With just hours remaining to avert the so-called fiscal cliff, President Barack Obama stated that a deal is “within sight” and urged lawmakers to come together to avert automatic tax hikes and spending cuts that kick in on Tuesday.
But the midday press conference did not go as smoothly as he had hoped for when Obama took multiple shots at Congress for its clumsiness in negotiations. He then insisted that he'd demand more tax hikes if the legislative body used the impending debt ceiling standoff to demand spending cuts.
This is when the Tweets started to roll out.
Doug Heye, a spokesman for House Majority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.), tweeted, “If Obama's goal was to harm the process and make going over the cliff more likely, he's succeeding.”
Another one of Cantor's spokespeople tweeted, “So....I'm confused....does POTUS want a deal or not? Because all those jabs at Congress certainly sounded like a smack in the face to me."