(CNN) – Asked Friday by CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jessica Yellin why President Obama can’t simply refuse to let congressional leaders leave a room until they reach a deficit-reduction agreement, the president said he can’t “force Congress to do the right thing.”
“Jessica, I am not a dictator, I’m the president,” he said while speaking to reporters in the White House Press Briefing Room. “Ultimately, if Mitch McConnell or John Boehner say we need to go to catch a plane, I can’t have Secret Service block the doorway.”
“I know that this has been some of the conventional wisdom that’s been floating around Washington, and that somehow–even though most people agree that I’m being reasonable, that most people agree I’m presenting a fair deal–the fact that they don’t take it means that somehow I should do a Jedi mind-meld with these folks and convince them to do what’s right,” he added.
First things first, you can’t do a “Jedi mind-meld”, Mr. President, because it doesn’t exist. Secondly, it was a ridiculous rhetorical question by Yellin, who knows the President can’t do that but nevertheless gave him the softball question he needed to provide his “I”m the only one doing what’s right in this town/walking against the wind” answer. Thirdly, there is this:
You know what they say – denial is a river ….