On Monday, President Obama admonished debt negotiators while speaking at a news conference, saying, “We might as well do it now — pull off the Band-Aid; eat our peas.”
Here are eight of the other lines that have tickled, shocked, or grabbed us.
“It’s time for tough love.”
— Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), speaking to a cheering crowd in Iowa over the weekend.
“A cataclysmic game of chicken. Negotiating with a gun to your head. A Thelma & Louise-style full throttle off a cliff.”
— John Avlon at the Daily Beast, on the “dire metaphors” for the debate.
“The debt ceiling is a gut-check time for all Republicans on spending and size of government. ... Apparently, Gov. Romney is still checking his gut to figure out where he should stand.”
— Alex Conant, spokesman for former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty.
“I know you all love to write the soap opera here,”
— Eric Cantor (R-Va.), joking about the Republican-Democrat split.
“You and I have decided to have lunch together today. We both need lunch. We both know we’re going to have lunch. But we don't agree on where to eat. So you propose Mexican, but I counter with Chinese, and warn that if you refuse, neither of us will get to eat lunch ever again. Deal? ... Of course not. But that’s pretty much the GOP's strategy on the debt-ceiling negotiation.”
— Ezra Klein on the partisan bickering
“It’s a hostage negotiation! It’s a lunch conversation! No, it’s the debt ceiling debate.”
— Eric Thompson at the Atlantic, on how to characterize the debt ceiling.
“We are at each others throats more than is necessary.”
— Jeff Immelt, chairman of Obama’s outside panel of economic advisers, calling the White House and Congress to strike a deal on Monday.
“Dennis Hopper’s villain in ‘Speed’ didn’t really care if he gained a reputation as the kind of guy who would kill innocent people for money. The GOP leadership, by contrast, is very eager to avoid being seen as willing to raise middle-class taxes, shut down the government or foul up the economic recovery. ... Now, it’s entirely possible that Republicans are crazy enough to shoot the hostages.”
— Jonathan Chait at the New Republic on the GOP’s strategy.