Wednesday afternoon, President Obama met with leaders from the House and Senate. With the potential to reach a deal hanging over the table, President Obama, Sen. Reid and Minority Leader Pelosi took the hardline position that they’ll only accept a clean continuing resolution, aka CR. After the meeting, Speaker John Boehner made a brief statement:

Here’s what he said:

SPEAKER BOEHNER: You know, in times like this, the American people expect their leaders to come together to find ways to resolve their differences. The President reiterated one more time tonight that he will not negotiate. We’ve got divided government. Democrats control the White House and the Senate. Republicans control the House. We’ve sent 4 different proposals to our friends in the Senate. They rejected all of them. We’ve asked to go to conference to try to sit down and resolve our differences. They will not negotiate. We had a nice conversation, a light conversation, but, at some point, we’ve got to allow the process that our founders gave us to work out. We’ve appointed conferees on the House side to sit down with our Senate colleagues. It’s time for them to appoint conferees. Now all we’re asking for here is a discussion and fairness for the American people under Obamacare. I would hope that the President and my Democratic colleagues in the Senate would listen to the American people and sit down and have a serious discussion to resolve these differences.

President Obama and Sen. Reid have acted like spoiled brats throughout these ‘negotiations’, if you can call them that. Their behavior is best summed up with this sentence: They want what they want when they want it. They aren’t interested in treating all Americans the same way. The Senate has voted to keep their special exemption from the Affordable Care act while subjecting American families to the Affordable Care Act.

What President Obama and Sen. Reid essentially are saying is that they’re entitled to be treated like royalty. With families struggling, it’s difficult seeing the American people agreeing that Washington’s disfunctional elites deserve special treatment.

Sen. Reid’s meanspiritedness was displayed Wednesday when he was asked by CNN’s Dana Bash why he wouldn’t fund the National Institutes of Health to help save children with cancer. Here’s what he said:

BASH: But if you could help one child with cancer, why wouldn’t you do it?
SEN. REID: Listen, why would we want to do that?

Sen. Reid’s reply will make tons of ads for Republican Senate candidates. If they’re smart, they’ll say something like this: When House Republicans tried funding health care for children with cancer, [Mark Pryor, Kay Hagan, Mary Landrieu, etc.] sided with Sen. Reid to deprive these children of the treatments they need.

It’s time for President Obama, Sen. Reid and Minority Leader Pelosi to stop acting like spoiled brats and pawns of DC’s special interests. It’s time for them to act like leaders. Unfortunately, I don’t think they’re interested in that.

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