Obama Bragged About Sequester During Campaign
In what was originally an off-the-record interview with the Des Moines Register during the Presidential campaign, President Obama actually bragged to the editorial board that the sequester was in place and as a part of his plan that would reduce spending:
"So when you combine the Bush tax cuts expiring, the sequester in place, the commitment of both myself and my opponent -- at least Governor Romney claims that he wants to reduce the deficit -- but we’re going to be in a position where I believe in the first six months we are going to solve that big piece of business."
Just the night before in a presidential debate with Governor Romney, Obama claimed that the cuts were not his idea and that they were not going to happen. The blatant politicization of sequestration – his public statements versus his actual intentions – was almost exclusively ignored by the mainstream media.
Oh, and Sequester was Obama’s IdeaEven NPR admitted that sequestration was Obama’s idea, noting that “it is true that sequestration was the Obama administration's idea. White House officials proposed it as part of the agreement that resolved the 2011 debt ceiling fight.”
So, not only did Obama "mislead" about who started the sequestration during the debate with Governor Romney, he also was intentionally deceiving about whether he liked the sequestration when he bragged that those cuts would “solve that big piece of business.” Now, he is all to willing to play unwilling participant in the whole matter, and graciously trade the sequester for even greater tax increases.