So far in his handling of the budget/debt issue, President Obama gets an A for splitting the Republicans and a D for offering far more substantive concessions than necessary.
His bigger mistake was accepting the premise that what America needs is a ten-year budget deal, a premise that played to the Republican strategy of privatizing Social Security and Medicare.
But the best moment in recent days occurred when Obama warned Rep. Eric Cantor "not to call my bluff," ended the meeting and strode out of the room. We need such more flashes of presidential anger.
With a press conference set for 11 a.m. today (Friday), this would be a very good moment for Obama to say something like the following: