Obama visits 'middle class' family in latest fiscal cliff gambit
December 6th, 2012
04:10 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama visits 'middle class' family in latest fiscal cliff gambit

(CNN) - In one of the White House’s more elaborate photo-ops surrounding the ongoing fiscal cliff standoff, President Obama Thursday ventured nine miles west of Washington, D.C., to sit down with what his aides described as a “middle class family” in Falls Church, Virginia.

“For them to be burdened unnecessarily because Democrats and Republicans aren’t coming together to solve this problem gives you a sense of the costs involved in very personal terms,” the president told reporters flanked by members of the Santana family in their living room.

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  1. Marie MD

    Way to go Mr. President. Show US the real America not the papa john's/twit's mansion, pool and golf course as a backyard.

    December 6, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S.F.

    The pubes will counter with McConnell and Boehner attending a champagne caviar brunch with the Kochs.

    December 6, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  3. Data Driven

    Let's see: scare-quotes around the phrase "middle class" ... "elaborate photo-op" and "slickly produced" ...

    Your value judgments are showing, Mooney. Apply to Fox. I'm sure they'll appreciate your slanted copy.

    December 6, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  4. Gurgyl

    Awwww, look at the token white guy in the picture. I guess obama is trying to show he isn't racist.

    December 6, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    The Santana family along with millions of others like them want ACTION from Congress. Pass the middle class tax cuts NOW!!!

    December 6, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Awwww, look at the token white guy in the picture. I guess obama is trying to show he isn't racist."

    You see token, I see diversity.
    You see racist, I see biracial.

    December 6, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  7. TEAPARTY MIKE

    For those who keep saying a deductions cap is going to hit the middle class, please read an article in today’s Wall Street Journal The article lays out several possible plans, including one proposed by Obama. They all limit the changes to families making more than $250,000 or individuals making more than $200,000. The changes to not apply to those who make less. Your income would have to exceed the stated income limits before your deductions would be impacted. No one making less than those limits would have to worry about their mortgage interest deduction or charity deduction. I must say I would like the Republicans to provide the details of their plan. That would be helpful. By Jan. 1 everyone in America will know that the Republicans deal offer includes very real tax increases for the rich and no tax increase for the middle class. At that point, they will blame Obama just as mush as the Republicans if a deal does not get done.

    December 6, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  8. dan

    Will he ever stop campaigning?

    December 6, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Data Driven

    Let's see: scare-quotes around the phrase "middle class" ... "elaborate photo-op" and "slickly produced" ...
    -------------------------------------------------
    My sentiments exactly.
    What is up with that.

    Hey Fake Gurgyl, the "token" White guy could be her husband. Put that in your pipe. It's 2012 not your cherished 1950.

    December 6, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    Gotta love it. CNN focuses on Obama meeting with an actual, real family and calls it a "gambit," but totally disregards and fails to report in their POlitical Ticker about the real "latest fiscal cliff gambit": McConnell proposing legislation to give Obama full authority to raise the debt ceiling unilaterally because he assumed he could prove that the votes don't exist in support of raising the debt ceiling, but THEN Reid says "sure, let's vote on it, we've got the votes," so McConnell has to eat it and filibuster his own bill. THAT was the "latest fiscal cliff gambit" if you want to use language that makes it look like people are playing games. Meeting with a real family isn't a game.

    December 6, 2012 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "Your value judgments are showing, Mooney. Apply to Fox. I'm sure they'll appreciate your slanted copy."

    You can be sure he already has a meeting with Ailes scheduled...and a dental dam ready to go.

    December 6, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  12. TEAPARTY MIKE

    Obama wants to count 800 billion in spending cuts over 10 years for not spending on the wars that will be ended before 2014. So he wants to count as a spending cut not spending on wars for a period of 9 years when there will be no wars to spend on. Why is Obama thinking so small? Why does he not count as a spending cut not spending on the Vietnam war, Korean war, World War II and World War I? Think of the savings he could claim. Or is there a 9 year limit for counting as a spending cut not spending on a war that does not exist? I suspect Republicans will allow Obama to count this and any other fictional spending cuts as long as they get all the real spending cuts they want. Let Obama pad the total with phony accounting if he wants as long as the balance of the cuts are large and real.

    December 6, 2012 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  13. jpeagle21

    So stoooopid. This presidency is nothing but one big photo-op.

    December 6, 2012 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  14. i'malib

    Why are all those people on a break? Get back to work and make more redistribution for people like me. With that said, I have an Oprah re-run to watch.

    December 6, 2012 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |