With no progress on fiscal policy, President Obama deployed a host of pop-culture references Tuesday in a bid to get Republicans to budge on the debt ceiling. But before he finished speaking, conservatives and journalists made it clear that the rhetorical flair would not break the deadlock.
Obama attempted to criticize the congressional Republican tactic of tying Obamacare and other policy initiates to reopening the government or raising the debt ceiling. The president, trying to connect with younger voters or the broader public, said:
Think about it this way: The American people do not get to demand a ransom for doing their jobs. You don’t get a chance to call your bank and say I’m not going to pay my mortgage this month unless you throw in a new car and an Xbox.
Immediately, several political types on Twitter jumped on this reference:
Au contraire, I call up my banks every week demanding an X-Box— F. Bill McMorris (@FBillMcMorris) October 8, 2013
we dont want to buy an X Box — we want to spend less!!!!— Sean Spicer (@seanspicer) October 8, 2013
Do people still play with X-boxes?— Reid J. Epstein (@reidepstein) October 8, 2013
an X-box!— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) October 8, 2013
Is it the XBox One?— Patrick Madden (@Patrick_Madden) October 8, 2013
Maybe they’re just fans of the PlayStation 4.