"Springing into action":
Yesterday, Andrew Leonard of Salon wrote: (emp add, excerpts)
Where was Obama in Round 1 of the budget fight?
As a two-week spending bill sailed through Congress, the White House hardly made a move. That must change ...
Obama has got to step up his game. Maybe he's been biding his time, waiting for the right moment -- when the GOP goes after programs sure to stir up a public ruckus. But the ease with which Republicans have moved the first round of cuts through Congress seems bound to increase the GOP's appetite for deeper gouging. There are too many moderate Democratic senators facing tough 2012 election fights to count on sustained resistance from that corner, without some help from the White House.
When is it going to arrive?
UPDATE: The Hill reports Obama springing into action after the Senate vote. The president called on congressional leaders to meet immediately with Vice President Biden, White House chief of staff Bill Daley and budget director Jack Lew to start hammering out a longer-term budget plan.
That meeting is the one repored (earlier) as White House Offers First Budget Compromise As Negotiations With GOP Begin
Briefing reporters at the White House while negotiators made their way to the VP's office on the Hill, top administration officials said they had agreed to cut another $6 billion from the measure (and would be willing to go even further) in an attempt to bridge the party divide.
Springing into action, indeed.
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