Well, there’s a first time for everything.
President Obama said it was a “mistake” to criticize Paul Ryan and his budget proposal as strongly as he did during a speech in April 2011.
During that speech, in which Ryan sat in the front row of the audience at George Washington University, Obama specifically called out the House Budget Committee chairman’s controversial budget reform proposal. Obama said that the plan painted ” a vision of our future that is deeply pessimistic.”
In an interview with Bob Woodward in July Obama said he did not know Ryan would be sitting in the front row and that if he had, he probably would have toned down his criticism.
“And so I did feel, in retrospect, had I known – we literally didn’t know he was going to be there until – or I didn’t know, until I arrived,” Obama said according to audio transcripts published by ABC News on Monday, a day before Woodward’s book “The Price of Politics” comes out. “I might have modified some of it so that we would leave more negotiations open, because I do think that they felt like we were trying to embarrass him.”
Which is exactly what you were trying to do, you arrogant SOB. Meanwhile, it appears Obama’s is a bit confused and Reuters is covering for him. Here’s what he actually said:
“I’ll go ahead and say it – I think that I was not aware when I gave that speech that Jack Ryan was going to be sitting right there,” the president told Woodward according to audio transcripts of their conversations, provided to ABC News.
(Jack Ryan is the name of a famous Tom Clancy character, and also the name of the Republican who was slated to run against Obama in his 2004 Senate campaign before he withdrew in the wake of a sex scandal.)
Well, it wasn’t so much a sex scandal as it was Team Obama released confidential divorce proceedings.