Obama on hot mic: Social issues not important

April 16, 2011

By Jake Trapper, ABC News

“The interesting thing actually is how little traction these social issues are getting these days,” the president said. “I just think the country is moved into a different place. I think there are some folks who feel very strongly about it. But a lot of these hot button cultural issues, I think there’s a generational change taking place in part where people say, ‘You know what, we may have disagreement about his, but this is not what we’re worried about. We’re not worried about the gay family next door. We’re not worried about what women are doing in terms of maintaining their health. We’re trying to figure out how to move America forward.'”

President Obama had a candid, private conversation with campaign donors last night in Chicago.

Except, as it turns out, it wasn’t so private. The microphone in the room that was on for the part of his remarks that reporters were allowed to listen to was accidentally kept open.

President Obama’s harshest words were for the Republican whom the president has praised in public for offering serious attempts to address the deficit: House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc.

“Eliminating the health care bill would cost us $1 trillion dollars,” the president said. “It would add $1 trillion to the deficit. So when Paul Ryan says his priority is to make sure, he’s just being America’s accountant and trying to you know be responsible, this is the same guy that voted for two wars that were unpaid for, voted for the Bush tax cuts that were unpaid for, voted for the prescription drug bill that cost as much as my health care bill — but wasn’t paid for. So it’s not on the level. And we’ve got to keep on you know, keep on shining a light on that.”

While President Obama has been very critical of Ryan’s budget proposal this week, he has been more complimentary in the past when describing both Ryan and his previous 2010 proposal. Speaking before the House GOP retreat in January 2010, the president suggested Ryan was a “pretty sincere guy” who “has looked at the budget and has made a serious proposal.”

To read more, visit:  http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2011/04/obama-uncensored.html

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