Fight to the Debt

Obama's harsh rhetoric on fiscal negotiations


And now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...

Tone It Down

Many people, including President Obama, called for more civility in rhetoric and tone in the wake of the shooting of Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in January.

At the Tucson memorial, the president said, it's important for us to make sure -- quote -- "we're talking with each other in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds."

Those calls are apparently fading from memory during the debt ceiling debate.

Wednesday, the president said the issue should not be used as -- quote -- "a gun against the head" of the American people.

And Newsweek's Tina Brown compared congressional Republicans refusing to raise taxes to suicide bombers.

This week, Chris Matthews said twice the GOP position was -- quote -- "terrorism."

Mediaite called that an extreme "comparison" from Matthews and noted -- quote -- "the rhetoric certainly seems to be heating up."

New York State of Mind

New York Democratic leaders have chosen State Assemblyman David Weprin as their candidate to replace Anthony Weiner in the September 13th special congressional election.

Weiner resigned last month in the wake of his online sexting scandal. Republicans have not yet chosen a candidate.

World Wide Ridicule

And finally, George W. Bush was lampooned in the media and on "Saturday Night Live" for referring to the World Wide Web as the "Internets."

But President Obama made the same mistake during Wednesday's Twitter town hall before correcting himself.

Time will tell if President Obama gets the same media treatment.