Braced for automatic budget cuts that he described as “dumb” and painful, the president said Friday, “I’m not a dictator” and “if Mitch McConnell or John Boehner say ‘I need to go to catch a plane,’ I can’t have Secret Service block the doorway, right?”
Sequestration, the across the board budget cuts that began taking effect Friday, is no longer something to be avoided. It’s a reality that the president blames on an unreasonable Congress. But, he says, the resiliency of the American people will prevail.
“We will get through this,” he said. “This is not going to be an apocalypse, I think, as some people have said. It’s just dumb. And it’s going to hurt.”
The president huddled Friday with leaders at the White House in a meeting largely considered to be a show of effort in advance of inevitable sequestration cuts.