July 25th, 2011
11:49 PM ET

Gergen: Obama, Boehner too partisan this late in debt talks

Televised speeches by President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner on the U.S. debt crisis Monday were too partisan with just eight days before a deadline to raise the nation's debt ceiling, CNN senior political analyst David Gergen said Monday night.

"Had these speeches been given three or four weeks ago, I think they would have been welcomed as part of the political discourse - you know, let's have some fisticuffs, each side presses its point of view, appeals to the American people," Gergen said. "But to be given on the eve of a possible default, both individuals gave partisan speeches ... and I think each was intending to rally his own base."

"I think probably each fellow came out better with his base, but I think the country is so tired of the political posturing, and people really want leadership that finds answers and gets us off the edge of a cliff," he added.

The Treasury Department says the nation's $14.3 trillion debt ceiling must be raised by August 2. If it is not, the department says, the federal government won't be able to pay all its bills next month, and Americans could face rising interest rates and a declining dollar, among other problems.

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  1. buttin heads

    Lets veto this blog... .

    July 25, 2011 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. drap

    I blame this on that round of golf Obama and Boehner played a few weeks ago... .

    July 26, 2011 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mmmmm

    Speaker Bonehead thinks he can club the America's President on the head and read off
    its citizens. He and his cronies forgotten whose their employer.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  4. fernace

    These politicos are literally toying with peoples lives, while they're "posturing"! We don't want useless "poseurs," we want leaders to stand up for the people & take charge! What about older people who need SS for rent, what about people with medical issues who need their meds? This is incredibly irresponsible! I hope Americans remember this when it's time to vote, whether you depend on those checks or not!!

    July 26, 2011 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
    • genomega1

      You are not intelligent enough to vote.

      July 26, 2011 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
  5. Carl Spackler head grounds keeper

    Boehner&Obama,were passing around a hybrid of bluegrass,Kentucky blue grass,bentfeathers and Calif sensemilla.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  6. John Baker

    Remember the last financial crisis and the subsequent bailout of the many of the culprits responsible. I am willing to bet my paycheck that if August 2 arrives with no deal the world will not come to an end. Ohh things will get harder for our pets in Washington. They will be forced to choose who gets paid first. No deal is a balanced budget by default. Frankly this is the best solution. At last change I can believe in!

    July 26, 2011 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Alyssa

      This is only a good solution if you actually want our debt to increase dramatically. Because it will, since the interest rates on the debts would increase. But then at that point it would be harder to find the revenue to pay for it since the default would cause even greater unemployment in the people. That is no solution.

      July 26, 2011 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  7. tracy

    Boehner , the republicans in Washington and the TEA BAGGERS don't care about the working class, they only want to make the President fail. If the corparations were creating jobs like the republicans say the unemployment rate wouldnt be high now The republicans are nothing but liars. but they have to lie to keep middle class republicans voting for them, while the oil com. pay for their campaigns. in the end 98% of americans suffer even the middle class republicans who vote for the greedy dogs who do nothing for them

    July 26, 2011 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
  8. genomega1

    I'm 65 years old and still working and paying taxes. Explain to me why I should have to pay for a cell phone for 20 year olds?

    July 26, 2011 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  9. Ty Webb

    So your telling us intelligent people voted for Bush?

    July 26, 2011 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
  10. Janet Leopold

    Has anyone tried to get on Boehner's website to send a message to him?

    Every listed URL errors out. Isn't that convenient!

    July 26, 2011 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Jackson DaVinci

      I went on americaspeaksout.com a couple times and there were thousands of people demanding an end to outsourcing on there. Of course I couldn't post on any of them either. It's very CONVENIENT to say the least. None of them seriously want to address the economy. It's all a puppet show designed to keep us on the edge of our seats irate until they finally agree on something at the last minute. The smart ones are the ones that know they don't really have a choice.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
  11. drap

    @ mmmmmm 'club' nicely done...

    July 26, 2011 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
  12. Caveman

    Me club too. Me club good. Me club all political sheep.. with club.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  13. Why? In god's name

    @tracy- amen 🙂 my feeling is w. Bush demolished the country (wether it was accident or on purpose) he still destoyed us americans and our country! Obama was left with a broken country! I believe

    July 26, 2011 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Caveman

      @Why: Bush bad.. Bush club economy.. Bush club jobs overseas.. Obama no unclub overseas jobs.. bring back jobs.. so people can club bills and make cave payment.. why Obama no want jobs? You think good.. caveman think better..

      July 26, 2011 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
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    July 26, 2011 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
  15. Tony Gerards ( Uncovering The Truth )

    U want the truth? THEY(SUPERELITE) SAID U CANY HANDLE THE TRUTH!!!! Subject:kennedy assaination ; the players ;cia,nsa,nsc,the mob,the vatican,the jesuits(the black pope)knights of malta,knights templars,freemasons,jewish kabalists,and members of U S gov. Like L.B. Johnson and a few others imight have missed/ super eliteists ordered the hit and their associate groups carried it out,they used oswald as a scape-goat had jack ruby kill him next morning before he could talk then placed the blame on his shoulders and sold us a lie!!!then put it in all the school kids text books, and buried the story into history all in the name of National Security!!! For the most part america bought the story, but there r those of us who know otherwise!! ***the truth is out there*** u just have to look for it and connect the Dots!!

    July 26, 2011 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
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