BREAKING NEWS – Obama 12.28 Press Conference ‘The Hour For Immediate Action Is Here’

“The hour for immediate action is here.”

At shortly before 6:00 pm EST, as the most recent “fiscal cliff” meeting concluded with no deal, President Obama held a brief, terse and very pointed press conference about the developments – or lack thereof – of the negotiations.

“The hour for immediate action is here. It is now.”

With a stern demeanor, a notably weary face, and a clear sense of urgency, the President announced that while there was nothing of note to announce regarding the “fiscal cliff” deadline, he is still hopeful of a resolution: [Source: MSNBC News]

“Progress may be in sight. We’ve got to get this done.”

He went on to firmly state that not taking action in time to meet the approaching deadline was “the wrong thing to do, for our economy, for our families,” and for businesses that rely on them.

“Congress can prevent it from happening if they act now.”

There is clearly a sense of looming anxiety pervading not only the country-at-large, but in Washington. Viewers of the conference made comments that Obama seemed “stern,” “no nonsense.” He made clear his expectations of the members of Congress to put aside self-interest, concerns about constituents’ reactions, and get the job done they were elected to do.

“Outside of Washington nobody understands how it is that this seems to be a repeat pattern over and over again. Ordinary folks to their jobs, meet deadlines, they get together and talk,” Obama intoned. He acknowledged that ordinary people are expected to do their jobs; they’re not going to accept that Congress can’t do theirs.

Despite his evident frustration and the need to get something significant done now, he wrapped up the press conference with much-needed note of optimism:

“I spoke to the leadership. I’m modestly optimistic that we may still be able to reach an agreement with both houses in time.”

He made note, however, that if the Congress was not able to get this happen:

“If an agreement isn’t reached in time between Sen. Reid and Sen. McConnell, then I will urge Sen. Reid to bring to the floor a basic package for an up-or-down vote.”

The Huffington Post referenced the reaction of the participating parties:

This, however, appears to be the last option before the New Years deadline hits. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) emphasized during Friday’s White House gathering that he would not move legislation to resolve the fiscal cliff without seeing the Senate act first. Shortly after the meeting ended, meanwhile, Reid and McConnell appeared together on the Senate floor and said they plan to try to come up with a new proposal to present to their respective caucuses as early as Sunday.

“Whatever we come up with is going to be imperfect,” Reid warned. “Some people aren’t going to like it, some people will like it less. But that’s where we are. We have an obligation to do the best we can.”

McConnell said the next 24 hours will be crucial if there is any deal to be had. “I am hopeful and optimistic,” he said.

The people watching this debate, listening to many arguments on both sides of the aisle about what the “fiscal cliff” actually means, what the impact of missing the deadline could potentially be, and just how that will affect their every-day lives, are waiting for answers. Powerless to do anything except wait for their congressmen and woman to “get earnest’ about getting this done, the one guarantee is that they will hold their elected officials responsible however it falls.

“The hour for immediate action is here. It is now.”

We agree, Mr. President.




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