Obama's approach to debt talks: refuse to meet with GOP, skip town for fundraisers 

President Obama was in full sanctimonious mode in his Wednesday press conference, imploring Congress to remain in Washington to hammer out a deal on the debt ceiling.

"(T)here’s no point in procrastinating," Obama lectured. "There’s no point in putting it off.  We’ve got to get this done.  And if by the end of this week, we have not seen substantial progress, then I think members of Congress need to understand we are going to start having to cancel things and stay here until we get it done.  They're in one week, they're out one week.  And then they're saying, Obama has got to step in.  You need to be here.  I’ve been here.  I’ve been doing Afghanistan and bin Laden and the Greek crisis.  You stay here.  Let’s get it done."

Yesterday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., took Obama up on his offer and invited him to meet with Republicans. But the White House quickly shot down the idea, with press secretary Jay Carney saying, "That's not a conversation worth having."

As it turns out, Obama had other things to do (via NBC):

President Barack Obama traveled to Philadelphia on Thursday for some money-raising face time with key local supporters.

The President’s first stop was a mid-afternoon reception in Center City at the Hyatt at the Bellevue. The event was sponsored by the DNC’s Generation Fourty Four (Gen44) council, a program set up to cultivate and empower a rising generation of party leaders, aged 40 and under.

Gen44 members paid $250 for admission. Others attended after donating $1,000 or $2.500 to the Obama Victory Fund 2012. The event was sold out....

After the fundraiser, Obama stopped by John's Water Ice and reportedly chose the lemon flavor.

"I love being in Philly, especially when I have ice like this," said Obama.

Later on, Obama attended a fundraiser at the home of Comcast Executive Vice President David L. Cohen, in Mount Airy.

 

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