"But Social Security, as well, is a big item. And I campaigned on it, as you're painfully aware, since you had to suffer through many of my speeches. I didn't duck the issue like others have done have in the past. I said this is a vital issue and we need to work together to solve it. Now, the temptation is going to be, by well-meaning people such as yourself, John, and others here, as we run up to the issue to get me to negotiate with myself in public; to say, you know, what's this mean, Mr. President, what's that mean. I'm not going to do that. I don't get to write the law. I will propose a solution at the appropriate time, but the law will be written in the halls of Congress. And I will negotiate with them, with the members of Congress, and they will want me to start playing my hand: Will you accept this? Will you not accept that? Why don't you do this hard thing? Why don't you do that? I fully recognize this is going to be a decision that requires difficult choices, John. Inherent in your question is, do I recognize that? You bet I do. Otherwise, it would have been."
Thank God we elected a President with the moral fiber to resist the temptation to negotiate with himself in public. As Adam Felber so aptly implies, yesterday's press conference lends a whole new meaning to the term "private negotiation".
I imagine a lot of Yale alumni walking around with bags over their heads today, "No, you're mistaken, I went to Michigan State."
In fashionably preemptive response to my conservative acquaintances whose comments will undoubtedly include, "Well, do think you could do any better? Up there in front of all those lights and cameras with hostile journalists grilling you?" let me make this perfectly clear: I am not qualified to be President of the United States.
And, sadly, neither is GW.