Snarky Jake Tapper: 'The Devil Made' Obama Agree to Deal With GOP
Published: 12/7/2010 12:41 PM ET
Good Morning America's Jake Tapper on Tuesday spun Barack Obama's reaction to a tax deal with Republicans this way: "The devil made him do it..." The devil, apparently, being GOP representatives.
Picking an easy target as an example, Tapper asserted that, as a result of tax rates staying the same, the "family of the average Wall Street banker [who] paid more than $300,000 last year, will keep more than $9300 of it."
Co-host Robin Roberts and news anchor Juju Chang both made sure to highlight Democratic unhappiness over the deal. In an 8am news brief, Chang noted that Joe Biden will be dispatched to lobby Democratic support. She worried, "Many are outraged that the President has agreed to extend the Bush tax cuts for all Americans, including the wealthy."
Roberts pointed out that there was "a lot of criticism from Senate and House Democrats, feeling the President should have fought more." On November 30, GMA's George Stephanopoulos lobbied Republicans to "move the President's way" on "tax cuts for millionaires."
Yet, on Tuesday, Roberts was more cheery. Recounting Obama's plan for a payroll tax holiday, she trumpeted, "We break down the numbers, the numbers that will cut payroll taxes for every American worker."
A transcript of the December 7 segment can be found below: