Though Charles Krauthammer isn't buying it:
Call Obama’s bluffUnder different circumstances I might believe that Obama has seen the wisdom in being fiscally restrained. But circumstances over the last three years suggest that he - instead - just doesn't know what he's doing. Does Obama want to balance the budget? You bet! Is he willing to keep running up his annual deficits? Absolutely! Is he for tax increases? Is he opposed to tax increases? Does he know what taxes are?
President Obama is demanding a big long-term budget deal. He won’t sign anything less, he warns, asking, “If not now, when?”
How about last December, when he ignored his own debt commission’s recommendations? How about February, when he presented a budget that increases debt by $10 trillion over the next decade? How about April, when he sought a debt-ceiling increase with zero debt reduction attached?
All of a sudden he’s a born-again budget balancer prepared to bravely take on his own party by making deep cuts in entitlements. Really? Name one. He’s been saying forever that he’s prepared to discuss, engage, converse about entitlement cuts. But never once has he publicly proposed a single structural change to any entitlement.
Hasn’t the White House leaked that he’s prepared to raise the Medicare age or change the cost-of-living calculation?
Anonymous talk is cheap. Leaks are designed to manipulate. Offers are floated and disappear.
Say it, Mr. President. Give us one single structural change in entitlements. In public. [link]
This from the president of the United States.
Mark this day on your calender. It's the day that he was concerned about the debt.
For the love of God.