A little Blondie, just because if it really mattered that a deal gets struck before the end of the year, this would be a good song for a post about the fiscal (non-)cliff.
Anyhow, those three phrases:
1) “Nothing’s agreed on until everything is agreed on.”
2) “Because we didn’t arrive at a deal, the concessions in my last offer are off the table. My original proposal is my only offer on the table at this time.”
3) “I await a concrete counterproposal from Congressional Republicans, listing specific spending cuts and tax hikes that a majority of their caucus is ready to vote for."
Saturday 12/29 Update: maybe Obama's absorbed the first two phrases, at least. From TPM:
Obama announced that the fate of a potential deal lies with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who will work together to present a prospective package to their respective conferences over the weekend.
Should that effort fail, however, Obama indicated that he would call upon Reid to bring the original White House proposal -- extending Bush-era tax rates on income below $250,000, among other measures -- for an up-or-down vote in the Senate.
"We should let everybody vote, that's the way this is supposed to work," Obama said.
Obama's also going on Meet the Press tomorrow to make his case to the public. Excellent.
Update, Sunday 12:09 am: a song for a Sunday. It's all SC's fault for getting me started on a Blondie kick.