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Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 6:20pm
WASHINGTON— President Obama focused on his budget proposal and the recent government overhaul in the Middle East in his news conference Tuesday.
President Obama defended his 2012 spending plan, and also called for peace and democracy in Egypt and other countries experiencing a historical change. When discussing the Middle East, President Obama said “democracy is messy,” but with the Capitol being shared by both the Republicans and Democrats, it could have been a foreshadowing of a budget battle in Washington.
“To use an analogy that families are familiar with: we're not going to be running up the credit card any more,” said Obama. “The choices that we've made are some pretty tough choices. Which is why I think you've been seeing some grumblings not just from the other party but also from my own party about some of the decisions that we've made.”
While some supporters said Obama didn't cut enough from the budget, Obama said cutting too much all at once would “undermine America's future.”
“... You wouldn't want to sacrifice saving for your kids college education, or making key repairs on your house— so you cut back on what you can't afford, to focus on what you can't do without,” said Obama.
But GOP lawmakers are accusing Obama of “dropping the ball,” and are now drawing up their own spending plan.
Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner said “everything's on the table,” including entitlements like social security, medicare, medicaid, and a large portion of government spending.
“I recognize that there are going to be plenty of arguments in the months to come, and everybody's going to have to give a little bit,” said Obama.
In reference to the Middle East, President Obama said, “ultimately, these are sovereign countries that are going to have to make their own decisions. What we can do is lend moral support to those who are seeking better life for themselves.”
Obama also said he found it ironic that the regime in Iran celebrated the events in Egypt while Iran was “brutally cracking down on its own people.”