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White House daily briefing, 5/16
5/16/12 12:46 PM EDT
White House press secretary Jay Carney took questions on Twitter and conducted his daily press briefing. Here are some takeaways:
1.) NO MORE HOSTAGE TAKING: On Speaker John Boehner's remarks that he will ask for more spending cuts in exchange for a debt ceiling increase: " It is simply not acceptable to hold the American and global economy hostage."
2.) A BALANCED APPROACH: Carney says that Republicans need to adopt a "balanced approach" to deficit reduction, if they want Obama to sign off on the plan.
3.) A BALANCED APPROACH: Carney says that Obama will encourage Europe to adopt a "balanced approach" to growth and austerity.
4.) UNSUNG HERO AWARD: Goes to Rob Nabors, according to Carney — who was asked during his Twitter Q&A.
Full liveblog after the jump.
Carney is taking questions via Twitter.
Q: WIll it be embarrassing for the White House if the president's budget gets no votes?
Carney calls it a gimmick.
Q: Will the White House block plans to drill in th
Carney: Says he doesn't have a specific answer to that question.
More: Obama "believes that we can expand domestic oil and gas production in a safe and responsible way."
More: "That's a position that's in stark contrast" with Republicans.
Q: How come women are faring so bad in the current economy?
Carney: "The recession that we experienced in this country … the very worst recession that almost everyone who is watching this has experienced in his or her lifetime … caused it its early years dramatic job loss for men in particular."
More: "That's evened out, and women at the other end of the recession as we were coming out of it, saw significant job loss … Both men and women have suffered …"
Carney says Obama is committed to ensuring that women and all Americans can find work and women who do find work are paid at a fair rate.
Talks about the fair pay act.
Q: European debt crisis. Has the White House considered financial intervention to stabilize the Euro?
Carney: Says that their approach to the Euro crisis is to offer counsel and advice. "Europeans have it within their own capacity to deal with this."
Q: Why is Obama not talking about his record? Is he trying to drive people apart?
Carney: "Well, I would say a couple of things. The president frequently talks about his record. … He speaks very plainly about measures that his administration took."
More: "The economy has been growing steadily."
Carney says the "hole was so deep" and we still have a significant distance to go.
Carney says there are still too many homeowners with underwater mortgages. "The president is constantly discussing with Congress … the need for all of us to work together in a bipartisan way to take action on the economy. The president put out a congressional to-do list."
Q: Who are some of the unsung heroes of the White House?
Carney: "There are a lot of people who are not in the public eye who make every White House run and that's certainly the case here."
More: A person who comes to mind is Rob Nabors, he's the president's congressional liaison.
More: "There are just countless people who fit into that category."
Q: What progress has this admin. made on refugee issues?
Carney: "The answers are more specific to regions where there have been refugee and humanitarian crises."
Carney talks about Obama's focus on Darfur, S. Sudan.
Q: Since manufacturing sector has bee
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Seeing that most Americans are focused on job rather than the deficit is a deficit fight this year all that good a strategy for Republicans?
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