George W. Bush did it. And Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Ford, Nixon, JFK, Eisenhower, well, every president back to Warren G. Harding. Twice presidents have made short delays but otherwise every president has been punctual in submitting a federal budget to Congress.
Which is, of course, a president’s lawful duty.
But newly ordained ‘perfect American’ and second-term leg-tingler Barack Obama didn’t get the memo. Now, for the fourth time since he became golfer-in-chief in 2009, the President has once again sloughed off the job.
Barack Obama certainly enjoys the trappings and perks of the Office of President. The actual job of being President, however, doesn’t seem to interest him. His desire to avoid being tied to any specifics of any proposal have caused him to do what no modern President has done. He is the first President since 1921 to abdicate the task of drafting a federal budget to Congress.
Congress established the modern budget process in 1921. Under the terms of the law, the President is required to submit a budget for the federal government no later than the first Monday in February. Obama has only met this statutory deadline once during his Presidency, a record worse than any modern President. Obama has missed the deadline 4 times. Prior to him, all the Presidents back to 1921 together missed the deadline twice. [More]
This is almost enough to make a lefty Obama flack do his job. When White House press secretary Jay Carney went all grumpy on WH correspondents yesterday, even Dana Milbank took exception.
WaPo via Drudge [Excerpts]
[W] hen Obama would release a budget (it was supposed to have been done last month), Carney leaned forward to argue.
“I challenge virtually every premise of your question,” he told Plante. “I don’t know what your question is here,” he said when Plante tried to ask it in a different way.
“Bill, how long have you been covering Washington?” Carney asked the 75-year-old newsman when he persisted in inquiring about the tardiness of the budget. “Has there ever been a presidential budget that was enacted, word for word, into law?”
NBC’s Chuck Todd broke in, telling Carney that a president never waits until after the House and the Senate introduce budgets to introduce his own.
“Well, I disagree with that,” Carney snapped. [More]
Because just because it’s true doesn’t mean we have to admit it’s true… because… because… it’s just history and everything.
Uh-O, so much for the Obama Charm Offensive.
Before his ageist snipe against Plante Carney lobbed one that was both ageist and sexist at NPR’s Mara Liasson.
To Liasson: “Mara, the way you phrase that question, you know, makes me think that you’re still working on a typewriter or something.”
To Ann Compton: Ann, you ignorant slut.
Okay, just kidding on that last one.
There’s a lesson to be learned here, however. If you’re going to throw hardball questions about the president’s laze faire work habits and epic malfeasance, be ready for an effete press secretary to get in a snit.