Wolf Blitzer of CNN interviewed White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley on Friday:
Highlight from Interview – The President has a plan
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BLITZER: You say the president has put forward a plan.
BLITZER: But the Congressional Budget Office says there is no plan that they can score because it's just a framework, it's just a speech. They haven't seen a document...
DALEY: Well, Speaker Boehner knows - and Congressman Cantor knows the plan that they both worked on try to bring the debt down and get past this debt ceiling. He does not have a legislative fix right now to this, because there's a bill in the House and there's a bill in the Senate and they will deal with those two bills. He's endorsed Senator Reid's bill. He feels very strongly that the bill that the House may pass tonight does not help the economy.
And what all of this should be about is trying to not only lower the debt, but at the same, get this cloud of uncertainty off our economy.
And the thought we'd be right back in the - this same thing in four-and-a-half months, with an economy that's in a difficult shape with or without Washington's craziness that goes on, is just unfathomable.
BLITZER: So what you're saying is the president did present a plan to the speaker, John Boehner.
BLITZER: But - but he didn't...
BLITZER: - make it public.
DALEY: No, because there's... both the speaker and - and the president had agreed and - that these sort of negotiations do not happen in public. There's not a plan out there in the public realm, whether it's the fiscal commission, whether it's the Gang of Six, whether it's Congressman Ryan's plan - Congressman Ryan's plan lost in the Senate overwhelmingly.
So there's no plan that's out there, by any of these people who are saying this, that has any sort of chance of passing both houses and getting signed by the president.
Republicans have REPEATEDLY asked the President to make his plan public, if one exists. The fact that Obama has not done so (and neither have his Senate Democrat allies) lends credence to the charge they are only looking to score political points off the work done by House Republicans. Daley mentioned the Ryan plan, a plan which Obama publicly demagogued and was used as a tool to accuse the GOP of wanting to wheel grandma off the cliff.
And let's not forget Obama's promises of transparency during the 2008 election:
We didn't see that level of transparency in the health care debate and we sure haven't seen it during the debt crisis negotiations.
Isn't it about time Obama came clean about his lack of a plan and his failure to lead on this and other critical issues? After all, fewer and fewer Americans are being fooled by his empty speeches!