On Monday’s broadcast of Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” network senior political analyst Brit Hume said most of the blame for what host Bill O’Reilly called the ongoing “fiscal chaos” lies squarely on President Barack Obama’s shoulders.
“Congressional leaders are normally behind-the-scenes people. … They are really not normally the leading spokesman on the issues. … That’s really a presidential job,” Hume said. “President Obama’s behavior in this business about the automatic budget cuts — this itself is the most peculiar behavior I have ever seen by a president.”
“A normal president would be trying to reassure the public that this, after all, is not a large sum of money compared to the budget overall,” Hume continued. “The president seems prepared to let the public suffer almost as much as possible, as long as he can blame somebody else. This is not what we expect of presidents. Presidents in the end are supposed to be the people who put their big boy pants and prepare to shoulder responsibility. … It’s very unusual for a president.”
Hume went on to suggest that Obama wants the bruising sequestration fight to harm Republicans, and help Democrats win big in the 2014 midterm elections.