Obama to GOP: Go Ahead, Make My Day

He won't compromise on financial reform; dares them to vote nay
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 15, 2010 10:08 AM CDT
Obama to GOP: Go Ahead, Make My Day
President Barack Obama arrives for a news conference at the conclusion of the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, Tuesday, April 13, 2010.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

After a tense meeting on financial reform with GOP leaders yesterday, Barack Obama put on his Michael Corleone face and told them his final offer was this: nothing. The president made it clear that he wouldn’t accept any compromise that would weaken the legislation, and essentially dared Republicans to vote against it, Politico reports. Harry Reid is even prepared to bring the Banking Committee’s bill to the floor without major concessions.

Democrats are betting that financial reform is such a popular cause that at least one, and probably several Republicans will jump across the aisle to vote for it. Polls back them up: the public overwhelmingly backs the Democrats in a way it didn’t for health care. “It’s been two and a half years since this crisis started,” says Tim Geithner. “I think we know what we need to know. It’s just time to decide.” (More financial reform stories.)

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