

Andrew Sullivan;   The GOP's Declaration of Total War on Our System of Government, Continued:  He quotes Chait:  Is there an example in American history of a losing party issuing threats to force the majority party to implement its rejected agenda? 

  He replies:   There is an obvious example: the election and subsequent secession crisis of 1860. The southern Democrats were quite clear with their threats to secede from the Union should Lincoln be elected.

Too harsh for you, Zeke Miller?   Or did you just want to bring the eagle 11772 out of the woodwork?  Because Andrew Sullivan WAS a Republican.   He supported George Bush and the invasion of Iraq. 

eagle11772
eagle11772

All the polls show that the MAJORITY of the American people do NOT want the President's Stalinist OBAMACARE  plan.  The REAL villain in the OBAMACARE mess is John Roberts who COULD HAVE ended all this long ago with a stroke of his pen.  But nooooooooo............

eagle11772
eagle11772

What The Obamaniac and his cronies refuse to admit is that there is an HONEST philosophical difference here about the role of government and how much LIBERTY an American citizen is entitled to.  The Obamaniac believes in a Stalinist state.  The Republicans (I"m not a Republican, I'm a Libertarian) believe in LIBERTY and the RIGHT of Americans to lead their own lives, and choose their own healthcare, as they see fit.  The Obamaniac is a devout committed socialist, just like Karl Marx, Friedrich Engles, Vladimir Lenin, Uncle Joe Stalin, Mao Zedong, and Ho Chi Minh.  The Obamanaic does NOT believe in the concept of LIBERTY and the RIGHT of people to be left alone by government.  He just doesn't.

jmac
jmac

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) admitted that a default would be harmful, but he argued that even if the debt limit were not raised in time, a default would be President Barack Obama's fault.

Isn't that the definition of a terrorist?   UnAmerican?  Let's hurt the economy and hope to heck that voters will think it's Obama's fault.   Might work with the help of the likes of the Zeke MIller's of the world.  That's how the party got where it got - with the help of journalist afraid of Fox News  - or ideologically on board with Fox News.    Republicans are counting on winning the mid=terms by keeping the economy down.

That's beyond disgusting and reporters need to report it.  Real Reporters.  LIke the ones that took down McCarthy - who, BTW, is a hero to some of these nuts in the House. 

MrTemecula
MrTemecula

@NathanChristie The difference is the ACA is the law of the land enacted constitutionally without the threat of shutting down the government or destroying the American economy. While Republicans are threatening economic ruin unless their policies are passed because they cannot achieve their laws through normal legislative procedures.

MassivRuss
MassivRuss

@NathanChristie The debt ceiling is not some bland policy difference. That's what this is about. As for the ACA, it's. The. Law. Passed by Congress. Signed by the President. Passed Supreme Court review. Re-validated by the re-election of President Obama. The refusal of this insane rump caucus of GOP vandals to accept the verdicts of Democracy for no other reason than their blind rage that Obama had the temerity to get elected is unprecedented since 1861.

shepherdwong
shepherdwong

@jmac Passing laws and blocking other lawmaking vs. destroying the full faith and credit of the Unites States.

One of these things is not like the other.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@reallife 

I've watched you and your slimy ilk call us that and worse for several years now.

Call me when you get your party's image properly restored.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@gysgt213

RUSH: I have to tell you, I've had so many people... I've been off the past couple of days, but, while this has been going on, I've had so many people e-mail me so uplifted by what you did in the last 21 hours and what you did leading up to it. So many people are so happy that there finally is some leadership.

Enough to make you puke. What a bunch of anti-intellectual boobs these guys are. Even Rand Paul provided a more intellectually honest filibuster then this fake one. He didn't say shiat - he more or less said that he got his government healthcare and he's all good. Now fight against your own right to have affordable healthcare.

jsfox
jsfox

How is a market based solution Stalinist? And yet a majority like the individual provisions of Obamacare.

jmac
jmac

@eagle11772   "All the polls show. . . "   The American people voted in the last election and they spoke loudly and clearly.

  Obama won and he took seats in the House and Senate.   He has a mandate and part of that mandate is his Republican Health Care Plan.   Roberts saved his own a$$ from being a mockery forever in the history books.  His children would never have lived it down and he knew it.   

MrObvious
MrObvious

@eagle11772 

No, they don't. People on the right have a compulsion in combining the people who want an even stronger system them Obamacare (ala public option or Medicare for all) and the ones that are against it - some because they don't know the details and others because just are.

But poll after poll shows that most individual components are popular; just that no one wants to pay for it. As always.

outsider
outsider

@eagle11772  

No, all the polls show that Americans are misinformed due to the right. Because those same polls show that when people are asked about the individual parts of ACA, they're for it. 

It's all lies by the right that is confusing the issue. 

Much like your post. 

Oh, and Obama was re-elected ON ACA. So try again. 

jmac
jmac

@eagle11772   Elections have consequences.   Democrats won the Executive Branch (again, five of the last six elections), the House and Senate.  How's that for liberty? 

Get over it.  If you don't like health care, move to one of the undeveloped countries that don't have it.    

digger
digger

@jmac You're nuts! The House isn't threatening the government shutdown, the Democrat party and Obama are by virtue of holding the country hostage to obamacare no matter the fact it's unaffordable. The House FUNDED the government with the CR and only held back the funding of obamacare, so if the government shuts down its on your beloved economic destroying party that holds the White House and Senate, i.e. DEMOCRAT PARTY!

WilliamHofmeister
WilliamHofmeister

@jmac No, that's not the definition of a terrorist. According to Hillary a few years back, it's the other party's right to disagree. As far as McCarthy, he may have been a disagreeable person, everything he said turned out to be correct in the end. The people he accused of being communists and helping the other side were just that. A balanced look at the man would show he probably did the country a favor.

yogi
yogi

@PerryWhite1 @yogi Sorry, sometimes when I see winger rage with all caps words and changed text formats I can't stop myself from trying it.

eagle11772
eagle11772

@jsfox OBAMACARE IS A STALINIST scheme because The Obamaniac has now put a gun to the heads of EVERY American and said "You WILL buy a product whether you want to or not !"  What happened to the American concept of "LIBERTY" ? !  What happened to the RIGHT to be left alone by the government and lead one's life as one see's fit ? !  If THIS is allowed by SCOTUS, then what is to prevent the government from DICTATING what other products and services one must buy ? !  Auto insurance ?  Life insurance ? Natural gas to heat your home because it's cleaner than oil ?  Cotton clothes instead of rayon ?  Where does it end ? !  And REMEMBER !  The RIGHT enshrined in the Second Amendment is there to protect individuals Americans FROM the government !  And since I, and MILLIONS of Americans, will simply REFUSE to participate in The Obamaniac's Stalinist OBAMACARE scheme, what's he going to do ?  Round us all up in throw us in OBAMACAMPS in Montana or some other godforsaken state nobody ever heard of before ?  How many millions of Americans can he throw in jail for not participating in his Stalinist OBAMACARE scheme ?

eagle11772
eagle11772

@jmac  You need to study math and history a little more.  Te Democrats did NOT win 5 out of the past 6 elections.  Actually, the Republicans have won 5 out of the last 9 Presidential elections, A CLEAR MAJORITY of them.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@digger @jmac

The House isn't threatening the government shutdown, the Democrat party and Obama are by virtue of holding the country hostage to obamacare no matter the fact it's unaffordable

What a load of nonsense. Here's how things function - you negotiate over the budget (spending). That's when you amend bills and stuff - add all the goodies and agree on the size of the bill. Then the bills come due. And according to the constitution it's the congress job to pay for those bill to uphold the full faith of our currency. Simple.

What you have is a bunch of teabillies that have decided that not only do they not mind spending bills - either by agreeing with them in a democratic process or try to stop it but fail (that's democracy for you) and once that's done you pay bills without drama.

It doesn't matter if you think Obamacare is unaffordable. It was passed, the spending set and now it's time to pay. Just as we did when the bills came due for the Iraq war.

outsider
outsider

@digger @jmac  

ACA, the law of the land? Holding the country hostage by upholding the law that PASSED CONGRESS? You, my friend, are the one who's nuts. 

MrObvious
MrObvious

@WilliamHofmeister @jmac 

No, most of that is a bunch of canard invented by people like Ann Coulter by telling us she have all the facts but it leads to a massive amount of bridges to nowhere. 'Wingers and pundits are notoriously lazy and they expect their readers and listeners to take everything at face value.

outsider
outsider

@WilliamHofmeister @jmac  

YOu need to read a history book - The army was not headed by a communist, and the people sold out to McCarthyism weren't guilty either. 

Holy wow. 

And disagreeing with the party is fine. Driving the country to the brink by hostage taking, simply because you're the minority party, and don't appeal to enough of the electorate to take over gov't is terrorism. 

eagle11772
eagle11772

@jsfox Americans are being given an immoral choice, i.e. purchase a product you don't want, or pay a penalty.  That "choice" violates the U.S. Constitution in a number of places, most particularly the U.S. Constituion's prohibition on bills of attainder, i.e. the government is assessing a fine, WITHOUT a trial, nor due process of law.  They're simply saying "pay the fine because you won't do what we say."  This is CLEARLY unconstitutional.

jsfox
jsfox

No one is forcing you to buy health insurance. You don't want to purchase insurance you are free not to do so. However you do have to pay the penalty to keep you from freeloading on the healthcare system and being cost driver.

