(CNN) - When President Obama presented his budget for the upcoming fiscal year, he demanded that lawmakers forgo "the same old grandstanding when the cameras are on and the same irresponsible budget policies when the cameras are off."
But as budget hearings get under way, it appears that the definition of "grandstanding" is subject to interpretation.
Last week, for example, Sen. Judd Gregg, the ranking Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, lambasted the administration for its proposal to use money from the Troubled Asset Relief Program to fund a new program for small businesses.
When Peter Orszag, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, was defending the proposal, Gregg cut him off, saying, "No, no, no! You can't make that type of statement with any legitimacy."
Gregg then read a portion of the TARP law to Orszag, "because you don't appear to understand the law."
Lawmakers defend such outbursts as genuine concern over policy, but critics say some hearings are all about show.