Obama Won’t Give Boehner an Xbox

It's a popular gaming system, but it isn't on the table in President Obama's debt ceiling negotiations.
National Journal
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Matt Vasilogambros
Oct. 8, 2013, 10:55 a.m.

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.