Here are two interesting clips from earlier this year of President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, talking about why they voted against raising the debt ceiling in 2006, yet feel differently today about their votes from five years ago.
The clips, posted this morning at the Media Research Center’s website, show that Mr. Reid and Mr. Obama have little courage of their convictions when it comes to their votes and their views but lot’s of excuses as to why both of them support raising the debt ceiling this year not five years ago.
Watch the videos below of the two men explaining why their stances on the debt ceiling issue did a 180.
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA - Starts at :13
“I think that it’t important to understand that the vantage point of a senator is different than the vantage point of a president. When you’re a senator, traditionally, what has happened is this is always a lousy vote. Nobody likes to be tagged as having increased the debt limit for the United States by a trillion dollars. As president, you start realizing, ‘you know we can’t play around with this stuff.’ This is the full faith and credit of the Uited States and so that was just a example of a new senator making what is a political vote as opposed to doing what was important for the country and I’m the first one to acknowledge [that].
SEN. HARRY REID - Starts at 2:16
“How can they explain that they think its fair to force our children, our grandchildren, and our great-grandchildren to finance this debt through higher taxes…that’s what it’ll have to be. Why is it right to increase our nation’s dependents on foreign creditors?”
“Democrats won’t be making arguments to support this legislation which will weaken our country…weaken our country.”
SEN. HARRY REID- Starts at 2:58
“I shouldn’t have done that. I’m kinda embarrassed I did. It was a political maneuver by we Democrats. The Republicans were in power — there were more of them,” Reid said. “The president voted when he was in the Senate the same way. I heard him apologize for it. We all should take a look at how we handle these issues, but that doesn’t take into consideration the numerous times, the numerous times I voted to increase the debt ceiling. The one time I tried to make a political issue of it, I wish I hadn’t.”