Remember interview Obama gave to the Des Moines Register in October 2012 that Obama said was Off-the-Record? Probably not, but lets refresh your memory a bit.
Obama claimed that with the Bush Tax cuts expiring and the Sequester taking place that Government spending would be brought closer to being under control through these two forcing mechanisms
The Obama administration fought to keep that telephone interview out of publication, but, later released the transcript themselves through the White House Press Corps email system. Obama said that he would not stop sequestration and would veto any attempt to stop it
We published that transcript (as is our practice) though our sister site Iron Mill News Service.
Thanks to Powerline and others, the paragraph in question is provided below.
Barack Obama asserted in the debate that the sequester (the budget device compelling “devastating” defense cuts, according to Defense Secretary Panetta) “will not happen.” Following the debate, White House and campaign officials quickly backtracked on Obama’s remarks.
As Paul writes, Obama also falsely attributed the sequester device to Republicans. What a guy.
In his off-the-record teleconference with the publisher and editor of the Des Moines Register (background here), just made public with the blessing of the Obama campaign, Obama brought up the sequester on his own and described its wonders:
Q [from DMR editor Rick Green]: Great. Mr. President, we know that John Boehner and the House Republicans have not been easy to work with, and certainly you’ve had some obstacles in the Senate, even though it’s been controlled by the Democrats. At the time, whenever — we talked a lot about, in 2008, hope and change. I’m curious about what you see your role is in terms of changing the tone and the perception that Washington is broken. But particularly, sir, if you were granted a second term, how do you implode this partisan gridlock that has gripped Washington and Congress and basically our entire political structure right now?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, Rick, let me answer you short term and long term. In the short term, the good news is that there’s going to be a forcing mechanism to deal with what is the central ideological argument in Washington right now, and that is: How much government do we have and how do we pay for it?
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.
It will probably be messy. It won’t be pleasant. But I am absolutely confident that we can get what is the equivalent of the grand bargain that essentially I’ve been offering to the Republicans for a very long time, which is $2.50 worth of cuts for every dollar in spending [sic], and work to reduce the costs of our health care programs.
And we can easily meet — “easily” is the wrong word — we can credibly meet the target that the Bowles-Simpson Commission established of $4 trillion in deficit reduction, and even more in the out-years, and we can stabilize our deficit-to-GDP ratio in a way that is really going to be a good foundation for long-term growth. Now, once we get that done, that takes a huge piece of business off the table.
There’s much that can be said about this, but let’s focus one of the fantasies being spun here. Obama fantasizes immediate post-election victory over Republicans via the sequester, and continues the answer with a fantasia on the good things to come:
Read more at Power Line.
Obama Tipped His Sequester Strategy in 2012 Des Moines Register Interview
RUSH: I want to get to this sequester story that we remembered. We went back to our archives last October. Do you remember that Obama, in a heat of the presidential campaign, and during the period of time the presidential debates were going on, Obama granted an interview to the Des Moines Register and then put a hold on it. He granted an interview and then refused to let them run it. This, of course, created a lot of curiosity. What’s in this? Something about that kept gnawing at me. There was something in that that would be relevant to what we’re doing today. And, lo and behold, there is.
Now, two weeks before the election, Obama went on TV in the last presidential debate, October 22, and basically lied. He said that he didn’t want the sequester to happen. This was in a debate with Romney. I’m sure you’ll remember this as I refresh your synapses, as it were. He didn’t want the sequester to happen and he said, in fact, it wouldn’t happen. He accused the Republicans of creating the sequester. When you go back and look at this interview that he gave to the Des Moines Register, that’s how you know that he’s lying somewhere. He either lied to the Des Moines Register or he lied in the presidential debate.
In the debate, again, October 22nd, 2012, Obama said he didn’t want the sequester, and it wouldn’t happen. The very next day, October 23rd, 2012, is when Obama gave an interview to the editors of the Des Moines Register. And in that interview, I want to quote what President Obama said.
“[T]he good news is that there’s going to be a forcing mechanism to deal with what is the central ideological argument in Washington right now, and that is: How much government do we have and how do we pay for it?”
I want you to listen to what comes next. This is in quotes. “So when you combine the Bush tax cuts expiring, the sequester in place … 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. It will probably be messy. It won’t be pleasant. But I am absolutely confident that we can get what is the equivalent of the grand bargain.”
He was counting on the sequester being reality.
Read More – The Rush Limbaugh Show.
Hey, Remember When Obama Told The Des Moines Register Sequestration Would Happen?
That’s his plan. Tax increases for everyone and the sequester will happen, which will mean massive layoffs. He’s right about one thing, it will be messy and unpleasant.
As for the whole flap about the paper releasing the transcript, it looks like they had the last laugh. Via Twitchy, this was what the front page of the paper looked like this morning.