On Sunday evening, with just days to go before over $85 billion in across-the-board federal spending cuts go into effect, President Barack Obama spent his time on Twitter blaming Republicans for the looming financial crisis before taking time out to mention the Academy Awards.
The tweet, which was posted at 4:10 p.m. eastern time, said only "Happy #Oscars night." It also included a picture of President and Mrs. Obama in the White House movie theater wearing 3D glasses (included here). It is assumed the photo was not from tonight's proceedings, especially since the Oscars are not being broadcast in 3D.
Earlier, President Obama blamed Congress for the gridlock over the sequester, tweeting the following statement from his weekly address:
"These cuts don’t have to happen. Congress can turn them off anytime with just a little compromise."
As the Wall Street Journal pointed out, the President failed to mention that the sequester was his idea, a solution should Congress not make sufficient cuts to the budget. Republicans point out that they have made a number of proposals to cut spending and avoid the sequester, while the President has refused face-to-face negotiations. They also point out that the President has found time to make campaign-style speeches in support of his State of the Union speech, play golf with Tiger Woods, and give a radio interview to Al Sharpton.
And, it would appear, take four hours off to watch the Academy Awards.
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