Obama: Cliff Deal Is 'in Sight'
Urges public to keep pressure on, says Congress will go down to wire
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Dec 31, 2012 1:22 PM CST
President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks about the fiscal cliff, Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, in the South Court Auditorium at the White House.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(Newser) – President Obama gave a strange, freewheeling speech/press conference today to update the nation on the state of fiscal cliff talks. "Today, it appears that an agreement to prevent this New Year's tax hike is within sight," Obama said. "But it's not done." He said that the deal at this point was focused only on taxes, even though he'd hoped for a larger "grand bargain"-style deal. "With this Congress, that was obviously a little too much to hope for."

He described preventing the tax hike as "a modest goal" that Congress could accomplish. "They are close but they're not there yet. And one thing we can count on with respect to this congress, is that if there's even one second left before you have to do what you're supposed to do, they will use that last second." Those kinds of jokes typified the session—as Guardian editor Heidi Moore quipped, "Obama is not holding a press conference so much as he is doing a little stand-up." At the Wall Street Journal, Peter Nicholas writes that the press conference was intended to show Congress that Obama's positions enjoy public support. Indeed, he asked the public to keep the pressure on Congress.

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Dec 31, 2012 7:06 PM CST
Obama is great at "stand-up" - it's in his genes. --- One thing is for sure, Obama will never "man-up" and he'll continue to whine and cry, and be the little acting schoolgirl "stand-up" President. --------- REALLY
Dec 31, 2012 3:53 PM CST
The last act of a filthy and dying teabagger-led House of Reps. May these anti-American bastards rot in hell.
Dec 31, 2012 3:02 PM CST
Until such time as some details, that is definitive facts, as to whom and how tax adjustments have been agreed on then this type rhetoric is meaningless. I feel like the best interest of American citizens have been put on the back burner in favor of the Republican and Democrat parties efforts to be the party that is perceived as calling the shots. My take on the 535 members of our congress is that they are self serving jackasses.