By all means I would love to leave you alone, but remember your actions in this case inaction effects others. And what happened to that whole Republican Mantra of personal responsibility?

The right enshrined the 2nd Amendment? Now you have me rolling on the floor. Dude I am starting think you are a performance artist and you are pulling our collective legs.

manlyman
manlyman

Is it what the American people want or what the obamedia says they want? It's pretty much bo and the gang telling us that we want it, even though we don't know that we want it, after all government definitely knows more about what we want and need than We The People.

jmac
jmac

@eagle11772 @jmac Democrats won the popular vote in the last five of six presidential elections.  That's the math.  

MrObvious
MrObvious

@eagle11772 @MrObvious 

Who gives a shiat about what they wanted in the previous elections - Mitt presente tax cuts, Obama tax hikes and Obamacare.

They went for that. Twice I might add. Seriously.

Robbert5
Robbert5

@eagle11772 @MrObvious Yet the dems got 3,5 million more votes for the house of representatives.  Makes winning a little bit less so wouldn't you say?

eagle11772
eagle11772

@MrObvious oK. how ABOUT every OTHER word INSTEAD ? :)  In the past 20 years, the American people have voted for a REPUBLICAN majority in the House EIGHT (8) times, and for a Democratic majority only twice, INCLUDING the past 2 elections under The Obamaniac regime.  I think we can conclude what the American people really want from those election results.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@eagle11772 @MrObvious @jmac 

Irrelevant. Now you're mincing words. You're the one who make claims about what a majority of this country wants. And apparently they want what Obama said he would do. And please for the love of God stop capitalize every third entire word. You're not highlighting something important. You're making yourself sound like someone standing and screaming in the middle of a park.

eagle11772
eagle11772

@PerryWhite1 Popular votes do NOT elect a POTUS.  Don't you know ANYTHING ? ! And btw, their is NO U.S. Constitutional "RIGHT TO VOTE".  Never has been .  Probably never will be.

eagle11772
eagle11772

@MrObvious  @jmac  Firstly, the POTUS CANNOT raise or lower taxes.  ONLY Congress can do that.  Secondly, ALL tax bills MUST originate in the House.  Thirdly, the American people have consistently voted REPUBLICANS into the MAJORITY in the House on the promise of LOWERING taxes, IN DIRECT OPPOSITION to the Obamaniac.

PerryWhite1
PerryWhite1

@eagle11772 @jmac Sorry, eagle, you're wrong. Democrats won the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections. That is not an opinion, it is a simple fact. In one of those elections, the Supreme Court essentially appointed George W. Bush president. But that didn't change the numbers: Al Gore won the popular vote in 2000.

So again, follow this closely: Democrats won the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections: 1992, 1996, 2000, 2008 and 2012. Again, this is not an opinion.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@eagle11772 @jmac 

Irrelevant. Mitt ran on tax cuts - Obama ran on tax increase and Obamacare. He won. The majority endorsed his ideas. Move on.

Robbert5
Robbert5

@eagle11772 @Robbert5"The Obamaniac believes in a Stalinist state." That is your idea of "Fair and Balanced"?  Let us just call it what it really is, a load of sh!t.

pauld76
pauld76

@digger @outsider @jmac No one is exempted from Obamacare. Least of all Congress. You are wrong. Every fact-checker out there has debunked that lie. Look it up.

Robbert5
Robbert5

@outsider @digger @jmac Hmm seems to me that Congress men and women have a job with an employer that has more than 50 employees which under Obamacare would have to give benefits to its fulltime employees.  Now we can discuss the fulltime but pls don't use your other nonsense.

outsider
outsider

@digger @outsider @jmac  

Fool, this is no different than anything else congress does. 

Explain the leap of logic to Democrats are picking winners and losers. I think you're full of cr*p. 

You want to complain about Congress not having to have ACA, then complain to your elected representatives in the HOuse, who actually write legislation. 

Oh, and take civics lesson, tool. 

digger
digger

@outsider@jmac Since when does a 'law' mean anything to Congress fool? Congress has exempted themselves from obamacare as they've done for union, etc. so they in fact created a 'law' that they don't have to live by. The democrat party is picking the winners and losers, having taxpayers pay not only for their own health care but Congresses too, which means you too are being stuck with the obamacare bs while Congress gets their Cadillac health care plan. The Democrat party are the elite's shoving it up the taxpayers a_s and you can't even see it for what it is. Wake up!